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Starfall Learn to Read

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  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About Starfall Learn to Read

Starfall Learn to Read helps kids learn vowel sounds and their related spellings through reading activities, movies, and songs. Starfall Learn to Read is great for teaching new skills and can be followed in sequential order. You can access from your tablet or phone browser for various activities. If you also see your child struggling with a certain literacy skill, that lesson can be pulled up for a quick and engaging review and practice. This app truly has child entertainment in mind when teaching literacy and phonics. The app includes 15 lessons that can be used individually to cater to your child or can be followed in order to build a well rounded and sequential approach to word families and higher level phonics skills. Starfall Learn to Read download is available for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices as well as on desktop (PCs, laptops and Mac computers).

Starfall Review

Starfall Learn to Read is one of the best educational apps for children. It offers free content that teaches children how to read, count and identify colors. This is a recommended app for preschool children

Starfall Learn to Read is an interactive learning platform designed for children in preschool. This free version offers introductory educational modules for users. There are enough activities and games in the app that teach children the basics of reading, counting, and phonics. Developed by Starfall Education, the app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

See also: Reading Apps for Kids

The app offers free educational content to introduce children to the interactive educational platform of Starfall. It has 12 categories that cover basic reading and letter recognition to counting and math skills. There are two to three activities for each category and they are immediately available for users after installation.

Starfall Learn to Read was one of the first and most comprehensive early reading sites on the internet, and it’s still free! It boasts activities and lessons for preschoolers through grade 3 that will build reading skills, phonics skills, comprehension, and more.

Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Play and explore! Starfall has been supporting early literacy development digitally since 2002, so they have really become leading experts.

Best of all, the app is completely free to download and use. There are no in-app purchases or outside advertisements. It’s designed for children from preschool through age 8.

Is Starfall free?

All essential children's activities for learning to read are free. Starfall provides complete access to over 900 activities, including expanded math and reading content for Pre-K–3rd grade and additional songs and rhymes are available with an inexpensive Starfall membership.

How can I use Starfall on my iPad?

The website can now be accessed directly via web browser on Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod. You may also download the Starfall App to use with your Starfall membership or individual apps that include four free apps including ABCs, Learn to Read, It's Fun to Read, I'm Reading, and others for a small purchase - all from the App Store.

Starfall is the award-winning website offering a full suite of interactive educational materials and fun games for children. It was developed to teach children the basics of reading and counting.

Starfall Learn to Read offers enough activities and games to keep children entertained for hours. The app maintains the major categories of the including ABC rhymes, counting numbers, math songs, addition and subtraction, letter identification, and many more. All in all, the free version offers 12 categories that cover basic literacy and numeracy.

Each category in Starfall Learn to Read offers two to three activities with interactive games. Your child can get at least 24 educational modules packed with interactive lessons for free.

To enjoy the full benefits of the, you can buy the standalone paid apps of Starfall Education such as the Learn to Read module, Fun to Read, the Starfall ABC, and many more. You may also get a full subscription and become a member of Starfall to unlock all the core features of the app.

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Starfall Learn to Read is an app version of their online content dedicated to helping children learn to read. The app includes 15 mini-books, each focused on a vowel sound along with varieties of methods like games,songs,videos,pictures to reinforce concepts.
Among the amazing features:
  • A solid, research-based approach to phonemic awareness and decoding for the earliest readers.
  • Books which are truly decodable. The first sentence in the r-controlled vowel book is Fern likes to surf at Bird Rock.” Every word follows previously-learned or currently targeted phonics rules. This helps keep kids from guessing at words.
  • Movies! The app includes eight short movies that reinforce various concepts. Each video is short, but still manages to present the concept in an engaging way, usually with music. I admit the “Y as a Vowel” video is my favorite. 
Since 2002 Children around the world have learned to read with Zac the Rat — and your child will too! Each numbered section features a vowel sound and its related spelling. Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Encourage your child to play and explore! Your child will come to recognize the relationship between spoken and written language while having fun learning to read. This app is excellent for emerging readers and English language learners.
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