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Haley's school, like most other schools in the country, is out for the summer. Since I stay at home, she only goes 2 days a week, but I love that she goes to have interaction with other kids. She was in daycare full-time until February of last year, and she loved going. It was important to us to put her in this year where she would have friends, and an added bonus of going to school was that she would continue learning. Obviously we do things at home, but I am not a teacher, and I love how schools find creative ways of teaching children basic things. Not only does she love school, but every day when I drop her off, she asks me if she can go to "extended day" which is an extra hour. That silly girl even gets disappointed when I come pick her up right at 2PM.
Now that summer is here, we are looking for extra things to do, and if I can incorporate learning too, that is just an added bonus. The InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet by VTech has so many ways to beat the "summer brain drain" that so many kids go through.
I was sent the VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet, as well as 2 extra cartridges and batteries. We just came back from 8 days in Virginia, and this tablet was a lifesaver on the plane and hotel. We have another trip to Virginia at the end of the month, and then 3 weeks later, we go to Florida for a few weeks. I love knowing that this will keep Haley occupied during our trips!
About the VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet
- The InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet is one of the first children’s learning based tablets with Wi-Fi
- The InnoTab 2S is a child’s own tablet that opens up a world of age-appropriate content across the widest variety of curriculums, from downloads to software cartridges, the InnoTab 2S combines innovative technology with a developmental learning tool that grows with a child and makes learning fun.
- The InnoTab wirelessly connects to VTech’s comprehensive app store, the Learning Lodge™, where parents and children can easily browse a variety of content, and children can create a wish list and send to their parents’ e-mail.
- This sleek and durable toy comes equipped with 180° rotating camera and video recorder, tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, microphone and more.
It didn't take long for Haley to find the camera on it, and she went around snapping pictures of everything. We are moving at the end of the month, and she was walking around taking pics of our house and then she would show me and say "Here is the carpet that I am going to miss", or "Here are the stairs I am going to miss". It made me sad, but at the same time, I can't help but remember that scene out of Father of the Bride II where the pregnant women are walking around taking pics of everything. That first day, Haley took over 80 photos!
I wasn't able to help her with too much because she wants to do it "herself" with no help. I just waited while she played a few games and did the drawing application before she asked what the games wanted her to do. All you have to do is show her how to play something once and she wants to take it from you and do it herself.
A few days ago, I was finally able to sit with her and see what some of these games were all about, and show her more things that the tablet could do. She was able to play with it for a few weeks without me connecting to the computer and setting up an account, but you have to set up an account in order to work the wireless on the tablet. Tonight while I was sitting with her, I was very impressed with all of the things that the tablet can do! The games and applications have features that require children to learn without even realizing it! Haley was able to easily navigate the drawing application without help from me, and save her drawings!
While we were playing one of the Toy Story games, it worked by moving your finger to make Buzz Lightyear go forward or backward. Then when you touched him, he jumped. You navigate him through the level, and he falls into a toy bin filled with blocks. He has to build stairs to get up out of the box, and the game prompts you to use a specific letter to make stairs. I love that it was so fun and she was using her letter recognition at the same time!
We bought her another tablet last year, and it hasn't gotten much use. She loved it at first, when I had hooked it up to the computer, but one of her favorite games is to feed/bathe pets and it will only let her feed the dog a few treats before it tells her to connect to a computer. It is frustrating to her because I can't always connect to the computer for her. What I LOVE about the VTech InnoTab 2S is that it has wireless!! You can connect to VTech's Learning Lodge. Haley can make her own wish list online of things she would like to own for applications and I can get her list when I connect to the computer. I can also see when she has reached learning milestones and set the content appropriate for her age. It is awesome that this has wireless features!
About the Learning Lodge™
- The Learning Lodge features more than 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos developed specifically for each child’s unique stage of development, as well as with their age and interests.
- The broad library of subjects includes reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, problem solving and so much more!
- Starting with activities suitable for toddlers and expanding to grade schoolers, the Learning Lodge gives every child an opportunity to expand their learning potential while keeping them entertained.
- Featured throughout the downloads and software cartridges are popular characters such as Mike the Knight™, Angelina Ballerina®, Team Umizoomi™, Dora the Explorer™, Thomas & Friends®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Sesame Street and more. New titles coming out on the Learning Lodge beginning in June include: Monsters University®, Turbo®, Planes®, and more.
- Parents can track their child’s progress through the Learning Lodge™ Progress Log, offer encouragement and share in their pride when kids reach new learning milestones.
The VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet is available at VTech for $99.99 and comes with 2 free downloads. This is a great price for a learning tablet with wireless capabilities!
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