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LeapFrog: Learning DVD Set
LeapFrog Learning DVD Set
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
NR     2009     1hr 35min

Includes 3 LeapFrog DVDs and set of 26 flash cards! LET'S GO TO SCHOOL?: School starts tomorrow, and Tad and Lily are nervous! Join Tad, Lily and their magical firefly Edison as he gives them a tour of the classroom and sh...  more »

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Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, 3-6 Years, Animation
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Animated
DVD Release Date: 11/03/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Jennifer Bogart | Alberta, Canada | 12/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a family who owns quite a few educational DVDs I can attest to the fact that what LeapFrog is doing with their learning movies is both innovative and effective. Rather than focusing on repetitive drills, or straightforward simplistic presentation of facts accompanied by musical accompaniment, each of the DVDs included in the LeapFrog: Learning DVD Set integrates simple phonics and math principles into an engaging, and entertaining storyline. As a result, our children ask for the LeapFrog DVDs more often than they do any other educational offering we have available on disc.

The LeapFrog: Learning DVD Set incorporates three of LeapFrog's best titles for preschoolers and provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic preschool/kindergarten skills of letter recognition (short consonant and vowel sounds), basic blending, counting, and animal group recognition.

LeapFrog: Let's Go to School provides a typical storyline for allaying the fears of children on the cusp of attending a public school (of course, not all children will attend a public school). In a dream-like sequence Tad and Lilly discover that the school equipment is just as nervous about the incoming class as they are about attending. The blocks teach some basic counting skills, the alphabet book quickly goes through letter sounds, the calendar introduces time-telling concepts, the animal figurines teach about sorting and animal families, and so on. Because of the brief introductions given to each topic, this general overview is the weakest educationally of the set. Five sing-along songs and an interactive alphabet book are provided as additional reinforcing bonus features on the DVD.

However, LeapFrog: Letter Factory and LeapFrog: Talking Words Factory more than make up for the lack of depth by focusing in on introductory phonics and blending in DVDs of approximately 35 minutes each. In the first DVD Leap, Lily, and Tad need to go to their father's Letter Factory where they produce talking letters. While Leap and Lily provide a presentation for a very important customer, Tad is left out due to his lack of reading skills. Taken for a tour through the factory, he visits rooms, each dedicated to a letter of the alphabet. The colorful, animated letters are engaged in activities that embody their sound.

The A's scream, "Aaaaaah!" when frightened. The E's are hard of hearing and ask, "Ehhhh?" whenever someone speaks to them. The M's proclaim "Mmmmm!" as they devour delicious muffins. The set also includes a full set of alphabet flashcards that depict the lively letters in poses, settings, and costumes that represent their sounds on one side, and directions to parents on how to use the cards to teach their children on the other with a simpler representation of the letter.

In LeapFrog: Talking Words Factory Leap, Lily, and Tad are recruited to make more talking words for the very popular talking dictionaries, and to assist Tad in the filling out of a contest application for his father. Various fun machines make vowels sticky, wham words together, and more. Rhyming songs and a fun plot add to the appeal of this title. This is my six-year-old's favorite of the three - she loves the neat word machines and inventions. Both Letter Factory and Talking Words Factory include a simple, interactive learning game as educational reinforcement.

Created with children from ages two through six in mind, I was somewhat skeptical about the set's ability to reach younger children. However, the animated, cartoon-style adventures of Leap, Lily, and Tad have not only made her a fan, they've also been teaching her the building blocks of phonics! My six-year-old already has a firm understanding of the concepts presented in the set, but she has also really enjoyed the discs for the story alone, and reinforcement has never hurt anyone!

Our children are limited to bringing along one or two DVDs when we travel to visit relatives, and they often ask to bring their LeapFrog movies with them. Only a day or two after watching LeapFrog: Letter Factory, my three year old made an `s' with her wikki sticks and proudly hissed `Sssss, this letter says ssss, Mommy!" Right on.

The LeapFrog: Learning DVD Set is an excellent first step into learning for preschool-aged children. If your little ones haven't had any exposure yet the building blocks of phonics and blending, I can't recommend this set enough. The associations are fun, lively, and easier to remember in the context of a story-based plot than they are through rote memorization alone. Above all, it's fun, bright, and engaging - everything a small child could ask for with all the educational value parents' love."
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Jenny | Chicago area , IL, USA | 12/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My son who is 4 years old loves these DVDs. I didn't buy them as a collection but one by one, which make them a littler more expences. My son is Autistic & his form of learning is totally visual. It's for this reason that I bought them. My son who is just starting talking improved his pronuciation a lot. Now he enfazes every single letter when talks & reads. With the word factory Dvd, my son really got the concept of reading. My son was spelling words since he was 28 months, but now he really can read thanks to this DVD. & with Let's go to the school, he learned finally the meaning of time: days, months, seasos, & even horas. No even talking about animals & their families...
I really I couldn't believe @ the beginning how much these DVDs saved me a lot of money in Speech therapy. His Speech therapists were so impresed w/his improvement in just one month that they started recommended these DVDs to all his clients. I particular bought the other 2 DVDs that Amazon is promoted (Math Circus & the Reading factory). And I also bought 2 sets of this collection as x-mas gifts: one for my 3 years old nephew (regular Neurotypical boy) & I donated the other one to a special need organization that provide free childcare when the parents are in seminary or meeting... I absolutely recommend this entire collection & any other DVD relates to it..."
Leapfrog learning dvd
RSK | 05/01/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Better then {my baby can read program} and a hell of alot cheaper . My 2 year old loves it and is learning."
Love it
Camillecope | 03/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have used Letter Factory before with my other kids. This time around we scratched it. So I bought new ones. Love the alphabet flip cards that came with it. Only thing better would have been to have a hole punched in them so they stay on a ring. Easy problem solved though. I took them down to our local copy place and they did that for me.
I love letter factory it should be given to every new parent when they leave the hospital. Doesnt take very many days of watching it before you are out running errands and they are in the backseat saying I see.....
Everyone should have this."