I looked at the leap frog thing but always felt that closed of a system would lead to having to buy just their stuff and the cost adding up. I figured this might be a good way to teach him how to take care of something of his own and to learn to earn things.
We bought them both on Craigslist, and the cartridges frequently are on sale on Wal-Mart or Target for <$10. Our local used kids store (once-upon-a-child) carries both the individual games and the "tablets"
The quality of games is also top-notch. Much better compared to comparable iOS/Android from my experience. It's almost like they go through better QC when there is no
A big selling feature is the whole table has no ads. You pay for the game and no microtransactions.
On an aside, what programs have you found success in for homeschooling? Any specific funding you can recommend pursuing?
We're very much in the do-our-own-thing. A separate curriculum per subject, versus a all-subjects-included type kit. I love Saxon math, which is what I used while homeschooled, growing up. I don't remember the other curriculum names off the top of my head.
One thing we are a stickler about for us is that the curriculum not be a 5-day week type setup. We vary the time spent on each subject each day. We might do 3 lessons of Math on Monday and no reading, but the next day double up on the reading. Also while going on trips or vacation and stuff we might compress the week into a few days, or we might spread it out differently. The flexibility is actually one of our biggest reasons for homeschooling.
We're also moderately active in the FPEA, a state homeschooling association, which has an annual convention here in Orlando. I love going to the lecture/seminars and seeing what other people are doing and learning from their experiences.