Hot Dots Jr Grade 2 Reading Set w/ Pen by Educational Insights

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Hot Dots Jr Grade 2 Reading Set w/ Pen by Educational Insights is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun concept, but questions are too easy for grade level My first-grade son received this. It comes in a box with a handle for easy transport and storage. Inside are two fifty-page, spiral-bound, laminated books of reading and language arts questions and the Hot Dots pen. Each page contains two questions. There are 85 pages of regular questions and 15 pages of more advanced ones. Topics covered are reading comprehension, synonyms & antonyms, homophones & multiple-meaning words, context clues, spelling, and punctuation & grammar. Two AAA batteries required for the pen aren't included. The pen is interchangeable and can be used with other Hot Dots books. Children read the questions and use the pen to choose their answer. If the answer is correct, it lights up green and makes positive sounds, if it's wrong, it lights up red and makes negative sounds. One button on the pen is used to select the type of sounds. You can choose speech, sound effects, or a combination. The second button changes the volume level to low, high, or mute. My son really liked the concept of Hot Dots. However, he found even most of the advanced questions to be too easy. He said that these topics were covered in first grade, and it shouldn't be rated for second-grade use. A problem he had with the pen was that if you don't hold it straight up and down and put it in the center of the dot, it sometimes told him he was wrong, even though he answered correctly. This was frustrating to him. Overall, I like the concept of this product. It makes learning fun, and kids can do this independently. Parents don't have to hound their children with questions. This can be used while traveling, waiting for an appointment, or even at a restaurant with the sound muted. However, I feel this is not at a second-grade level, which is why I only gave it three stars. If your child is testing at grade level or higher, I would order this product at least one or two years above their current grade. EI sent me this product in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for supplemental reading learning My daughter is in first grade, but we got her the grade 2 Let's Master Reading because she's 7-1/2, and she's an advanced reader. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars was because some of the content was still too easy for her. The part she really enjoyed was the reading comprehension section. I wish there was more. Also, plurals were somewhat of a challenge for her, so that was good. Additionally, I like the multiple choice format, which should help her with standardized testing once she gets to 3rd grade.
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun set My daughter had fun playing with this. She is in first grade, but reads quite a bit above grade level, but she still had fun playing with this set. She liked hearing the different sound effects and trying to figure out how the pen worked. I only wish the pen had come with an initial set of batteries. It seems like a lot of battery-operated toys come with an initial set of batteries to get started anymore, so that would be my only recommendation.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great learning tool! I have two children ages 7 and 9. They were immediately intrigued by this item. They love the interactive pen and the immediate feedback it gives. The kit comes with 2 spiral bound books with 85 lessons and 15 advanced lessons plus the interactive talking pen. The skills covered include reading comprehension, synonyms and antonyms, homophones and multiple meaning words, context clues, spelling, and punctuation and grammar. The skills are a good stretch for my 1st grader and a great review for my 3rd grader. I have left it sit out and a number of times the kids will pick it up on their own and play with it for a few minutes. I look forward to using it this summer as we continue to review skills. It keeps the interest of children in a wide age range (we had a friends 2nd grade daughter over and she played with this over an hour).
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and educational **I was sent a copy for free in exchange for my honest review. The Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading set is fun for my kids to play with. In this set, you receive two spiral bound books and a Hot Dots pen. The Hot Dots pen allows the child to instantly know if the answer he chose is correct. If you are correct, the pen will light up green and say a congratulatory phrase. If you are wrong, it will light up red and say that you were wrong. There is a volume control on the pen, and it even allows you to turn the sound off. With the sound off, this makes a great quiet activity. The books are 50 pages each. The pages are durable. Included in the books are the following skills: punctuation, capital letters, reading comprehension, plurals, spelling, contractions, prefixes, suffixes, context clues, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones. The second book also included multiple meaning words and a number of challenge problems. I love that the skills are mixed up in the books and they are all color coded so if you want to focus on just one skill it is easy to find. Overall, I think this is a great set. My daughter is in first grade, and though some of it is a little too hard for her right now, she still enjoys it and will be able to use it for some time.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, learning toy! My 7 y/o enjoyed playing and learning with this toy. It comes with an interactive pen and 2 books. The books are broken up in different categories, such as reading comprehension, prefixes and suffixes, punctuation, and capitalization. The pen and books were easy for him to use. He was excited when he would get the answers correct!
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Review Great review for second grade math problems. Will be great review for Summer as well. Has great problems for review while being fun.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helping Me Help Him My son loves playing with the Hot Dots sets. I like that each one builds on the previous one. This is helpful so my child will continue to learn and grow rather than having lots or repeats. I like the 2nd grade reading books because they work on grammar and reading rules and not just how to read. I also like that it uses the same vocabulary as they are learning in school (like homophone). Not only does this help my son learn in addition to school but it helps refresh my memory on the correct verbiage so I can help my son rather than say things like, "These words sound the same but mean different things." Now I can say "These words are homophones." This pen is a great motivational tool. Lights and sound go off when an answer is chosen. This will help my child be able to do the books on his own in the car or at home. He loves learning and I love finding him "toys" that help him excel.
Date published: 2014-11-20
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