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Homer Reading

Kids' ABCs, Phonics, Stories

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+

About Homer Reading: Learn to Read

Homer Reading is an early literacy app designed to help kids learn to read. Homer Reading includes storybooks as well as activities that teaches kids about phonics, letters, and words. Kids can develop reading skills through stories, phonics lessons, songs, their own voice recordings, drawing, and more. Kids can use the web-based version on computers or tablets or the Homer Reading app for iOS and Android.

Teacher Review

Homer Reading is a proven learn to read app that motivates kids ages 2 to 8 to improve their reading ability. Homer app teaches kids on how to read step by step, 1000+ interactive lessons on phonics, sight words, ABCs and more. Learn with Homer has proven to increase early reading scores by 74%.

Kids can learn to read with Homer Reading. It covers learning discrete aspects of reading such as phonics, sight words and the alphabet as well as the reading of full children's books that are appropriate to your child's literacy level and age.  Homer Reading is suited for early readers between the ages of 2 and 8.

Kids using this app to learn to read will not all be starting from the same place. Depending on their age, natural interest in words and letters, and support, they will each have a different literacy basis on which to build their learning. Homer Reading takes this into account from the start by asking parents to enter some key information about what their child can already do when reading. From this, it creates a custom learning path for each child to follow.

The learning path guides children through the activities best suited to their current understanding and develops children's reading skills at a good pace. It is possible, however, to pursue specific aspects of learning to read in the practice section of the app where the activities can be accessed at will. This would be particularly useful if you feel that your child could benefit from revisiting a specific topic or one that has become especially relevant or interesting to them for some reason.

All of the activities are beautifully presented with clear graphics, easy interactions and spoken instructions.  They cover a variety of key skills for kids who are learning to read and are well suited to the format of an app.  Children trace letters, match letters to sounds, choose words, play memory games, and more. The activities are all useful and relevant for young learners.  In a few instances, most noticeably letter formation, your child might be taught something that does not match their school's curriculum.  If this is the case for your child, you'll have to think about how likely this is to confuse them.  It will be very much an individual consideration.

As well as the activities, two sections cover longer-format writing. The one, 'Stories', reads out tales while animated illustrations play.  These are similar in format to videos with subtitles and they play from start to finish. They are well made, child-friendly, and good fun.  The subtitles highlight each word as it is spoken so that children can read along.

Another section has a more traditional reading experience.  Books are represented on the device and children choose to advance through the story at their own pace. There are some really good options in this section. The story can be read to children as they follow along, they can choose to read it for themselves, and they can choose to record themselves reading it aloud.  These are very useful options and sure to get a lot of use.  

The learning experience in Homer Reading is tailored, to some extent, to your child's interests. Alongside the initial information you enter for your child, is a section on their interests. This will let the app populate its activities and feedback with graphics and objects from themes that your child likes.  Dinosaur loving children will enjoy seeing dinosaurs pop up in the activities while those who love fairy tales will be graced by visits from princesses and other characters.

This is an app that has been developed in North America so those from other regions will notice that the app spells some words differently from them. The narration has a noticeable North American accent but it remains clear and easy to listen to so should not be a problem.

There is a generous 30-day free trial for this app compared to the 7-day trial that is typical of many other educational apps. This will give you and your child adequate time to appraise the app.  Remember to set a reminder somewhere to decide whether you want to keep this subscription going.  You'll need to cancel, if you choose to do this, through your subscription settings - remember, just deleting the app will not end any subscription you take out.

Kids can learn foundational reading skills such as basic letter sounds, letter and word recognition, critical thinking, and reading comprehension. By reading or listening to the stories, kids can also learn about animals, world cultures, music, and more. 

Homer Reading is a well-featured app that admirably fulfils its goal of helping your child learn to read. As with any app that is designed for long term use, you must test its suitability to your child's tastes and interests. Homer Reading app is free to download and a 30-day free trial lets you try Homer Reading and Homer Stories.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Communication Skills
Creative Development
Thinking & Reasoning
Self-Direction
Tech Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Homer.com

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Publisher's Description

HOMER Reading is the fun, interactive way to spark your child’s passion for reading. Help your child build critical skills with a personalized learn-to-read plan!

Download HOMER Reading and help your child fall in love with learning today. After your free trial, your HOMER subscription costs just $7.99 USD/month, including both HOMER Reading and HOMER Stories apps. You can easily cancel at anytime during your free trial.

When kids read about what they love, they love learning to read. HOMER Reading combines your child’s passions and current reading level to create a personalized learn-to-read plan. It includes thousands of lessons on phonics, sight words, ABCs and more and grows with your child from age 2 to 8.

HOMER Reading has been proven to increase early reading scores by 74% with just 15 minutes a day. And with stories and activities customized to each child’s interests, they’ll learn while having fun.

HOMER is an early learning program for ages 2-8 that is personalized to your child’s interests to help them fall in love with reading. Your HOMER membership includes two apps, HOMER Reading, the proven learn-to-read program, and HOMER Stories, a love-to-read library of interactive stories.

HOMER app features

  • 1,000+ phonics lessons in our groundbreaking step-by-step Homer method for kids age 2-8

  • Over 200+ stories in our award-winning library of eBooks

  • 200+ Science and History lessons to build advanced knowledge

  • Art and Music activities to foster creativity

  • Easy-to-use, nurturing, supportive and fun

  • 150+ Printable Worksheets, Learning Games and Activities for when screen time is over

  • 60 First Readers - your child’s first books they can read on their own!

  • Capture magic memories as Homer record’s their first books read for you!

Shown to increase early reading scores by 74%

  • The #1 Learn-to-Read Program for kids

  • Just 15 minutes a day was shown to increase early reading scores by 74% in a recent study

  • Based on research by Harvard & Stanford professors

In just six weeks, with no intervention from teachers, students who used Learn with Homer for 15 minutes per day improved the key skills most highly correlated with future reading success. That’s a big deal.

FOR FAMILIES
Try Homer for FREE for 30 days! If you don’t love it, cancel anytime. Up to four kids can learn on the same account at no extra cost. Cultivate a love of reading in your child with the #1 Learn-to-Read Program for kids, with lessons and games shown to increase early reading scores by 74% in a recent study.

FOR EDUCATORS
Throughout 2016, Homer is free to qualified and verified teachers and librarians to support instruction with progress tracking for up to 32 individual students. A recent study showed using Homer 15 minutes a day over a 6 week period nearly doubled scores on the Test of Preschool Early Literacy, making it perfect for whole and small-group instruction, resource rooms and libraries as the most reliable and effective app for teaching a child to read.

HOMER Subscription

  • The user receives 30-days free upon beginning membership

  • Membership options include monthly (7.99/month) or yearly (79.99/month - 16% discount)

  • Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase

  • Like all other Apple subscription apps, Homer cannot use family sharing to share subscriptions across family members

  • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period

  • Account will be charged $7.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period

  • The user may manage subscriptions & turn off auto-renewal by going to Account Settings after purchase

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