AT HOME WITH HOMER: Raising a Reader — with Stephanie Dua

AT HOME WITH HOMER: Raising a Reader — with Stephanie Dua

AT HOME WITH HOMER: Raising a Reader — with Stephanie Dua 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

Kanika: Reading to me is one of my favorite things to do and I want so badly for my children to enjoy it, but it can be scary. HOMER’s reading program is proven to increase early learning scores by 74%, so clearly you’re the pro here.

Stephanie (HOMER origin story): I was working at the fund for public schools and my daughter Anya was struggling with reading. I had access to the greatest minds in education and no one could recommend a product they trusted, so I set out to create one.

Kanika: I love that and with Mother’s Day coming up, I just want to celebrate that for a second. There is real power in women starting business to solve parent pain points. What advice do you have for parents listening whose children might be struggling with reading?

Stephanie / Stats:

  • Reading is the foundation of a strong education, however it’s not intuitive or natural.
  • We also know that if you’re not at reading level by grade 4.

Stephanie / Tips:

  • Make your home a reading rich environment
    • Subtitles on TV shows
    • Leave books all around
    • Lead by example
  • Create Reading Routine
    • The value of bedtime stories – an oldie but a goodie. Proven to help develop literacy skills and bond parents with their children.
    • Car time is book time – pick a book before the ride or make the car into a mini library with a small box of books on the back seat
    • Weekly library visit
    • 20 min / day
  • Create a book exchange with your weekly playdate. Each week your child picks out one book to give to their playdate, who borrows it for the week.

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