Learn to Read with Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension
Free online resources and free writing journal printouts courtesy of Starfall.
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.
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.). It starts with the short vowels
sequence used in most schools), so encourage your student to read the books in order.
FREE PRINTOUTS: Reading and
. These are important because children learn decoding
skills as they focus on the sounds in words they write. Use these in conjunction with
Starfall's Zac the Rat phonics books.
Fun to Read
. Includes the
popular All About Me
avatar that children customize and dress up in silly clothes
while learning to identify the shapes of words. Also includes biographies of famous
artists, music, poetry, phonics magic, and rhyming tongue twisters.
FLUENCY and COMPREHENSION: I’m
These texts are arranged in increasing levels of difficulty to
reduce reading anxiety and improve comprehension. Children explore fascinating subjects
not typically available for emergent readers.
- Three Little Plays: These cute plays for young children also include word-shape games.
- Fiction and Non-Fiction Books: The author, Margaret Hillert, was a genius at capturing the imagination of young children while using a limited number of sight-words. These books include a wide range of subjects, such as an indigenous girl playing in the mountains of Ecuador and a boy in Mexico curious about energy and motion.
- Folk Tales: Oral traditions naturally make use of repeated sentence patterns to enhance listeners' understanding. The repetitive text helps struggling readers develop self-confidence and understand philosophies that they can apply to their own life.
- Other Books: More advanced students are encouraged to continue reading with Greek Myths retold by Starfall for children and authentic Chinese Fables of dragons and fantasy that emphasize humanism, family, and moral lessons.
For children with disabilities, see Accessibility
What's the best way to teach children to read?
"When I was younger, Starfall was my favorite website. I remember perusing all four levels,
flying through every story until I knew them all by heart. I truly believe that Starfall set
the foundation for my future."
— Sarah, Undergraduate at Stanford University
Starfall's successful learn-to-read online activities and printed books were developed and
tested in a classroom by Myrna Estes, a first grade teacher in Pittsfield, Massachusetts with
over 35 years of experience.
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.
The Starfall method of reading instruction is based on research:
A Scientific Evidence-Based Assessment by an NICHD-led National Reading Panel shows that the
best approaches to reading instruction have the following elements:
- Explicit instruction in phonemic awareness;
- Systematic phonics instruction;
- Methods to improve fluency;
- Ways to enhance comprehension.
The Starfall curriculum incorporates these same elements into its interactive books and
Where Children Have Fun Learning to Read™