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When I taught kindergarten in my local school district, we used the Starfall curriculum and membership to help students with learning how to read.
Since my days of using the website and curriculum in the classroom, Starfall has expanded its lessons, resources, and games to include preschool through third grade math and reading skills.
Once I decided to homeschool my three year old, I researched so many different options for preschool curriculum. I kept coming back to Starfall because it’s so engaging for kids AND so easy for teachers and homeschooling families!
In this post, I will highlight the top features of Starfall for pre-k and kindergarten so you can determine if it’s a right fit for your family. (Please note that I’m working on my review for the higher grade levels as well!)
Free Preschool Curriculum
When you visit the Starfall official website, you will see a tab at the top called Parent-Teacher Center. Clicking on this will take you to Starfall’s entire preschool curriculum, which is available to download and print FOR FREE.
The curriculum is broken up into seven units that cover 25 weeks. Each unit focuses on a specific theme like back to school, community, animals, etc.
The lessons are super easy to teach as they are well organized and flow seamlessly. They are also pretty scripted, so it’s simple to know what to say while teaching the skills.
In addition to the free lessons you can download on the Starfall website, you will also find additional resources within each unit including:
- outdoor activity ideas
- snack ideas
- FREE printable worksheets to go along with the lessons
- FREE printable cards and other teacher materials
You also get access to the Progress Monitoring materials, which make it really easy to determine how your student is retaining the information taught.
Starfall Pre-K Materials
If you are looking to purchase some of Starfall’s resources to go along with the lessons, you can do this through the online store on their website. I used their kindergarten materials as a classroom teacher, and I was always really impressed with the high quality of the items.
As a homeschooling mom with a preschool student, I opted to only purchase a few items. Since my daughter started pre-k as a three year old, I didn’t feel like she was ready for the workbooks and other advanced materials quite yet. So, these are the two items I chose to purchase for my young preschooler:
Letters, Numbers, and Colors Wall Cards
These were around $13 and are great to hang on the wall in your homeschooling classroom. I reference them often with my daughter, and she loves to point and identify the pictures.
Gingerbread Boy’s Instructional Card Set
This resource is around $32, but I use it daily. The set provides the cards you use with each lesson, including letters, numbers, shapes, emotions, weather, letter sound pictures, etc.
In addition to the items listed above, I also purchased the Starfall annual membership to go along with the preschool curriculum.
How much does Starfall cost?
If you are purchasing a membership to Starfall for your home, the price is super reasonable at only $35 for the ENTIRE year. The cost of a Starfall membership is really a steal because you will use it often during homeschooling.
The online games and songs help reinforce the skills you teach with each daily lesson. Plus, the website and games are so fun and engaging that students don’t even realize they are learning!
Before you subscribe to the Starfall membership, I suggest deciding which educational materials you plan to purchase. Starfall usually offers a discount where you can receive a FREE membership with the purchase of certain materials.
What does membership include?
Once you become a member of Starfall, your student has access to all of the online games, books, songs, and resources for any grade level. You can use the website to reinforce skills taught during your lesson.
Starfall Reading and Phonics
Your preschool student can start at the beginning with online games that identify the letters (capital and lowercase) of the alphabet. You will also find songs, games, and rhymes reinforcing the letter sounds. For more advanced preschool students, you will find games focusing on blending sounds to make words.
As a teacher, you will be able to pull up the books that accompany the lessons you are teaching so that your students can listen and view online. You will also find activities to practice colors, nursery rhymes, and sight words.
We like to begin each math lesson with the Starfall calendar. This is a really engaging tool that allows students to interact with the monthly calendar. It helps reinforce skills like days of the week, months of the year, weather, holidays, etc.
In addition to the Starfall calendar, you will find all sorts of online math games. Some of the preschool skills included are
- number identification
- greater than, less than, equal to
You will also find fun math songs to go along with the preschool skills taught while homeschooling.
Is Starfall worth it?
At only $35 for an entire year, Starfall is totally worth it! If you are homeschooling a preschooler or kindergartener, the online games really help to reinforce these foundational skills. The activities, songs, and books are also really engaging for all types of students. Kids in my regular classroom and in my homeschooling class love spending time learning and playing on the Starfall website.
Do you use the Starfall curriculum to teach preschool?
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