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Backyard Bible Club gives elementary age children opportunities to read, write, and engage in enrichment activities. These enrichment activities include skip counting games, writing prompts, rhyming tiles, and other fun learning games! Our hope is that a year spent attending Backyard Bible Club will produce intelligent, inquisitive, independent children.

This was true for a student named Rhea. At the beginning of BBC, Rhea was beginning 3rd grade for the second time. She tested at a kindergarten reading level despite being old enough for 4th grade. Her Agape staff counselor, Abigail shares, “Rhea would always make excuses to get out of enrichment activities. She would say she had to finish her homework or that she had to use the bathroom. But there was never any homework; and she would diddle-daddle in the bathroom. I knew she was just trying to be excused from the enrichment activities.” Abigail persisted and encouraged her to continue writing and reading and playing literacy games. Rhea also got the opportunity for one on one tutoring with an Agape volunteer. One afternoon, Rhea picked up a pink hardcover book about ballerinas. Abigail had tears in her eyes as Rhea read it aloud from cover to cover. Surprisingly, Rhea read a book all on her own!

Abigail wondered if urging Rhea to participate in learning activities had paid off. And it had! Consistency was the key to this young girl’s newfound reading independence. Rhea had a BBC attendance percentage of 92%, and she completed 303 enrichment activities in the course of the year. She was reading at a 1st grade, 6 month level, a whole grade level improvement! One year of BBC made a huge difference for Rhea’s confidence and independence.

 

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