Today's post is a follow up to a product preview I did over the summer. Well, I'm very happy to report that the Hot Dots are a HUGE success. The set I chose was the Academic Vocabulary Cards - perfect for the Common Core! It is the number one Word Work choice in my Daily 5 stations. Even better than that is the fact that I see most of the kids actually reading the cards! They are not just using the pen randomly on all of the dots. Here's a picture of one of my kiddos totally engaged in his activity...
Other than it's popularity with my kiddos, the product itself is one of very high quality. The cards are made of a durable card stock and they are neatly organized into categories within the box. My students are able to keep the set organized and well maintained.
The pen itself is what makes the activity so engaging. There is immediate feedback on their answer choices and the voice they hear is not annoying (teacher friendly!). The students can also turn off the voice and just use the lights - green for a correct answer and red for an incorrect answer.
Overall, I am very satisfied with Smile Makers and their Hot Dots product. Thanks, again, to Marcy for contacting me this past summer. I look forward to doing more business with this company.
Have a great school year, Everyone!