ScreenShot Mondays – Starfall ABCs

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology will screenshot a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope that readers will dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Starfall ABCs

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

Today’s post is about play with words and letters. In the event that you have pre-schoolers at home and haven’t yet come across it, Starfall ABCs is one site not to miss. This is an absolutely marvellous animated ABC learning tool complete with games, sound and first class visuals. All three of our kids – aged 5 1/2, 3 1/2 and 18 months have been entranced and entertained by this imaginative approach to the alphabet.

Over 60 words are introduced and for older tots it’s also a good point and click learning tool to move from one word and letter to the next. Both our kids have several favourites in terms of words. They include in no particular order ‘boy’, ‘girl’, ‘horse’, ‘cat’, ‘jellybean’, ‘bear’, ‘tiger’, ‘taxi’, ‘helicopter’ and the list goes on. It takes approximately 20 – 25 minutes to run through the entire alphabet without playing the accompanying games. Our guys have never tired of this activity and neither have I. Lila at 18 months is the latest aficionado. She just made it all the way to ‘Z’ for the first time.

“Starfall is recognized and highly rated by experts. The Reading Teacher named one of “Five Internet sites too good to miss” (May 2006). In 2005 and again in 2008, recognized Starfall as one of their top five educational websites. Starfall was the first Internet site to be recognized by Children’s Software and New Media Review as the highest rated product in their Early Elementary category, Spring 2004.”

This post is in memory of my Aunt May who passed away yesterday on Mother’s Day. Aunt May and my mother were the best of friends growing up as young women in Greenock, Scotland. They wound up emigrating to Canada and marrying a couple of brothers from the Port. As a baby she held me in her arms. As a full of himself young adult she always looked for my best qualities. Thanks for all your kindnesses May, I’m thinking of you.

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