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Great for home or on the road
This set was a gift for my 4 y.o. She really likes Ace, the cute dog stylus that accompanies the Hot Dots Jr. Pre-K Reading set. He has 23 fun phrases and sound...Read complete review
This set was a gift for my 4 y.o. She really likes Ace, the cute dog stylus that accompanies the Hot Dots Jr. Pre-K Reading set. He has 23 fun phrases and sound effects to help let the user know how s/he is doing. My daughter laughed the first time she realized Ace would vibrate after she answered three questions in a row correctly. One thing I appreciated about Ace was that he has a mute option. There are two books included in this set and they cover the following topics: Letter Recognition (A-Z, upper/lowercase), Sequencing (before/after), Story Sequence (Which picture completes the story?), Rhyming Words, Color Words, Letters and Words (Find letters that are in the word), Upper and Lowercase Letter Matching, Word Recognition (Match photo/word to a list of words), Letter Sounds, and a Challenge section that asks the child to find the letter that makes the beginning/ending sound of the item pictured. This set is a good fit for children interested in learning letters and their sounds. It is a good start towards reading mastery.
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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 idea but, Ace doesn't work right
By Andrew in Georgia
from Kingsland, GA
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent
Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Let's Master Pre-K Reading:
We bought this and some extra books for my son for Easter. He loved using them all! Today, we went to use it and the pen says that everything, even my hand, is the right answer. I even tried removing the batteries and that didn't work. Now my son is upset that he can't use it any more.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Hi Andrew, We apologize for your experience. Please send your mailing address and phone number to email@example.com and I will have one of our customer service reps contact you as soon as possible. Thanks,Jennifer JensEducational Insights
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Perfect for prek
from Nashville, TN
About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
We received this set several months ago and my 5 year old still loves to play with it. She likes the immediate reinforcement of the sounds and enjoys working through the book independently. I hope to buy more hotdot books and use them as she advances through PreK and K skills.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Educational and Fun! Great Product!
About Me First Time Parent, Working Parent
My 4 1/2 year old son loves these! He picks it up on his own and flips through the books to do the activities. He loves the positive reinforcement and the challenge. It's such a clever way for him to learn but have fun at the same time. And I'm really glad that we can buy other books as he continues to grow. Great product!
Great resource for kids learning to read
from Salt Lake City, Utah
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
Ace "the talking dog" is a great pal for my son as he uses this fun Hot Dots Jr set to review his letters and other reading practices. He is in preschool, but he loves doing this and Ace makes it fun. The dogs eyes light up with green or red on correct or incorrect answers and talks to you. It doesn't read the instructions or answers so depending on your child's level you may have to help a little, but it is a great way for us to spend time together and have fun. It is very durable as well. Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Perfect Letter Recognition Reinforcement
By Amy D
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children
If you have young children like myself, then you know just how hard it can be starting out with learning the alphabet. My five year old was struggling with learning which letters sounded like what so I was looking for products that could help reinforce letter sounds. This Hot Dots Jr. set was perfect for us!Let me tell you, this is not a game that kids can play with by themselves. You still should be present to ensure they are choosing the right answers. I made the mistake of walking away and my daughter started pressing everything in site. The pen interacts with the black dots so when your child needs to answer something they must choose the correct dot under the picture.Overall, it is fun, but something you should practice with your child.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great for Beginner Readers
By Staley Mc
from Birmingham, AL
About Me Education Oriented
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.
Great for Pre-Readers
from Chicago, IL
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.
What a GREAT learning tool!
from New Jersey
About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent
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!
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!