- letter or word recognition
- applying information
- solving puzzles
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.K: Phonics and Word recognition|
|RF.K.3||Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|RF.K.3a||Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.|
|RF.K.1d||Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.|
ProsIt's all about the ABCs and giving kids a solid understanding of the letters and their sounds.
ConsThere's no way for teachers to review which letters kids have mastered.
Bottom LineThough the same content is available for free on Starfall's website, the mobility is worth the investment for an iPad-equipped classroom.
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Offers enough task variety to keep preschoolers engaged. Interactive sequences are especially stimulating.
Kids see spelled-out words and hear them sounded out. Games teach matching as well as lower- and uppercase letters. Mazes empower kids to make choices and spell words with puzzle pieces.
Presents each letter in a variety of ways: visually, audibly, and within words and sentences.
Kids select a letter from Starfall ABCs main page and watch it make a grand entrance (Vs are vacuumed in, and Ts come in on a train). The starring letter is sounded out, and several screens follow with images of objects or animations featuring things that start with the letter (pink pigs, zigzags). Many letters are supported by games, of matching letters or selecting the letter that doesn't belong (F, f, or x?). Kids also can place letters in the right order to form a word and have it sounded out slowly. A silly tone keeps interest high. For example, turtles play tunes at the end of a train.Read More Read Less
Starfall ABCs is a solid early-learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and can both hear and see how each letter is used in words. Each word has some cute animations they can trigger, followed by interactive games such as puzzles and mazes, as well as chances to see words used in sentences. It's an attractive, colorful, and in-depth introduction to the alphabet.
Starfall's free website is well-respected for its learn-to-read activities, and Starfall ABCs is one portion of the site. Because iOS devices are not Flash-enabled and the ABC portion of the website requires Flash, kids can't play these games for free through the browser on an iPad or other iOS device. Teachers will have to weigh the convenience of the mobile version against the price if classes have access to both computers and iOS devices.Read More Read Less
Starfall ABCs could be a great way to introduce your whole class to a letter of the day or week. Kids can view the pictures and animations with you demonstrating the activities or calling on volunteers to complete them. Kids also can work individually on teacher-assigned or self-chosen letters. They may enjoy copying the premise of Starfall ABCs to create their own pictures and songs to teach a letter to their peers, which would further reinforce learning.Read More Read Less
See How Teachers Are Using Starfall ABCs
Field Notes Field Notes are reviews by teachers for teachers. In Field Notes, teachers rate products as well as share their hands-on experience with using the products in the classroom.
- Fun, interactive letter recognition and phonemic awareness app for preschool age children!Sheila S.
Novi High School
Novi, MI4July 28, 2014
- This is a great website for struggling readers and Special needs students.Karen I.
Huntington High School
Huntington, WV4June 18, 2014