Need help teaching your child to read? Or maybe your kiddo can read, but needs to reinforce the reading skills he’s already learned. Either way, I found a fantastic educational app that can make it happen!
The best thing about this app is that it teaches reading through interest-led learning. Awesome, right?
*This is a sponsored post and I received free access to HOMER for review purposes. I have been compensated for my time, but was not required to write a positive review. See my full disclosure for further information.*
Whether you’re navigating learning at home for the first time or you’ve been homeschooling for a while, you understand why teaching your child to read can be such an intimidating task.
It’s also likely that you’re like me and are trying to find ways to promote positive tech usage in your homeschool. That’s why I was interested to learn more about HOMER Reading and now that I’ve had time to try it out with my youngest kiddo, I’m excited to tell you what I’ve learned.
But before I share our experience with HOMER, here’s a quick overview:
What You Need to Know about the HOMER Reading App
HOMER Reading is an educational app designed for children from 2-8 years old. While the emphasis is on teaching kids to read and building reading skills, this all happens through personalized lessons and activities.
Better yet, this learning centers around your child’s age, reading level, and personal interests and shifts as your child’s reading ability grows.
You know how kids are often obsessed with one thing for a while and then they move on to something else? HOMER uses those interests to teach them to read and continue practicing their reading skills.
And with more than 20 interests to choose from, HOMER has you covered with your kiddo’s current obsession and the ones that are next in the pipeline. If your kiddo loves dinosaurs, sports, princesses, history, and space, she’ll have a HOMER learning plan that reflects those interests.
You may remember that we’re not strangers to reading apps. We’ve used others before and had a good experience, but HOMER stands out in the crowd because of that interest-led approach to learning.
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Another thing to know about HOMER is that it’s ad-free and totally safe for kids to use on their own.
That means you can leave the room to switch the laundry to the dryer without having to worry about what could pop up on the screen while you’re away for a few minutes. Isn’t that a relief?
What We Love Most About the HOMER Educational App
Now that you know more about HOMER Reading, here’s why we love it:
1. It uses fantastic stories to teach reading!
While HOMER is an effective and easy way to teach your child to read, it can also be one of the places your kiddo goes TO read.
I don’t know what I was expecting HOMER to offer in the way of stories, but I’ve been so pleased by the reading options available through this app. There are tons of fun stories that are perfect for new readers, but there’s also a nice selection of picture books, fables, folk tales, and more.
I also appreciate that it’s easy to choose reading options that best meet your kiddo’s goals. You can read via your child’s custom learning path or by selecting stories based on letters emphasized, sight words, or simply by topic.
The cool thing about these reading choices is how kiddos can read the stories alone or have HOMER read to them. Some even allow kids to record their own readings.
And really now, what kid doesn’t love the sound of her own voice? My kiddo happily reads just to record herself; what a genius way to get kids practicing!
2. It’s not your standard educational app.
It makes total sense that kids would be online when engaging with an educational app, but I’m LOVING all the offline activities available through HOMER.
You can find these extras by logging into your parent dashboard through the HOMER website. From there, click on the Write & Draw section and take a look at the options.
Under that Write & Draw section, you’ll find printables to go with all of the HOMER Learn to Read levels and the topical Discover the World units. You’ll even find fun coloring pages like you see in the above photo.
Tracking progress is easy.
In addition to the offline elements, HOMER is also different than lots of other educational apps because it’s easy for parents to track phonics and reading skills taught from level to level.
Through the parent dashboard, you can look at specifics like letters and sight words taught through the lessons. You can even print a completion certificate for each level.
These same tracking features are also available for the Discover the World section.
3. HOMER is cross-curricular.
Speaking of HOMER not being a typical educational app, that also comes into play through all the cross-curricular learning that happens both on and off the app.
In particular, my kiddo loves HOMER’s Discover the World section. That’s where she explores different topics like animals, history, and health.
In fact, I recently found her using HOMER to research U.S. Presidents — George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, in particular — in preparation for an upcoming colonial site field trip.
Of course, this interest could also be a side effect of us humming the Hamilton soundtrack nonstop, but I digress.
All that to say, HOMER allows her to read and explore these cross-curricular subjects, but through books, games, and activities she enjoys.
4. HOMER is fun!
If you’re looking for new ways to help your kids learn through play, HOMER can help!
“Kids learn from play. We learn from kids.”LEARNWITHHOMER.COM
I remember seeing that phrase on HOMER’s website when I created our account and it stood out to me. Now that we’ve been using this app for a few months, I get it.
In fact, play is how HOMER hooked my kiddo on the app.
It turns out that HOMER’s sing along section was an early favorite for her. That was her starting point with HOMER, but the fun songs led her to story telling, Brain Games, and other activities. The best part about all of this is that she’s practicing reading skills the whole time, but by having fun.
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In closing, I happily recommend HOMER for any homeschool family looking to add some educational screen time to the mix. This fantastic app is a great way to keep curious kiddos engaged while logging valuable reading practice.