Parent Tips

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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Brr! 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 normal learning routines.

The 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 app to the latest version or visit StoryTime on the web or Android app.
  • Read a story. (See stories for each age group 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. Share with the Homer community by tagging #HomerReadingChallenge.
  • If your child completes all stories on the reading list for her age group by Jan. 31 (extended from Jan. 15), we’ll send her a special certificate and Homer goodie bag to celebrate her achievement. Share a picture with us on social tagging #HomerReadingChallenge and we’ll enter her to win a $50 Target Gift card and two of this year’s Caldecott award-winning books.
  • Download the full winter reading list here.
  • Download your free January Calendar here.
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