Learn to Read

It’s getting cold outside, which means more time indoors, earlier bedtimes (more sleep, please!), and lots of opportunities for cooking and snuggling up with a good story. And, with the holidays coming up, lots of kids will be out of school and away from their normal learning routines.

The learning experts at HOMER have put together a Winter Reading Challenge to encourage you to keep your kids excited about learning and give them some breaks from all the sweets. So find a nook to nestle in and start our challenge!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Update your iOS, Android, or Amazon app to the latest version and visit the menu in the HOMER Reading app.
  • Read a story. Download the full winter reading list here.
  • Cut out a snowflake (either make your own or download ours with your reading list.)
  • Write the story title on the snowflake.
  • Punch a hole in the snowflake and add it to a string you hang in your child’s room.
  • If your child completes all stories on the reading list for her age group by Jan. 12, we’ll send her a special certificate and HOMER goodie bag to celebrate her achievement.
  • Share pictures with us on Instagram, including #KidPoweredLearning, for a chance to win a Parker The Augmented Reality Bear!
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Summer is here, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Our HOMER experts recommend reading every day to keep children’s interests growing and minds active while school is out.

That’s why the HOMER team curated a Summer Reading Challenge, full of fun ways to keep your child engaged all summer long.

Starting June 27th, for each week this summer, your child will have the chance to participate in our Summer Reading Challenge! Once your child has completed the challenge in HOMER by August 12th, you will receive a certificate to congratulate them. Follow the instructions below and download the reading list here.

  1. Choose a story from the Summer Reading Challenge menu in HOMER.
  2. Print and cut out the sun we provided.
  3. Write the story’s title in the sun, then decorate!
  4. Punch a hole in the sun and use string to hang it up in your child’s room.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for every story they read!
  6. We’d love to see your child’s decorated sun and hear about their favorite stories. Please share with the HOMER community by tagging #HOMERReadingChallenge and we’ll select one lucky family to receive a special story prize pack.

Be sure to share your fun in the sun learning moments with us!

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As March begins, teachers and parents across the country are bracing for another season of test prep in their public schools. Even kindergarten teachers feel pressure to show gains on early literacy assessments that prove their students are making progress on critical reading and math skills.

We spent a significant part of our careers in the New York City Department of Education and understand the importance of measuring student progress. As the creators of HOMER, we’re also passionate about keeping a child’s love of reading alive and well.

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We love the holidays! Not only do they offer us a chance to take time out from the hustle and bustle of school and parenting routines, but they also give us a chance to pause, take a deep breath, and give thanks for real quality time together.

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