learning

As March begins, teachers and parents across the country are bracing for another season of test prep in their public schools. Even kindergarten teachers feel pressure to show gains on early literacy assessments that prove their students are making progress on critical reading and math skills.

We spent a significant part of our careers in the New York City Department of Education and understand the importance of measuring student progress. As the creators of HOMER, we’re also passionate about keeping a child’s love of reading alive and well.

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It’s parent-teacher conference time! For many parents, the pressure is on. Your child has been in school for a few months now. How are they stacking up? You’ve seen the insta-videos of proud moms sharing shots of kids reading fluently at age 5, winning the advanced spelling bee, or reading every sight word known to man. It’s tough not to feel a touch of anxiety as we take our seats in those tiny chairs and prepare to hear how our kids are progressing as readers (and friends, and citizens, etc. etc. etc.)

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Homer isn’t just about serving the families who subscribe to our product, we have a double bottom line. We want to better the whole. And, like any mother will tell you, it takes a village to raise a child. We have a product we sell to families for unlimited access to the Homer method for reading instruction, but we also have a commitment to reach kids whose families are not in a position to pay for a subscription service. So we grant Homer to schools, libraries, nonprofits, hospitals, and the military 100% free of charge.

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The Palsson family is on a 125 day trek across Europe, exploring the world and learning as they go. This week, while in France, Kimberly reflects on her time away and discusses how she approaches technology use with her kids.

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