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Starfall

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  • WEBSITE, MOBILE APP

Teaches children to read with step-by-step activities that help them learn phonics, practice early reading skills, and become fluent readers in English. Includes language arts and mathematics activities for preschool to third grade. Activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards (USA) in English language arts and mathematics.

Parents should note that letter sounds are taught with a North American accent.

COST: Mobile apps are completely free. The website features free activities, and a paid subscription unlocks the full content.

PROS

  • Starfall has a strong reputation as an effective tool to teach children to read.
  • Many activities on Starfall.com are free, and you may not need the subscription.
  • Apps and website are ad-free.

CONS

  • Good internet connection required for navigation.

Why it’s helpful for families living internationally

Starfall has been used by thousands of children learning to read, including many from families living abroad. It’s also great for children learning English as a new language. 

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