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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.
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