So, b/c I am a pain, I'd be inclined to inquire whether your niece could read the newspaper (on avg 4th - 6th grade reading level) & Harry Potter books (5th-6th grade reading level) by the end of kindergarten. I'd be kind of skeptical that she could read that well unless she is just a very advanced kid in that area. If she is that advanced, I really doubt that it was due solely to one learning toy especially if she was not read to at home. Children who are not read to almost always lag behind in reading. Whether a toy can make up for that gap, I don't know, but it certainly hasn't been tested. The govt would be buying them for all disadvantaged kids rather than funding Head Start, if so!
We had some Leap Frog products, but my kids just didn't use them enough for me to say that I can really weigh in on that one. We read a lot together, though.
Originally Posted by Phoebe
My brother and SIL apparently didn't do much sitting and reading with her when she was little but by the end of her kindergarten year she reads at a 6th grade level. Leapfrog had a great deal to do with it as far as my mama is concerned.
|So, chime in please...|
Does Leapfrog REALY help put your child ahead of the game more so than say, actually sitting and reading regularly together?