Teacher Review for Starfall

Easy for ESL Kids to Use

Marianne G.
Classroom teacher
Phoenix, AZ
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
It's fun for early elementary! I show them how to go where I want them to go, and let them carry on by themselves and sometimes work with partners and headphones. Because they loved it so much, I would have them practice their phonic sound recognition with me individually before I let them go exploring on Starfall. They were supposed to go through the ABC's (with headphones) individually. After that they could buddy up and work with a friend. I found it wonderful practice for their phonics identification and other teachers at my school were glad they were getting the practice! I am an Art teacher, but was required to tutor in phonics. I would recommend this site for any ESL kinder student.
My Take
I worked with small phonics groups weekly. I had my kinder ESL students use Starfall.com individually and in pairs. Even if they could not read English, they were able to navigate the site with a little help. I had them work on their ABC's, letter identification and sounds. They loved the animations and asked to do Starfall as soon as they came into the my room for tutoring.