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Highlights

  • Make learning to read even more fun with Phonics Fun! This set includes 160 interactive lessons covering the alphabet, long and short vowels, blends, digraphs, and more. Kids press Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog pen to any answer dot for an immediate audio and visual response. Ace lights up green and speaks one of several congratulatory phrases for correct answers, and lights up red and provides gentle redirection for incorrect responses.
  • Part of the award-winning Hot Dots line of products
  • Includes 80 double-sided, illustrated activity cards, Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog pen, and storage box
  • Practice beginning letter sounds, ending letter sounds, short vowels, long vowels, long vowel pairs, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, sight words, and reading simple sentences
  • Hot Dots Jr. Phonics Fun is designed for children ages 4-7

Specifications

Number of Pieces: 81

Suggested Age: 3 Years and Up

Educational Focus: Reading

Material: Paper

Battery: 2 AA, Required, Not Included

TCIN: 50053296
UPC: 086002061072
Item Number (DPCI): 204-10-1862
Origin: Imported

Description

Fun with phonics? Yes, it’s true, thanks to Hot Dots Jr. and Ace—the Talking, Teaching Dog! Simply press Ace’s tip to the correct answer on any one of 80 full-colored, double-sided phonics cards and get immediate feedback. Ace lights up, talks, giggles, even wiggles with delight! Includes Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog, 80 double-sided, full-colored lesson cards for 160 interactive phonics lessons, step-by-step guide with additional activities; 160 lessons cover the sound alphabet, long and short vowels, digraphs, blends, and more. Hot Dots Jr. encourages independent learning and builds confidence in kiddos.
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 10.8661 inches length x 8.9764 inches width x 2.126 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.7637 pounds
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It would be nice if the cards were bound or in a book form instead of individual.
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The pen doesn't work

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Makes learning to read fun

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My Hot Shots Love Hot Dots!

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originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
I am a first grade teacher and my students love these! They are very easy to use and help the students to become independent learners. I like them so much that I plan to get more sets of cards.
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Makes assesment of skills FUN!

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A Mom's Take - 11 years ago
originally posted on http://www.educationalinsights.com
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