There are zillions of literacy apps, a handful of good ones, and a few great ones. Learn with Homer is a welcome addition to that last, and rather exclusive category. Built by reading specialist, this thoughtful new app for children ages 3 - 6 has great educational potential.
Homer is a friendly, intelligent pigeon, and he wants to take your child on a well-rounded reading journey that includes phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Early readers will begin by practicing letter/sound identification and progresses to blended sounds and CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. And while words are important, an understanding of their use and application, and vocabulary development is of equal value. That is why Learn with Homer includes a vast library of fiction (from rhymes and songs to fables and short stores) and nonfiction texts.
One of the features that I love most is the fact that Learn with Homer allows parents to do more than just track their child's progress. A great part about teaching a student to read is hearing and seeing all of their amazing thoughts and observations as written language becomes meaningful and accessible. All too often these moments are lost, but this app has found a way to capture them - each student has a built-in pinboard that she can use to record her thoughts, draw pictures, and more! It can be shared with friends and family through email or Facebook, ensuring that those precious observations can be treasured forever.