This system has been discontinued (sadly), but I think will be really helpful in giving Allen a head start with reading. I haven't gotten to play with this too much, but it looks awesome. I think we'll have to work with Allen at first before he can really play with it on his own, but he's already shown quite an interest in it. The reason that this was discontinued is because they came out with:
This system is unbelievable. You load software onto your computer, and then you download the audio software to the additional books purchased (e.g. Cars Tractor Tipping). Then you have options for the "pen" to read the entire book to you; to read you each page; or to read each individual word. There are also games you can play with every book. Absolutely amazing!
Allen doesn't quite have the fine motor skills to point it at each word yet, but he puts it on the pictures already and makes them talk (seriously, ya'll, this thing is unbelievable). I'm sure he'll get the hang of more features in no time!
And, last but not least, this came a few days ago:
So, thanks to our fabulous family, Allen is set for life as far as any educational electronic products are concerned. Thanks to you both (you know who you are). We love you. We miss you. We can't wait to see you (only a couple more weeks)! And we are so very grateful to you for these awesome gifts!