More.Starfall

Common Sense Media says

Sequel to learn-to-read fave offers even more -- for a fee.

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What parents need to know

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
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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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
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Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • phonics
  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • subtraction
  • equations
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • grouping
  • measurement
  • addition
  • multiplication
  • counting
  • numbers
  • division
  • shapes

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will like interacting with a variety of interesting and attention-grabbing games. But there's a lot to look at, including a fun but irrelevant collection of songs, which makes the home page a little overwhelming.

Learning Approach

Activities provide in-depth coverage or at least a solid introduction to a number of early literacy and math topics. Unfortunately, there's no way to adapt the experience for particular needs, and feedback is limited.

Support

Extensive support materials bring the learning offline. A system for tracking progress, giving feedback, or showing accomplishments would greatly improve utility.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • phonics
  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • subtraction
  • equations
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • grouping
  • measurement
  • addition
  • multiplication
  • counting
  • numbers
  • division
  • shapes

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mieke VanderBorght

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Genre:Educational
Price:$70-$270/year
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent Written byedtechsuccess March 27, 2014
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3
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LEARNING

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 educational technology resource to help develop mathematics, literacy, and more skills for children in grades pre-K and older. As the Technology Coordinator for a pre-K-8 school, I've been evaluating many educational technology solutions for this age group for the past 10 years. More.starfall.com is one of the best premium products that I have purchased for my school and am now using on my own child. In fact, I recently purchased Starfall's Homeschool Pre-K kit which works well with the more.starfall.com website and is an excellent preparation tool for Kindergarten and early elementary school.
What other families should know
Great messages
Educator and Parent Written bykdwyer4 July 11, 2013
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

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 graphics are just bright enough to captivate a child's attention without being over-stimulating.
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