We love Leapfrog in our house so we were thrilled to receive the new LeapFrog™: NumberLand DVD for our review!
My first grader, Gabriel, is really great in Math and this DVD from Leapfrog definitely supports early numeracy skills in youngsters. Geared for ages 2-6, LeapFrog™: NumberLand DVD is filled with fun music and learning... definitely a wonderful addition to our Leapfrog DVD library!
Join Scout and his friends for another exciting learning adventure from the world of LeapFrog. When the pals long to learn about numbers, their magical car, Axle, whisks them away to Number Land. With the help of a new friend, Max, the pals meet all the numbers in the land and build early numeracy skills. Then it’s time to help the residents of Number Land plan a surprise birthday party for Max. It all adds up to plenty of fun and adventure as kids sing and count their way through Number Land with Scout & Friends!
Here is a short clip on LeapFrog™: NumberLand DVD:
Research has shown that understanding early math skills at the beginning of kindergarten is the strongest predictor of future academic success - more so than literacy and social skills! LeapFrog: Numberland DVD was created to help support early math skills. In addition to the skill sets taught on the DVD, Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos — mother, developmental psychologist and the mathematics curriculum designer behind LeapFrog: Numberland— has offered the following tips and activities to engage children with early numeracy concepts:
*Practice number recognition and verbal counting with your child by walking through your house or neighborhood, and pointing out the different numbers that you see. Ask your child to say the number names, and then practice counting out loud together. For example, if your child finds the number 5, practice saying “1, 2, 3, 4, 5”.
*If your child can recognize numbers but struggles to put them in the correct order, you can play games that help them create their own number lines. Have your child write the numbers 1 – 10 on large pieces of paper, and then scramble the numbers so they’re out of order. Then ask your child to switch the numbers around so they are in the correct order from smallest to largest.
*Invite young children to arrange objects of different sizes, such as stacking cups, in order from smallest to the largest. The ability to compare things based on a dimension, such as size, and arrange those things in order is a very important aspect of mathematical development.
*Play games together! Several studies have revealed that children can increase their knowledge of several important early math skills by playing board games that contain a number line, like Chutes and Ladders.
*Get active and move around! Try drawing a number line from 1 to 10 on the ground outside using sidewalk chalk, and then invite your child to hop on the numbers and say them aloud. You can even practice skip counting by asking your child to jump on the even numbers — 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 — to drive the concept home.
These are but a few of the activities parents can use to help get their kids on the right math track!
LeapFrog™: NumberLand DVD is now available for purchase at your leading book and movie retailers, at the Lionsgate Shop for $11.98 or at Amazon for as low as $7.32!
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