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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Starfall ABCs is an in-depth alphabet-teaching app that works well for toddlers and preschoolers. The app presents each letter in a wide variety of ways -- visually, audibly, and within words and sentences. It also has some truly interactive bits that let kids solve mazes or spell words by placing puzzle pieces.
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What's it about?
Kids will select a letter from the STARFALL ABCs main page and watch it make a grand entrance (Vs are vacuumed in, Ts come in on a train). The starring letter is sounded out, and three or four pages follow with objects that start with the letter (pink pigs, pepperoni pizza). Many letters offer games, matching up letters or selecting the letter that doesn't belong (F, f, or x?). Kids can also place letters in the right order to form a word and have it sounded out slowly. Silliness is mixed in to keep interest high, such as turtles playing tunes at the end of a train.
Is it any good?
Starfall ABCs is a very solid early learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids will hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and be able to both hear and see how each letter is used within words. There are some cute animations that can be triggered for each word, followed by interactive games (like puzzles and mazes), and chances to see words used in sentences. It's an attractive, colorful, and very in-depth approach to introducing the alphabet to young kids.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 12, 2016
- Category: Education
- Size: 40.30 MB
- Publisher: Starfall Education
- Version: 3.13
- Minimum software requirements: IOS 5.1.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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