A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Starfall All About Me teaches vocabulary and reading skills in an engaging, kid-friendly way. Kids who have spent time on the Starfall website will recognize the activity from the "It's Fun to Read" section of the site. The activities take place in familiar settings, such as at home or in the park, and introduce kids to words about the body, household objects, and more. Kids can personalize the experience by creating their own avatars and answering questions about themselves. Starfall All About Me engages preschoolers in age-appropriate learning activities with no distractions.
What's it about?
In STARFALL ALL ABOUT ME, kids start by choosing a gender (unfortunately identified as pink for girl and blue for boy). Two different activities each focus on a theme. One activity helps kids learn basic words about the body or a specific room in the house. Here, kids drag a word to the matching object. The other activity presents a question like "Where do I sleep?" and then walks kids through different scenarios involving the bed. Kids see sentences like, "My bed is ..." and must choose a word to fill in the blank.
Is it any good?
Starfall All About Me is a great app for emerging readers. Though not the sleekest of apps, the interactive features do a good job of enhancing and personalizing kids' learning. Kids can choose to tap on individual words to hear them said aloud by the kid-friendly narrator. Parents can turn the auto-read on or off, giving new readers extra support or allowing kids to read the sentences on their own.
What makes it relatable for kids is that the learning activities are all about things familiar to them. It even takes a basic activity like designing the avatar and uses it as an opportunity to teach about facial features. Starfall All About Me is a great combination of curriculum-based learning with relevant and engaging activities.
Talk to your kids about ...
Help your kids create their own avatars; as you explore the choices together, talk about how different facial features and characteristics make each person unique.
Label objects in your home (maybe try one room at a time) to help your kids make stronger connections to new words.
Visit the Starfall website for more activities.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Health & Fitness: body awareness
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: June 29, 2012
- Category: Education
- Size: 15.20 MB
- Publisher: Starfall Education
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
For kids who love preschool learning
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