Smart Start Curriculum

Preparing your child on their path to school readiness and lifelong learning.

IXL’s Smart Start curriculum is teacher developed and based on children’s individual needs. We create and implement our curriculum derived from the Michigan Standards of Quality, our knowledge of early childhood development, skills needed for school readiness, and developmentally appropriate content.

Smart Start also incorporates Phonic Soup and Handwriting Without Tears into our lessons.

Michigan Standards of Quality

Infant/ Toddler Standards of Quality Strands include these areas of development:

  • Well-being
  • Belonging
  • Exploration
  • Communication
  • Contribution

Preschool/Pre-K Strands include these areas of development:

  • Approaches to learning
  • Language & Early Literacy
  • Early Learning in Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Early skills in using Technology
  • Physical & Health
  • Intellectual
  • Creative
  • Social & Emotional

Phonic Soup

phonic soup curriculumPhonic Soup is a language based phonemic awareness program that uses multi-sensory lessons to teach developmentally appropriate skills which include:

  • Rhyming
  • Alliteration
  • Sound-Symbol Association
  • Sound Blending
  • Sound Segmenting
  • Simple Reading Decoding
  • Early Spelling Skills

Hand Signs & Sounds Toys are used as a mnemonic tool to help children associate the sound with the letter. Sound Toy Picture Cards help children associate the letter, sound and hand sign all together. Phonic Soup teaches children to become familiar with “Speech Helpers” to assist them in forming their letters correctly.

Handwriting Without Tears

“Get Set for School” Program builds these skills:

  • Playing & Singing
  • Fine & Gross Motor
  • Cognitive/Language
  • Social/Emotional
  • Visual Perception
  • Sensory

These skills will assist children in coloring, drawing, singing, counting and writing their letters and numbers.

  • Teaches crayon/pencil grip
  • Begin by teaching child to write ‘NAME’ in capital letters, then transition to writing ‘Name.’
  • The smiley face in the top left corner reminds children to start their letters at the top

Program Assessment

IXL Smart Start Curriculum uses two assessment tools created by our curriculum team to review and strengthen our program:

  • An observation tool using the Michigan Standards of Quality which allows teachers to visually observe how a child is meeting their educational goals
  • An overall assessment that is conducted three times per year to displays children’s development and growth.


Children participate in Specials through the week that include:

  • Spanish/Sign Language
  • Physical Education
  • Music & Movement
  • Science
  • Library

Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of educated and nurturing teachers with education levels ranging from early childhood field training to master’s degrees.