My son is 6 going into the first grade this fall and this has been especially perfect during the summer when its so easy to forget everything you had learned during the school year. Personally, I like how I don't necessarily need to take a lot of time to sit down and work with him on it because the directions are very clear and easy to follow. Plus, it's fun which sitting with mom and a piece of paper and a pencil probably wouldn't be. I also like how the leap reader will read audio books. My son will often listen to a story as he's going to sleep which is just a great added benefit or he will listen to the music.
It's similar to the Tag, but much more advanced because of the writing integration. His penmanship was something that definitely needed to be improved and I feel as though by practicing and having the automatic feedback from the leapreader he's improving.
The LeapReader is a great addition to the learning tools in our house. I love the LeapFrog philosophy of learning through fun and games.
Learn to Read. The LeapReader functions largely like the Tag Reader when using books from that collection. You can play games on the pages of the books, sound out words, spell words, answer comprehension questions, and listen to the book as a whole or page by page.
Learn to Write. I have never used Mr. Pencil, so this is a first in our house. I love the paper that is included for kids to practice writing letters. The LeapReader actually make marks on that special paper, but not on the books or anything else, almost like magic! You have to be careful that you do not use the paper stacked on top of each other otherwise the marks made on the top page transfers through to the pages underneath. Of course, as I was looking through the material, the almost second grader wanted to try out the writing pages claiming she needs the practice. The Learn To Write Letters workbook incorporates a story with different motions of writing letters working though the simpler straight-line skills, to the zigzag and on to the squiggly motions. The skill progression is perfect for young children to learn proper technique and avoid frustration in the process.
Learn Through Listening: The best feature of the LeapReader is the ability to download up to 100 audio books, music, and trivia games from the LeapReader Library (some titles not available until the end of 2013). Included with the review material was the Magic Tree House Book #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. As we happen to have the book in our house, my kids are currently occupied listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her book to them on this foggy, cool summer day (awesome)! The learning songs have a fun beat that parents will tolerate and kids will learn from, punctuation and blends were two song topics that stuck in my mind. The trivia facts appeal to any person interested in the subjects - I look forward to browsing the Leap Reader library.