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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this product doesn't always work the way it should, but it can help jumpstart a reluctant writer and it does play all of the books in the regular LeapPad library.
Is It Any Good?
The books that focus on using the pencil met with mixed success when tested by kids. When children got down to the serious business of learning to write the letters of the alphabet in the pre-kindergarten material, the software was spotty and inconsistent. Sometimes it would recognize correct copying but sometimes it wouldn't. The first grade book/software worked better, but is still unsophisticated.
If you have a reluctant writer and you were planning to purchase a LeapPad Learning System to help teach him/her to read, this version might be worth it because the added sounds and encouragement may provide just the motivation your child needs. But plan to work with the child so that if the software isn't responding correctly, you can help. However, if you already own a LeapPad system, this Plus Writing system doesn't seem worth the investment.
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