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Leapfrog Academy: Learning Through Adventures

There are certain universal truths about young children starting school; 1) They’re eager to learn, 2) They are visual learners, 3) They can rattle off facts about their favorite video game that make them sound wise beyond their years, and 4) They love screen-time and will embrace learning apps and activities because it combines their wonder with their love of games.

LeapFrog Epic™ Academy Edition is packed with kid-appropriate on-board learning content including 20 learning games that explore a range of subjects and skills and a free trial of LeapFrog Academy™, which is a downloadable App you can grab for your current LeapFrog as well.

Perfect for ages 3-9, the LeapFrog Academy™ grows with your child, teaching them age and level-appropriate concepts in reading, spelling, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), music and more. Through Learning Adventures, your little one travels on a path right on the screen and as he masters each challenge, he moves forward. Again, that visual stimulus and reinforcement works to keep kids interested and pushing forward.

Of course this wasn’t developed in a casual manner, LeapFrog was carefully designed by learning experts who know not only what kids gravitate towards but also how to stimulate them to reach further, and achieve more.

My 6-year-old has just started grade 1, so she’s at the top end of the age group LeapFrog Academy is developed for. She uses her LeapFrog Academy™ App to reinforce reading skills and build on that basis. This was a welcome addition to our house at the end of August, right before school started, to help refocus her back to the learning concepts she mastered in Kindergarten. She struggled a bit with the Skip Counting game in the Math section – counting by twos, fives and tens, and then it all came back to her by the time she had completed the game. It was interesting to see how her brain took a moment to recognize the concept and figure out how to progress forward. I can only imagine the fun a parent and 3-year-old would have at the starting age for LeapFrog Academy™ and its teaching platform.

Parents are completely involved in the learning process with LeapFrog Academy™ via the Parent Dashboard too, so you’re able to structure your child’s learning, see their progress, and determine how they’re doing relative to what you’re seeing when they play.

Starting school, whether it’s playschool, preschool, Kindergarten or grade one, can be a stressful time for families. Parents of course want to ensure kids have the tools they need for success and kids are naturally eager to learn, but anxious about what it involves. I like LeapFrog products because they work as a help for parents and little ones at home, when many of us are not sure where to start or where to move on next. I love structure, I thrive on it, so it’s no wonder that my kids do too. We don’t see screen-time as good vs. bad in our household and believe in balance. When screen time can facilitate learning it’s a win-win situation for all.

LeapFrog Academy comes preloaded on the new LeapFrog Epic™ Academy Edition (available at Toys R Us here) with a free 3-month trial, and $7.99/month afterwards. It’s also available for download on computer desktop, or tablets via the web, for iOS and Android for a subscription price of $9.99/month (CDN) with a free 1-month trial.

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