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And the skill of the week is…. Listening! 

This week we’re diving into listening! It’s never too early to teach kids to be active listeners. As they take in, process, and respond to information, they’re making connections with the world around them and the people in it! Listening improves language skills and makes kids better equipped to engage socially. Fostering these skills also helps kids follow directions, keeping them safe and making life easier for you (and their teachers!) 

Keep reading for some tips for implementing listening skills into your child’s learning routine this week!

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Our COO Stefan’s daughter Lillian decided to share her expert kid perspective on flexible scheduling as she took over the “Ask the Experts” Facebook Live Series. It may be April Fools, but Lillian is a kid expert every other day, too. She’s here to help out HOMER kids with tips and tricks to manage their parents during these long days of learning at home. Keep reading for a transcription of our live stream and to check out her flexible schedule!

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We’ve been working from home — and we’ll be honest, it hasn’t been easy! Managing emails, meetings, calls, and our kids has been an interesting learning curve. We, like all parents, want to make sure we’re doing it right (Who are we kidding? there is no right. We want to make sure we’re doing our best.)   We’ve been so inspired by the stay-at-home learning schedules we’ve seen on social media as a great way to give kids the structure and stability they find in the classroom, and crave at home. 

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At HOMER, our goal is to help you raise lifelong learners. As things change day by day, we are being challenged to continuously find ways to adapt and keep our families’ lives running. Here are our tips on how you and your family can make the best of this time at home and encourage learning and growing.

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A boy with a hearing aid is reading with his parents

It’s National Reading Month and over the years, our members have asked us many questions about how kids learn to read. One question, in particular, comes up over and over again. Keep reading to see what Peggy, HOMER’s Senior Director of Learning and Curriculum Design has to say about the science behind how kids learn to read!

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