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Wish List: Starfall

My son is kinda nerdy.  Yeah, I know, he’s only 3.  But I can tell, he’s going to be like his parents.  Nerdy.  In a good way.

Why do I say that?  Well, because he wants to spend most of his time on the computer or on one of our many iDevices.  He loves to play with cars and blocks, but given the choice, he’ll pick the computer every time.

When he was younger, maybe right around one year old, my mom introduced us to Starfall.com.  My mom is a teacher and she has used this excellent free learning website with her younger students for years and she wanted to let Miles play.  He loved it, of course, and quickly learned that Grandma would let him play whenever he wanted! 😉

[box type=”shadow”] From Starfall.com “Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.”[/box]

He began playing Starfall games on a regular basis and I credit it, to a large degree, for helping Miles learn to identify letters by 19 months, knowing the alphabet by age 2, and reading at 2.5!  (He is a pro at using my laptop now!)  Starfall makes letters, numbers, and reading fun!  I like that it isn’t purely academic play — Kids can learn about holidays, they’ll read stories about social situations, and learn lots of songs.  Miles sings songs all the time that I’ve never taught him and he must have learned from Starfall.


Starfall Learn to Read

Here are some of Miles’s favorite games:

  • Gingerbread Man (This used to be known as “man man” at our house!) – Create an animated gingerbread man by choosing shapes and colors
  • Alphabet – Clicking on each letter takes your child through a series of animations and games about that letter
  • Earth Day – Children learn about recycling and cleaning up the earth by sorting recycleable items from a park scene

For Miles’s 3rd birthday, my mom got him a subscription to Starfall’s extended service, More.Starfall.  It links from the main page and has more games, animated nursery rhymes, songs, and a talking library!

Here’s a video of Miles playing one of the More.Starfall games (Word Machine) about a year ago:

Starfall has a Kindergarten curriculum, mobile apps, and even a store where teachers and parents can purchase Starfall Educational Products.  You can also give More.Starfall or another item as a gift!  Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and friends — the kids in your life will LOVE More.Starfall!  It is absolutely worth it to get the extras with a subscription.

[button link=”http://more.starfall.com/info/ways-to-join.php” type=”small” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”] Click here to sign up for More.Starfall![/button]

Want to try More.Starfall for FREE for one month before you join?  Starfall has generously provided me with 5 codes to distribute to our readers.  If you’d like a code for one month of free access to More.Starfall, please leave a comment below.  Tell me why you’d like to try it and make sure your email address is filled in on the form.  I’ll contact the first 5 commenters and send you your codes!  Gone!

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.

Comments

  1. Karen Baker says:

    Forgot to use the form the first time, not sure if it showed up. I’m not trying to stuff the ballot box, promise 🙂 One more time…. I would love to let Benjamin try this! I’m homeschooling his older brother and it would be great to have more learning activities he can do on Thursdays and Fridays when he doesn’t have preschool and joins in school time at home. I really enjoy the free site and I can imagine that the subscription site is even cooler.

  2. Stacey Walters says:

    I think this would be a great site to do with my 3 year old and eventually my 5 month old. I would love to try the site! My 3 year old is way to smart and would really enjoy using the computer and I will really enjoy knowing she is learning while having fun.

  3. My 3 1/2 year old is READING…really reading! She loves this website, and uses all of the free content. I’d love for her to be able to use all of the games and activities, but hesitate to spend the money before I see what more Starfall has to offer. A free access code would be the perfect thing…if it’s all as good as the free content, I’M IN!!

  4. Shellie, I’ll contact you for your mailing address. It absolutely is as good as the free content! My 3.5 year old is really reading too! It’s amazing to see them “get it”!

  5. Hi,
    I would like to try more star fall for a month. My older son started reading before 4 and I give full credit to star fall as the site helped him in just a couple of weeks. My daughter is turning 3 now and I would love her to benefit from it.
    I really appreciate your help.
    Thanks!

  6. Hello, I have notice that my 6 year old grandson is very behind in his reading skills. His brother who is now 9 had access to starfall and he reads very well…. I would luv to help my 6 yr old to improve his reading , with the help from starfall …. I do not have the funds at the moment to pay… Please help me help my grandson.

  7. Hi Kathy! I don’t have any more codes, but there are a lot of free activities available on the website without a subscription! Even in the subscription area, More Starfall, there are samples of the paid activities. You can get so much out of Starfall without paying for it!

    All the best to you!

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