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Beginner Math Booster!
By Staley Mc
from Birmingham, AL
About Me Education Oriented
Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Math:
Great for beginner math, the kids loved counting out the different answers and finding what matched with what. They were having so much fun they didn't even realize they were doing math!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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A great way to introduce Math skills
from New Jersey
About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent
I have 5 year old twin boy and we own a few other Hot Dots Jr sets but this one seems to be their favorite! The interactive pen, "Ace", is adorable. My kids love using him! And he can be used with the other sets too, which is great! (Although "Ollie" the talking Owl is another adorable pen that comes with the other sets, making the choice of which to use quite difficult for a child. Ha!)I am very pleased with the quality of the box. It is very durable and has a strong handle allowing it to be carried and stacked by the kiddos without getting easily destroyed. The two spiral bound books are also durable and laminated. They are very nicely laid out with colorful pages and just the right amount of content on each page.My kids have enjoyed working through the pages of both books. I really like how the books progress in skills. It allows my boys to have fun while learning but also challenges them without getting frustrated. Because of their age and their lack of ability to read the instructions themselves, I did have to guide them through the activities the first few times that they used the books. In my opinion, it was just another way for me to monitor what they could do and keep track of their progress.
I did it!
By Dawn B.
from Savannah, Georgia
About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
We sit down every night with one of the books that comes in this series with the intention of doing only a few pages, but always end up doing the entire book. I use it as a supplement for homeschooling my daughter and she thoroughly enjoys it. I love seeing her face light up when she gets a question correct and even when she misses she is determined to sit and think about what the answer could be. I also like the fact that there is sequencing and shapes not just numbers. The only thing I would suggest is possibly suggest is to have a Dog wand for the math set and Cat for the reading set so you don't have two of the same wand like we do.
Great Learning Tool!
By Boychild's Mom
from Chicago, IL
About Me First Time Parent
This is a great learning tool for kids, it will keep them busy for hours.
My daughter is a very reluctant learner. Her preschool teacher sent home flashcards for her to practice using her numbers, but neither of us really enjoy learning that way.When I gave her the Hot Dots, Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Math set, she was excited to get Ace the Talking Dog for her very own. Act uses sounds, music and/or words to encourage her when she gets the answer wrong and to praise her when she gets the answer right.Even though there are written instructions that change every few pages, she has been able to figure out pretty quickly on her own what the objective for each question is. This has let me be less involved and let her be more self-directed (and self-motivated!) to learn and practice on her own. Because the questions vary, she doesn't get bored as quickly and easily as she does when she has to do flash cards.Overall, I would recommend this to others whose kids don't want to spend much time practicing numbers and other math concepts using traditional methods.(I received this product in exchange for writing a review. Regardless, all thoughts and opinions are purely my own.)
A Good Push For My 2.5 Year Old
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children
My 2.5 year old son likes this a lot! He likes to learn and prefers educational toys over others. He loves using the Ace the Dog pen but it needs to be treated carefully. I am constantly reminding him it only goes in the book. I like that Ace tells him if the answer is correct or incorrect. This allows him to learn without me constantly saying no. I appreciate that the books are spiral bound...makes it more durable for excited little hands. My son loves taking these books in the car. It is an activity he can do in his carseat and doesn't make a mess! It is a little hard for him to do it alone though because he doesn't understand all of the instructions just yet. Although he uses it in the carseat he doesn't do as well with it like he does when I am sitting next to him explaining what each section wants him to do. This is a great way for kids to learn without them feeling like you are forcing learning on them. Tools that teach in a creative way will always be a win in my book! My son isn't in preschool yet but he will be way ahead of the class when he starts. Thanks Educational Insights!
Great Learning Tool
By Miss Frugal Mommy
This has been a great learning tool for my pre-school aged son and he really enjoys using it. Hot Dots Jr. does a very good job at creating content that is both engaging and fun for children. I could not be more pleased with the results I am seeing and improvements my son has by because of using this!
Great Pre-K Math Set
from Omaha, Nebraska
About Me Education Oriented, Homeschooler, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
I received Hot Dots Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Math free for review. All opinions are my own.Hot Dots Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Math includes Ace the Talking Teaching Dog Hot Dots Pen and two Hot Dots workbooks. The workbooks include questions, and multiple choice answers with a black dot next to each possible response. Your child will use the Hot Dots pen to select an answer by vertically pressing down on one of the dots. If the answer is correct a positive reinforcement will be heard and the pen will light up green. If the answer is wrong, a try again message will sound and the pen will light up red. The Pre-K Math books cover topics such as counting, patterns, time, shapes, fractions, measurements and basic math facts. Both Pre-K Math Book 1 and Book 2 were pretty easy for my 4 year old. She had to spend time thinking about things before answering. The questions are read by an adult to her, and she was able to answer questions with few mistakes, but because she concentrated so much on it, I knew it was the perfect level for her to really work on mastering these skills. She loves the Ace pen and we also love that it can be used with any of the Hot Dots sets. Overall this is a great supplemental kit for teaching kids math. The pages are durable and made to last through repeated use. These books can be used as a teaching tool and as a review for previous concepts to reinforce those ideas. I recommend this kit to anyone with a preschool aged child. It's a great introduction to math for them.
Start Math with Fun
By Mulholland Family
This is a great way to help your child master their numbers. However you will need to work with the child unless they can read really well. These books keep them engaged and help make learning fun. Kids love the interaction and fun that they have. No complaints about learning when they use Hot Dots Jr.
Terrific early skills
By Maine Mummy
My son is a huge fan of the Hot Dots fairytales and reading books, but was a little dubious about the math books. When I told him we had them for him he exclaimed "Oh! That's going to be hard!" I would definitely recommend letting the strengths and interests of your child determined whether you start with the reading or math books.. My son has more interest in words than numbers right now, so starting with the reading books meant that he knew what he was doing with the pen and the dots before moving onto the math sets. He just started Kindergarten, but I wasn't too sure where he was in his math skills, I know he can count and add up numbers, but wasn't too sure if he knew what the written numbers looked like. Just as with the reading set, the use of the Pre-K set helped me see what he was comfortable with, and where he struggled. I felt the Pre-K math book needed more explaining than any of the reading kits we've done before, but only because the math problems were so new. I really enjoyed doing the sections on fractions and time with him, he preferred problem solving. I'm not a teacher and have no natural inclination towards it so this really helped me understand where his little mind was at.
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