Parent Tips

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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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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group of happy preschool kids hugging

Teaching social skills for kids is one of the most complex, confusing, but rewarding aspects of raising young children.

It’s no secret that preschoolers and kindergarteners are naturally egocentric. Even when playing or interacting with others, many children have difficulty sharing, empathizing, collaborating, and cooperating.

HOMER is here to help you learn eight of the most important social skills for kids, as well as how to incorporate them into your family life.

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