Starfall

LQ: 9

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Brain grade: 9.5
Fun score: 8.5

Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 4–10 Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Starfall is a web-based resource for beginner readers. The program begins with a fun activity with the ABC’s and progresses through easy to read short stories and even poetry or non-fiction. The animations are colorful and entertaining, encouraging young children to explore reading with enthusiasm. Stories are broken down into short sentences which children can read along to. Children can also click on particularly challenging words to hear them sounded out. Other activities include creating words using different common sounds, like “a” and “an.” Starfall is an excellent resource for any new reader ages 6 and up.


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THIS APP IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Flexibility

Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort.

When learning to read, your child must understand the basic sounds and functions of individual letters and letter combinations. Starfall does an excellent job of pronouncing individual sounds in a word to help give you child the tools necessary for identifying and reading unfamiliar words. Learning the unique sounds letters and letter combinations make can help your child when approaching a text containing words that are long or unfamiliar. Learning to apply the rules of the English language to different situations is an excellent way to practice both reading and the Flexibility thinking skill.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.

Reading requires your child to learn the letters of the alphabet, how they combine together to form words, and then put those words together to make sense. Each skill builds upon the previous, and reading will require your child to remember each individual letter as well as the meaning of the whole word.

Reading

Starfall covers everything from the alphabet, to tongue twisters for pronunciation, to non-fiction texts and Greek mythology. Early exposure to different kinds of texts will help your child transition to these readings in school, and extra reading practice at home will greatly improve reading ability overall.

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