Good afternoon lovelies! I hope that you are finding our day of giveaways to your liking. Up next is my review and giveaway of the VTech InnoTab 2S. I received a complimentary VTech InnoTab 2S to test and review. No monetary compensation was given. All thoughts are 100% mine
Summer Brain Drain occurs when students are away from the structured learning environment of a classroom and lose the months of knowledge they gained during the school year because they are not regularly exercising their brains. According to research from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, students typically lose one to two months of reading and math skills during the summer break. But there are many things parents can do to help keep children’s minds active during the summer months and avoid these setbacks.
Since this year’s homeschool session is coming to an end (sort of, because, well we’re always learning in some shape, form or fashion around here.) we were looking for ways for the ladybug and the twizzlers to stay active, without always having to use my tablet, or sit in front of a television.
With the Inno Tab, we’ve found a semi solution. We only have one, so doling it out fairly is the biggest issue, but we do have several profiles on one tablet, and I can keep up with their progress via the Learning Lodge. It sends me emails regularly to let me know what they have accomplished if I’m not sitting down with them.
The ladybug loves the table, and calls it a kid’s Kindle. I like it because it’s much more sturdy for little hands, and I don’t feel as if I have to police them as much as I do with my tablet. She even loves using the plastic stylus that comes with it.
Apps, and educational games can either be purchased online or in the store (games cartridges only) and have a wide variation of choices. When we were browsing through the online selections, we were met with squeals of DINOSAUR TRAIN and THOMAS! Sir Twizzler kept asking for Super Why, but that’s a character that they don’t seem to have just yet.
The tablet can also connect wirelessly for easy use on the go. I can hook it up to my mobile hotspot in the car and we’re moving! It does take four AA batteries though, so be sure to have those on hand. Currently we’re rocking with our second set after a month – so that should let you know how much we use it.
There is a camera on it, and while I wouldn’t recommend it for indoor photo taking (it is a kids camera,) it’s beautiful when you’re outside in full sun. The kids had a blast taking photos and the camera can rotate forward and backwards so self-portrait taking is super easy. No screen buttons to press to “flip” the camera around. The tablet also has a recording feature, and the kids had a fantastic time recording each other and falling out in a fit of giggles.
Overall, I think that this will be a great addition to our summer light schedule and also a great supplemental item for our yearly homeschooling sessions. It will be nice to use when I have to sit and sew, or we’re all doing our independent work for the day. It’s not the quality or caliber of the iPad or Kindle Fire, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be all kid friendly, and to enhance the educational experience. It does exactly that, and it does it well.
Here’s a little about the 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.
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.
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