Parents' Guide to

HOMER Learn & Grow

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

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age 3+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 3+

My kid loves this app

Boy, my kid really loves this app. It somehow hits the right spot for him. Whenever he gets home from daycare, it's often "Homer! Homer!" I like how it's very educational and how it's so much better than other distractions like TV (and he prefers this over them). He is getting quite good at the shapes game where you match what shapes are related to what the narrator is saying. There is also little drawing-practice/writing-practice style games, memory games, simple math-related games, sing-a-longs, and other things I haven't discovered yet. My kid rather loves all the sing-a-longs. Very engaging educational app!

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Easy to play/use
age 2+

Overcharged us, App Lost Progress and Hassle to Cancel

Their site offer was one price, then they billed me nearly double. After working with their support they gave me a partial refund instead of canceling. Then when we got in the app, my kid gave up because his progress was lost over and over. Then we didn't use it for 11.5 months but they finally contacted us to let us know that we'll be charged again for renewal - nice to know they care about their customers. So I go to the site to try and log in. It says it sent me an email & try again. Never receiving an email - thus I can't even cancel. Now back on with support. At what point should I get paid for QA testing their app experience?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39):
Kids say (4):

This award-winning, research-supported program shines most in its reading activities that encourage kids to actively engage with learning by tapping answers, recording their own voice, and choosing what they'd like to explore. Because HOMER Learn & Grow adapts to your kid's reading level and interests, it creates a personal learning path that helps guide kids toward literacy. Something (and probably many things) in this app will strike a chord of interest with almost any kid.

In addition to the excellent systematic phonics lessons here, there's also content related to literacy, such as songs and nursery rhymes, as well as content that touches on other early learning themes, such as numbers. The stories and songs sections nicely include many genre-specific selections, such as poetry and folk tales, as well as well-known classics like Harold and the Purple Crayon. However, the non-literacy-related content feels weak compared to the reading program. It's much less thorough and often feels simply like an add-on. On the other hand, the upside is that even kids who aren't quite ready to read can easily find something to do. One small nitpicky note: The positive feedback ("Hooray and Happy Day!" and "Wiggly ears, cheers!") can feel a bit over-the-top after a while. Overall, HOMER Learn & Grow is an excellent resource to help kids on their journey toward learning to read.

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