In this latest mathematical installment from the Leap Frog folks, Tad and Lily get on a rocket ship into outer space to find the perfect collection of things for their math assignment.
This educational DVD teaches that math is every where - even in space! It teaches counting, sorting, and patterns, in a beginner's format, as this DVD is intended for ages 3 to 6. (3 and 4 year olds will probably enjoy it more than 5 and 6 year olds) It contains several special features, including: The Sorting Game where you can help Tad & Lily sort crystals, 4 sing along songs, and the Alphabet Song from the Let's Go To School DVD that was released last August. (See my review here. I love Leap Frog's products!)
Leap Frog's animated Math Adventure to the Moon runs just 36 minutes, making it good for short attention spans. It's full screen format, and Not Rated, but marked for ages 3 to 6 by Leap Frog. It will be available on February 23rd, 2010. It's suggested retail price is $14.98, but Amazon has it listed right now for just $9.99!
Here are some tips the folks over at Lionsgate and Leap Frog sent to me, you might like to try them too!
TIP #1: Math is everywhere!
Next time you're in a waiting room with your child, scan the room (or the magazines on the tables) for evidence of "math." Advise your child to find as much math as possible, and you can give clues if you need to. Numbers, patterns, shapes, categories, and measuring devices (e.g., ruler, scales), are just a few examples of some of the math you might see all around you!
TIP #2: Patterns and Codes are All Around Us!
Make patterns using standard household objects. For example line up repeated objects--sock, stuffed animal, sock, stuffed animal, and so on. Next, ask your child to continue the pattern to figure out the "secret code." You can vary the difficulty of the pattern to suit your child's ability--banana, banana, pear, banana, banana, pear. You can also make deliberate errors that your child needs to find--pear, apple, banana, pear, apple, banana, pear, pear, banana.
TIP #3: Play the Sorting Game!
Take a deck of cards, and discuss with your child all the ways you can sort the cards. They can be sorted by color (red versus black), suit (spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs), numbers (2's, 3's, etc.), royalty versus numbers (jacks, queens, and kings versus the numbers), odd versus even numbers, etc. Sky is the limit! You can play the sorting game with many collections of things around the house, such as socks and building blocks.
TIP #4: Since It’s the Weekend -- Make it a game night!
Playing number-related, age-appropriate board games, such as Chutes and Ladders, can help support many math-related skills. For an important twist, help your child practice saying each number he or she lands on and passes by with each roll of the dice. For example, if your child is on 23 and rolls a four, help him or her say "24, 25, 26, 27" instead of "1, 2, 3, 4." This way, your child can learn about order and magnitude (i.e., how large or small a number is in relation to other numbers).
I received a copy of this DVD to write my opinion of it. The links included are not referral links, they are for your convenience. :)