Starfall Learn to Read Education App Review (iOS, $2.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Starfall Education, LLC

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Customer Ratings

Current Version:
7 Ratings
All Versions:
373 Ratings


At last, all the content from's Learn to Read index in an app!

Since 2002 Children around the world have learned to read with Zac the Rat — and your child will too! Each numbered section features a vowel sound and its related spelling. Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Encourage your child to play and explore! Your child will come to recognize the relationship between spoken and written language while having fun learning to read. This app is excellent for emerging readers and English language learners.

Customer Reviews

  • Genius!

    by Thykong1972

    This is the best reading app hands down. My 5yr old daughter who does not like to read and gets bored with the monotonous nature of most apps loves this one and won't put it down. The combination of catchy tunes, funny movies, and games to reinforce phonemic awareness and decoding skills is amazing.

  • Wonderful

    by 34fjexckdcke495

    The app is great for the less computer/mouse savvy kid. Check out the site they have a wonderful site! My daughter learned to read well by 3 and is now 9. I got this app for my niece. She loves it and is 5.

  • Great

    by Sedslove

    Awesome app to help with reading and reiterating lessons. My three and five year olds love it.

  • My 4yr old son can read!

    by Juschillen

    This is a lot cheaper than a learning center or a private tutor. Mute the volume if you do not want to give off the word. I spent good quality time with my son using this app and I've learned couple things as well lol. Apps slowly starts with individual common Vowel letters that make up words: "_at"; "_et"; "_it"; "_ot"; "_ut". They also learn certain rules. (Silent "e" at the end of a word); ("e" & "o" lonely vowels); (when two vowels are walkin the first one does the talkin) ; ( vowels with r-controlled) I used pocket phonics and sight word apps along with this one.

  • We love the starfall education

    by Adornwifemom

    We found out about the homeschool version of starfall and saw that they had 2 apps available. We purchased both. We are very happy with each, they just reinforce what I teach him in our actual lesson.

  • Okay but not great.

    by Yahwehlives

    I am a teacher and I don't mind using this app, but I wished they had a settings feature to turn off giving the word. For example the student can tap on a word they don't know and the app will sound it out, but the app does not give the student a chance to say it. Instead it gives it to them. It'd be nice to be able to control some of these features within the app.

  • Mr

    by Dao506

    This is one of the best reading apps. It really helps my son ,who is a special need kid learning to read. I wish the app includes a writing that allows the reader to write or spell. This would reinforce the kid's learning

  • Love it!

    by Momma C

    I love this app. I have a 5 and 7 year old and they both play with it. They like to start the stories at the same time on each of their iPads. It has been very helpful for my five year old learning to read. Thank you! I have just purchased another Starfall app.

  • Best reading app out there!

    by K teacher and mommy!

    I have used the computer version of this app in my classroom for years and it is by far the best teaching tool for reading!!! My students love it and have learned a great deal from it! I didn't have to blink twice about buying this app for my iPad! Starfall ABC is worth buying as well for beginning alphabet letter and sound practice!! Fantastic for and teacher or parent!!!

  • Great, I love it!!!

    by booklvr555

    I tutor students who have dyslexia, and it's difficult to find apps that add to my lessons. This app covers CVC words, VCV long e words, vowel teams VV, and the sounds or, er, ir, ur, ar. Included are a lesson, exercises, a well thought out animation with catchy songs, and some fun activities. My only complaint is the main screen where it is difficult to know which picture to select, you just don't know what it is. I also have to open the app twice for it to run, every time (but it does always run). I would LOVE for them to add more: ng, tch, ck, tion, sion, etc.

  • Starfall learn to read

    by CJ and Aj'a mom

    I really like this app as a mom. It is great reinforcement and extra practice for what my 5 yr old is learning in kindergarten. My only request is that you come up with some type of star / reward system. My child is more motivated by other games when he feels he can beat a level. With this game, even levels that you do all the exercises for will not show any progress, so it is hard to remember where you leave off.

  • My 4 Year Old Son Loves This App!!

    by ElleChristine

    My 4 year old has had absolutely no interest in reading or spelling.... until we tried this app. It is interactive and rewards him when he spells correctly. If you have a hyperactive boy that is hard to get to sit stillor get interested in reading and spelling, this app will help!

  • Helps to learn to read

    by SuperDdooper

    My 3 year old is reading beginner books thanks to the help of this app. The songs are catchy and its easy to navigate through. Love love love this!

  • Wow!!!

    by FLOYDinLA

    This app is simply amazing. Its priceless. If people are complaining, I'm speechless. My daughter's reading is so much better because this app. Wow! For the price of a happy meal at McDonald's, it's a super bargain.

  • Great for English Learners!

    by kinraze

    I love this app for my students! It introduces simple vocabulary, excellent phonics practice, and wonderful activities. While it may be too simple for native speakers, it is great for my First Grade English Learners. I do caution that it is an activity best done with an adult, and may not be particularly effective for students who are working independently. Pairs well with the Starfall ABC's.

  • Great app!

    by Jesse St. Laurent

    My 5 year old loves this application. She loves music and the app presents lots of good phonics information in songs. It is a good mix of entertainment and learning. It feels less like "work" than sounding out the words in a book because there are cartoons with each sentence.

  • Love it!!!!

    by Gilbert2007

    My son's kindergarten teacher recommended this download to encourage my son to read. My son is learning to read words at a very fast pace. After going through the activities he is able to sound out the words and he can now read.

  • Excellent

    by Sandeep Bagel

    My 3 year old loves this app. He understands phonics and is trying to read words. Awesome!

  • Fun reading supplement for preschoolers.

    by VBJohn

    Sure, some of the stories are pretty cheesy, but Starfall's reading series has been a great reading supplement for my 4 year old son. He was used to doing the lessons on Safari, using a mouse. After using this app version, he remarked, "This is a lot easier to use on an iPad!" Great job, Starfall team!

  • Fun, effective

    by :wes

    My now seven year old more or less learned to read with this app, when it was flash-only. Now that it is on iOS, my two year old has started on it.

  • Horrible

    by Tiyuvgkuvhjbhjlvkhgvkh

    I bought this app for my son and doesn't play sound at all...I want my money back.

  • Pd

    by Ppddff

    Not near as good or complete as the free version on a Windows pc pd

  • Bad

    by Jackman234567890

    It doesn't help at all

  • Kids love it BUT

    by 2 boyzmomma

    The blasted website recognizes our iPad when we visit the website and forces us to buy what otherwise is FREE! The kids love it...but the forced purchase is NOT appreciated. Yet another entity taking aim at my kids via my wallet. Most unnecessary and VERY disrespectful...of children and parents.

  • rapid progress

    by amongus

    my son and I are almost finished with this module. he was getting bored with the phonics book we started with but this keeps him interested and curious. excellent progress.

  • Phenomenal

    by Kickstand54

    Absolutely perfect in every way. My twins under 3 are well on their way. Thanks!

  • Great

    by Papa+Grandma

    This app is just as good for young ones as the regular Starfall website. I hope they continue with the good games that make learning fun.

  • Love it!

    by Boofyboof24230

    We have been hoping and waiting for this app! My kids have loved the activities on the Starfall website and now we have the full content in an app! One of my 5 kids has Down syndrome and he is reading well today thanks, in part, to Starfall! What an incredible and fun tool to get all kids reading - THANK YOU!

  • Not so good

    by Papereater100

    $2.99 for 20 minutes. Frozen! Not happy

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