Thursday, November 07, 2013
If you've read my blog for any length of time you'll know that I'm a big Leapfrog fan. I love the way Leapfrog combines education and entertainment to make learning fun for kids! One of the things I love best about Leapfrog products is how they make it easy for parents to stay involved in their child's learning process, via the Leapfrog Learning Path online tool. When you create a Learning Path account, you can add your children to your account and connect their Leapfrog devices to it, so you can keep track of what they've played and for how long. But the Learning Path isn't just a virtual nanny: it also gives you insights into the skills your child is learning as she plays. You'll even get recommendations on ways to extend the learning through activity suggestions and expert articles. Short of looking over your child's shoulder, it's the best way to stay involved in your child's learning process!
Previously, the Leapfrog Learning Path could only be accessed online at http://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/learning-path -- but now, parents can take the Learning Path anywhere they go, with the new Learning Path app. It's available for free on Apple's app store, and it just launched today.
If your child owns a Leapfrog device, such as a LeapReader, TAG, LeapPad, Leapster GS or LeapPad Ultra, downloading the Learning Path app is a no-brainer. You can track your child's progress from your mobile device.
You can get tips and advice from the Leapfrog community, and share your own.
You can even access printables and other activities (although for some reason, it's not on the main menu. You have to access it by touching the search icon. I kind of wish it was a menu item on your child's profile, the way learning goals and community discussions are). All the content you get is tailored to your child's age and ability. What a great way to keep your child entertained on the go!
The Learning Path tracks your child's progress from infanthood to toddlerhood to preschool to the early elementary years (grades 2-3). I do wish the Learning Path could be expanded to accommodate children in 4th and 5th grade (you can only add children up to grade 2/3). Even though my boys are in 4th grade, I could still use the help and support that the Learning Path gives!
Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.