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I love using high-quality educational technology for teaching my kids. There are so many great apps and websites available for learning now that really teach kids in creative ways. We have been trying out a new one the past few weeks called Learn With Homer. I have been using it with my 4-year-old preschooler. Learn With Homer is a website (or app) recommended for kids ages 3-7 that helps kids to learn to read. It was designed in a way that makes it easy to be done with little to no parent assistance. This gives kids the chance to work and learn on their own if they desire to. You can sign up either through the online platform or through an app on your tablet. This is a sponsored post in behalf of Learn with Homer. I am being compensated for my tie in creating this post, but all thoughts are my own.
They use The Homer Method to teach reading. The Homer Method is a 4-step method that teaches the letter sounds and symbols, then adds the letters into words, the words into ideas through stories then ideas into knowledge through thinking skills. In Learn With Homer they teach the synthetic phonics method meaning they teach the sounds then combine sounds into words. It was created by educator Stephanie Dua and uses the latest scientific knowledge of how children learn in their program.
Learn With Homer is a fun website that is set up like a small theme park called Pickle Wickle Park. There are different locations the kids can visit to explore and learn. There is their regular learning path that teaches reading skills, Adventures in History, Storytime, Discover the World, And Music. It includes more that 1000 different lessons! Each of these different locations has fun new things to do and learn. They teach songs, stories and poems from different seasons and styles and cultures around the world. They have fun history and science lessons teaching kids about animals, their body, presidents, and musicians. It is a great way to introduce new topics to young kids. Learn with Homer is updating their site this Fall with new navigation making it easier to discover all of the many things available on the website as well as adding a new interactive world!
One thing I really loved about the site was how they brought in songs and stories from around the world. My son’s FAVORITE song of all on the website is a Swedish holiday song about gingerbread men called Tre Pepparkaksgubbar. It is all in Swedish. He plays it over and over! It was fun because we wanted to know more about what it meant so we spent some time investigating it online with him and my older kids. I love that it created some outside discovery and learning as well! We never would have learned about it otherwise.
My son has been having a blast learning on the website. We sit together and practice his reading a little each day as well as explore some of the other fun topics. He is always happy to have some special learning things that are just for him. I also see the skills he is learning from Learn With Homer. He is definitely benefiting from the reading sections.