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Great for Classroom Centers!
I use these pens in a Literacy Workstation in my Kindergarten classroom and they have been going strong for a month now! The kids enjoy the buzzes and noises, and it has built their...Read complete review
I use these pens in a Literacy Workstation in my Kindergarten classroom and they have been going strong for a month now! The kids enjoy the buzzes and noises, and it has built their fine motor skills by having them click on the bubble beside the correct answer. I will be using these in the word work center all year! The noise is quiet even at it's maximum - which is a good thing!!
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Ace does not work on big kids cards
Ace DOES NOT work on the "Big Kid" cards. I have tried at three to confirm this. It would be nice if the manufacturer would state this plainly somewhere.
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By Mom of 3
from Alberta, Canada
About Me Parent
Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" the Talking, Teaching Dog®:
WE love the idea behind using these, we had some older products, a set of card and the kids broke the "pen" that came with that. WE have 3-4 of these kicking around now and it's nice to have some extras as the cards are useless without them. It's really nice to be able to set them up with the work and then let them work through it on their own or while you are doing your stuff. They can practice it as much as they want. Unlike workbooks they aren't "used up" and my next child, and next child can use it too.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Fun and educational
By Elena Z.
from Mount Laurel, NJ
My 4.5yo daughter really enjoys this pen. She likes hearing all the sounds (luckily mostly the good sounds). It doesn't seem like she's had any problems with it. I like that there are quite a few different card sets that go along with it. I feel like we'll get some good mileage out of it.
By Pediatric ot
About Me Educator
Gave this to my friends child to use, he liked it, but the pen doesn't seem sturdy, but so far it has lasted Not sure if I would use it in therapy
good pen for hot dots jr. sets
from Brooklyn, NY
We received this Hot Dots pen for use with the Hot Dots Jr. Patterns and Sequencing set. My sons were attracted to the shape of the pen and it made them more likely to use the review cards without prompting. When the pen is placed on the black circles next to the possible answers on the flash cards it will give feedback on whether the answer is correct or incorrect. With dog whimpering or enthusiastic "Way to go!" I found my kids trying out all answers on each card just to see the pens response. There seems to be 5-6 possible correct and 5-6 incorrect responses from the pen including sayings, sounds and vibration. Although a bit top heavy the pen is easy to hold. It can not be used as a regular pen, only as a response pen for Hot Dot sets. It works with the grade k+ sets as well as the jr. sets although I have been told it may not work with Hot Dot sets for older children. The price point may be a bit steep but when choosing a Hot Dots pen this is a very fun choice.I received this item for review but all opinions are my own.
Ace is cute and fun!
from Cedar Falls Iowa
My 4 yr old son loved the cute Ace hot dots jr pen. He enjoys the lights and sayings.
Ace is a great dog
We have a few "ace" dogs from our hot dots kits. I love that you can change the volume, or from talking to noises. My 2 year old can easily use him as well as my 6 year old!
Does Ace the dog need to be cleaned routinely to work proper
By Pre-k young
from Slaughter, Louisiana
We purchased the Hot Dots Jr. Phonics and math sets a couple of years ago for our Pre-k class to use and they have loved it! The only problem now is that one of the Ace dogs isn't working properly. We have changed batteries to see if that would help, but no success. Is there any other suggestions as to what we can do to get him working properly again?
Pens dont work
from Counil bufs, Ia
Bought my kids the hot dots Jr and "ace" says everything is correct. As you can see these aren't cheap and they don't work. I've cleaned the tip and changed the batteries. Still doesn't work.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Product adaption for autistic children
from Osceola, In.
I purchased this product and the learning cards for my client who has autistic tendencies and has had removal of half of his brain. We attend a facility where applied behavior analysis is used. Although I love the product and he is motivated by the lights, vibration and voice, he self stimulates by applying Ace to every dot. My suggestion would be that there is only a verbal response when a correct answer is given and no verbal response for a wrong answer. I would also like to see cards with less trials on each card. Autistic children do better with one task presented at a time.
Great product but pen stopped working after a month
from Wilmington, DE
My 3 year old son loves using the Hot Dots Jr., but the dog pen stopped working. It only says no and incorrect on all of the answers, including the right ones. A little frustrating for our little learner.