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Reading Boot Camp Program

Indianapolis – January 25th, 2020

Today, I had the opportunity to attend the Reading Boot Camp Program at the Mars Hill Art Center in Indianapolis and what a treat! We learned how the program operates along with understanding the origins of phonics and what it means. So many success stories were shared about people, children and adults, that learned how to read due to one of the founders of the program Kathy and the rest of the group. I have to admit, it’s a pretty awesome program. Even my niece got involved. I’m hoping one day she will become a drill Sergeant.

In the photos you can see a little bit of what we did today. We even read from the victory drill book. That book is really an awesome teaching tool. Credit Chris Moore

If you are interested, you can contact them here and join in on the crusade.

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Mars Hill and Reading Bootcamp

Indianapolis –
What do they have in common?

In a previous article, I introduced Reading Boot Camp. A program that teaches kids how to read, and write using phonics in a fun way.

Now let me tell you a little bit about an art center located in Mars Hills on the south west side of Indianapolis. John Schmitz and his wife, Lisa started the center in a community that needed help. They took a building that was dilapidated and a haven for drug users, and with a lot of sweat, time, and labor of love turned it into a wonderful center for the neighborhood where people can come and gather and take all types of classes to enrich their lives from art to ceramics. Fast forward to this coming Saturday the 25th, at the center the Reading Boot Camp team will be there to teach anyone ,who wants to get involved, how to start the program in their areas. Some of the kids will be there as well and will show you how they are learning to read and maybe teach us a few things. The kids get rewarded as they complete the reading criteria and build self esteem.

Not only can they get cute adorable teddy bears they also get the satisfaction of being able to read ,write and have more options open for their future. Veterans and seniors as well as other students, help teach the kids.This is a program that is much needed back in our school systems. Headed up by Kathleen, Shelley, and Kim who do this all as volunteers and are teachers themselves, They saw a need and they have been fulfilling it.

Look at these wonderful smiles and know that this is a great program that is needed. Come on out Saturday the 25th 10-1. and see for yourself. The show’s Your Voice Your Call and Do Something Indy have done interviews with the ladies of Reading Boot Camp that will be airing next week.

So check it out and join in on helping kids have a brighter future for themselves.


Reading Boot Camp


Indianapolis – What is Summer Reading Boot camp? It is a program ran by volunteers who work with children of all ages. Using an intense program of phonics, so the kids become better readers and writers. Part of the program uses a direct approach based off of McGuffey Readers, we all remember them? Along with a chart based off of sounds found in most English words.

Along with the readers, they also use a Victory Drill Book to help drill the list of phonetically related words. In other words, they are using a system that we all grew up using to learn to read and write, old school style. Something that today’s schools and classes are lacking.

While the children are in the program, they also get to eat nutritious food and have fun learning. Even with older children, they help teach the younger kids to read using the same program.

This is such a great program and its sorely needed in the schools today. It’s no wonder students nowadays struggle, due to schools currently teaching the basic site not by sounding the words out. Some of these kids are as young as 7 and 8 years old and even some a little younger, while they are reading at a 9th grade and better level because of this program.

If you want to learn more or even help out you can get in contact with them at their Website or on Facebook. Everything about them and who to talk with is located thier. I highly recommend you check them out.

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