"My name is Brave Ben. I am in grade 5 and a member of the Simba LitClub at Sofia Primary School. I live with my father, mother and 2 brothers. At home I like to graze cattle and collect firewood. In LitClub I love the read alouds, the brain breaks and how our mentor teaches us. My favorite book is “The Magic School Bus.” My favorite subject in school is Science."
Launched early in 2020, LitClubs have been our newest iniative to build strong, confident and lifelong readers! Mentors, trained with LitWorld materials, meet weekly with the students with hands-on engaging activities. Read Alouds, word games, and creative writing are all part of the program. Underlying the curriculum are LitWorld's 7 Strengths: Belonging, Kindness, Curiosity, Friendship, Confidence, Courage and Hope. Students like Brave Ben are inspired and become curious readers.
This week Kenya Connect hosted our first LitFests at Sophia and Maanzoni Primary Schools. Parents and teachers celebrated the LitClub students' accomplishments and cheered when students gave speeches and recited poetry. Playing word games, using digital readers, and reading together provided parents and students the opportunity to learn together.
One parent commented, "I can't believe how much the students' have grown this year, especially in their sense of confidence!"
We have BIG PLANS to expand LitClubs to 3 more schools in 2021. Donors like you have made these type of programs possible. You have also provided resources to purchase books like the Magic School Bus series so budding scientists like Brave Ben have books that expand their horizons. During the pandemic, our LitClubs and Library Program have been a true learning life-line for students in our rural community. Our Library Team, masked-up, visited schools bringing books and encouragement to learners missing school.
We are deeply grateful to you for being a Kenya Connect donor and friend. As the year draws to a close, we wish you and your family a healthy and joyful holiday season and one filled with some good books!
LitFest is FUNtastic!
Word Game Fun for the Family!
Engaging Read Aloud!
LitClub Students Soar!
Mama Gets to Use the Digital Reader too!