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From staying in touch with family over video chat, to streaming TV shows on Netflix and watching their favorite YouTubers, there's no denying that screens play an important role in our children's lives nowadays. Yet, on the other side of the coin, it can be difficult to figure out how to weave screen time into our days in a productive, careful way that you can feel good about.

HOMER is an online learning program and app that caters to kids aged 2-8. It's proof that not only do screens offer great forms of entertainment, but they can also be used to make learning fun. Today's children are comfortable with technology, and HOMER uses that to its advantage with intuitive, easy-to-use controls across the whole platform that even younger kids will understand. Kidadlers can try out the platform for free on a 30-day trial.

HOMER offers over 1,000 activities across five main subject areas: reading, math, social and emotional learning, creativity and thinking skills. You can do activities at random, or choose specific areas to focus on. For instance, if you'd like to work on your child's literacy, you can choose reading and writing-focused activities. HOMER is also personalized to your child's age and interests, so you can feel confident that all activities are age and skill-appropriate.

HOMER is proud to empower young children as they develop new skills and work on existing ones, encouraging a feeling of achievement. In fact, it proudly shares that it increases early reading scores by 74%, so you can feel comfortable knowing that your child is improving as they play. Don't believe us? Try it out for free for an impressive 30 days with our exclusive risk-free trial.

Developed by experts, HOMER is a great resource for home learning, and designed to improve key skills in a fun, age-appropriate way. It's proof that learning is fun, and giving your child screen time doesn't have to be something to be concerned about.

HOMER is an app, which means e-learning is available on the go.

Why Choose HOMER?

Mom of two Ortal from London had never used HOMER before but was excited to try it out recently with her 6-year-old Ronnie, as she's used language-learning apps with him in the past and has noticed an interest in educational activities that she hadn't seen in his older brother.

'I was curious as my youngest is more interested in doing extra work and I hadn't had that with my oldest so was looking for resources,' she explains, before adding, 'He is very keen to be challenged.'

Like many other parents, Ortal is reluctant to allow her kids constant access to screens, and typically has fairly strict rules when it comes to screen time. 'My kids are allowed the iPads only on Friday and Saturday evenings, and video games are a real treat. Definitely different with educational tools but I still don't like it being fully based around a screen.'

HOMER allows its users to focus on five main subject areas, and it's up to you how much time you spend on each area; whether you want to try all subjects or put your efforts into one that needs some extra time or attention. Or, like Ortal, you might want to concentrate on a subject that you know your child already enjoys.

Ortal's son Ronnie focused on HOMER's math activities.
Ortal wanted to try HOMER with her son Ronnie as she had noticed he had shown an interest in learning apps.

'We focused on math as that is where he is excelling at school and we wanted to push that a bit.' For further proof that HOMER is a great educational tool to use alongside school, Ortal notes that she recognized some of the topics from Ronnie's regular schoolwork, adding, 'I don't think this was too drastically different from what my son has been doing online for math homework from school.'

She goes on to explain that for her, the design was the best part. 'I found it easy to navigate and find what I wanted and thought it was very visually attractive.' Not only that, but, she was happy with how seamless it was for her son too. 'It was pitched very appropriately and he could do it alone quite confidently.'

When asked if she'd recommend HOMER to other parents, Ortal thinks that a certain group in particular would really benefit. 'I think it would very much depend on the type of school that the children attend — if it were a primary school with no homework I would definitely recommend HOMER so that children get into the habit of using such resources.'

Introducing Educational Apps To Younger Kids

Elsewhere in the UK, Danny from Southampton wanted to try HOMER with his sons Ethan and Joshua, aged 8 and 2 respectively. Ethan enjoys math, reading, football, Mario, gaming and construction, while his little brother Joshua loves cars, running, and of course, Paw Patrol.

Like Ortal, Danny's family puts restrictions on screen time. 'We try to limit screen time to 30 minutes, but with HOMER — and other learning platforms — we allow more time.' Danny had experience using a range of online learning platforms with Ethan already, but noted that Joshua hadn't been exposed to online activities yet, which was a big part of why wanted to try HOMER in the first place.

'Considering Ethan enjoys online learning and enjoys learning in general, it seemed like a good idea to see how he'd do with HOMER, and to possibly introduce Joshua to online learning too.'

Luckily, it was a success from the start with Joshua, as Danny adds, 'Once we got onto the app Joshua was really engaged, and the games and counting activities he loved.'

HOMER is a great tool to help children improve their numeracy and literacy skills.

In terms of deciding which subject areas they wanted to concentrate on, Danny explains, 'Joshua is at a stage where math and thinking skills are a good things for him to learn, and so we focus on those. Ethan enjoys math and reading the most, so naturally he gravitates towards that. We focused on the math side as they both wanted to try these out.

'They both finished the activities they were trying,' Danny says, adding, 'And the ones they didn't were because they ran out of time.' In terms of the content itself, he found that HOMER was probably a better fit for Joshua than his older brother.

'For Ethan, although he enjoyed the activities, they were very easy for him, and so I would say the activities even for his level — we set it to the max — are probably more geared towards ages 5-7.

'I would say that this is a really good platform to introduce children to online learning; it's very engaging and has a lot of content to play with,' Danny explains. 'Children who are maybe at the higher end of the age group may find it less useful, but it's still a good resource for those who want to have a platform to keep their attention focused on an activity.

'Joshua has asked a few times to go back onto HOMER — and he's really enjoyed it,' he adds. While he feels Ethan has sadly grown out of most of what HOMER has to offer, Danny is eager to keep his youngest on board and spread the word to other families. 'For Joshua, we'll continue to use it, and have recommended it to other parents with children of similar age.'

HOMER: Recommended By Parents

Meanwhile, mom Casey from London was recommended HOMER by a friend for her son Harry, who is 2 years old and loves trains and cars, but hasn't spent a lot of time on educational apps. 'We haven’t done much online work with him yet but he is interested when he sees his sister playing with animal-related games on her iPad,' Casey explains. Like other families, they try not to allow too much screen time. 'Screen time is limited in our house to after school only, and it has to end 30-60 minutes before bed. The only exception to this is for homework, which doesn’t apply to Harry yet.'

Out of the subject areas to choose from, Casey thought the creativity-based activities would be best for Harry. 'Due to his age, I focused on the creativity element more than the others. Due to covid restricting access to the nursery, I’m not fully confident in what level his reading and maths would be at, and if these would engage him.' Luckily, the creative learning activities seemed to be a good fit for him, and Casey explains how her son was engaged from the moment he heard the app start up.

HOMER was a big hit for Casey's son Harry.
Casey's son Harry loved the activities available on HOMER.

'Harry liked the sound and music, and when he heard it he was interested to know what it was for.' She goes on to explain that, as he is at the lower end of HOMER's recommended age range, she guided him through the educational games. 'He wasn’t able to use the app alone at this stage, but he did stay engaged for longer than expected. When he started to disengage with an activity, I moved onto another one.' She mentions that the platform was both colorful and easy to use — both of which are important at her son's age.

As they continued going through the activities on the educational app, Casey noticed a trend. 'He particularly liked the fix-the-robots and stories, and as it was the evening, he kept asking for more stories! There is a much larger selection on there than I expected which means it would take a while to get through it all, which is good. Harry enjoyed receiving praise when I told him his drawing was good or he had done something well.'

After they had finished for the day she was surprised to realize that he'd fully engaged with the app. 'Harry asked when I turned it off “mummy phone, get it out.” This indicates to me he wanted to go on HOMER again as he doesn’t use my phone or other devices for anything else.' This wasn't the only time he asked for another turn either — Casey later mentions that after their first day using HOMER, the next morning he asked to play on it yet again.

After their family's trial of HOMER, Casey now understands the value of educational apps for keeping young kids engaged and teaching them skills that they can bring with them throughout their childhood. 'I would definitely recommend it as a way of getting young children used to technology in an educational way, rather than as a tool to silence them,' she says.

'I have never considered using apps with him so young but having trialled it, I would continue to do so to add some variety into our day,' she explains. 'I would like to continue using it a couple of times a week as I recognize the importance of engagement in electronic devices more in the modern age and this app seems the perfect way to do that, with meaning.'

Using HOMER To Brush Up On Existing Skills

London-based mom Henri's 7-year-old son Sam is into LEGO, Minecraft, Roblox and gymnastics, and she was interested to try HOMER as a way to let her son spend time on a screen while still learning something.

'During the week the kids get screen time after they've done their homework, read their book and eaten their dinner — and they can have it at weekends, but only for limited time periods.' When asked if this limit is any different when the screen activity is educational, she elaborates, 'Definitely, if it’s educational they get longer than if they’re just watching someone on YouTube doing a toy unboxing or something.'

Henri's son Sam was excited to try HOMER.
Henri's son Sam tried the math activities on HOMER.

Sam loves math so they focused on that section mostly, diving into the numbers activities.

'There was a math-related question that was taught via a sort of role play or film, so it was like watching a cartoon but also allowed him to learn at the same time — he really enjoyed that.

'I found the app really easy to use but more importantly, it was also very user-friendly for a child. Sam really enjoyed exploring the app and finding what activities were available to him, and he understood straight away what to press and how to use the platform. He happily spent half an hour looking at it by himself.

'The graphics were really appealing for children, with bright colors, a cartoon-style design and fun characters. It was really engaging, with loads of fun activities to explore. I’d be more than happy for my child to regularly spend screen time interacting with this app.' Henri goes on to explain who she thinks would most benefit from using an educational app like HOMER.

'Sam did enjoy his activities, but he would have liked there to be more challenging options for his age group. It was good for the time he spent on it, but after about half an hour his attention had moved elsewhere.' Henri thinks that the app would be ideal for younger children, saying, 'This is the perfect app for 3-4 year olds. I think they’d get the most out of it in terms of longevity as there are loads of stages for them to progress through.'

 She also recognizes that HOMER is a great tool for older children looking to brush up on their foundational knowledge. 'It’s also good for children who are older but struggling with certain subjects — it's a fun way for them to go over the basics.

'I would highly recommend HOMER to parents with kids slightly younger than mine,' she says, before adding, 'In fact, I’ve already recommended it to my sister-in-law!'

Get a 30-day free trial of HOMER

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Screen time you can feel good about

HOMER is the perfect e-learning program for kids aged 2-8. It uses intuitive, easy-to-use controls across the whole platform that even younger kids will understand. With over 1,000 activities developed by experts across five main subject areas: reading, math, social and emotional learning, creativity and thinking skills, HOMER is screen time you’ll want your kids to experience.

Written By
Georgia Stone

Georgia is originally from Essex but moved to Switzerland as a child, attending an international school and igniting her love for experiencing the world and its cultures. She later moved back to the UK to study French with Film Studies at King’s College London. She took a break to enjoy a patisserie-filled year abroad in Paris. Shortly after graduating, she started as an intern at Kidadl in a small team of five, progressing with the company as it grew, to where she sits now as Digital Content Manager. Since returning to the UK permanently, she has been known to take ideas from Kidadl for things to see and do close to home and make the most of London’s incredible travel connections to explore further afield.

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