1. Use Homer’s Learn-to-Read lessons for 15 minutes every day. A recent study by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, former US Assistant Secretary of Education, showed that students who used Homer for 15 minutes every day for 6 weeks significantly improved their phonological awareness skills.
2. Follow Learn-to-Read lessons in order. Children learn to read best when taught through explicit, systematic, sequential phonics instruction. That’s why Homer’s Learn-to-Read program presents one phoneme at a time, allowing children to hear the sound, connect the sound to its alphabetic symbol, and to practice identifying words that make use of the sound.
3. Make sure students repeat lessons. Ideally, every child will repeat all 22 Learn-to-Read levels at least 3 times to ensure that they have mastered the skills presented in each level. Students are always excited to move on to the next letter “games.” They’ll depend on you to guide them back to earlier lessons for important practice.
4. Assign stories, poems and nursery rhymes as rewards for hard work. Every Learn-to-Read lesson ends with a story, poem or nursery rhyme to reward children. Listening to language read aloud builds reading skills and confidence.
5. Send printables home! For every Learn-to-Read level, our literacy experts have designed offline resources and worksheets to send home with students to reinforce the lessons they’re learning in school. Be sure to visit our printables section on the Homer website and download fun assignments each week.