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How to spot an I did it moment- showing a girl celebrating after she traces a number

What is an “I Did It!” Moment?

Learning is a journey, so progress is something to celebrate! An “I Did It!” Moment is a little (and sometimes big) win on the way to lifelong learning. They happen when something “clicks,” and your child can take what they’re learning and make it their own. They’re the big-smile-inducing, fist-pumping, dance-party-sparking, “we finally got there” moments that lead to a lifelong love of learning.

They give kids the confidence to ask questions, find solutions, and create their own path in the world. Kids can celebrate big moments—like counting to 100 or reading a book—and the little wins that help them get there. 

 

How Grown-Ups Can Help

For grown-ups, the trick to encouraging “I Did It!” Moments is learning how to spot them in the wild! “I Did It!” Moments can happen anytime and anywhere: on the playground, at the grocery store, at the dinner table, you name it! 

Our HOMER learning experts have rounded up a list of essential skill-building moments to keep an eye out for, along with tips, games, activities, and books to foster these skills and make learning fun (for both of you!) 

 

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Group of friends outside hugging in a row

What is social-emotional learning (SEL), and how can your child benefit from it? People who’ve developed strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope in many areas of their lives, including academic and social aspects.

As parents, we want to help our kids develop the skills necessary to thrive not only in their childhoods, but also well beyond. Social-emotional learning seems to be the answer.

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Developing a growth mindset for kids helps unlock a love of learning, encourages kids to embrace their natural curiosity, and leads to better learning outcomes. Instead of quickly giving up when faced with challenges, kids with a growth mindset persevere.

Research shows that this incredible way of thinking can help your child gain the confidence and courage to take on any challenge that comes their way.

In this article, our Co-Founder Stephanie Dua and Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Jody LeVos share some of their favorite tips to help your child develop this invaluable skill.

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Outdoor portrait of a cute young girl reading a book

Why is the alphabetic principle so essential?

Multiple studies have shown the importance of early childhood reading in a child’s life. Kids who are read to gain greater general knowledge, become more fluent readers, and expand their vocabulary, to name a few.

But learning to read can often be a complicated process. So, how can you help your little one develop this essential skill? You can use the alphabetic principle!

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50 book recommendations for curious kids on kid-favorite topics like dinosaurs

Whether your child is reading on their own or you are reading aloud with them, consider giving kids the chance to choose books. Reading for pleasure means kids will read more and feel empowered to make their own choices when learning. Reading about things they are curious about—whether it’s dinosaurs, the subway, or the imaginary worlds of fairies—can lead to engaging conversations, questions, and hypotheses about how the world works. 

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