Hillary Chybinski: How-To Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten with the LeapFrog Tag

Monday, August 20, 2012

How-To Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten with the LeapFrog Tag

Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring this review.  For more information about LeapFrog Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten, please visit their website #LeapFrogTag #spon

Back in the spring, I had the opportunity to spend some time in a Philadelphia School District Kindergarten classroom.  Thank you to Classroom #106 at the John Story Jenks Elementary School for being so kind to us and sharing your hatching eggs, crayons, chairs and imaginations. 

I loved watching the four and five year olds - some with special needs and some typically developed - interact with these kids who were five and six,  in a strange and noisy classroom.

They did GREAT.  The teacher had prepared her class, and they were very welcoming to all of us - sharing their chairs, and offering their journals to draw in.

It made me think about some of the skills our four and five year olds need to have their "best foot forward" for kindergarten.  Those skills include curiosity, manners and a little bit of self-confidence.

I know - being able to write your name, recognize words, do simple math. . .all important skills.  All put you a bit "ahead" in the kindergarten arena.  A fantastic tool to help get your child ready and excited, is the LeapFrog Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten.

Owen was completely excited about this before we even got it out of the box. The Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten is small enough to take anywhere.  It's easy to use and helps your child learn to read and more.

Owen is taking going to kindergarten very seriously, and he sat right down with the Tag Reader and the Getting Ready for Kindergarten book.  The Tag is so intuitive for kids, it took no time for him to be up and running with it.  In fact, he loved to show ME what he could do with it.  This book helps with math, reading and science. 

One thing I really loved, is that there is a story surrounding each activity.  For instance, in the "My Community" activity,  you touch various places in the community picture, to help find Tommy. In Monster Math, two monsters compare candy.

There is also more than one way to learn on each page.  There is an easy to follow guide on the first page, and Owen knew how to find his way around pretty easily. The reader is easy for little hands to hold, and the voices are clear and easily understood.  It's a great tool your kids can use on their own, but can also play along with mom or dad for extended learning.

What are some ways you are getting your little ones ready for kindergarten?

For a glimpse into what goes into putting one of these books together, check out this little video:

catch you soon -

note - I was selected for this opportunity as a compensated member of Clever Girls Collective and received free product from LeapFrog to review. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #LeapFrogTag #spon


  1. Well. I try incorporating math with our daily activities like cooking. I teach my daughter how measurements work. Doing the groceries and counting the change. Even counting our window and stairs and many more. :)