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Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading

Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading

Item #2390  | Ages 4-5
$19.99
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The Big Idea

This two-book set with included “Ace”—the Talking, Teaching Dog™ pen provides children with 100 lessons on a variety of beginning reading skills from letter recognition to reading readiness activities. Fifteen of the 100 lessons are challenge activities that prepare children for skills for pre-kindergarten.

Shh…They’re Learning!
  • Playful, interactive learning
  • Confidence-building feedback
  • Provides ample practice time
  • Encourages independent learning
Cut to the Chase
  • 85 Pre-kindergarten-level lessons in these areas: Letter Recognition, Reading Readiness, Phonics, Sight Words, Punctuation & Grammar, PLUS 15 challenge reading lessons for advanced learners
  • The set includes two sturdy spiral-bound books and "Ace"—the Talking, Teaching Dog interactive, electronic Hot Dots pen
  • Ace requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)
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Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (25)
  • Engaging (23)
  • Interactive (22)
  • Lots of fun (19)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Young children (21)
    • Entertainment (16)
    • Indoor (11)
    • Travel (9)
    • Special needs (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent of two or more children (16), Education oriented (9), Stay at home parent (9), Grandparent (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes (11), No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What a GREAT learning tool!

    I cannot say enough good things about the Hot Dots Jr, Let's Master Pre-K Reading set. I have 5 year old twin boys, who are very active and don't like to sit for...Read complete review

    I cannot say enough good things about the Hot Dots Jr, Let's Master Pre-K Reading set. I have 5 year old twin boys, who are very active and don't like to sit for very long, but this set by Educational Insights changes that.

    When we received the set, both of my boys were very eager to open up the box and get started. I am very pleased with the quality of the box. It is very durable allowing it to be carried and stacked by the kiddos without getting easily destroyed. The interactive pen, appropriately named "Ace", is absolutely adorable. My kids fell in love with him instantly. 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.

    The activities in the book provide various Language and Literacy skills for various levels of reading. Book 1 contains Letter Recognition, Sequencing, Rhyming Words, Color Words, and Uppercase/Lowercase recognition. Book 2 contains a more higher skill set of Word Recognition, Letter Sounds, and Challenging activities with Beginning Consonants.

    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. The one that that I don't like is that there isn't an option on the pages for "Ace" to read the instructions aloud to the participant. So because of this, I do have to sit with them while they work through the books to let them know what to do, which is fine because it allows me to monitor their success.

    I would definitely recommend the Hot Dots Jr; Let's Master Pre-K Reading for any child that is learning the fundamentals of Language and Literacy. It is a great introduction to children that are eager to learn to read!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    My girls loved it BUT....

    Both of my girls loved this when it was working. The light up eyes and noises were great. Stopped working about 2 and a half months after we opened it. Changed batteries, wiped...Read complete review

    Both of my girls loved this when it was working. The light up eyes and noises were great. Stopped working about 2 and a half months after we opened it. Changed batteries, wiped the tip, still nothing. Of course it being a gift,the purchaser couldn't remember where they bought it or if they had retained a receipt. Wasteful, I have the books but nothing to use them with. Very dissappointed

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    5.0

    Great for Beginner Readers

    By Staley Mc

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Education Oriented

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Educational
    • Engaging
    • Interactive
    • Lots of Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

        Kids loved the interactivity of these books, easy to pick up on and master basic reading skills. The dog was fun and kept the kids laughing even as they were learning.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Learning Tool!

        By Boychild's Mom

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me First Time Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Educational

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Young Children

          Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

          This is a great learning tool for kids, it will keep them busy for hours.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Great for Pre-Readers

          By Melanie

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Educational
          • Engaging
          • Lots of Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Indoor
            • Special Needs
            • Travel
            • Young Children

            Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

            My daughter has been very stubborn about learning her letters and developing her pre-reading skills. I was just about ready to give up when I decided to give the Hot Dots, Jr. Pre-K reading set a try. I am so glad I did. She loves using Ace, the talking dog to try to match letters, sequence, match colors and practice spelling words in book one. I haven't introduced Book Two to her yet because I want her to focus on mastering one book before she moves to another book.

            Ace the Talking Dog uses sounds, music and/or words to encourage my daughter to keep trying when she chooses wrong and to reward her when she gets the answer right.

            I have been thankful to have a method for her to practice her letters and pre-reading skills without resorting to flash cards or other learning methods that only feel like work to her.

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            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            What a GREAT learning tool!

            By Leah

            from New Jersey

            About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Entertainment
              • Indoor
              • Travel
              • Young Children

              Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

              I cannot say enough good things about the Hot Dots Jr, Let's Master Pre-K Reading set. I have 5 year old twin boys, who are very active and don't like to sit for very long, but this set by Educational Insights changes that.

              When we received the set, both of my boys were very eager to open up the box and get started. I am very pleased with the quality of the box. It is very durable allowing it to be carried and stacked by the kiddos without getting easily destroyed. The interactive pen, appropriately named "Ace", is absolutely adorable. My kids fell in love with him instantly. 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.

              The activities in the book provide various Language and Literacy skills for various levels of reading. Book 1 contains Letter Recognition, Sequencing, Rhyming Words, Color Words, and Uppercase/Lowercase recognition. Book 2 contains a more higher skill set of Word Recognition, Letter Sounds, and Challenging activities with Beginning Consonants.

              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. The one that that I don't like is that there isn't an option on the pages for "Ace" to read the instructions aloud to the participant. So because of this, I do have to sit with them while they work through the books to let them know what to do, which is fine because it allows me to monitor their success.

              I would definitely recommend the Hot Dots Jr; Let's Master Pre-K Reading for any child that is learning the fundamentals of Language and Literacy. It is a great introduction to children that are eager to learn to read!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Great Learning Tool

              By Miss Frugal Mommy

              from Georgia

              Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

              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!

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              5.0

              Pre-K Reading Kit Great for Beginners

              By Mary

              from Omaha, Nebraska

              About Me Education Oriented, Homeschooler, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Educational
              • Interactive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Young Children

                Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

                I received Hot Dots Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading free for review. All opinions are my own.

                Hot Dots Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading 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 Reading books cover topics such as letter recognition, reading readiness and phonics.

                Pre-K Reading Book 1 was pretty easy for my 4 year old. According to other sources she reads at a 5 year level, so this didn't surprise me. When she got to Book 2, she had to slow down because the questions were more challenging for her level. She had to spend more time thinking about things before answering. 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 to read. The pages are durable and made to last repeated use. Even after kids have achieved a higher reading level, there are some great questions to allow the kids a chance to review previous concepts to reinforce those ideas. I recommend this kit to anyone with a preschool aged child, however if they are at a higher reading level you may want to move up to the Kindergarten Reading set.

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                5.0

                Fun way to introduce reading

                By Mulholland Family

                from Michigan

                About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Educational
                • Engaging

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoor
                  • Young Children

                  Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

                  Great way to help them learn reading without making it feel like work. Hot Dots Jr. is such a fun way to learn and kids like the fun they have while reading. Parents love the learning and that makes this set a great way to introduce your kids to Hot Dots Jr way of learning.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great for learning your child's ability.

                  By Maine Mummy

                  from Maine

                  About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Educational
                  • Engaging
                  • Interactive
                  • Lots of Fun

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Entertainment
                    • Young Children

                    Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

                    My son just started Kindergarten and we were told he was a little behind on his letter skills, so we got this and the Kindergarten set to help him along. He definitely had the Pre-K skills down but it did help us identify which letters he has difficulty with. We've always had a tough time getting him to sit down with us and do any learning based activity, but he absolutely loved this and whizzed through both books one after the other. The puppy was a big hit, and the activities were a big hit. It's a nice simple set of alphabet skills for the Pre-K, and could even be used by toddlers to start them on the path. I love the dynamic of the Hot Dots set, they engage my son, and give me something to work on him. I am by no means a teacher but this is something I felt able to do with him, encourage him in and not worry about whether I was doing it right. His interest in it was a big help.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Helps Get Your Child Ready for Kindergar

                    By Happy Mothering

                    from California

                    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Educational
                    • Engaging
                    • Interactive
                    • Lots of Fun

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Young Children

                      Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

                      I received the Hot Dots Jr. Pre-K Reading set from Educational Insights for review purposes. Both of my kids love math, but struggle a bit more with getting interested in reading. Since my younger daughter will be starting Kindergarten next year, I really want to help get her ready and make sure she knows all of her letters, the sounds that go with them and all of the basics. This set is a lot of fun. You do need to be by your child's side at this age to read them the questions they need to answer, but it covers all of the topics your child needs to get to know to be ready for Kindergarten.

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                      4.0

                      Fun Learninig Toy

                      By mrskstacy

                      from Mobile, AL

                      About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Educational
                      • Engaging
                      • Interactive
                      • Lots of Fun

                      Cons

                      • Lack Of Independence

                      Best Uses

                      • Entertainment

                      Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:

                      I received this product free for my daughter to use and review and we love it! My daughter is almost 5 and she'll be starting kindergarten next fall. She's at the pre-k level, but not actually in pre-k. I work with her at home to get her ready to start school next year and the Hot Dots "toy" is a great aide. She's already been diagnosed with ADHD, so it can be difficult to keep her attention long enough to learn, but she gets very engaged in using these books and pen. She absolutely loves the fun dog pen, Ace. I do have to sit with her while she plays and learns because she cannot read yet so I have to read the instructions to her. I don't mind though. It's a great way to spend quality time with her while she learns and plays. It's easy to use and Ace tells her if she gets the answer right or wrong. I do wish though, that Ace could be a bit more interactive. As I said, I don't mind sitting with my daughter to help her, but sometimes she wants to do it alone and gets frustrated because she can't. It is a great product, but a few improvements could be made. Perhaps a black circle in the corner of each page that gives the instructions when touched and it'd would be great if Ace read the letters/words when the black circle in the book is touched. I do love the toy and so does she, but even with great toys, there is always room for improvements.

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