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I've learned a lot of things in the last year or so since I have been homeschooling Micah. I learned that Grand daddy Long-legs are not really spiders, but mites. I learned that Pluto may or may not still be a planet, depending on who you ask. I learned that kids (mine anyway) are willing to do almost anything for a sticker. I've also learned that kids don't like to sit still for long and are actually more attentive if you break things down into smaller periods of time and I learned that kids will do their "work" better when it's disguised as play. Say "Hello" to my new friend, Homer.
"Learn With Homer" is an interactive program that helps kids learn, while having fun. (also available as an app for iPad and Android) There are five different sections your child can choose from, each with their own focus. You have... Storytime, Discover the World, Music, Learn to Read, Adventures in History and, coming soon, Braingames.
In "Discover the World", children can take a virtual trip to the Zoo, they can learn all about how our bodies work, how birds fly, why our ears hear and our eyes see, you know, all the important stuff. Children can also choose to learn about different cultures and celebrations. There are literally over 60 different activities, just in this section alone.
In the "Storytime" section of the game, you can choose from four different types of stories, from fables and poetry to folklore and even Homer's own stories, made especially for this program. With over fifty stories, there's surely one to delight even the pickiest of readers. I was really excited to see a few I remembered from my own childhood.
If you need a little something to get your child moving, check out the "Music" section, it's filled with all your favorite nursery rhymes, folk songs, seasonal songs and a few of Homer's faves, as well. You could even turn this into a karaoke or sing along. (dancing optional, but totally encouraged)
I am totally digging the "History" section!!! Get it? Digging. History. Archaeologist. Never mind. Seriously though, the History section is probably my favorite, not because I am a history buff, but because of how well it is put together.
In school, I hated history class, because it was sooooo boring and none of the information actually stuck, because of the way it was presented to me. This is so not the case with Learn With Homer. I actually found myself choosing this section, just to hear more information that I never knew. I really enjoyed learning about Helen Keller and Micah really enjoyed the history of ice cream. Yes, in addition to the usual biographies and facts, there is a lesson about the history of ice cream and other cool stuff.
After traveling back in time, you will probably be ready to relax. Head over to the "Learn to Read" section and take a stroll down your child's personalized learning path. Here you will find nine fun activities your child can choose to do in order or skip around, depending on their reading level. (you can choose to lock the path, so the child has to do the lessons in order or toggle it off, your choice)
Learn With Homer has a really helpful progress tracking function that allows you to see which lessons have been completed, so you don't have to guess. They also have an amazing list of worksheets you can print out that are in-line with the corresponding lesson.
What if you just need a suggestion or info about a good book? Learn With Homer has that covered too, in their "Great Reads" section. With over 125 suggestions, each with a suggested age range and a small blurb about the book, you have no excuses.
Learn With Homer has been an awesome addition to our Homeschooling curriculum. I am fairly familiar with all the topics it covers, which makes it easy to add some of the corresponding lessons to our existing studies. The section on ancient Egypt has been especially interesting to me and I can't wait to weave it into next month's lesson plan.
I also appreciate that Learn With Homer is a totally secular homeschool curriculum. I have nothing against religion, I just feel it is something everyone has to figure out for themselves, so I really appreciate not having to pre-read and vet each lesson.
If you would like to check out Learn With Homer for yourself, I have a special free month offer and if you like it, you can keep it for 50% off the regular price, which breaks down to less than $4 a month. That's about half what the other popular programs cost and in my opinion, this one is wayyyy better, but you don't have to take my word for it. Get your FREE month of Learn With Homer NOW!!!
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