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Monday, November 13, 2006

Starfall

A couple years ago a friend highly recommend this site called Starfall.

One day I sat down with Kayla on my lap and we went through the ABCs. I figured this would last through a couple of letters and then she would get bored and wiggly and want down. She sat mesmerized through the whole alphabet! I couldn't believe it, this child of mine who is always so busy and on the go and can't sit still for 5 minutes, couldn't get enough of this website!

I forget how old she was when we actually started showing it to her, I think it was after she turned 1 though. I thought it might help her when she started talking because they say the letters and the letter sounds. So repetition of this would help with speech right?

I do think it has helped, not only with speech, but with recognizing the letters as well. I remember how shocked I was when one day I was asking her where is the "A" and she pointed to the "A" on the book we were reading, so I tried another letter, and she got it right. Wow, all that time on Starfall must have paid off because she was really paying attention and processing all that information! :)

They have more than just ABCs on that site -it's a Learning To Read site so there are short stories and other fun activities.

I hadn't been on it in a few weeks, so we checked it out last week (every so often they update and add things to it) and I found they now have the alphabet in sign language as well- how cool is that?

I just wanted to pass this site on to anyone with young kids, or grandkids, who haven't seen it yet!

18 comments:

Rebecca said...

Cj's school actually uses Starfall products in kindergarten. Their workbooks are wonderful as well. Miss E loves Starfall.

Beck said...

Starfall is WONDERFUL! Do check out the downloads section - there are lots of printable materials there that compliment the games. We love it!

Anonymous said...

It is a great website!!!

Much More Than A Mom said...

I use this site in my classroom all the time - it's awesome!

Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

Oh I love that they have signing on it now! I'll have to check it out.. I'm hoping to get placed with a signing child so that I can master my ASL.. right now what I have I have from Signing Time which is fun but I want MORE ;)

Hugs

Julie

K.T. said...

I will have to check that out-Kendalls speech could definitely use some work although she does well with recognition and writing them.

Miranda said...

That's neat, I've never heard of that website, I'll have to check it out with Shaylee some time!

Sandra said...

I LOVE Starfall, it's really great for the kids, it's actually one of Jasmine's favorite places to go on the net :)

Thanks for reminding me though, I haven't been on it for a while, can't wait to see what's new :)

ChupieandJ'smama said...

What a great website! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it with my boys:D

chelle said...

Cool Beans! We will have to check it out :) We just discovered Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Becca loves it!

Pamela said...

How exciting! Can hardly wait to check out the website. It won't be long that Ben will maybe be ready for something like that, time flys by so fast anymore! Sounds like Kayla just loved it! :)

Nisa said...

Nate has loved the Starfall web site since he was in preschoo. I still have it book marked in my favorites list today. He loves it. I definitely have to check out the signing!! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great website. In school Tiffany is learning sign language. I'll have to have her check this site out.

Overwhelmed! said...

I hadn't seen it yet, so thanks for sharing!

Hooray for Kayla!

Barb said...

What a great tip, Michelle. I've never heard of it but then, I've been out of the young children loop for many years. Cameron and I will be checking this out.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

We love Starfall in our home and what a great thing to add sign language. Aviva's Kindergarten class goes on Starall too!

HUGS!

Shelley said...

I hadn't heard of Starfall - its a great resource (although we use Auslan signs rather than US versions - the phonics and alphabet stuff is very good. THanks

jotcr2 said...

Very interesting. I had not heard of starfall. I will have a look. Kayla is such a bright spark.