How I Use It
I use the app on both iPads and iPods in my classroom while the children are in independent stations. I did have to spend some time in small groups training them on how to use the app, which parts of it would be appropriate for them based on their current reading level, and what to do if it froze and/or wouldn't load. Taking the time to do this was worth it. The children use the traditional Starfall website on computers in our lab, so this is a great extension of that work time. I've shared the app with parents and have many children using it at home to reinforce skills. My highest level kindergarteners (reading level F and above) do not tend to play this app very often because it really is better for children who are just developing letter and sound recognition.
Starfall is a go-to website for our kindergarten program. It reinforces skills, introduces new letter sounds, and helps kids practice their letter recognition and sound production. Many of our students are second language learners whose parents are not able to help them practice letter recognition and sound production at home. This app allows them to hear the sounds produced correctly while seeing the letters. The songs and games are fun for our students and there are enough options to keep both my lower level and advanced children engaged. There are sometimes problems with the games loading slowly, or not loading at all, but it's not inconvenient enough to make the children stop trying to play it.