Starfall Learn to Read

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:The Alphabet, Sight Words, Word Families, Phonics, Vocabulary, Vowels

What we like best:

The video and TV clips are entertaining, and great learning enhancements for this app.

What you should know:

There’s a website that replicates the content of this app with most of the content available for free.
Full Review:

Spelling practice, sight words and sorting letters are only a few of the many early reading activities offered in this all-in-one app. Boasting 15 categories, Starfall Learn to Read encourages kids to tackle word completion, fill-in-the-letter games, picture hunts and pronunciation guides.

Cute video clips and animations featuring the “Lone Vowels” and “Movie Alphabet” are awesome extras that jazz up each section. Every category varies in difficulty in theme, which appeal to a range of kids. Lessons are spoken aloud by a narrator and correct answers are highlighted as they are pronounced, reinforcing both letter-sound correspondence and word-sound associations. A super-simple interface, captivating graphics and gameplay variety will keep little learners engaged for long stretches of time. There’s no way for parents or teachers to track progress and there are no rewards aside from the satisfaction of getting an answer right, but these are very minor drawbacks.

This app has a website counterpart with identical content at no cost—purchasing the app simply buys you mobility, making this ideal for families on-the-go. The range of activities and the quality of the exercises allow kids to engage in pre-reading practice anywhere, making it well worth the price tag and a great addition to any kindergartener’s virtual library.

Teacher Features:
This could be a good complement for young readers in the classroom—although the app can be used comfortably by only one student at a time.
Reviewed 2013-03-15 on iPad mini iOS 6.0.1 by Roberta Munoz

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Platform:Android, Apple
Publisher:Starfall Education
Standards:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3