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Differentiating the First Steps to Literacy Success

Smarty Ants combines deeply differentiated instruction with a systematic, spiraling scope and sequence aligned to International’s foundational reading standards to ensure all students can master the 5 key components of reading.

  • Direct and explicit instruction teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary (including sight words) and comprehension
  • Instruction is automatically differentiated according to each student’s exact skill level, learning temperament and learning pace
  • Adaptive content system automatically adjusts the level of skill instruction and practice to keep each learner in the zone of proximal development
  • Learning scaffolds and linguistic supports (including Spanish-language audio) are available for struggling readers and English language learners
  • Teachers can further differentiate instruction to reteach, reinforce or extend skills with targeted resources for small-group or whole-group instruction

As a result, Smarty Ants is ideal for young students in Grades PreK-1 who are just learning how to read or struggling readers in Grades 2-5 who need foundational reading skills remediation.

Engaging, Interactive Blended Learning

Smarty Ants’s interactive learning environment provides the perfect balance of engagement, motivation and pedagogy for International’s young learners, and the program’s flexible approach to blended learning is easy for International educators to implement in any instructional model.

  • Maximize time on task by extending learning beyond the school day – even during school breaks
  • Empower 24/7 learning anytime and anywhere, online or offline,  with iPad® and Android™ apps
  • Motivate students with interactive games, collectible rewards and a customizable avatar 
  • Make parents/guardians active partners in learning with free access to the Parent Dashboard
  • Engage families with the Daily Woof e-newsletter, highlighting their child’s accomplishments

For teachers, on-demand resources make it easy to follow independent student work with targeted and purposeful instruction.

Smart Assessments, Successful Students

Although prekindergarten or kindergarten may represent a child’s first year of formal schooling, students arrive at these grades with a variety of background experiences and skill levels. That’s why Smarty Ants starts with a quick placement test:

  • Begins at a student’s current grade level
  • Adapts up or down according to student responses
  • Identifies each learner’s initial skill level
  • Starts each student at the appropriate level in the program

As students work their way through Smarty Ants:

  • Ongoing assessments continually monitor student progress and mastery of the Common Core State Standards
  • Formative assessments are embedded in the instructional routine – enabling progress monitoring without impacting instructional time
  • The system automatically adjusts instruction and activates scaffolds to meet students’ evolving needs

Teachers can also administer a mid-year assessment to determine if a student needs more remediation, is properly placed in the program, or can accelerate beyond the last Smarty Ants level they completed.

Real-Time Data Reports, Smart Instructional Decisions

Educators have instant access to real-time student data thanks to the robust reports in the Smarty Ants’s Teacher, Site Coordinator and Administrator Dashboards. On-demand, point-of-use video demos of each report provide instant support for all teachers, empowering them to:

  • Easily set instructional goals and monitor student progress to make sure all students are on track to meet goals
  • Identify students’ skill deficits to target instruction for small-group or whole-class sessions using the resources linked directly in the report
  • Monitor students’ mastery of International’s foundational reading standards
  • Listen to student recordings to assess fluency improvement over the course of the year

The Smarty Ants system also automatically determines each student’s individual pace and forecasts the instruction time they need to meet instructional goals, so teachers can adjust usage goals accordingly. 

Foundational Literacy Research in Action

It’s critical that young learners start mastering essential literacy skills from the very beginning. Research* has shown that:

  • Students who read above grade level in elementary school graduate and enroll in college at higher rates than their peers
  • Children who have poor reading skills at the end of first grade are unlikely to bridge the gap in later years

Smarty Ants is a research-driven solution specifically designed to transform young learners into confident, capable readers ready to meet today’s rigorous college and career readiness requirements:

  • Developed by renowned experts with over 60 combined years of revered educational research: Dr. David Pearson, Dr. Robert Calfee and Dr. Mia Callahan
  • Aligns with Bishop and Santoro’s Frameworks and contemporary reading research

*Sources : Reading on Grade Level in Third Grade: How Is It Related to High School Performance and College Enrollment? by Lesnick, Goerge, Smithgall, and Gwynne and Learning to read and write: A longitudinal study of 54 children from first through fourth grades by C. Juel.

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