Jaden has the vtech, but prefers my computer. the vtech doesn't have the best image quality. Jaden loves all the online games and spends about a couple hours a week playing educational games.
3/4/09 12:17 P
Mine plays on the regular computer and the lap top. It is amazing how quickly they learn how to navigate around! He even uses my lap top and can navigate around and it is a touch (no mouse). I had the hardest time with that in the beginning and he is just whizzing right through..
I would love to get the v-tech though. Bday is coming up soon! We shall see...
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3/3/09 11:22 P
Shai has the same one the others have and she LOVES it. Shje will play with it for hours. When she first got it for xmas she did get frustrated with it but she has figured out alot of the games now.
We played one tonight where they flash a word like kite and say it and then hide the k and she remembered what was missing. She got it right every time. Then when they showed the word I would cover the screen and just let her hear it. She still found the missing letter. as far as phonics, I havent played that part yet. The mouse isnt very good but she knows how to click things. earphones I just looked and didnt see a place for earphones. For the phonics we have the fridge phonics. She has learned most of them now and aill walk around the house singing the song. so now we play a game where I say go get me the letter for apple and she will bring me the a and say "a" (lower case a sound) then she runs back to the fridge and puts it in and plays the song.
I think the laptop is a winner. There are still lots of things on there that she cant do but that gives us more to learn. Hers has about 20 activities. the screen is small and the graphics do suck but hey they are kids and she doesnt seem to mind.
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3/2/09 4:03 P
Caden has the same one as Isa and Ryan.
He gets frustrated with it sometimes. He knows his letters, they call out a letter - when they call out a letter - they show the letter on the screen too and there isn't another level where you can make it so they don't show the letter.
The phonics game - I think - its a matter of pushing the letter, and it saying the phonics and not the other way around.
Anyhow, he will get frustrated with it sometimes, because he wants to pick a different letter than the one they are on, and it won't let him and he gets mad - which is when I switch it over to phonics - so he can learn the pphonics of whatever letter he is interested in. As I already know he knows his letters, and this particular computer tells him even if he didn't know his letters.
For teaching reading, phonics and letters I am not very pleased with it - but it could be because Caden isn't that interested in it for a long period of time??
It has a game on their for teaching how to use a mouse - but Caden isn't ready for it. He is more interested in learning at his direction rather than a computer telling him what he has to do.
For phonics - I did end up buying the fridge leap frog toy a couple weeks ago. It is the airplane with three spaces for letters. The 3 levels are pretty neat, and it seems to have the features I am looking for, but Caden hasn't shown much interest in it.
For airplane or long car ride. Caden likes the doodle pad, drawing and erasing, or me drawing something and spelling out the word. You can add in phonics lessons, just by drawing a picture of cat, hat, bat, etc, and teach the various sounds and its all driven to your child. And I too would bring the dvd player for a plane ride- it works well. Oh, Caden loves playing anything with hidden pictures, that could occupy him for a while too. He has a german picture book, which has like 10 different pictures. Then each picture has a border of like 25 things to look for in the picture, and the german name. Oh, with an ABC book, we did this for the first time last night - since caden loves looking for things - He has this one book that has pictures at the front, and then they are in the rest of the book, and he goes and finds them. I decided to have him tell me what letter they started with when he found them. I know it seems pretty obvious - but I never thought of doing it that way, and it seemed more fun and interesting to him.
2/25/09 4:39 P
Yes that's the same one Ryan has. the tote and go laptop plus.
See I agree with "blockey" screen. I guess if you remember Pong it's got great graphics, but if you are used to any gaming system after the first Nintendo it's not that cool.
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2/25/09 2:38 P
we have a VTECH (it's called Tote and Go Laptop Plus)one as well that we got as a gift...it sounds like the one a pp mentioned...with a monkey, it's orange and yellow and the mouse only movies horizontally and vertically..this is the one:
to be honest at this point, Isa doesn't really *use* it...he'll turn it on, pretend to do some 'work', and that's about it...he's much happier playing with his cars....
i'm also not a fan of the screen...it's not as engaging because it's just grey and 'blockey' looking..lol i don't think that's even a word...
2/24/09 9:21 A
I just use my laptop... Annabel can use the mouse fairly well.... I help her with keys, etc. But mostely we go to reading sites so can sit here with the laptop and read -- although we don't do it very often as reading a book is so much nicer.... I have used the laptop on planes too for DVD viewing...
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great! Which version do you have? There seems to be 3?
2/22/09 3:37 P
I haven't gotten any kind of electronic toys for my boys at all(really. At all. None) I am thinking of selling out and getting Leo one of those Vtech Laptop thingies. It seems like everyone has them and I'd like to give him some exposure to a "computer" and more specifically a mouse. The reviews online are either TERRIFIC or AWFUL there doesn't seem to anything in between. If any of you have one, can you tell me if you think it's what I am looking for?
1. Helps with mouse skills- clicking and moving
2. Teaches phonics- not just letter names and sounds. Leo is learning to read now. It's hard to find something that is appropriate for a 2 year old, but isn't totally dumbed down. Educational is a must.
3. Can be used with headphones (we are flying to FL in March, I'd like to bust it out on the airplane)
4. I would rather it NOT be Dora or Cars or whatever. But that isn't really a deal breaker.
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