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Encouraging independence early on can set you child up for success later in life

Raising an independent child and watching them go out on their own is one of the most fulfilling and difficult parts of parenthood. Whether you’re encouraging them to try out for a sports team or to try a new skill, there are plenty of ways that you can begin fostering an independent spirit within your child. If you start encouraging this independence from an early age, you’ll help set your child up for future success. It will help them think for themselves, which is a valuable and practical life skill that will serve them throughout their lives. Regardless of whether you’re a new or seasoned parent, these four easy-to-use tips can help you raise an independent child.

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Make a Gratitude Turkey in Time for Thanksgiving

During this season of thanks and giving back, we’re challenging ourselves (and you!) to take a minute to really appreciate all the good things we have in our lives. We are especially grateful for the kids and families who are learning to read with HOMER!

Join our #gratitudechallenge and help your child share what they’re grateful for. They’ll learn the power of gratitude, build their writing skills along the way, and maybe even win a Parker Bear!

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Your child has mastered the alphabet; they can name the letters, they know the order of the letters, and they know the sounds that each letter represents.  So, what’s next? Are they ready to start sounding out words? The answer is: maybe! Sounding out is the process of blending sounds into words. We use this process whenever we encounter a word we aren’t familiar with. Since it is second nature for us, it seems like this process of blending sounds to make words should be simple for kids who know the alphabet. But this process actually involves specific skills that go beyond knowing the alphabet. Keep reading to see if your child is ready to start sounding out words.

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