What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Offers enough task variety to keep preschoolers engaged. Interactive sequences are especially stimulating.
Kids see spelled-out words and hear them sounded out. Games teach matching as well as lower- and uppercase letters. Mazes empower kids to make choices and spell words with puzzle pieces.
Presents each letter in a variety of ways: visually, audibly, and within words and sentences.
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.
Families can talk 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.