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HOMER Reading: Learn to Read

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 15 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Well-organized content on the map. Levels and subjects within the sections give kids even more choices for topics and difficulty.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

App is free to download and has some free content, including creative elements where kids can draw pictures or record their voices. There's a free 30-day trial to access all content. Users must turn off the auto-renew subscription option on their Apple account, or they'll be charged $7.99/month for the monthly subscription.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Homer Reading: Learn to Read is a research-based reading program that gives up to four kids the ability to personalize preferences for their own interests, books, songs, and more. Kids can develop reading skills through stories, phonics lessons, songs, their own voice recordings, drawing, and more. As they travel around a map of activities, they follow the Wickle avatar that they choose and dress. Pre-readers can use this app independently with the app's verbal instructions and visual prompts. Parents can choose which activities and subject areas kids can access. Subject-specific reading lessons include some of kids' favorite topics, such as holidays, planes, and dinosaurs. There are also over 200 stories for new readers, and printable worksheets and certificates. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byGloom mommy December 27, 2013

Wonderful app for language development and learning to read!

We love Learning with Homer! My son is having a very difficult time learning to read and this language rich app has really provided a positive connection with... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byJessQ February 28, 2014

This app is amazing

Learn With Homer is an awesome app. My daughter tells me the most fascinating facts from what she's learned from Homer. If only she came home with the same... Continue reading

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What's it about?

First, establish a user account for each kid (up to four users) on HOMER READING: LEARN TO READ. Then tap Play. Choose a boy or girl "Wickle" character and decorate it. Choose from eight areas: Brain Games, Learn to Read, Discover the World, Storytime, Art, Discover the World, First Readers, and Songs and Rhymes. Each area uses different methods to teach reading skills. For example, in Learn to Read, kids can tap on a lesson and learn phonics skills and record their own voice saying the sounds. In Songs and Rhymes, choose from 10 categories including World Songs, Nursery Rhymes, Dance, and Folk Songs. Choose to listen to and/or read any of the multiple songs in each category. There are also printable activities and a parent section.

Is it any good?

This award-winning, research-proven program encourages kids to actively engage with learning by tapping answers, recording their own voice, and choosing which activity or story they'd like to explore. Because the app 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 lots of interesting content about things like frogs and world music, fiction, poetry, songs, and a free-drawing feature, so even kids who aren't quite ready to read can find something fun. The stories include many genre-specific sections, such as poetry and folk tales. Also, Pigeon Post lets kids share their learning through social interaction with trusted adults. The positive feedback ("Hooray and Happy Day!" and "Wiggly ears, cheers!") can feel a bit over-the-top after a while. But that's pretty much all to nitpick about with this very thoughtful reading app. The developer indicates that the app was made for kids age 2 to 8. When a kid wants to start learning to read, Homer Reading: Learn to Read helps kids begin that magical journey.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using Homer Reading: Learn to Read to practice reading skills. Use the printable pages for some extension activities to continue the lessons together offscreen.

  • If kids connect with music more than reading, use Songs and Rhymes to engage them with the app first before moving on to the more traditional phonics lessons.

  • Use your kid's interests to foster a love of reading and build off of the activities in the app to bridge learning and real life.

App details

For kids who love reading and learning with apps

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