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Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen

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These two-book sets with included Hot Dots provide children with 100 lessons on a variety of reading and language arts skills appropriate for each grade, from reading comprehension and vocabulary to spelling and punctuation. Fifteen of the 100 lessons are challenge activities that prepare children for skills at the next grade level.

The Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen Features:

  • Master second grade reading skills with this set of two books and an interactive, talking pen!

  • Students simply press the talking Hot Dots Pen to any answer for an immediate audio and visual response.

  • Includes 100 grade-appropriate lessons on a variety of reading and language arts skills.

  • Lessons cover comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and more.

  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

Features

  • Master second grade reading skills with this set of two books and an interactive, talking pen!
  • Students simply press the talking Hot Dots Pen to any answer for an immediate audio and visual response.
  • Includes 100 grade-appropriate lessons on a variety of reading and language arts skills.
  • Lessons cover comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and more.
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

Additional Info

468748

4E00AECE

086002023933

2393

2 AAA batteries are required (not included)

1.2 pounds

9.3 x 8.3 x 1.9

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Average Customer Rating:

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Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (15)
  • Interactive (14)
  • Durable (12)
  • Engaging (10)
  • Lots of fun (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoor (10)
  • Travel (10)
  • Young children (8)
  • Entertainment (6)
  • Special needs (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent of two or more children (11), Education oriented (6), Working parent (4), Stay at home parent (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8), Yes (3)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Great for Homeschoolers

I received Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading free for review. All opinions are my own.

Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading includes an interactive talking Hot Dots Pen...Read complete review

I received Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading free for review. All opinions are my own.

Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading includes an interactive talking Hot Dots Pen and two Hot Dots workbooks. The workbooks include questions, and multiple choice answers with a black dot next to each possible response. Your child will use the Hot Dots pen to select an answer by vertically pressing down on one of the dots. If the answer is correct a positive reinforcement will be heard and the pen will light up green. If the answer is wrong, a try again message will sound and the pen will light up red. The Grade Reading books cover topics such as reading comprehension, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, multiple word meanings, context clues, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The Grade 2 reading books are great because they move away from teaching reading in general to more of the contextual communication skills of reading comprehension and grammar rules for reading and writing. There are some multiple paragraph passages in the workbook the child will be expected to read, if they struggle an adult can always be there to help, however the words are fairly easy and it should be easily managed by a proficient 7 year old reader. As a homeschooler, I notice that many of these questions are formed in the style I remember from when I was younger taking standardized tests. This is a plus to me because it gives the kids experience answering questions in this format to help them out if they are ever in a situation where they will need to take these tests.

Overall this is a great supplemental kit for teaching 2nd grade age kids reading. The pages are durable and made to last through repeated use. These books can be used as a teaching tool and as a review for previous concepts to reinforce those ideas as needed. I recommend this kit to anyone with a 2nd grade aged child. It's a tool for teaching reading comprehension and grammar for them.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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3.0

A fun concept, but questions are too easy for grade level

By TM

from IL

About Me Education Oriented

Pros

  • Durable
  • Educational
  • Interactive

Cons

  • Questions too easy for suggested grade level

Best Uses

  • Entertainment
  • Independent Learning
  • Indoor
  • Travel
  • Young Children

Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

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.

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  • No

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4.0

Great for supplemental reading learning

By Leslie

from Chicago, IL

About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

Pros

  • Educational
  • Engaging
  • Interactive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

    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.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Fun set

    By mom of 2

    from Kansas

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

    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.

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    5.0

    Great learning tool!

    By Rachel

    from Wayland, IA

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

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Educational
    • Engaging
    • Interactive
    • Lots of Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoor
      • Travel

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

      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).

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      • No

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      5.0

      Fun and educational

      By nikolette

      from Pittsburgh, PA

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

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive
      • Lots of Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Entertainment
        • Indoor
        • Older Children
        • Special Needs
        • Travel
        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

        **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.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great, learning toy!

        By Sue B.

        from Illinois

        About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Interactive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoor
          • Travel

          Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

          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!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great Review

          By Mom of Boys

          from Reading PA

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Educational
          • Lots of Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoor
            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

            Great review for second grade math problems. Will be great review for Summer as well. Has great problems for review while being fun.

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            5.0

            Helping Me Help Him

            By CrissaR

            from Utah

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoor
              • Older Children
              • Travel

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Fun with Learning

              By Grandma Gladys

              from NY

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

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Educational
              • Engaging
              • Interactive
              • Lots of Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Entertainment
                • Indoor
                • Special Needs
                • Travel
                • Young Children

                Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

                My grandson isn't really into the homework he brings home from school. We don't treat Hot Dots like work. He plays with it (learning along the way) until he wants to be finished. This has worked out super because he is learning and challenging himself while feeling he is in control of the situation. I love that the pen makes reading more fun. I feel it is very age appropriate. He asked me for the Math version. I received a sample in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great for Homeschoolers

                By Mary

                from Omaha, Nebraska

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

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Educational
                • Interactive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading Set with Talking Pen:

                    I received Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading free for review. All opinions are my own.

                    Hot Dots Let's Master Grade 2 Reading includes an interactive talking Hot Dots Pen and two Hot Dots workbooks. The workbooks include questions, and multiple choice answers with a black dot next to each possible response. Your child will use the Hot Dots pen to select an answer by vertically pressing down on one of the dots. If the answer is correct a positive reinforcement will be heard and the pen will light up green. If the answer is wrong, a try again message will sound and the pen will light up red. The Grade Reading books cover topics such as reading comprehension, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, multiple word meanings, context clues, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

                    The Grade 2 reading books are great because they move away from teaching reading in general to more of the contextual communication skills of reading comprehension and grammar rules for reading and writing. There are some multiple paragraph passages in the workbook the child will be expected to read, if they struggle an adult can always be there to help, however the words are fairly easy and it should be easily managed by a proficient 7 year old reader. As a homeschooler, I notice that many of these questions are formed in the style I remember from when I was younger taking standardized tests. This is a plus to me because it gives the kids experience answering questions in this format to help them out if they are ever in a situation where they will need to take these tests.

                    Overall this is a great supplemental kit for teaching 2nd grade age kids reading. The pages are durable and made to last through repeated use. These books can be used as a teaching tool and as a review for previous concepts to reinforce those ideas as needed. I recommend this kit to anyone with a 2nd grade aged child. It's a tool for teaching reading comprehension and grammar for them.

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