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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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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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Great Learning Tool!
By Boychild's Mom
from Chicago, IL
About Me First Time Parent
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great for Pre-Readers
About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
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.
from New Jersey
About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent
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!
Pre-K Reading Kit Great for Beginners
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 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.
Fun way to introduce reading
By Mulholland Family
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children
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.
Great for learning your child's ability.
By Maine Mummy
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.
Helps Get Your Child Ready for Kindergar
By Happy Mothering
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.
Fun Learninig Toy
from Mobile, AL
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
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.
Great addition to our classroom
By Our Place Preschool
from Discovery Bay, CA
About Me Education Oriented
We love this item. Its a great way to review the children's skills. I LOVE that its all together! We have some Hot Dot cards but I like this format far better. The only thing I'd like to see different is if the pen would work in a tilted position to promote proper pencil grip.
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