Get Students Started

Here are a few tips to help get students off to a good start.


Make sure you have the right tools.

  • Internet connection (broadband is best)
  • Current browser
  • Headset with microphone (best, but alternatively, use a microphone and speakers)

In addition to a desktop or laptop computer, make sure students using Raz-Kids, Raz-Plus, Science A-Z, Vocabulary A-Z, or Headsprout have the right tools to access the Kids A-Z app.

  • Wifi connection
  • Current app from your device's app store
  • Built-in microphone and speakers

See our System Requirements FAQ for more detailed information.

Student Access

Students access all learning resources via the Kids A-Z student-learning environment. Kids A-Z is also where you will access all your necessary student management tools like rosters, reports, and assignments.

Student Placement

Check your Roster or Assignment pages in our easy-to-use Kids A-Z management hub to designate each student's developmental level.

You can use various assessments to help you determine where to start students. You can also use the previous year's performance or your observation of students' performance to place them. This ensures that students can get started immediately.

Future data may reveal that you should adjust a student's placement.

Learning A-Z Placement Recommendations:
  • Headsprout
    Headsprout's online Placement Test identifies an appropriate episode for students to begin the program depending on each studentís reading ability. Teachers may also use the paper-based version of the placement test found here if preferred.

Independent Practice Time

You can use classroom computers or the computer lab in your school to schedule independent practice time, or have students access the Kids A-Z learning environment from any computer with an Internet connection.

Recommendations for Student Practice and Pacing:
  • Headsprout
    Strive for a pace that allows students to complete at least three Headsprout episodes per week. An average episode takes 15-25 minutes to complete, so allow 30 minutes to ensure students have enough time for each Headsprout session. Students in first grade and above should strive to complete the whole sequence. Pre-K and kindergarten students are recommended to stop at Episode 40.

Send Home Information

Personalized Student Login Cards and a Letter to Parents found on the Roster page have all the log-in information that students and parents need.

Incentives & Awards

Turn on the Reading Room to motivate students with free-choice reading. You can also turn on the incentives that allow them to spend earned stars to personalize their avatar and to purchase items for their Raz Rocket. Our intermediate portal allows students to customize their learning area with different background they purchase and earn. Badges also reward students for achieving milestones and incentivize them to complete more activities.

You may disable the Reading Room, Raz Rocket, and Avatar Builder for the class or an individual student if enough time is not being spent on assignments.

  • Headsprout
    Students can be given access to the Reading Room where they can read Sprout Stories from any of the episodes they have completed. Students earn stars from reading the books.

Audio Recordings

Provide headsets for the best sound quality and to minimize disturbance and distraction resulting from students listening to books, completing interactive lessons, responding to instructions, or making recordings.

Types of headsets include:
Plug-in USB (recommended)
Plug-in mini-jack

Our users report success with Logitech's ClearChat headsets.