My grandson got right into this book. The Ace pen did the trick with him. He's 3 1/2 and loves it. I'm buying the Pre-K math one also.
About This Item
- Give your kids the jump-start they need for academic success with this fun, interactive Hot Dots Jr. set and Ace—the Talking, Teaching Dog pen.
- Includes 2 sturdy spiral-bound books with 100 lessons each and interactive electronic pen.
- Lessons cover letter recognition, reading readiness, phonics, sight words, punctuation, grammar, and more.
- Also includes 15 challenges for next-level skill prep!
- Press Ace to an answer dot—he offers affirmative "ruffs" and encouraging words for correct responses, and gentle redirection for incorrect responses.
- Helps develop critical early learning skills and encourages self-paced independent learning.
- Ace grows with your child through dozens of Hot Dots and Hot Dots Jr books, workbooks, and card sets covering reading, math, science, and more!
- Pen requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).
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Great learning product
My daughter was very excited when we got the option to try this product out. She is in KG this year and her teacher told me that she likes to focus on reading the most at this age. We opened the box and my daughter loved that the pen looks like a dog. We got the batteries put in and she started using it right away. Ace the dog lights up green or red depending on if the child gets the answer correct. He also makes different sounds. The books are perfectly on track with what she is learning in KG with letter recognition at the beginning, different sounds of letters in words and matching them to other ones, beginning letters, sight words, color words, and number words. There is also a section of challenges in the back. While she can do this on her own, it's a good product for a parent to sit with their child and help. There were some pictures that she had to ask me specifically what they were. Like the cot, and I would encourage her to sound words out and help. We have had this for a week and when she comes home from school she likes to get it out and do it. Which I love because she is having fun and learning too. It would be nice to be able to order more books to go along with it to continue the lessons. Once she has learned all from the two books it came with, it won't be a challenge anymore. I would love a book full of just sight words. They are the hardest to learn since they can't be sounded out and we have a huge list that we are working on. My final impression of this product is that it is a great learning set that my daughter has fun using. We received this product free from the company to test out but all the reviews are mine and my child's.
Fun & interactive way for kids to work on kindergarten math
Hot dots is a fun and interactive way for kids to learn and have fun at the same time! I have been looking for some ways to prepare my 5 year old for kindergarten in the fall but I didn't want to make her do worksheets so hot dots is the perfect way for her to continue to learn at home in a fun way. The Ace pen is adorable and provides instant feedback letting her know if she answered correctly or not. I love that 2 books are included in the set and it covers a lot of different early math skills so she will be very prepared and ready for kindergarten. We will definitely be buying more of the hot dots sets. Highly recommend!
Fun way for kids to learn K Language art skills
This is the perfect product to help prepare kids for kindergarten language arts skills. My 5 year old loves doing hot dots sets and I feel they have really helped her to keep learning at home in a fun way! This set includes two books with 100 lessons on language art skills like upper/lower case letters, beginning consonants, ending consonants, short/long vowels and sight words. I really like how the Ace pen provides immediate feedback so she can do these lessons on her own as well as with me. Hot dots are the perfect alternative or addition to workbooks and work sheets. Personally, I think my 5 year old is too young still to only be doing work sheets/work books (because learning should be fun at this young age!) so I love how hot dots provides a fun way to learn! I'm so glad we got this for my 5 year old because she will be more than ready for kindergarten in the fall!
Includes 100 lessons to learn preK language arts skills
We are huge fans of hot dots and I love how it is helping my kids (ages 3.5 and 5) to learn without using boring flash cards or worksheets. This specific one includes 100 lessons to help with different preK language arts skills like letter recognition, rhyming, sequencing, uppercase/lowercase & letter sounds. My kids love the Ace pen and immediate feedback it provides in a fun way. I love that my kids can work on this independently as well as during one on one time with me. It really is such a great way for them to learn and be prepared for school. Highly recommend!
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 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.
Malfunctioning book after a handful of uses.
Book one malfunctioned within a handful of uses. The book would tell them that every dot was correct, while the second book still works as it should. They are in very good condition, like new condition really. I always supervised them while playing with them and kept them up when not. My kids enjoyed these and had fun with them, but mostly just wanted to hear the dog talk and being not so interested in even hitting the right spot on the page. He was so glamorous he took the focus off of the learning for them. Even still my daughter did apply herself. She is 4 and after a few times of playing with it, flew through the book without even having to think about the answers. Imagine you, taking a multiple choice test over and over again a d eventually how easy that would be and how little thought you'd have to put I to it to do it. That's what these are. Multiple choice that after a few good times of actual learning, your child will simply fly through. A dry erase drawing letters and number book would be better, as they can always improve upon how well they write at this age. With as much as this costs and how it takes up room for what it is, you'd be better off downloading free apps from the app store and sitting down with your child and playing with them on the phone to learn their abcs and how to read. There is a teach your monster to read app that is a one time low cost, there are the Fisher Price apps, completely free and add free I believe, there is App studio with Lucas that is made to be completely free and add free for learning. In my opinion, they don't malfunction, they don't cost money (except the real good ones and even they're pennies compared to this) and they're just as engaging and alright when you're sitting a playing with the child on the tablet. Besides, we live in a day and age that kids need to know technology too. The books malfunction easily. The kids will be more interested in the dog and its easy to memorize.
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