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Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers

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Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.
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Educational value

Kids can get practice in basic preschool academic skills, including colors, letters, measurement, and more. The app also finds ways to incorporate other lessons in areas such as vocabulary, emotional expression and awareness, and inner motivation. In Appisode 1, for example, as kids match shapes and build a telescope, Leo also names the parts as kids are building, incorporating science vocabulary. And in Appisode 3, kids practice taking turns using a paintbrush as they draw with Leo and Cinder. The games also grow with the kids: Each time they play they get a slightly different challenge based on their past performance. As a whole package, Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers and companion parents' app is an excellent multifaceted learning experience.

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Clear, encouraging verbal directions; no reading required.

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Consumerism

At the time of this review, one appisode is available for free, and the five others plus finale are heavily marketed. There's an ad on the home page encouraging users to share the app to receive a free toy.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers is an animated story app developed by education experts at Stanford University that uses a series of interactive "appisodes" for preschoolers to help them learn concepts such as creativity and love of learning, alongside skills and concepts such as measurement and magnitude. Currently, there are six appisodes plus a finale and interactive games (one- and two-player games) that include notable historic figures as young children, such as Marie Curie, Leonardo DaVinci, and Galileo. There are also topic-specific songs and a companion parent's app called Learner Mosaic, which tracks the progress of each kid's play, explains the skills and ideas they are developing during play, and gives suggestions for on- and offscreen enrichment activities. Be aware that the initial download size is reasonable, but as parents start downloading all the appisodes, the app starts to take up a lot of storage. After the free story, parents can register with an email address and the child's username, birth month and year, and gender. To find out more about the types of information collected and shared, read the app's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

Follow the LEO'S PAD ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR PRESCHOOLERS appisodes in order. As the story line progresses, kids can join in to help the characters through various learning activities, which are disguised as challenges or activities for the characters and often include co-play options for parents. Verbal instructions and feedback guide kids, and parents can check out the reports on the companion app, Learner Mosaic, to track their kid's progress and see what they're learning. As kids visit the appisodes again and again, the games adjust based on past performance.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Families will love these stories starring kid geniuses who want to help real kids find their own genius -- or at least learn their colors, letters, and more. It includes interactive elements that help kids learn everything from playing well with others to measurement. There's lots of support, but some of the activities' instructions and feedback can get overwhelming when they're too long or not entirely relevant to the how-to of playing the game. One nitpicky element that only adults will notice is that all the characters are non-English speakers, but only Marie and Teresa have an accent. By and large, though, this is a high-quality, excellent educational app for preschoolers with a wonderful customizable companion app for parents that could be a real asset in nurturing development of the whole kid.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about who the main characters grew up to be and how their dreams and aspirations as kids may have helped them achieve great things.

  • Download Learner Mosaic and link it up to your kids' account(s). Track your kid's individual progress and see what they're learning. Answer the detailed questions and explore the suggested activities.

App details

Device:iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, vocabulary
Math: counting, patterns, shapes
Science: engineering, astronomy, measurement, motion, physics
Social Studies: historical figures
Arts: drawing
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, solving puzzles
Creativity: imagination
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, persevering
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free to Try (First appisode available to try for free; additional appisodes available as individual in app purchases, or buy all for $24.99)
Release date:March 31, 2015
Category:Education
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Science and nature
Size:296.00 MB
Publisher:Kidaptive Inc.
Version:2.1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later

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Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written bySynergie17 April 24, 2013

Great Adaptive Game for Preschoolers

My 3 y.o loves this app. We do it together almost every evening. The story is pretty good with a young DaVinci (Leo) and a young Galileo (Gali). In this story, you are helping Leo get ready for Gali's Birthday. The interactive portions deals with counting, shapes, colors, art, letter recognition and even spelling. Some of the activities adapt to your child's skills, so as you play, the activities change and aren't the same each time (i.e. may need a different number of something to complete a task from previous play). In Appisode 2, they introduce a young Marie Curie. Granted the history is off since these figures didn't live at the same time, but it does introduce youngsters to prominent figures in scientific history.
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Great role models
Parent Written bylovemyfam22 March 3, 2015

Great learning app, wish you could select main character

Received this app for free from BzzAgent to try. I was very excited to let my 5 year old Preschooler try this app. She loves playing games when she is given time to play on the iPad. I loved that this was an app that would allow her to feel like it was fun, and at the same time it was educational. The app is very well thought out. It takes the child through different chapters, teaching different things. At the end of the chapter it allows the child to engage and do some activities. It allows for the parent to decide if the child should move on to the next chapter, or try to master that current chapter. You can check on your child's progress with Learner Mosaic which is very awesome. The problem that we had is that my Preschooler is a girl and she didn't like the fact that the character was a boy. I think that could have been thought about. They could have let you choose a character or at least he could have had a friend in the first chapter that was girl so that all kids could feel engaged. Gender is very important for Preschoolers so that they can feel they really relate to the character in games or movies they are playing and watching. I suggest giving this app a try, it is a great tool for Preschoolers. There is a discount code of TRYLEO to receive 20% off. Give it a try!
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Easy to play/use
Educator and Parent Written byGrandma Belinda April 2, 2013

Educationally impressive

As an early childhood educator I was pleased to find a program that has the educational skills embedded and not just drilled or flashing past. My 3 yr old grandson isn't ready for all the sections but sat and enjoyed working through the colors and shapes without being penalized for the ones he wasn't ready to do.
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Great role models

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