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Homer is proud to partner with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello this Presidents’ Day to give young children a virtual tour of the home of America’s 3rd President and to teach them more about Jefferson’s many accomplishments. We’ve also prepared lessons on George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Presidential Pets, and a fun game that allows kids to decorate their own White House!

If you’d like to link directly to Homer’s Presidents’ Day content, update the Homer app today then tap here to begin your Presidential History Tour!

Here’s an overview of all Homer’s lessons highlighting US Presidents.

  1. Head over to the Discover the World section and view U.S. Presidents. You’ll find lessons on George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson. 
  2. Time to take a tour of the White House. Visit “What a House” in the Discover the World section of the app and scroll down to White House Wonders. Your child will visit the president’s home inside, outside, upstairs, and down. Then, jump on over to If I Were President in the same section and let your child create his or her own White House! Once finished, they can share their creations in a postcard by way of our Pigeon Post.
  3. Check out a new take on Yankee Doodle and sing along to You’re a Grand Old Flag. Post your #YankeeDoodleDanceParty clips and photos on your social channels.
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We are so excited to announce that Learn With Homer has an opportunity to be featured on a panel at SXSWedu 2017 – but we need YOUR VOTE!

The panel discussion is on: Can the iPad Solve the Literacy Crisis?

With speakers:

  • Stephanie Dua, Learn With Homer’s founder & CEO

  • Dr. Susan B. Neuman, former US assistant secretary of Education

  • Michael Levine, founding executive director of Sesame Workshop

  • Lisa Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America.

The panel will discuss findings of literacy education through technology and engage the audience in a discussion of literacy apps and how to improve their use.

In order for us to have this important discussion, we need wonderful Learn With Homer friends and families (like yours) to cast a vote. To do so, you can follow these instructions:

  1. Create a Panel Picker account by clicking here

  2. Find Homer’s application page here

  3. Give Homer a “thumbs up” to vote!

  4. Add a comment if you wish

Voting ends September 2, 2016. Thank you so much!

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Our new Back-to-School section is full of learning opportunities about amazing animals and U.S. Presidents.

Your little one will also learn about starting school and having friends.

This new update is the perfect way to get children excited and ready to return to the classroom.

Get ready to go Back-To-School!

  • Learn about mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles – including the blue whale, the giant squid, and the most enormous of enormous dinosaurs!
  • Read playful stories about friendship fun and getting rid of back-to-school jitters.
  • Visit the White House, take a tour of the Oval Office, and get a sneak peak into the White House kitchen!
  • Meet presidential pets! Hear history come to life with moos and barks!
  • Discover amazing facts about giraffes and learn new vocabulary words like “prey,” “predator,” and “invertebrate.”
  • Sing along with Homer and friends to terrific tunes like “A is for Alphabet!”
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School is almost back in session – do you have Homer for your classroom?

Homer for Educators is FREE for all teachers, librarians, and media personnel with a verified .edu, .org, .net or non-profit educational organization email. You’ll have compete access to all lessons, stories, and songs in the #1 Learn-to-Read Program, as well as hundreds of our printable lesson worksheets through the Educator dashboard. Your account will hold up to 30 students and you can track each student’s progress!

Sign up for your FREE Homer for Educators account here!

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Earlier this week, Homer announced a partnership with Dollar General and Horizons National to bring summer literacy opportunities to low income students. 

What is Horizons National?

The Horizons National Summer Enrichment Program is a network of community-centered academic summer programs that puts low-income public school students of varying abilities on the path to success. Horizons’ mission is to close the achievement gap by providing underserved children access to high-quality academics in an engaging summer program.  It has been well documented that gaps between middle and low income students grow more pronounced over the summer months, when upper income children may attend enrichment programs or summer camps while their lower income peers do not have access to the same costly educational opportunities. As a result, low-income students tend to fall further behind in reading and math during the summer months, while their more economically advantaged peers keep pace or even jump ahead.  This phenomenon, known as “summer slide,” is a major contributor to the achievement gap between middle and low income students and one of the most urgent educational issues in our country.

Summer learning loss leaves low-income students as much as three years behind their higher income peers by the time they reach fifth grade. In contrast, Horizons students gain an average of two to three months in reading and math skills during the six-week summer program, keeping them at grade level or above.

We are so excited to work with Horizons to make a positive impact in several communities!

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