Thursday, November 18, 2010

Maggie Ant is a SmartyAnt


This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and SmartyAnts.

Do y'all remember when everyone got their BIG HUGE Apple II computers with the black and green screen where you had to move the cursors on your keyboards up and down to get out of a maze?

Computer learning games have come a long way, baby. Especially this new one called SmartyAnts.

First off, it comes with a puppy, y'all. A talking, singing, moving, story telling puppy who can read.

And this special puppy, named Winston after my father-in-law, can be plugged into your computer with a little USB cord and in a flash learn even more phonics songs than he came with.

The neato-ness carries over to the website. When you buy your kids their own personal Winston, you also get a one-month membership to the SmartyAnts Web site, an innovative site that includes a vast variety of stories and games to help children ages four to seven develop reading skills.

The membership is good for only one child, and because four year old Maggie is not reading yet, I decided that this would be her program.

Eva Rose is STILL whining over that one, by the way.

When first downloading the program, you must sit with your chosen child while the program assesses his or her reading level. Warning: You must not go and start making dinner, leaving your chosen child with your child's big sister and big brother who will then hijack your child's new SmartyAnts and take it up to lesson 38.

If you do that, you will have to go online and ask the very nice Live Chat people at Smarty Ants to reset your Maggie-Ant back to the assessment level. They will do so quite sweetly, but save yourself some trouble and don't go make dinner.

Once you're back to the beginning, the password protected SmartyAnts site is designed to let kids play independently and learn at their own pace. The SmartyAnts online world includes a wide selection of reading games and activities, more than 60 stories, over 300 sing-a-long songs, and 125 learning videos that provide phonics, letter-recognition, and word-building skills.

The program had Maggie play a very cute game with her ant diving in a swimming pool onto the letter or letter sound it asked for. Once it established that she knew her letter sounds, it started with three letter words. When established she had not mastered that, voila, that's the concept the program will start with.

Maggie loves this. The games are fun and perfectly age appropriate for her, and she loves that the characters actually call her by her name, which I've never seen another program do. She is asking to play it all day long and she blew her 16 coins with one trip to the doggy boutique. We'll work on the concept of savings later, but I can't wait to see how this helps her reading!

To learn more about SmartyAnts, visit their website. You can also purchase the Phonic Pup and a subscription at Amazon.com.

Now, do you want to win a SmartyAnts Phonics Learning Pup, a one year subscription to the SmartyAnts website, AND a $100 VISA gift card? Here's how:

For one entry, do one of the following:

a)  Leave me a comment below telling me your favorite children's books

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Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 17, 2010. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here.


102 comments:

  1. I love Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I love You, and anything Dr. Seuss

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  2. I love Baby Cakes and most anything by Sandra Boynton.

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  3. I love "Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear" and other related books (my little guy's name is Jesse :)

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  4. My favorite when I was young was (and is) There's a Monster at the End of This Book. :)

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  5. My little ones are really loving the Llama Llama books right now.
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  6. My Malinda is 4 1/2 and all about the Pinkalicious books! She also loves Jan Brett and Erica Carle books!

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  7. My 3 year olds favorite book is "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?" and my 6 year old loves the Magic School Bus series.

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  8. My 2 yr old is really into anything Elmo related and Dr. Seuss books.

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  9. We love "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  10. Guess How Much I Love You and You Are My I Love You

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  11. I love the Little House books.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  12. Decisions, decisions. . . :D
    Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg
    Try Again Sally Jane
    Amelia Bedelia books
    Sandra Boynton books
    Ezra Keats books
    Stephanie's Ponytail

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  13. I love all the Sandra Boynant books!!

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  14. We love all Sandra Boynton books, but our absolute favorite is Snuggle Puppy!

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  15. How can I possibly pick one? I love anything by Dr. Seuss, Charlotte's Web, The Little Engine that Could.
    singmelody at aol dot com

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  16. I have so many favorite children's books =-) I do love the David books (especially No David!) and Pigeon Wants a Puppy. I'm a special education teacher, and these books are great for struggling readers because the words are very basic, but have a wonderful story to go along with them. They really make the kids feel successful about reading!

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  17. You had me at $100 Visa card

    I will love I Love You Forever forever.
    xoxo

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  18. My 4 year old daughter is LOVING her Gigi books. I think we read them all at least once a day!

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  19. My 3 year old loves anything Dr. Seuss and my 9 year old really likes the "How to Train Your Dragon" series

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  20. i love The Monster at the End of this Book. Back in the day, that was how I learned to read...by memorizing the book as my mom read it to me!

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  21. My favorite children's book is probably a toss up between my childhood favorite "The Bumper Book"(a wonderful collection of poems and whimsical tales) and a more current favorite "The Jesus Storybook Bible" which continually moves my husband and I to tears as we read it to our son each night.

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  22. Our current faves are The Monster at the End of This Book, Tumble Bumble, Green Eggs and Ham, and Skippyjon Jones!

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  23. I love Max Lucado's childrens books. I love how he tells the stories and then seeing the look in my children's eyes when they figure out that the story is about God and his love for us. Priceless.

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  24. Oh my children love so many different books- a new favorite each day. Tonight though they loved "Ants in my Pants" so I will go with that one. :)

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  25. we have so many favorites, but some that come to mind include Goodnight, Gorilla; Corduroy; Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever... too many!

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  26. Wow, what a tough question! I'm a book addict. Ok, favorite series: The Moffetts. Favorite picture book: Time for Bed.

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  27. One of my GAZILLION favorite children's books is Llama Llama Mad at Mama...by Anna Dewdney. She is an awesome author that ACTUALLY responds to her readers! She's so neat! Her and Laura Numeroff (If you Give a Moose a Muffin). Oh, I adore children's books...so this is tough!

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  28. my 4 year old daughter's favorite book currently is "the deep" by tim winton. my daughter used to be so afraid of swimming in anything higher than her knees, but this book helped her so much in overcoming her fear of the deeper water, and now she is a swimming pro! she asks me to read it almost every day still.

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  29. It's a tie right now for me and my kids. We LOVED the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and right now we are totally absorbed in the Redwall series.

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  30. The Mitten (Ukrainian folk tale); Blueberries for Sal; I Love You Because You're You

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  31. My oldest loves Amelia Badelia, my boys like the "How Dinosaurs..." books and my baby likes an owl finger puppet book. :-)

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  32. "The Bedtime Book" by Sandra Boynton. It's the first book that both of my older kids laughed at as babies. I love anything by her.

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  33. The Carrot Seed is just the best example of faith, I love it!

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  34. I love Mo Willems (sp?) and his Pidgeon books and Knuffle Bunny books...my youngest has a thing for Richard Scary and his Busy Day books, though :). I'm going to have to go through this list and write down the ones I'm not familiar with!

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  35. I love Love you Forever by RObert Munsch and The Giving Tree!! My sons favorite is corduroy and anything by Eric Carle :)

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  36. I love Ten Apples up on Top, Sam and the Firefly, the Pigeon series, and the Spot lift-the-flap books. I'm sure my 4 yr old would love the SmartyAnts program too!
    cbeargie at yahoo dot com

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  37. I also tweeted: http://twitter.com/sunnymum/status/6895430428266496

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  38. My daughters favorite book is No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  39. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/7073571226521600

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  40. Favorite books from my day: The Lions Bed & Make Way for Ducklings. For my kids, we've loved all of the "Underwear books" as we call them: Rodney Rat, Me First, Fluffy...

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  41. We love Fancy Nancy books and my eldest daughter has a recent obsession with Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary. My son likes anything having to do with Spiderman and we're currently reading Prince Caspian.

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  42. My boys love any Dr.Seuss books.
    dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

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  43. I followed the link and entered.
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  44. The BIG BOOK OF BEDTIME STORIES! Lots of short stories to read the kids at night before bed. Wonderful book!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  45. Tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/7616462009147392

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  46. My favorite children's books were "The Poky Puppy", "The Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Little Engine That Could"

    prizentry @ wesharewithyou dot com

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  47. I tweeted http://twitter.com/rsmstahley/status/7626146455748609

    prizeentry @ wesharewithyou dot com

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  49. I love all books especially Dr Seuss but my all time favorite is Where the wild thing are

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  50. i loved junie b. jones books

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  51. I don't have a favorite book, as I love them all.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  52. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/marybug2/status/9056122472239107
    marybug2 at yahoo.com

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  53. I used to love to read "Where the Sidewalk ends"
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  54. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/9070109142294529
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  55. My favorite baby book is Robert the Rose Horse -
    PD Eastmen. But I like the Magic Tree House Series too.

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  56. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/9130309912104960

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  57. My favorite children's book is Go Dog Go.

    melduke26 at gmail dot com

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  58. Moo, Baa, La La La is mine and my 15 month old daughter's favorite book!

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  59. My children love anything by Eric Carle.

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  60. Our current favorites are all of the Olivia books by Ian Falconer!

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  61. My favorites are Roald Dahl books! Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Facotry, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and James and the Giant Peach. I also love the Chronicles of Narnia, especially at this time of the year.

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  62. favorite books..You Are My I Love You, Mary Did You Know, Snuggle Puppy, GoodNight Moon, oh, how I could go on!!!
    neverenoughtime@cableone.net

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  63. http://twitter.com/nevrenoughtime

    I tweeted

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  64. Some of my favorites are Robert McCloskey books.

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  65. I love the Robert McCloskey books too, but I think I have to say Dr. Seuss books are my all-time. lilitankersley@gmail.com

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  66. I love Dr. Seuss of course!

    jjb403@yahoo.com

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  67. So many favorites to choose from, but I will go with the classic Curious George... George was a good little monkey, but always very curious...

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  68. The Napping House
    Tacky the Penguin
    and many more! :)

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  69. Favorite children's books? Where do I start? Llama Llama mad at mama, If Animals Kissed Like We Kiss Goodnight, any Litter Critter books, any Berenstain Bears books, The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas, The Water Hole (one of the best books of all time!!!!!! you have to get this if you don't have it yet!!), Goodnight Owl, How Many Ways Can You Cut A Pie (Monclure, I think)....the list goes on and on!!

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  70. My kids love all their books. They dont have a favorite.. =)

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  71. Guess How Much I Love You is my favorite. I love reading it to the kids.
    ape2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  72. Harriet Tubman was my favorite book to read when I was a kid.

    sam94son05(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  73. Tweeted - http://twitter.com/Naddez/status/10540640928530432


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  74. We love Green Eggs and Ham:) Gotta love the Dr Seuss books. Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks!!

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  75. i loved where the sidewalk ends1 STILL HAVE THE BOOK TO THIS DAY

    molliemam87 at gmail dot com

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  76. tweeted here

    http://twitter.com/#!/molliemam87/status/10802078876176384

    molliemam87 at gmail dot com

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  77. The Hardy Boys.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  78. DR SUESS BEATS THEM ALL! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  79. I would have to say that Suess is the king! However, I really enjoyed reading Bear Snores On to my little ones. The rhyming patterns in that book are so fun to read!

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  80. Love Goodnight Moon, Tale of Peter Rabbit and later on the Narnia series. Also A Wrinkle in Time and A Basket of Flowers. So many...
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  81. Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables, plus Dr. Seuss of course!

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  82. frog and toad is still my favorite and my kids too
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  83. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/13105783805837313
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  84. Love the Cat in the Hat books!!
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  85. I followed the link and provided my email address and my entry response.
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  86. I followed the link and left my comment
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    Angie
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  87. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/14724013595033600
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  88. my tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/14728426485194753
    Scott
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  89. filled out form
    Scott
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  90. I like all Dr. Suess books, but Green Eggs and Ham is my favorite.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  91. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/14873033713909760

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  92. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/14931772441632768

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  93. My all-time favorite is Love You Forever

    I also like the classics - these are the ones I remember off the top of my head.
    Goodnight Moon
    Curious George
    Babar
    Go, Dog. Go!
    Are You My Mother?
    Cat in a Hat
    Hop on Pop
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Horton Hears a Who
    One Fish, Two Fish

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  94. I tweeted http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/15476981508341760

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  95. My favorites are The Three Little Pigs and The Princess & The Pea! :)

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  96. Tweeted the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/15616347522203648

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