Starfall ABCs

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Great, in-depth alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn many prereading skills as Starfall ABCs goes letter by letter, first showing each in capital and lowercase and sounding each one out, then showing fun pictures (pepperoni pizza, pink pigs, puppies) while saying or sounding out words displayed below. Many letters have activities like matching the same letter or sorting capital and lowercase letters into piles. Starfall ABCs offers a good mix of prereading skills and enough task variety to keep preschoolers engaged.

Ease of Play

There's a very simple tap mechanic that leads you through the various pages, with a helpful hand that points to show you where you're supposed to tap next. The tiny X in the upper right corner, which takes you back to the full alphabet menu, should be bigger.

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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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Parent Written byjamilah1 October 12, 2016

Starfall ABCs is quite fun for Preschoolers...well the parts that are free...

How I used it:
I began using Starfall to help my students identify letters and letter sounds. My students use Starfall as an option for computer center. I als... Continue reading

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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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk about letters wherever you go. Find them in signs or put floaty letters in the bath.

  • Point out simple words in books kids may start to recognize.

  • Encourage a love of books with many trips to the library.

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