Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LeapFrog: 3 DVD Learning Collection & Book DVD Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Learning is fun again this holiday season as Lionsgate Home Entertainment and leader in educational entertainment, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., team up to release LeapFrog: 3-DVD Learning Collection + Book this November.  The all-new gift set includes the recently released titles The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park, Numbers Ahoy and Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory, plus a bonus book in one fun package, making it the perfect present for young children to learn about the alphabet, how to count and the basics of reading!  LeapFrog: 3 DVD Learning Collection + Book was released on November 1, 2011, for the suggested retail price of $29.98.

I recently reviewed a Scout and Friends Leap Frog DVD so my son new exactly what had arrived when he saw the case for the Leap Frog 3 DVD Learning Collection.  Because he recognized it, that meant there was no living with him until we sat down and watched the DVDs. 

Film (4 out of 5 stars)

The Leap Frog 3 DVD Learning Collection contains the following:

Disc One: The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park (Running Time Approx. 39 Minutes) - Allastair Alphabelly's Alpabet Amusement Park is the one and only place to go to learn your letters.  When the leap frog friends arrive the park is shut down.  They must power up each ride by inserting each letter big and small as they learn them.  This DVD focuses on early reading skills, specifically the alphabet, upper and lowercase letters and rhyming.

Disc Two: Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory (Running Time Approx. 35 Minutes) - Tag is learning to read the Three Little Pigs story as his friends are putting on the play.  We learn about sentence structure and punctuation as well as how to read like we are talking so that it sounds right.  This DVD focuses on ready for school skills, specifically story structure, comprehension and reading skills.

Disc Three:  Numbers Ahoy (Running Time Approx. 35 Minutes) - The friends play the game Numbers ahoy and learn to divide equally, rolling dice, counting and moving spaces.  Counting is the most important part of the game and they literally jump into the game to learn how to do it.  Songs and visuals assist with learning numbers.  This DVD focuses on Mathematics Skills, specifically number recognition, counting, and estimation.

All three features are really cute, and at the same time educational.  They have cute, catchy songs that really assisted my preschooler with learning new concepts.  What amazed me the most was that he got his notebook and pencil out and started taking notes when watching Numbers Ahoy.  It's a credit to the leap frog movies how much my son pays attention to their lessons and how interactive he is.  He answers all their questions and these are movies I don't mind letting him watch.  There are plenty of movies I he watches that can be considered mindless entertainment but I definitely feel like the Leap Frog DVD's are helping to prepare him for school.

Video (4 out of 5 stars)

The Leap Frog 3 DVD Learning Collection is presented in full screen 1.33:1 ratio.  These are animated features,  comparable to the tv shows he would see on cable (not high definition).  The colors are varied but not overly bright or vibrant at all.  

Audio (4 out of 5 stars)
The Leap Frog 3 DVD Learning Collection is presented in Dolby Digital Sound.  The dialogue and songs are at a clear and consistent level but there is nothing spectacular about the sound quality as a whole.

Special Features (3 out of 5 stars)

There are a significant number of special features spread out over the three discs but many are repeated among these discs, and other leap frog titles.  Still, my son particularly enjoyed being able to go straight to the sing alongs, and I liked the parent cirruculum.
The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park has the following special features:
  • Sing-Along - The Learning Path Song; Let's Rhyme!; Big Letters, Small Letters
  • Short Vowel Shorts - Meg's Pet and Gus Naps
  • Being A Puppy (The Scout Song)
  • Cirricuculum Commentary for Parents
  • Preview of Numbers Ahoy
  • Trailers
  • Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory has the following special features:
  • Storybook - The Three Little Pigs Talking Story book With Read it to Me or Let me Read Options.
  • Sing-A-Long -  Animated music videos with karaoke style words on the screen for the following songs - It's Magic, Reading Just Like Talking, Punctuation, We've Still Got the Story, Finale.  Songs can be chosen individually or there is a play all function.
  • Numbers Ahoy has the following special features:
  • Sing-Along - The Learning Path Song, Tell Me the Number, The Shark Tooth Song, The Crab Counting Song
  • Short Vowel Shorts - In the Bag and The Kiss
  • Being A Puppy (The Scout Song)
  • Cirriculum Commentary for Parents
  • Preview of the Amazing Alphabet

Final Thoughts (4 out of 5 stars)

The Leap Frog 3 DVD Collection is the perfect blend of educational content and fun for a 2-6 year old.  My three year old is having a great time learning.  I was unaware of the importance of upper and lowercase letters at this age.  My son has always been great with numbers, so I am particularly happy to see him  having such success with letters reading skills.  The Leap Frog DVDs have introduced new concepts like rhyming that we are able to talk about.  The running times of the features are short, between 35 and 39 minutes long and are the perfect length for my three year old's attention span.  I look forward to finding more Leap Frog DVDs and more lessons for him to learn - and variety for me since he keeps wanting to watch these over and over!

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