Smarty Ants builds foundational reading skills in an interactive and adaptive learning environment designed to instill a love of reading for students in PreK-2. “Coach”, their personal ant guide, leads students through animated lessons and activities while providing encouragement along the way.
Achieve3000 studied how students in the Bay District Schools in Panama, FL who used Smarty Ants performed on the NWEA MAP. What they found is that the more Smarty Ants lessons students completed the greater their RIT growth, and those who completed 60 lessons or more saw RIT growth of 27 points compared to the typical growth of 17 points.
Available in English and Spanish and integrated to Google Classroom, Smarty Ants combines foundational skills instruction, independent practice, and embedded assessment in a single program with robust teacher supports. Students master complex phonics skills as they learn to decode phonemes and words and eventually read stories.
Scope and sequence inclusive of everything from letter identification to fluency!
Young children learn about their world through sensory exploration. The same is true for language acquisition, especially for students struggling with dyslexia and other learning challenges. Children love to sing songs, record and listen to their own read aloud practice, and develop fine motor skills as they follow Coach through their personalized reading adventures.
Students begin their reading journey by taking an adaptive assessment that places students on their own personalized learning path. The pathway begins with explicit instruction and interactive teaching videos that introduce new concepts and sounds before being rewarded with the opportunity to work independently by playing a series of fun learning games. If students need additional support, they are provided with opportunities for guided practice before taking an assessment to evaluate their skill and confidence levels.
Students can enjoy Smarty Ants and develop their foundational literacy skills in any environment. Its game-based approach makes learning fun. Lesson ideas for whole and small group instruction help teachers save valuable planning time and stay connected to their students regardless of where or how they are learning.
The Smarty Ants Data Center gives educators and administrators real-time access to all the information they need, including at-a-glance metrics that highlight the literacy skills students have mastered and those they are still working on, as well as the ability to drill down for more information. Recommendations indicate how much time students need to “play” each week to reach their learning goals.
Educators using Smarty Ants get complimentary access to a variety of lessons in Achieve3000 Literacy designed to help young readers who have mastered their foundational and decoding skills transition to improving their reading comprehension. Once students graduate from Smarty Ants, they can easily transition to expanding their vocabulary and acquiring content-area knowledge through their fiction and non-fiction reading assignments in Achieve3000 Literacy.Learn More
“We’ve had reading programs in the past that eventually fizzled out because the kids lacked interest. With Smarty Ants, they go right to the computer to start working. The other component that I really love is that you can monitor how they use it at home. It’s really helped kids to excel … it progresses as they progress. That’s why they love it and I love it too.”