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