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Learn to read with Leapfrog

Sponsored by Leapfrog

Leapfrog kidsLearning to read with the No. 1 reading system from Tag is great fun. The award winning Tag reader includes an activity book that lets children play and learn with well-loved characters from Disney Cars, Disney Toy Story 3, Penguins of Madagascar and more.

As children touch the reader to the pages of specially printed Tag storybooks, children can hear individual words or the story read out loud . They can also listen to their favourite characters speak and hear pictures making fun sound effects.

Tag books include over 17 fun learn-to-read activities and games, which introduce a variety of skills such as word building, reading comprehension, vocabulary and more.  Children can also unlock extra content online, like games and certificates. LeapfrogAmazingly easy to use, the Tag reader can store up to ten books. Perfect for on the go travel!

LeapFrog has introduced the Tag Learn to Read Series combines fun stories with audio to help children identify letter sounds and hear how they come together to form words. Each six-book set introduces a different series of skills, helping children build confidence with the fundamentals of reading.  There is also an interactive map where children can embark on a global adventure and learn fun facts while playing games.

You can keep track of what your child is learning with the LeapFrog Learning Path, which lets you see which stories your child is most engaged with and which reading skills they have been introduced to. 

The Tag Reader also comes with a volume control and a headphone socket. Appropriate for ages 4 years to 8 years.

LeapfrogFun games to help with reading

There are lots of ways you can help make learning more fun. Make up silly sentences where every word starts with the same sound, for example 'Sally's six sizzling spicy sausages', or trying playing I Spy and give lots of clues - like saying "I spy with my little eye something you wear on your head that starts with 'huh'." You can also try saying a list of words beginning with the same sound but include one that doesn't fit. Can they spot the odd one out? Try with picture cards, objects or written words, too.
Also, put lots of objects in a bag and then, pulling one out at a time, ask what they are and what sound they start with. Initially use items that all start with the same letter.


Top tips for encouraging young learners to read

In the early days encourage your child to talk about their books by asking lots of questions, here are a few to get the ball rolling...

  • Point out words all around you constantly! On signposts and shop fronts, cereal boxes on TV... your child will soon realise that reading is everywhere, not just in books.

  • Be positive at all times - if you child struggles to read a word correctly, that's okay. Rather than tell them they're wrong, suggest you read together and point to the letters and whole words as you read them. Boost their confidence with praise for all achievements, no matter how small or large.
  • If they get stuck at a new word give them time to have a go. Don't jump in too quickly. Let them self-correct or try sounding out the word with them using the letter sounds and not their letter names. For example, if you're sounding out the word 'cat', say cuh-at-tuh, not see-ay-tee.
  • Talk about the book to check if you child understands what they've read, but remember it's not a test.
  • Again and again! Yes, you'll be bored after reading the same story twenty times, but if you child wants to hear their favourite story again, smile, take a deep breath and read it. They're linking the spoken and written word and improving their memory skills.
  • Keep calm and keep going, don't get frustrated if your child appears to make little or no progress at first. Children develop skills at different rates and speeding up and slowing down can happen many times on their journey to becoming fluent readers.
  • Don't rush your child or try to move them on too fast. If you give your child a book that has too many unknown words, they'll struggle too much and lose the flow of the story, which may well lead to them becoming a reluctant reader.
  • Allow your child to choose the books they enjoy reading.


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