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Being a teacher of reading, I know how important it is for students to be readers. Reading is the basis of many subjects in school. It is important for children to have exposure to literature and reading materials early in their lives. I try to expose my little guy to reading materials as much as I can. It certainly helps that he shows an interest in learning and he loves to be read to.
I can’t imagine what it must be like for children who don’t have parents read to them at home before they attend school. Yet, that is the reality that many children face. It must be difficult for early teachers who have to teach some children who have not had an opportunity to start learning pre-literacy skills at home in the same classroom as children who have had exposure to reading materials.
As children get older, it continues to be important for them to have exposure to books. I was excited to get to review both the Hot Dots Let’s Master Reading and Let’s Master Math sets. My little boy will be going to pre-k next year and I want to give him a foundation for teachers to build on. I don’t want him to struggle in school like some children do. It breaks your heart as a teacher to see children struggle so much that they become frustrated and want to give up.
My little guy loves the Hot Dots Reading set. He loves the little interactive pen that praises him when he picks the correct answer to the question. He had no difficulty understanding how to use the set. I explained how to use the pen and he was off “playing” his lesson. He doesn’t realize that he’s learning, to him it is just fun. Many of the skills he learns will be useful when he actually starts pre-k. It’s great that he is getting a head start on phonics and letter recognition. There is a helpful chart on the back of each box of Hot Dots to let you know what skills are included so parents can decide the level they want to get.
We also got the chance to use the Hot Dots Math set. I may be slightly biased towards teaching reading since I am a reading teacher, but the Hot Dots Math set is a great supplement to what he does know. It uses the same method as the reading set. When he clicks on the correct dot, the pen uses a fun phrase to let him know he is doing well. If he clicks the wrong dot, it will tell him to try again. The pre-k Math set covers a variety of skills including numbers/counting as well as patterns, shapes, time, and measurement. My little boy is especially interested in learning time and asks us all the time what time of day it is.
There are a lot of lessons available in these little sets that cost just under $25. They actually sell for $24.99 on www.educationalinsights.com and are available for pre-k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2 or grade 3. There are, like, 100 lessons with each set. There are separate sets for reading and math so you can pick up one of each. Or you can try to win one here. Use the rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win.
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