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|Leap Frog - Math Circus|
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Watch the Quidget Family and the Subtractobats perform high-flying feats of mathematics! In this astounding story, Leap, Lily, Tad and wacky Professor Quigley train numbers to count, add, and subtract in a series of amazin... more »
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Amy T. from GREGORY, SD
Reviewed on 3/5/2010...
these are great little DVD's for teaching your under 5 crowd.
Both of my children have learned basic math skills through watching this series.
The songs are engaging and I find myself singing along sometimes.
Ashley N. from BLOOMINGTON, IL
Reviewed on 2/25/2010...
We have pretty strict limitations on DVD-watching at our house, but the Leap Frog DVDs are our favorites to watch when we allow it once a week. I hope to collect all of them. My 1st daughter learned her letters really early with Letter Factory and then Storybook Factory. Now we're venturing into math and so far both daughters love this DVD (3+ and 1+ years old).
Lisa B. from PLAINFIELD, IN
Reviewed on 10/22/2009...
will help child recognize numbers, and reinforce addition and subtraction
Jennifer L. (luckylane27)
Reviewed on 11/17/2007...
This is an excellent DVD for learning math basics, my kids love it!
They have certainly got some explaining to do
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 05/04/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Parents and children who loved the other Leap Frog DVDs about letters, words and reading will find this one disappointing.
Advertised as beginning math, this one is mixed up in its focus, spending quite a bit of time on recognizing the numbers from 0 to 10 (especially zero) and relating them to ?quidgets?, then quickly jumping to addition and subtraction without sufficient explanation or introduction of the concepts. Starting with simple counting, by the end of the 35 minutes, they?re showing us ten times tables up to one hundred.
Very young children will probably like the repetitive cowboy ?numbers? song, and may even stick around for the ?circus? acts and accompanying slapstick routines, but the concepts advance too quickly for this age group. Kids who already know their numbers won?t learn anything new from the beginning of the presentation, but then again, they probably won?t learn anything from the rest of it either.
Clearly one should not expect kids to learn math in 35 minutes, which makes you wonder what they were thinking when they made this one. A more sensible approach would be to have different DVDs for each level, as they did in the reading series, so that they could spend more time going into the nitty-gritty, and making it fun.
This one is a rush job, and was not properly thought out for the intended audience. Definitely not a tool you should count on to introduce your kids to math.
Amanda Richards, May 4, 2006
Not as good as the Letter Factory or Word Factories 1&2..
A. Anderson | Indianapolis, Indiana United States | 01/06/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD after my son learned most of his letters from the letter factory. My son enjoys the other 3 Leapfrog DVD's but since day 1 he just walks away from this one. It's boring.. they don't spend enuff time on the numbers themselves (but it did teach him the number 0 wich I'd forgotten about) and the quidgets don't even count out the numbers (ex. they say 3+2=5 instead of 3+2=5. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.) If your child already knows his/her numbers than maybe it'll be more interesting to them. My son doesn't ask for this video.. I recommend BumbleBee Kids 123's or Brainy Baby 123's. If all else fails there's Sesame Street's 123 Count With Me (wich my son LOVES and asks for almost every day). This DVD was a waste of time and money, I'm going to try Richard Scarry's 123's and probably will sell this one on eBay.."
Outstanding Beginning Math Video
Lunataina | Miami, Florida, USA | 04/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am an elementary school teacher, previously an early childhood teacher. For the last 3 years I have been teaching 3rd grade math. One of the biggest problems with children, even in the third grade, is a poor understanding of numbers, what they represent and what basic operations actually do. Mental math is at an all time low. When they reach my class, many children are behind and struggle to catch up. Having a strong foundation in number sense is imperative for future success in mathematics. This video helps young children understand what exactly a number stands for and what is happening when numbers are added or subtracted. The video is 30 minutes long, it has catchy songs, and a story line most kids enjoy. Is it enough to teach a child everything they need to know about numbers? No. However, it helps a student understand these concepts much better, and helps build the foundation they need to succeed.
This video is part of the LeapFrog DVD series, which are the best products LeapFrog has ever released. Other highly recommended videos in the series are the first three phonics videos:
The Letter Factory teaches children the names and sounds of all the letters in the alphabet. The vowels are only given their short sounds at this point, but that is ok for this level of learning.
The Talking Words Factory teaches children how to put letters and their sounds together to make simple words, mostly with the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern and a few consonant blends.
The Word Caper movie goes on to introduce silent E, long vowel sounds, and vowel-vowel combinations.
This video series is highly recommended.
PS REMEMBER - Look at the title of the movies before purchasing. This is the re-release of the older video series (You don't mess with a great thing!) If you have the older DVD's in good working order, then you don't need these titles. LeapFrog has released some newer videos which you might be interested in. None are better than these originals though and they do not target the same skills.