I've been teaching 30+ years and have never seen anything like Starfall.
The kids are mesmerized and learn so quickly. Thank you so much for creating
such a vital resource in Education today.
— First Grade Teacher
Westview Primary School
I am thankful to have a tool that my students can
access on our classroom computer, in the computer
lab or at home. My students love it and they say
it is fun. I don't think they even realize that
they are learning!
— 1st Grade Teacher
I had just three children who passed DRA Reading Level 3 (grade level expectation).
All of the other children were above that! Also, on the DIBELS test, all
of the children ended the year at benchmark! Thank you so much!
— Kindergarten Teacher
The Starfall reading program is designed to be fun, exciting,
and to instill confidence in young children as they learn to read. The
website and companion printed materials are clear and effective tools
to help you implement proven teaching methods. Our website was created
by carefully observing the way children learn using a computer. The Starfall
Website is easy for students to navigate independently, but it is not
intended as a surrogate for the teacher. Our scientific, research-based
reading materials and activities are modeled on the "Big Five" focus
areas recommended by the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development: phonemic awareness,
systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. We built-in
a sixth we'd prefer not be overlooked—Motivation!
Starfall employs the computer to develop feelings of wonderment
and play, not rote assessment. The activities, songs and books complement
your classroom by creating an atmosphere of fun and enthusiasm that infuses
all aspects of learning. Our online and printed activities
use positive reinforcement to guide children in making correct responses.
Because students meet success with our activities, they are motivated
to want to learn more. You will find that Starfall students of all reading
levels are excited and eager to participate. Starfall students who receive
personal copies of the materials feel a sense of ownership, responsibility
Your children will explore and interact with speech sounds in every book
and game. See online: Starfall ABCs.
Children click on the letters in any order to see, hear, and manipulate
the sounds and letters of the alphabet. Kinesthetic learners will love
using American Sign Language to demonstrate their letter knowledge.
- Reinforce the children's online experience by downloading our
free ABC Practice Pages. Your children will apply initial
sounds to letters, and practice letter formation.
As your children master speech sounds, they will be able to apply them
to letters in predictable ways. See online: Learn
to Read. Begin at row 1 and proceed systematically
to row 15. See Learn to Read Scope and Sequence.
- Support your children's progress by downloading or purchasing our Level
I Journal (Block Print or Manuscript). Designed for K-1 emergent readers who have a basic
understanding of letter-sound relationships, it offers opportunities
to practice the short and long vowel sounds in word families, blends,
and digraphs. The Level I Journal corresponds to our online Learn to
- Download or purchase our Cut-Up/Take-Home
Books featuring all 15 stories from our online Learn to
Read series, and 5 bonus artist books including Vincent
van Gogh. Children are excited about taking these full-color
versions of Starfall's online books home to read to their families.
With a basic understanding of letter-sound relationships, your children
can explore a variety of genres and topics. Starfall supports their
exploration. Every word on the site is clickable, and will read aloud. In
this way the speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary can grow alongside
new concepts. See online: It's
Fun to Read. This fiction and nonfiction environment cultivates
inquisitiveness as children explore the purposes of reading.
- Enhance your children's reading and writing development
by downloading or purchasing our Level
II Journal. This inviting writing journal opens with introductory
grammar exercises. The pages that follow contain imaginative open-ended
writing exercises supported by picture dictionaries. This journal is
intended to meet the needs of students at many different reading and
writing levels and is perfect for students studying English as a second
Starfall reinforces high-frequency words in sentences, rather
than in isolation. This helps your children make meaningful associations
with these words and more easily commit them to memory. Our selections model the qualities of fluent reading: intonation,
expression, inflection and rate. See online: I'm
Reading. This series develops comprehension and
reading fluency in beginning and advancing readers.
As your children develop the above skills they will transition
from learning to read to reading to learn—the
end goal of all reading instruction. Writing prompts appear site-wide,
but more importantly, every activity at Starfall is a springboard for
Our program weaves these focus areas together into a cohesive,
fun, and entertaining program that kids love!
The Starfall Team