Monday, October 21, 2013
Starfall Learn to Read 2 (best Android apps for kids)
Hooray! Starfall has released another app for Android. Based on Starfall's I'm Reading section of their website, this level of instruction is aimed at more fluent readers who are now "Reading to Learn" rather than "Learning to Read." This app is jam-packed full of books, including plays, comics, folk tales, Greek myths and Chinese fables. Probably the most comprehensive library you'll find on Android. If you get nothing else for your child to read, get this!
So many children have learned to read using Starfall. This wonderful website has been a reliable resource to many educators for many years. Starfall apps are now the easiest way for children to access great learn-to-read materials. Learn to Read 2 is a bargain, really, considering the amount of stories included in the app! Forty books and six mini-games is a lot of app for a little price. Where else can you get a book for less than a dime?
Each story has the feature of being able to touch the words to hear them being said. The physical act of touching words to read them can reinforce learning and it provides immediate feedback for kids who are unsure if they have read a word correctly. The mini-games work with word shapes and sentence structures to solidify skills learned while reading.
A great collection of fiction and non-fiction that you will not want to pass up. Get it now!
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
Starfall Learn to Read 2: I’m Reading develops comprehension and reading fluency in beginning and advancing readers. This app will help your child make the leap from learning to read, to reading to learn.
The stories in this app contain a controlled vocabulary set, using the words most frequently encountered in print. The stories and activities reinforce high-frequency words, also called “sight words,” in sentences rather than in isolation. This ensures the young reader will make a meaningful association with each word and more readily commit it to memory. The stories can be read aloud to model the qualities of fluent reading: intonation, expression, inflection and rate. Users can enable or disable the AutoRead feature. Ear buttons are supplied for fluency when AutoRead is off.
The app includes:
Plays, Fiction/NonFiction, Comics, Folk Tales, Greek Myths, and Chinese Fables sections from the Starfall website.
Controlled vocabulary, using words most frequently encountered in print.
An AutoRead feature to model fluent reading, which can be disabled once your child is able to read independently.