More.Starfall

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Sequel to learn-to-read fave offers even more -- for a fee.

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Educational value

Kids can learn reading skills from the early stage of learning letters to putting letters together to make phonemes, then words, sentences, and books. Kids can also reinforce their understanding of a wide variety of basic math concepts like numbers, arithmetic, geometry, and measurement. Games abound for working on both literacy and math skills and approach the topics in a number of ways. For example, addition games represent problems with numerals, with quantities, by using base 10, with dice and puzzles, and so on. Overall, More.Starfall offers a wealth of clever ways to learn about math and literacy and have fun at the same time.

Positive messages

Fun games make kids feel good about learning. At the successful completion of each activity, kids are also rewarded with a cute little animation.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

The site has no ads or commercial content, but users can only sample a very small taste of the activities without purchasing the premium version, which is available for $35 per year (for home use).

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that More.Starfall is an extension of the popular literacy destination, Starfall.com. The expanded site includes a large collection of math and reading activities for young kids. To access all of the activities, parents need to purchase a premium home account for $35 per year. Users can try out a small sample of the learning activities before purchase.

User Reviews

Educator and Parent Written byedtechsuccess March 27, 2014

More.Starfall Excellent for Pre-K and Up

I've been using Starfall.com and recently more.starfall.com with my 4 year old son for approximately one year now. This by far is the best premium educatio...
Educator and Parent Written bykdwyer4 July 11, 2013

Great reading readiness

This updated site is a great resource for early literacy skills. The blending of letters sounds to make CVC words is especially worthwhile. I think the graphi...

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What's it about?

Content at MORE.STARFALL falls into one of three categories: math, literacy, or extras. Kids can practice math according to skill -- addition and subtraction, numbers, geometry. Literacy activities aren't as clearly organized, but generally address letters, phonics, or beginner books and some sight-reading units. In addition, kids and parents can explore collections of songs (some relate to math or literacy concepts though many are simply classic songs and rhymes for young kids) and random activities for holidays or special occasions.

Is it any good?

More.Starfall is a fun way for young kids to explore the worlds of reading and math. Activities have a slow, deliberate pacing and lots of real-world examples to make the learning relevant and concrete. For the most part, games are engaging, interactive, and often provide clever ways to practice newly learned skills.

Though the math and songs sections are clearly organized, the collection of literacy activities can be a little confusing to navigate. It's also not clear how the nursery rhymes and classic American folk songs relate to More.Starfall’s math and literacy theme. Though they are sure kid-pleasers, they seem out-of-place and contribute to making the homepage presentation overwhelming. Despite these minor complaints, this well-designed educational site offers solid opportunities for practicing early literacy and math skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how math concepts are all around us. Can you count things you see while walking down the street? Try pointing out the different shapes you see.

  • Use the "backpack bear" character to talk about going to school. Point out how much fun it is to go to school to learn and spend time with friends. 

  • Take inspiration from some of the e-book’s themes. Tell stories from your family or culture. Talk about kids’ daily routines or experiences around town.

Website details

  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, division, equations, fractions, geometry, grouping, measurement, multiplication, numbers, shapes, subtraction
    Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, vocabulary
  • Genre: Educational
  • Price: $70-$270/year
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid

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