We’re excited to offer you these awesome printables, just in time for Presidents’ Day. Take advantage of this opportunity to talk to your child about our past Presidents and channel their inner-architect as they draw their own rendition of the White House.
The following post was published on March 30, 2017 on the Huffington Post Parents site. Happy to share with our Homer users.
Is Your Child a Reluctant Reader? Pull out the Picture Books.
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!
- 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.
Did you know that coding can improve your child’s literacy skills? It’s true! Some of the skills your early reader is building with the help of Homer are the same computational thinking skills used by computer scientists. The most important of those skills is called sequencing.
The long weekend is upon us and families around the country are packing up — with a lot of excitement and just a little, well, anxiety. After all, traveling with kids can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. “Are we there yet? More snacks please? Potty break!!”