At age 9, young Stephen Schutz was still struggling to read. What came easily
for some children required many more hours of Stephen's work, and he was
consistently toward the bottom of his class in reading. Now a PhD in physics
a successful publisher and artist, Dr. Schutz wanted to make sure
his situation today have a resource that can help. He turned to
the Internet and
conceived a program that would be available online across
the world to all
children who are learning to read in English.
Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to
teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in
conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool,
kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and
English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational
alternative to other entertainment choices for children.
I was never a fan of computers in the school.
I always felt that reading and writing were more important than mouse skills and staring at a screen.
But my opinion has now changed.
And it's all because of a great program that my daughters' school uses.
Last year, Kaitlyn came home daily and excitedly proclaimed "I did StarFall today!"
I couldn't understand her enthusiasm.
I didn't get it.
I didn't know much about what Starfall was at the time.
One night, I googled it.
I was impressed!
So impressed that I added the link to my "Favorites" and now use it at home for Kaitlyn to supplement what she is doing at school.
But there is much, much more to StarFall than meets the eye!
And the key word here is MORE!
If you log onto http://more.starfall.com/, you will see what I mean.
Not only does this extension of the site help teach ABC's (sounds/phonics) and learning to read, but you can also take advantage of the following:
Nursery Rhyme Videos
Backpack Bear's Books
Learn to Read
Short Vowel Pals
It's Fun to Read
Historical Folk Songs
Now you can see why this portion of the site requires a membership.
For families, up to three authorized users are allowed for the cost of $35.00 per 365 days.
However, Starfall would like to offer you a FREE 3 month membership!
Try it out!
See if you like it!
See if your children like it and respond to the programs as positively as I know they will!
And yes, they even have apps for your iPhone and iPad!
So who is interested?
Who would like to WIN a FREE 3-month membership to this great site?
Here's what you need to do!
But pay attention, because this time there is a NEW requirement to enter this giveaway.......
1. Go to Facebook and "LIKE" Starfall's page and tell them that I sent you.
2. Vote for LOUD MOMMY in BOTH campaigns that she is entered in:
Campaign #1: Julie's Corner Store
Campaign #2: Burger Barge's Halloween Campaign
For those of you who may not know, Loud Mommy grants iPads to children with apraxia of speech and other speech and language issues.
Both of my children have apraxia, so Loud Mommy, her foundation, and her vision are very close to my heart.
YOU MUST LIKE STARFALL'S FACEBOOK PAGE AND VOTE FOR BOTH CAMPAIGNS TO BE ENTERED FOR THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY!
This giveaway begins on Monday, September 12, 2011 and ends on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:00noon (CST).
Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email and announced on my Facebook page.
Contest valid in the United States only.
Sorry, but no PO Box entries will be allowed.
No anonymous entries.
You must have a valid email address.
If the first winner does not contact me within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen at random.
And thank you to Starfall for this great donation!
(Please see "Discalimer Tab" for this and all giveaways on this site.)