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.
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.