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Just a discovery to share. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Tyr (3.5y) received a Leapster for Christmas 08 (at 2y) and has always loved it. I hadn't connected to my computer for a while but did today. For those who don't know it has a parent's section that can review how your kids are doing and monitor both strong and weak areas of learning. Well today I was going through what he is doing on it. He is playing at a 3rd grade level. His word comprehension and reading levels are his strongest area. In the Math department he was recently playing a game that required connecting the dots by 2s and he apparently did 100% of them. I didn't even know he could do that. I know he can count to 30 (consistantly) and count backwards from 15, but that was interesting to see. It is helping with his basic addition and subtraction as well.<br>
I love the Leapster games, as not only are they fun for him he is learning quite a lot.
 

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We, too love the Leapster!<br><br>
We first got one for our middle son (now 7.5) and a couple of games. He loved it so much, we ended up getting one for our oldest daughter..(now 6.5), then our youngest daughter (5) and the recharging stations.<br><br>
We don't do much TV, and they don't play video games..we have a Playstation 2, but none of our kids, even the 13 year old choose that over playing outside, so it's rarely on. We will not be a family giving the kids cell phones or a plethera of electronics-we are MUCH more simple than that..I LOVE that the Leapster can accompany us to the dentist while one of the children has an appointment, and all the games are educational.<br><br>
I know it has boosted their accuracy and quickness in math and language responses. We homeschool, so I can see that it sort of "picks up" where I've taught, and enforces it in a fun way. I wish I would have had one around for my oldest, that is gifted and a year ahead in school work. It's durable and versatile. Yep, totally love it!<br><br>
Glad to hear it's working for you!
 
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