learn to read

1. A child’s brain is not wired to read.

Ever find yourself worried that your child is not “naturally” learning to read in the way she learned to walk and talk? Well don’t! The literacy experts at HOMER want to ease your mind.

Walking and talking are developmental milestones in a child’s life. So is reading. But reading doesn’t just “happen.” And the human brain is naturally wired to talk, but not read. For most children, reading requires direct instruction, repeated exposure to letter sounds, practice and immersion in books kids love. 

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Sheena P. has been a part of our Homer Ambassador group for a few months now, and has recently celebrated success with her son being crowned the ‘Sight Word King’ this summer. It’s not easy to get a budding reader excited about sight words, and she’s willingly shared some of her personal tricks that led to her child’s recent success. We’re excited to share her tips and also laud her son’s great achievement!

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It might sound obvious, but a strong early start in reading and math is crucial for young children. Early math and literacy skills are highly predictive of later success in school and beyond. In fact, research shows that children who read for pleasure are more likely to do better in reading AND math than children who don’t.

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This past week we celebrated International Women’s Day. Maybe it’s because we each have young daughters at home who are becoming more aware of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century (with all its peril and promise), but we’ve noticed over the past few days that people are paying more attention than ever to Women’s History Month. Local museums have mounted new exhibits honoring the contributions of women to our artistic heritage. Bookstores are filling their front shelves with biographies of extraordinary women. The children’s section of the library has gone all out with a special display of picture books that celebrate girl power! 

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