What is Smarty Ants?
"The first step towards college and career literacy is foundational reading skills. With Smarty Ants, you can ensure every student is on track for success from day one. Smarty Ants is an effective, research-driven solution that differentiates instruction in foundational reading skills and accelerates student achievement – all in an engaging, interactive, online learning environment. The program continuously evaluates each student’s exact skill level, learning temperament, and learning pace. Based on this information, the adaptive content system automatically delivers the right level of skill instruction and practice to keep learners in the zone of proximal development. No two students will approach the content or process in the same manner, but they all will reach the same critical milestones for primary-grade literacy success and emerge as confident, capable readers ready for the challenges of first grade and beyond."
Check out this website for more information: http://www.achieve3000.com/learning-solutions/foundational-literacy/
To use Smarty Ants at home, have your child log into his/her MCPS Student Portal (username & password is in your child's HW/Communication Folder).Then click on the bottom tab labeled "Programs". Then click on the top blue Smarty Ants icon. Students will then need to type in their username and password (username = dawnanderson password = their student lunch number)
Your child will be using the program in school. It is expected that students correctly complete 45 minutes weekly in this program. If your child would like to work on the program at home, that would be great but it is NOT required.