A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
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.
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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.