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Kindergarten ELA

kindergarten reading index

Developed and tested in the classroom, Starfall’s unique reading methodology follows evidence-based methods recommended by the NICHD National Reading Panel, including explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, systematic phonics instruction, and methods to improve fluency and comprehension. Kindergarten readers can explore:

  • Alphabet: Starfall's ABCs—A perfect starting place for Pre-K and Kindergarten learners!
  • Phonics: Learn to Read—Follow Starfall's sequential phonics series of 15 books with fun vowel-pal characters (Zac the Rat, Peg the Hen, etc.). Encourage your learner to read the books in order.
  • Fun!: Fun to Read—Learners build their vocabulary and phonemic awareness with the popular All About Me avatar, phonics magic, rhyming tongue twisters, art, music, and poetry.
  • Fluency and Comprehension: I'm Reading!—Scaffolding in both fiction and non-fiction texts helps to reduce reading anxiety and improves comprehension, allowing struggling readers to develop self-confidence.

Color Recognition

In Colors!, children learn to recognize the colors and color names, as well as the color used in phrases and sentences. Each color activity ends with a reward.

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Pre-Decodable Text Show CCSS

In Backpack Bear’s Books, children read emergent texts using high frequency and pre-decodable words.

Pre-decodable stories are made up of simple high-frequency words and pictures to represent words.

Concepts such as blending, positional words, weather and vowels are introduced by Backpack Bear.

Letter/Sound Substitution Show CCSS

In Starfall’s Short Vowel Word Machines, children have the opportunity to change the beginning and ending sounds in consonant/vowel/consonant words.

More Phonics

Children may progress at their individual paces using texts that become increasingly more challenging.

Confidence in their reading skills will increase as they naturally progress from reader to reader.

The subject matter adapts to the level of the reader and ranges from simple fiction to more complex nonfiction.

Each unit targets specific phonics skills.

Rhyme & Rhythm Show CCSS

In Songs + Rhymes, children will enjoy nursery motion songs, abc rhymes, historical folk songs, and classic sing-along songs.

Calendar Concepts

Our Calendar helps children learn the days of the week, months of the year, holidays, and special events.

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Holiday Activities Show CCSS

In Starfall’s holiday activities, children play holiday-themed activities, including:

  • Picking a pumpkin and choosing shapes to create a jack-o-lantern while reinforcing short u
  • Personalizing a turkey and focusing on the sound /ur/
  • Personalizing a gingerbread boy or girl by following directions and choosing from a variety of 2D and 3D shapes and colors
  • Helping Zac write a letter
  • Building a snowman and practicing numbers and number words by singing
  • Celebrating the hundredth day of school, counting by ones and tens
  • Learning about Groundhog Day
  • Creating valentines by following directions and choosing from a variety of characters, cards and text
  • Finding a four leaf clover and a rainbow appears
  • Helping the rabbit by going on a word hunt finding adjectives and verbs
  • Participating in a sorting activity to help clean up the earth
  • Discovering what a seed needs to grow.

Reading Along Show CCSS

In Starfall’s Talking Library, children enter a library where they can read along with a variety of text that includes fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Included Titles
  • The Gingerbread Boy
  • My Father Runs an Excavator
  • Dolphins Are Not Fish
  • Dinosaurs!
  • Humpback Whales
  • A Tale of Two Little Engines
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Cobbler and the Elves
  • The Ant and the Chrysalis
  • The Frog Prince
  • How the Turtle Cracked Its Shell
  • The Green Grass Grew All Around
  • Stone Soup
  • Over in the Meadow
  • Who Likes the Rain?
  • Why the Sun and the Moon Live In the Sky
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Troll Who Lived Under the Bridge
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Let’s Eat! A book about delicious colors
  • Reach for the Stars
  • Thermometers
  • The Story of Milk
  • A Day in the Life of a Firefighter
  • How I Know My World
  • I Am Your Flag
  • Precipitation
  • A Young Hero
  • Quotations from Shakespeare
  • Backpack Bear Learns the Rules
  • America the Beautiful
  • Dreamie Jeannie of Krumpetville
  • Itzi Bitzi Mitzi of Krumpetville
  • Jack Frost
  • Poems for the Seasons
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Social-Emotional Learning

As learners grow, social and emotional skills help them develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve goals, practice empathy, build and maintain healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions.