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Have you planted your garden yet? Since I’ve been thinking about how to make sure my own vegetables grow (my peppers did well, but the kale not so much) and create unique activities to bond with my daughter, I reached out to Susannah Fotopulos, a mother of two, who started Plant the Seed, a Nashville nonprofit focused on helping young children learn about food, healthy living, and gardening. She and Garden Expert Josh Corlew impress me with their initiatives to get kids learning and growing through gardening. They not only teach kids about techniques, but they also challenge them on a social and emotional level, too. They happily passed along the following tips.

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Every day at Homer, our team of educators and literacy experts is lucky enough to spend time talking to our amazing community of parents about the ways their children are using our program. We learn as much from their questions as we do from their positive comments.

One of the questions we hear over and over is this: “So many of the educational apps my child loves are highly entertaining. Can they really be educational?”

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This week’s Homer #CelebrateRealMoms post is about an all-too-familiar theme for parents of little guys: bedtime. Since bedtime still sends many of us over the edge, we asked Lindsey Patrick, a fellow mom, Children’s Services Manager for the Nashville Public Library, and teacher at Children’s Literature for the University of Tennessee, to share some of her bedtime routines. She has a seven-year-old budding reader who likes LEGOs, science experiments, cooking and all things Harry Potter (just like her mom).

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Homer loves to support children’s creativity and celebrate learning milestones. We’ve created a set of printable “thinking caps” for your child to print out and match with a corresponding first letter or word, depending on your child’s reading stage.

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