Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set

Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set

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Ages 4-6
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The Big Idea

Give children a jump-start on the readiness skills they need to succeed in school with this complete Hot Dots Jr. set! Kids will be amazed as “Ace” –The Talking, Teaching Dog® reinforces answers with cool phrases and glowing lights.

Shhh...They're Learning!
  • Playful, interactive learning
  • Confidence-building feedback
  • Provides ample practice time
  • Encourages independent learning
Cut to the Chase
  • 160 Readiness lessons in 5 progressive categories teaches colors, patterns, shapes, numbers, letters, and more
  • Includes 80 richly illustrated, oversized double-sided Activity Cards that work with “Ace”–the Talking, Teaching Dog™
  • Pens requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

  • National Association of Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) 1997
  • "Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award"
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    Product Instructions

    Download our Product Instructions and Activity Guide:

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    Hot Dots® Getting Ready for School (3,539k file)

    These skills are covered in the set:

    Reading Math
    Uppercase Letters Geometric Shapes
    Lowercase Letters Colors
    Sight Words Numbers and Sets 1-10
    Vocabulary Counting to 10
    Patterns

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    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Educational InsightsHot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set
     
    3.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Educational (6)
    • Interactive (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Easy to assemble (3)
    • Engaging (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (5)
    • Indoor (4)
    • Travel (3)
    • Young children (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent (8), Parent of two or more children (5), Educator (4), Stay at home parent (4), Education oriented (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good for little ones who want to do "school" too.

    We homeschool and lately the 3 year old (3-1/2 really) has been wanting to do school, but with the busyness of Christmas, his "school" has kind of...Read complete review

    We homeschool and lately the 3 year old (3-1/2 really) has been wanting to do school, but with the busyness of Christmas, his "school" has kind of fallen off the radar. Instead of just reading to him, we've been doing these a few mornings and week and he has been loving it. He absorbs a lot just interacting with his sisters. These have been a perfect way to do some focused learning, just with him, without having to coordinate things or spend a bunch of time planning.

    This kit has 5 sets of cards.
    The Colors and patterns set has activities like, what is the same, what should it be, identifying word names (worthless IMO--I don't agree with sight word stuff) and what colors are in the picture.
    The Shapes set has activities like which shapes are the same, which matches the first, which are in the picture, and which is next in the pattern.
    Learning the alphabet includes matching letters to the first item (both upper and lower) and then picking all items that match the Ul combo at the beginning of the row.
    Let's Learn Numbers has you identifying the numeral through a series of which are the same and then counting exercises.
    The uppercase/lowercase set has things like giving you the upper and selecting the lower from a choice of two. As it gets more advanced, you pick from a larger list or find the box with the correctly paired set.

    These are perfect for us right now. He has great success with many things he already knows and there are several things for us to work on together. I like the succession of information (for the most part). The only thing I DON'T like is that the cards are sequential in content, but they are all loose cards. A book or a bound set of cards would be much easier (and frankly, make less of a mess!).

    All in all, though, I really like these and would recommend them.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great, if the talking pen would work

    My daughter received this three months ago for Christmas. As an educator and a parent, I was happy to see a product that encourages readiness skills while playing. She has used it a...Read complete review

    My daughter received this three months ago for Christmas. As an educator and a parent, I was happy to see a product that encourages readiness skills while playing. She has used it a few times and the pen only works intermittently. It signals a wrong answer when the answer is correct. She becomes frustrated and I am disappointed.

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    4.0

    Good for little ones who want to do "school" too.

    By happylhomemaker

    from great white north, MI

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

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Educational
    • Engaging
    • Interactive
    • Lots of Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoor
      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

      We homeschool and lately the 3 year old (3-1/2 really) has been wanting to do school, but with the busyness of Christmas, his "school" has kind of fallen off the radar. Instead of just reading to him, we've been doing these a few mornings and week and he has been loving it. He absorbs a lot just interacting with his sisters. These have been a perfect way to do some focused learning, just with him, without having to coordinate things or spend a bunch of time planning.

      This kit has 5 sets of cards.
      The Colors and patterns set has activities like, what is the same, what should it be, identifying word names (worthless IMO--I don't agree with sight word stuff) and what colors are in the picture.
      The Shapes set has activities like which shapes are the same, which matches the first, which are in the picture, and which is next in the pattern.
      Learning the alphabet includes matching letters to the first item (both upper and lower) and then picking all items that match the Ul combo at the beginning of the row.
      Let's Learn Numbers has you identifying the numeral through a series of which are the same and then counting exercises.
      The uppercase/lowercase set has things like giving you the upper and selecting the lower from a choice of two. As it gets more advanced, you pick from a larger list or find the box with the correctly paired set.

      These are perfect for us right now. He has great success with many things he already knows and there are several things for us to work on together. I like the succession of information (for the most part). The only thing I DON'T like is that the cards are sequential in content, but they are all loose cards. A book or a bound set of cards would be much easier (and frankly, make less of a mess!).

      All in all, though, I really like these and would recommend them.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Educational and Fun

      By Dawn B

      from Savannah

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

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoor

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

        We love this product. It works as a refresher for my eldest who is in Kindergarten and my youngest who is just beginning to become interested in learning. The only thing that I wish that came with it was something to hold all the cards and maybe another reader other than Ace. We have about ten of him with every Hot Dots package we get.

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        • No

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        5.0

        School Prep

        By Nicole

        from TX

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

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Interactive
        • Lots of Fun

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Indoor
        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

        My 5 year old really enjoyed these cards, it is cute product and covers a lot of information. There are 80 double sided cards and they get jumbled up and scattered all over the table- I wish they were in a spiral bound folder or something. Other than that, it was a big hit and everything worked perfectly! My child can't read yet, so I had to be there to provide prompts and read choices, but it was a great way to review and learn skills.

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        4.0

        Great Educational Tool

        By Sis

        from Grayslake, Il

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

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Engaging
        • Interactive
        • Lots of Fun

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Indoor
        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

        Great learning tool for my 4 year old son who will be starting kindergarten soon!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Fun for awhile.

        By Mom of five

        from Wisconsin

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

        Pros

        • Educational

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment

          Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

          My 3 year old loved it but did not want to go along with what it said. He just wanted to push the dots. The older kids had fun with it once and then it got put aside.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          We're Ready for Kindergarten with Hot Dots Jr.!

          By Weaverj501

          from North Little Rock, AR

          About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Can Withstand Use
          • Easy To Play
          • Educational
          • Entertaining
          • Fun
          • Interactive
          • Thought Provoking

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

            The Hot Dots Jr. "Getting Ready for School" set was perfect for my daughter (age 5) and for my students entering Kindergarten. The talking pen allows the child to select his/her answer to the question and hear a sound or phrase to indicate whether their response was correct or incorrect. The cards cover a variety of topics like alphabet, colors, and more! This is also a great toy to have in the car.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Ace does not work at all

            By Tara

            from Lawrenceville, Ga

            About Me Parent

            Pros

              Cons

              • Ace Does Not Work

              Best Uses

                Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

                Ace only says "that's incorrect" even when the answer is.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Is incorrect most of the time

                By Preschool Mom

                from San Fran East Bay, CA

                About Me Parent

                Pros

                • Easy To Assemble
                • The Different Activities

                Cons

                • Flimsy
                • Is Wrong A Lot
                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Travel

                Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

                My son received this as a gift and was very excited about it. Unfortunately, ACE is wrong most of the time. We have tried helping him and use the pen ourselves but most of the time he says answers are wrong when they are not. It is very confusing for our son, so I am going to keep the cards but am throwing out ACE. Very disappointed!

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                • Yes

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                3.0

                Loved it !!

                By Mom of 2

                from Toronto, Ontario

                About Me Educator, Parent

                Pros

                • Easy To Assemble
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Outside
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

                  My 3 year old loved this but is very advanced and just went right through it. He just turned 4 and we're on to Hot Docs and have left the Jr. version behind but it was definitely fun for him to use... We have since passed it on to a friends 2 year old and he loves it !! Great product !!

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  It is not always correct

                  By Tripta

                  from NJ

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Wrong Answers

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set:

                    I bought this for my son who is 4 years old. While using this product, I saw it functioning incorrectly on a number of occasions. Ace was saying 'That's right' and glowing Green when it was placed on incorrect dots. But for some of these, Ace's response changed with a second attempt. I am not sure why it is behaving this way. But there definitely is some problem with the product. I bet this can confuse children and even teach them incorrect stuff.

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                    • No

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