Starfall is a great educational website that I have to share with you. My mom taught kindergarten for years and Starfall was used during computer time in her classroom. It teaches many different skills like colors, shapes, letters and numbers for little ones. Max who is 2 1/2 will stay on the computer as long as I allow him! I'm so happy my mom introduced this to my kiddies because they love it so much- and they are learning!
Chloe who is 4 1/2 and is in pre-k is trying to read in the worst way. Starfall's Learn to read section is great for her because as she clicks on the words in a story, the letters of the word is sounded out for her. The learning is limitless- there are so many skills like sequencing and grammar to choose from. This is definitely guiding her in the reading direction.
The sites It's Fun to Read section is perfect for beginner readers or children like Chloe that really want to read. I love the "its all about me" because the questions are read to her as she clicks on each word. The answers are also provided in a way for the child to recognize the correct answer. For example, the answers to the question "I am a _____" are highlighted in pink or blue. So Chloe chooses the pink and the word reads out "girl" when she clicks on it. She also chooses what she looks like by choosing her color hair and creates her own virtual Chloe!
I'm Reading offers many different genres from folk tales to comics for those who are reading. I really like how this site grows with your child. I like the idea of them learning on the same site as they grow so that they are comfortable and confident using it.
Starfalls systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Once you get them on it- they are going to love it! Chloe is amazing on the computer and Max is not far behind! They both maneuver this website alone with ease.
|Max on Starfall & deep in thought!!!|