Scout, Violet, Eli, and Penny want to learn more about numbers, so Axle to magical car takes them to visit Numberland. The gang gets a new friend in Max, meet all of Numberland's residents, and get to be at a surprise birthday party!
This all new animated DVD uses silly songs to help teach preschool beginning math skills, such as number recognition, counting, and skip counting (you know, 1, 3, 5). I struggle with math skills due to numerical dyslexia, so I am all for anything that can help my daughter learn as much as possible so her mathematical skills are strong. Research has shown that understanding early math skills at the beginning of kindergarten is the strongest predictor of future academic success - so it's even more important to make sure your child has a good numerical foundation as soon as possible. Here is the trailer for the DVD:
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Included on the DVD are several special features, including sing-alongs, "Being A Puppy (The Scout Song)" music video, "Sing With Us! The Band", and some curriculum commentary for parents to help their children learn.
Here are a few tips Leapfrog sent on over that might help you teach mathematical skills to your child(ren):
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.
LeapFrog Scout & Friends Numberland is being released today, January 31st, 2012. The DVD is widescreen format. Geared for the ages 2 to 5 crowd, it is not rated, and has a total running time of 36 minutes. The suggested retail price is $14.99, but Amazon has it available for $11.99 as of this posting.
I received a copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.