Bert wrote:Is there such a thing as a reader that kind of goes along with Pharr's book so that I get some more opportunity to practice what I have learned?
I wish there were, because I agree with you that from a pedagogical standpoint, there is insufficient material in Pharr. I think Pharr is right about beginning Greek study with Homer before moving on to Attic Greek, though I might be biased because that's the way I started. This is still a minority view, hence the rarity of Homeric Greek readers. It's easy to find Herodotus "translated" into Attic Greek for the use of beginners, but not bits of Lucian or Plato put into Homeric.
The only other competitor to Pharr I know of is A Reading Course in Homeric Greek
by Raymond V. Schoder and Vincent C. Horrigan, 2nd ed., 2 vols. (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1985, 1986). The first edition of this two year course, written by two Jesuit priests, came out in the 1940s and was the book I used to learn Greek in secondary school. (But I left school before I could complete the course.) I understand the first volume is out of print at the moment, though I imagine it will not remain so. If you could obtain this, it would provide the needed additional material, probably without much increase in vocabulary.
Since you're stuck with Pharr, you should be following the "Suggestions to Inexperienced Teachers" simulating a classroom setting as far as possible. Recite and write out the paradigms often, though I would use different nouns, adjectives, and verbs.
I went through half of Pharr on my own about twenty years ago. One of my many ambitions when I finally "grow up" with an advanced command of Greek is to put together such a reader, or even write a new course in Homeric Greek. Perhaps some material toward this end will come as the Pharr study group progresses.