Teacher Review For Starfall Learn to Read

Great, simple, engaging site

Joseph H.
Technology coordinator
San Diego County Office Of Education
San Diego, CA
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My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used Starfall with my Kindergarten and Grade 1 students during computer lab time. Each class was generally set up in 15 minute segments, one of which was free time on Starfall.com. All students at those early levels could find something on Starfall that interested them, and my biggest concern was making sure students were being appropriately challenged as they often went back to old lessons they had done before just because they enjoyed them or because their neighbor was on them.
My Take
Starfall is the Sesame Street of websites for early literacy development. It does a great job of being easy for even the youngest students to understand and appreciate, and the lessons are good enough that the students enjoyed watching them again and again. The navigation of the site is easy enough for students to remember which lessons they've seen already and which they haven't. It also does a great job of supporting early readers of all levels, from simple ABCs to more advanced poems and stories.