Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Starfall Review and Giveaway

****Giveaway is over, Congratulations to Becca Francis! Hope you guys enjoy starfall as much as we do.

For ever one else, you can access the free version of starfall on your phone, computer or tablet. ****

For those of you with little kids who are getting ready to start school for the first time, or who need a little extra help, I have a really great computer program you should try!

A couple of weeks ago, while we were at a family party, my aunt who teaches kindergarden was talking to me about J.  J won't be in kindergarden this year, but she does start pre-school in September (what?! how did that happen?).  My aunt was telling me about this program called Starfall.

Starfall is a great, online program that teaches the basics of reading, writing and math skills for kids pre-school age to 2nd grade. They have a lot of fun games and programs that teach everything from the ABC's to division.

There are so many great things about this program. You can use it as a home school, instead of putting them into pre-school. You can use it during the summer to keep your kid's minds sharp. And it's a great way to prepare your pre-school aged kids for school.  If they are already in pre-school a couple days a week, you can use this along side of that to keep them learning all the time.

J loves Srarfall because there are so many fun, educational games to choose from. She asks every morning to play and, although we have a time limit, I usually do let her play every day because she's learning good things too.
Her favorite game is "Who am I?" which is where you get to make a character and once the character is made, there is a little matching game. You match the words to the right body part.

The also have one for different rooms in a house too. 

The words are not said, it just tells them to match the right word with the shape of the word. J gets this right all the time. She caught on to that so fast!

There is a free version of this program, so I thought I'd share the differences between the free version and the one you pay for:

  • First, the free version is limited. You can do things on the computer, like the ABC's and a few of the songs and other activities. But when you sign up for the program there is a way bigger variety of things you can do. Anything from learning the abc's to multiplying and dividing.

  • And when you pay and sign up for Starfall, they keep track of what you've done.  So it is really easy to see what they kids are doing well in and what they need work on or help with. It also is nice because if you have to turn it off in the middle of one of the activities you can see what "levels" you've worked on.

While Starfall is geared towards preschool-second graders, it is also really great for smaller kids too. M is not quite two yet, but she's picking up on the colors, numbers, ABC's and on certain words already. It's helped her start talking more too.

Whether you're wanting to give your little one a head start at school, or they could use a little extra practice, that is also fun,  this is a fantastic way to do it.

And Starfall was so nice, and agreed to give one lucky reader a one month free trial to the website.  If you have grade school or younger kids, I'd be entering this giveaway for sure!

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I received a free month's trial in exchange for doing an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Do you teach your kids from home?

What are your favorite educational apps?


  1. I think this would be great for Caitlyn. She still has a year before pre-k but I still try and help her at home.

    1. She would probably love it! Aunt Kate suggested it to us and the girls always ask to play it.

  2. We do love Starfall! We've never tried the paid version. I bet my kids would love it!

    1. It's so great to have. I don't feel bad about letting them play it through out the day here and there either because they are learning.