My time with SMART was very rewarding. The kids were great. Classes are so crowded now and the kids don’t necessarily get the attention they need. SMART makes them feel important because someone spends time with them individually.
One student I read with had experienced a very large tragedy in her life and she seemed very angry. Over time, she managed to work through the anger and hurt, and I heard later that she finished 5th grade with honors.
I disagree firmly with teaching computers so early. Reading, writing, and arithmetic should come first. SMART helps with teaching these basics. The individual attention helped. I wish I could help more, but I can’t now, at 90 years-old. But I do still have the photos of my SMART students on my refrigerator.