Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun

Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun

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Ages 4-7
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Add excitement to phonics practice with Ace—the Talking, Teaching Dog®. This phonics set offers 160 different phonics activities that prepare children for reading success.

Shhh...They're Learning!
  • Playful, interactive learning
  • Confidence-building feedback
  • Provides ample practice time
  • Encourages independent learning
Cut to the Chase
  • 80 richly illustrated double-sided Activity Cards that prepare preschoolers in the following areas: alphabet, long and short vowels, blends, digraphs and more
  • Set features “Ace”—the Talking, Teaching Dog® Pen. He cheers for correct answers and gently redirects children when they answer incorrectly
  • Ace Pen requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

  • National Association of Parenting Publications Awards (1997)
  • Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award (1997)
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    Hot Dots Jr. Phonics Fun

    These skills are covered in the set:

    Phonics Skills
    Beginning Letter Sounds
    Ending Letter Sounds
    Short Vowels
    Long Vowels (with silent e)
    Long Vowel Pairs
    Consonant Blends
    Consonant Digraphs
    Sight Words
    Reading Simple Sentences
    Aligned to:
  • 3.3RF.K.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant. Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels. Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does). Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

  • RF.1.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs (two letters that represent one sound). Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words. Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds. Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word. Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables. Read words with inflectional endings. Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

  • RF.2.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words. Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams. Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes. Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences. Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

  • RF.3.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes. Decode words with common Latin suffixes. Decode multi-syllable words. Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
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    Educational InsightsHot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun
     
    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Educational (8)
    • Engaging (8)
    • Interactive (8)
    • Lots of fun (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoor (7)
    • Young children (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent of two or more children (7), Education oriented (5), Stay at home parent (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Makes assesment of skills FUN!

    My 5 year old really enjoys learning and so he was really into this set! The cards included lessons to reinforce learning the alphabet, letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending of...Read complete review

    My 5 year old really enjoys learning and so he was really into this set! The cards included lessons to reinforce learning the alphabet, letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending of sounds, digraphs, and more in an interactive and fun game format! Each card features a lesson such as find which pictures begin with the sound made of s and n blended together. Then the pictures each have a black "hot dot" below it that the child can use the Ace talking pen on to see if they selected correctly or incorrectly. Incorrect answers gently encourage your child to try again without making them discourage! It was great to have my son review and practice lessons he'd already mastered as he learned how the Hot Dots system works. Then, he was ready to move on to recognizing the difference between long and short vowels and blended sounds and it was great to be able to work with him on those concepts in a fun and easy way!

    Disclosure: I received this set for free to review on my website, A Mom's Take. Opinions are my own.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for review but NOT for teaching reading

    So I have a closet full of Hot Dots & Hot Dots Jr cards and pens. They make wonderful car toys and fun review for concepts learned. This particular set -- Hot...Read complete review

    So I have a closet full of Hot Dots & Hot Dots Jr cards and pens. They make wonderful car toys and fun review for concepts learned. This particular set -- Hot Dots Jr - Phonics Fun -- for some reason is not one of my favorites. This is a great all inclusive kit because it comes with the pen, but it doesn't come with batteries. It comes with 5 sets of double sided cards to help your child learn some (VERY) basic phonics. The sets are letter sounds, short vowels, long vowels, blends & digraphs, and basic reading.

    I think the reason I disliked this kit is because it included a 24-page book with teaching tips and extra activities and you cannot teach reading with such a limited and simple kit. I've taught 2 kids to read so far and this is missing so many skills necessary for reading (not the least of which is that they don't teach all the letter sounds) that they idea you could teach a child to read WELL with it, is nonsense. If you want to teach a child to read, use Logic of English's Foundations A-D.

    It IS a good product for basic review and the kids do enjoy doing the cards, though I'm not sure my blossoming reader or my 2 year old understand why they are correct when they play on their own. I do wish the cards were bound in books or even on a ring so that they stayed together better. I have done that with several of my other sets. As usual, the cards for Hot Dots Jr are full color and sturdy enough for what they are. The pens are fairly easy to use and even the two year old quickly figured out that you need to put the dog pen on the dot straight up and down.

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    5.0

    Definitely FUN!

    By Rosie0622

    from Chicago IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Messy

    Best Uses

    • Indoor
    • Young Children

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

    I love educational Insights toys! I love the Lesson Guide that comes along, very helpful by giving you tips and activities you can do with your little one, my daughter is now 5 so I found this to be a little easy for her, it gives her a refresher of what she's been learning in school and I use it as a tool for reading, we've had a lot of fun and I plan to continue using this for the summer months.The pen is definitely a plus because it talks and they get to check their work.

    Down fall it doesn't come in a box where you can store all the cards, guide and pen, I have other hot dot jr activities and they came in a nice carrying case which makes for easy travel and less mess for mom.

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    • Yes

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    3.0

    Good for review but NOT for teaching reading

    By Happy Little Homemaker

    from Great White North

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

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Engaging
    • Interactive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Entertainment
      • Indoor
      • Travel
      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

      So I have a closet full of Hot Dots & Hot Dots Jr cards and pens. They make wonderful car toys and fun review for concepts learned. This particular set -- Hot Dots Jr - Phonics Fun -- for some reason is not one of my favorites. This is a great all inclusive kit because it comes with the pen, but it doesn't come with batteries. It comes with 5 sets of double sided cards to help your child learn some (VERY) basic phonics. The sets are letter sounds, short vowels, long vowels, blends & digraphs, and basic reading.

      I think the reason I disliked this kit is because it included a 24-page book with teaching tips and extra activities and you cannot teach reading with such a limited and simple kit. I've taught 2 kids to read so far and this is missing so many skills necessary for reading (not the least of which is that they don't teach all the letter sounds) that they idea you could teach a child to read WELL with it, is nonsense. If you want to teach a child to read, use Logic of English's Foundations A-D.

      It IS a good product for basic review and the kids do enjoy doing the cards, though I'm not sure my blossoming reader or my 2 year old understand why they are correct when they play on their own. I do wish the cards were bound in books or even on a ring so that they stayed together better. I have done that with several of my other sets. As usual, the cards for Hot Dots Jr are full color and sturdy enough for what they are. The pens are fairly easy to use and even the two year old quickly figured out that you need to put the dog pen on the dot straight up and down.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Makes learning to read fun

      By MrsCinRB

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Stay At Home Parent

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoor
        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

        I wish learning was this fun when I was a kid! My 4 year old loves this and caught on really fast how to use the pen. She loves the sounds the doggy pen makes and this really makes her think.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        A Great Way To Learn And Review!

        By TrojanMommy

        from California

        About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoor
          • Travel
          • Young Children

          Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

          This is such a fun way for my 6 year old to learn and review! This set comes with 80 sturdy cards that are double-sided. There a variety of different lessons to go through, such as letter sounds, vowels, and blends.

          The activity format/goal changes every 4-8 pages, so there is plenty of variety. Every time my son started to get comfortable, the cards switched it up - and that's a good thing! This is great because as soon as my son started getting tired, the topic changed, and he was ready for more!

          This set also comes with Ace - The Talking, Teaching Dog - which is a "pen" that the kids touch to the correct answer. Ace gives immediate feedback after each answer: with his eyes, his words, and his sounds. After getting three correct answers in a row, Ace vibrates and gets really excited - and my son loves it, every single time! I thought that my son would get less excited about this over time, but it hasn't happened yet!

          We will continue to use this set for reviewing and maybe for fun quiz games/competitions. I highly recommend it for grades PreK-1st.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect way to make learning fun for an almost 5 year old

          By Beth

          from Livingston, NJ

          About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Interactive
          • Less screen time needed
          • Lots of Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

            We are so tired of workbooks and I do not want to give the kids constant screen time. This product is wonderful because it feels like they are using a tech tool but they are working on fine motor skills via holding the pen and are learning how to read! The cards are brightly colored with fun images displayed. The talking pen is so supportive and I see a smile each time my son gets an answer right. This particular kit is great because it comes with a lesson guide so you are not just piling up cards for your child to use you can guide their activity and learning.

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            • No

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            4.0

            cool, educational product

            By Mom of Two

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Entertainment
              • Indoor
              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

              Hot dots sets are fun for both my almost 4 and almost 6 year old. They both find the pen engaging and fun to use. This particular set suited my almost 4 year old best as he is still learning how to sound out words. He was so eager to try this set that we went through the whole thing in two sittings. It was also exciting to discover that another hot dots pen we have from another set also worked on these phonics cards. However, the cute dog pen was his favorite. This set comes with an excellent lesson guide for parents to teach their child phonics rules and to provide guided practice when using the cards. (However, the set is pretty self explanatory if a parent does not have time to go through the lesson guide.) Then, the hot dots pen does a great job of providing support as the kid works independently. The cards were fun to go through and I know my child was actively learning phonics. However, I noticed that the way the cards were set up, especially the "Let's Read" section, that he just memorized the correct answers on the cards as opposed to actually being able to sound out the words and/or read the sentences printed on the cards when doing them again on his own. I also wish this set came with an organizer for the cards. However, I would still recommend this product. I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Fun learning tool.

              By AnnaD

              from Indianapolis, IN

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

              Pros

              • Educational
              • Engaging

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoor
                • Older Children

                Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

                My kids (ages 3.5 and 6.5) both enjoy using this. The preschooler doesn't understand any but the easiest set of cards (beginning letters of words) but it will be a great teaching tool as he goes farther into school. He loves playing with the pen and picking all the answers though! The older one has fun using it as well. It definitely requires parent help and interaction for kids who can't read yet.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Fun for Preschoolers!

                By Lauren

                from Winfield, IL

                About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

                Pros

                • Educational
                • Engaging
                • Interactive
                • Lots of Fun

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

                    My preschooler (newly turned 4) loved playing with this. He was a little intimidated at first but then once he realized he was familiar with the letters he went whizzing through it. He enjoys sitting down and working through the flash cards testing his knowledge. It's nice to see he want to play something educational.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great way to reinforce Phonics Learning

                    By Lea H.

                    from Waverly, Iowa

                    About Me First Time Parent

                    Pros

                    • Educational
                    • Engaging
                    • Interactive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoor
                      • Young Children

                      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

                      We love the Hot Dots Jr. Phonics Fun! Ace the talking dog is a big hit with our 4 year old son. He is just starting to learn his letter sounds and this is a perfect activity for us to sit an go through as reinforcement. The only down side was he thought that Ace was a reader like another toy he has and he tried to "read" the words with it. Ace is designed to let him know if he has made a correct selection. It only took a few times for him to get the hang of it.

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                      • No

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My Hot Shots Love Hot Dots!

                      By Tina the Teacher

                      from MA

                      About Me Educator

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Assemble
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Educational
                      • High Quality
                      • Lasting Fun

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Phonics Fun:

                          I am a first grade teacher and my students love these! They are very easy to use and help the students to become independent learners. I like them so much that I plan to get more sets of cards.

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                          • Yes

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