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With J in kindergarten this year, a primary focus of our homeschool day is phonics and other activities that will help him learn to read. He wants to learn and be able to enjoy books like he sees other family members doing. However, using just the straight phonics approach is not working to get it all clicking. As he loves anything that seems like a game, I am happy to give him the opportunity to try out educational apps or software that reinforce learning. Learn with Homer entered our house at just the right time to provide that ‘game’ feel when used on the iPad while really helping him learn.
What is Learn with Homer?
Developed by top literacy experts, Learn with Homer is a groundbreaking early learning program currently available for children ages 3-7 on both the web and iPad.
Stephanie Dua, creator of the program, sought out the best teaching practices and latest science on how children learn to read and build knowledge. This is all translated into an easy to use program which focuses upon the skills shown to predict academic success down the road. Originally launched in 2013, Learn with Homer has been used by over 1.5 million children to date and is going through a complete overhaul this fall which will make using it even more simplistic with new navigation and the introduction of an interactive themed world.
Rather than assume a child has been taught the basics of reading, Learn with Homer starts with the basics and allows the child to learn how to read without the need of an adult sitting alongside for the ride. Learn with Homer goes beyond the basics of reading, offering more than 1,000 lessons and activities including stories, games, history, science, art and music. Beyond having a specific purpose, all of the activities seek to reinforce lessons with real world context. They even include children’s literature which can be read to your child.
You can test out Learn with Homer with a free 30-day trial from learnwithhomer.com or on the App Store on iPad. After the first 30 days, you can continue access with either a monthly ($7.95) or annual ($79.95) membership. Day by Day in Our World readers can receive 50% off of a one year subscription.
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Our Thoughts on Learn with Homer
Unlike some computer based programs we’ve used, J has really gotten into Learn with Homer. When I returned home from a recent business trip, he was excited to tell me all the things he was learning in the program. I could log into the program on my computer and see exactly what he had done and when he had done it.
He especially enjoys the storybook feature as he can have a story read to him without finding someone in the house willing to drop everything to read to him. (Not that we don’t LOVE to read stories aloud….but there are times when he wants hours of stories which no single person has the capacity to deliver.) He also adores the ability to record himself and play it back for his own edification or to show off skills to us.
Overall, Learn with Homer is delivering on its promise of helping a child learn to read while making the process fun. They seem to have nailed the equation: best research on how children learn + the newest innovation in game design = reading success!
Do you use digital programs to reinforce learning?
What are some ways you have supported a child in their quest to learn to read?