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Anyone use the Starfall Curriculum?

Posted by on May. 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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We are really thinking about buying this......http://www.starfall.com/n/N-info/curric_pricing.htm

Has anyone used this? If you have, did you like it?  

Mommy to little Miss. Saylor, and little Mr. Finley. 

by on May. 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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mrs.hartman12
by on May. 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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My 4yo dd uses the free program they offer. No complaints so far she really likes it. 

Precious333
by Julia on May. 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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Quoting mrs.hartman12:

My 4yo dd uses the free program they offer. No complaints so far she really likes it. 


oredeb
by on May. 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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 same as the rest of the moms, only used the free program

No_Difference
by Silver Member on May. 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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 We're using the free stuff along side All About Reading with my little guy. I'm considering possibly paying the $35 membership for a little more of it, but I wasn't going to pay the $300 some for the whole curriculum. I know they have one for homeschooling, but while looking through it, it still seemed geared towards a classroom setting with group work. Kinda can't do that with just 1.

maggiemom2000
by Member on May. 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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We have the $35 membership and love it!

I'm going to combine the online stuff you get with the membership with these activities here:

Growing Readers

Are you Growing a Reader? Homeschooling your early reader? No need to buy an expensive curriculum to get your child off to a great start at reading. Do you want to avoid tedious, boring worksheets and instead learn through engaging hands on activities and play? Here are a collection of links on teaching your child to read and write for free:

Sight Words or Phonics? How about a balanced approach?


Read some background on using a balanced literacy approach to teach your child to read. What does your Kindergartner need to learn in reading? See the list of Common Core Kindergarten Standards and links to activities to teach those skills to your emergent reader.

What do I need to Buy?

The short answer: nothing. You can do all of the lessons and activities here using books from the library and things you already have around the house like paper, pens, chalk, and index cards. In this post I suggest some possible things you can buy to enhance the activities. These are supplies that you will be able to use for years, not just for a couple of lessons. Manipulatives like a good set of magnetic letters can be used from preschool into elementary school, beginning with basic letter identification, on to phonics, building sight words, word families and complex multisyllabic spelling words.

Shared Literature

Read, read, read to your child. Reading aloud to your child is the best thing you can do to grow a reader. Go beyond reading aloud and teach your child reading skills while enjoying great literature! (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten)

Early Alphabet Learning and the Name Game

How to begin teaching the alphabet and other early literacy skills to your preschooler or Kindergartner. (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten)

Kindergarten Sight Words and Early Reading Skills

What you need to know to get started teaching your Kindergartner to read including a look at some of the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten reading. (Kindergarten)

Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences

After you know about teaching sight words to your Kindergartner you are ready to move on to sentences. (Kindergarten)

Kindergarten Sight Words Reading Books

Once you start introducing your child to the sight words he is ready for his first emergent-reader book. (Kindergarten)

Beginning Phonics for Emergent Readers

Once your child knows most of the letters of the alphabet and their sounds he is ready to learn to "sound out" simple CVC words. This post shows you lots of hands on multi-sensory ways to practice early phonics. (Kindergarten, First Grade)

Learn 37 Words and Know how to Read and Write Over 500 Words!

Your child can learn more phonics "rules" by learning several words with common letter patterns. When your child learns to make analogies and manipulate onset and rime they can quickly read and write hundreds of new words. These are better known as word families. (Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade)
KLove_Mom
by on May. 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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We bought the $35 yearly membership when my twins were 2, and have renewed every year because we love it so much.

It's really easy to navigate the site, and they add new items periodically. There's plenty for a 2 year old to learn and enjoy, even up to 7 year olds I would say. 

I've looked at the curriculum and it looks really well laid out for you... and you can easily supplement by going to your own library instead of buying all of their books. The lesson plans look really great though, and incorporate a lot of sciences (weather and plants) as well as history, which a lot of Kindergarten things don't seem to do.
(The only reason we're not doing the whole curriculum is because we're going to go to a private school part time next year and will use their curriculum... but we'll keep our membership)

So I would say to start with the membership over the summer and see if you need their lesson plans, or if you can just make up your own with the use of their site and your library. 

lillokita
by on May. 29, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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letstalk747
by on May. 30, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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the free one

GirlWithANikon
by on May. 30, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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We have the 35$ membership. I unfortunatly am unsure of how it compares to others as its the first we have tried. But I just renewed it a second year because my stb kindergartener likes it a lot and my stb 4 year old is all about it now. When I renewed it noticed a "1st grade this way" button which I haven't noticed before somehow, might be new, but that makes me think it would be good for a fairly wide age range since my kids started at 3 with it. 

Boobah
by Nikki :) on May. 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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