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Beyond the ABCs of Starfall


Learn to Read with Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension

Free online resources and printouts courtesy of Starfall.
Level 1
ALPHABET: Starfall's ABCs. A perfect starting place for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. If your student finds this too simple, just start with the next step: phonics.
Level 2
PHONICS: Learn to Read. Contains Starfall's sequential phonics series of 15 books with fun letter-pal characters (Zac the Rat, Peg the Hen, etc.). Encourage your student to read books in order.
Level 3
FUN!: Fun to Read. Children learn to identify the shapes of words. Includes the popular All About Me avatar, phonics magic, rhyming tongue twisters, art, music, and poetry.
Level 4
FLUENCY and COMPREHENSION: I’m reading! Scaffolding reduces reading anxiety and improves comprehension. Includes non-fiction. Struggling readers develop self-confidence.

Free Printouts:

Reading and Writing Journals. Classroom experience has shown that children learn decoding skills as they focus on the sounds in words they write.
21 Learn-to-Read Books. This sequence successfully teaches phonics, sight words, fluency, and comprehension.

For children with disabilities, see Accessibility Information.

What's the best way to teach children to read?

"When I was younger, Starfall was my favorite website. I truly believe that Starfall set the foundation for my future."
  — Sarah, Undergraduate at Stanford University

Starfall's successful learn-to-read activities are based on teacher's experience and research:

  • Developed and tested in the classroom;
  • Follows scientific evidence-based methods recommended by the NICHD National Reading Panel;
  • Explicit instruction in phonemic awareness;
  • Systematic phonics instruction;
  • Methods to improve fluency and comprehension.

Starfall motivates through positive reinforcement and play. Children delight as they see, hear, and interact with letter-sound relationships in words, sentences, games, and songs.

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