A few weeks ago we hosted our annual back-to-school event and we were thrilled to showcase the new educational iPad app, Learn with Homer.
Designed for kids ages 3-6 by early education experts the iPad app includes a phonics system to help kids to learn-to-read. I had the chance to test this out with my very-eager-to-read 5-year-old in the Homer offices, and she told me that she loved the cool characters, which is original art to Homer, and I personally loved how the design connected her with visually-rich stories, sounds and letters, phonemic awareness, sound blending, and sight words to help her to learn to read.
Created by well-known education reformer and mom of three, Stephanie Dua, the app is based on the best teaching practices and aligned with the tough new standards of the Common Core. “I know there’s a lot of great research on how to teach children to read,” said Dua. “But when my own daughter wanted to learn, I couldn’t find any suitable materials for parents. That’s when Learn with Homer was born. It brings the best early learning techniques together in just one app.”
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What is really unique about Learn with Homer is how their phonics program is supported by a library of illustrated folklore, fables, poetry, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. Stephanie Dua noted that the app features "science-based section with loads of non-fiction lessons covering topics like mammals, Beethoven, the five senses, Jane Goodall, etc. Along the way, the child is prompted to draw pictures and record their voice in our creative clubhouse as they respond to the new ideas and content they're discovering."
Reading, education and learning should not only be fun but it should also allow kids to understand their world and the new Learn with Homer app is a fantastic way to instill a love of reading while also developing literacy skills in a fun and truly thoughtful way.
Check out this fun video to learn more about this educational app:
Learn with Homer is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com/LearnwithHomer.
Parent tools to track learning, as well as fun downloadables, are available on the Learn with Homer parent website: www.learnwithhomer.com/parents
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