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Rated 5 out of 5 by Rosie0622 Definitely 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.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Happy Little Homemaker 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 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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrsCinRB Makes learning to read 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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by TrojanMommy A Great Way To Learn And Review!
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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beth Perfect way to make learning fun for an almost 5 year old
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.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mom of Two cool, educational product
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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by AnnaD Fun learning tool.
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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lauren Fun for Preschoolers!
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.