Starfall: Learn to Read

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When I first began homeschooling, one of my favorite places to go on the web for my preschooler/kindergartner was  It is full of student-led opportunities to develop phonemic awareness and other basic language arts skills.  

Starfall first opened in September 2002 as a free resource to help kids to read.  Since then, it has expanded into a website full of fun games and learning tools for kids to use--even on their own!  Young students love the thrill of educational independence!  Starfall has become a substantial help for kids everywhere. 

As most families who homeschool, we are on an uber-tight budget.  I have to be very careful what I buy as far as curriculum goes.  We can't afford to buy things we won't use, or buy things that have all the bells and whistles.  There is no complaining here.  I think there are many excellent resources available that fall into the "low-cost" and "free" category ( is one of them!  ;o). happens to carry one of my all-time favorite staple:  Writing Journals!  These small, minimal journals are really all you need as your child begins to learn to write.  They are super-sturdy, with nicely-weighted paper, and allow plenty of space for your beginning writer.  What's more?  They are very affordable! 

Another item I have really enjoyed is this set of Cut-Up/Take Home Books.  They come in a pack of 15 and made a wonderful party favor for one of my little girl's birthday parties! 

Check out all of Starfall's low-cost educational items, here