I've mentioned before that Jack is a struggling reader. Anything that makes reading seem more like FUN is worth trying, so I was thrilled to be selected to review Hot Dots!
What is Hot Dots? The Hot Dots Let's Master series are interactive books that come with a pen that lights up green when pressed to a correct answer, and lights up red when pressed to a wrong answer.
Hot Dots are the brainchild of Educational Insights, makers of such cool products as Smencils and GeoSafari, which I was already familiar with, so I had high expectations. We were given a choice of grade levels K-3, and a choice between subjects, Reading or Math.
I selected Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 3 Reading for Jack, who is 9 (and in the 4th grade). The box comes with two lay-flat, spiral bound books and the pen inside, and has a handy carry handle for fun on the go. The books have 100 questions (altogether), 15 of which are "challenge questions," at the next grade level.
Initially, he wasn't crazy about reviewing a "reading thing" for me. But once I convinced him to give it a try, he realized it was painless.
In fact, it might even be fun!
As you can see in this picture, when you choose the wrong answer, the red light comes on, and the pen makes noises or says phrases to let him know it's incorrect.
And when you get it right, it lights up green, and says something positive. I was pleased with the quality of the materials in the set, and the content was challenging and engaging.
Since everything turns into a group activity around here, Hannah came over to see what Jack was up to and asked, "Cool! Can I play, too?" Fortunately, Hot Dots are available for multiple subjects and grade levels, so I can get her a set that is more appropriate for her first grade skills. In fact, the Hot Dots Jr. line has sets for kids ages 3 and up, so even Katie could get in on the fun.
How would you like to WIN one of these great sets? One lucky winner will get to choose the set that best suits their child, from Reading or Math, grades K-3. The Kindergarten level sets have the dog pen pictured at the top, while grades 1-3 have the pen like Jack's. Contest open to US residents only.
Too impatient to wait to see if you win? If you've gotta have 'em right now, you can purchase Hot Dots Let's Master sets at Educational Insights for $24.99. You can connect with Educational Insights through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. You can also sign up for their newsletter!
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