Piper takes after me when it comes to her love of a good book. She reminds me so much of myself when I was her age, devouring every book she can get her hands on, continually asking to go to the library to replenish her stash. Currently, she’s moving swiftly though my 25 year old set of The Babysitters Club. Remember those? I always wanted to be Stacy.
Most days, Piper prefers a book over a movie. Nola on the other hand, not so much.
Bring on the movies, bring on the “screens”, both big (TV!) and small (LeapPad!). She only tolerates books at bedtime, if I sit down with her to read them aloud.
A couple years ago, I got Piper a Tag Reader as a way to “easy into” independent reading. She was quick to read on her own, and the Tag system didn’t get much action.
But with Nola, it’s been the best learning tool ever. She plays with the Tag Reader every single day.
While Piper reads her “big girl chapter books”, Nola will grab her Tag pen and dive into her stack of LeapFrog books. What didn’t really work for Piper, has been such a lifesaver with Nola.
Last week we, got the Disney Pixar BRAVE book for her Tag reader.
While we have a wonderful stack of Tag book in our family library, the Brave book is the far and wide her favorite. I asked her what she loves about the Brave book, and she said she loves it because:
“It’s like a movie book, I love that I can read and play games at the same time.”
“And the princess girl is really pretty, and very brave, and I want red hair.”
But honestly, it’s awesome to see her engaged and excited about reading. From a parent standpoint, I love it because it make her feel like an independent and confident reader.
We also got the new Brave Explorer game cartridge (compatible with both the LeapPad learning tablets and Leapster Explorer game systems).
If I thought the Tag book was a hit, times that by 1,000 and that’s how much Nola loves this LeapPad game. This girl loves her screens, especially when it’s a princess game.
From what I can tell (yes, I stole it one night and played it myself), the Brave game follows a storyline, and the player moves through “zones”, completing one zone before moving to the next. It’s a pretty cool game, geared towards the 5-8 year old crowd.
Nola loves it because she can collect items and learn cool stuff about plants and animals. I love it because it makes road trips very (very) peaceful.