For Teachers

For Parents

Starfall Learn to Read

  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Teacher Overview

This app is great for teaching new skills and can be followed in sequential order. 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.  

App Details


Age Category of the app

Ages of Learners

App Advertising or In-App Purchases


  • Starfall Learn to ReadStarfall Learn to ReadStarfall Learn to ReadStarfall Learn to ReadStarfall Learn to Read


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.
Read More Less