Our Pledge To The Community

We envision a community in which every child in Indian River County has the tools and the support they need to compete and accomplish their goals.

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Miss B's Success Story

LaToya Bullard – otherwise known as Miss B – held the first academic enrichment program for children struggling in school in 2006. They convened around her kitchen table. “That year, I attended a community meeting that highlighted the disparity in school success between children who are considered economically disadvantaged and those who were not.”

360+

Students Taught 

38+

Volunteers

14+

Grants Received 

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Case Studies

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Achieving Reading Proficiency

Mateo would literally beat himself in the head because he thought he was dumb. By first grade he was not reading and was in danger of being held back.

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Math to the Second Power

Jalissa is a 2nd generation Miss B’s learner. Her Mom was one of the original students around Miss B’s kitchen table. She made it through high school and is now married.

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Creating Confidence in
Speaking and Learning

Antoine – a native Creole speaker from Haiti - he came to Miss’s B’s as a 3rd grader with very limited speech and no self-confidence.

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Impacting Children and Families in Indian River County

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Miss B’s Builds Confident Learners

All students have areas of learning at which they do not excel. If they have not fully comprehended and grasped the material, no amount of homework is going to help. And if they haven’t gained proficiency in foundational concepts – like deciphering words, multiplication tables and the like, they cannot build more advanced skills. All too often, they fall behind, their self-esteem suffers and eventually they are at risk of dropping out.

Reading is an essential skill that when mastered early, is a cornerstone of future success in school and in life. Learning to read entails mastery of two essentials: decoding words and making meaning of strings of words, called comprehension.

Problem: Children generally learn to read in Grades K-3 and reading proficiency – often termed fluency – is essential from Grade 4 forward. Children who have failed to master these skills in English will fall behind across all subject areas in the classroom.

Solution: At Miss B’s Learning Bees, students with limited fluency are first diagnosed so that we can better understand what material or skills they are missing. The diagnosis allows a mentor to understand what their decoding and comprehension skill levels are and what they are lacking. Focusing on specific exercises to build areas of weakness, significant reading gains are possible. Once the material is mastered, children are able to achieve the fluency needed for them to keep up with their grade level and succeed in other subject areas of school. This lifts their self-esteem and shows them that they can succeed.

Math is the foundation for reasoning, problem solving and logic. Math is essential to recognize patterns, decipher relationships and calculate measurements. Studies show that students who enter Kindergarten with elementary math skills are more likely to experience academic success.

Problem: Core curriculums have a very standard progression of mathematical learning which builds upon mastery of previous skills. When a child fails to master one or more of these levels – at any point between K-Grade 12, they have gaps in their learning which increases the difficulty in mastering the next level of skills.

Solution:  At Miss B’s Learning Bees, students are first diagnosed so that we can better understand what math material or skills they are missing. The diagnosis allows a mentor to understand what a child’s skill levels are and what they are lacking. Focusing on specific exercises to build mastery of the mathematical gaps in their learning, children begin to understand how to solve mathematical problems. Their ability to problem-solve and move onto the next level of math skills builds self-esteem and shows them that they can succeed.

Science is a central channel of knowledge and forms critical thinking skills. Scientific thought typically begins with an idea, followed by an experiment, followed by a finding which leads to more ideas. From learning how the earth functions, to analyzing complex chemical formulas, science teaches students how to learn and discover new knowledge.

Problem: Students who are having trouble in science are diagnosed so that we can better understand what skills or subject matter they are missing. Skills like measuring, data sorting, observation, formulating hypothesis and predicting results are all essential scientific skills. Subject matter can also present a problem – chemistry for example.  Focusing on specific exercises to build mastery of the subject matter, students begin to understand specific vocabulary, relationships and formulas. Their ability to master a scientific subject and onto the next level of skills builds self-esteem and shows them that they can succeed.

Reading is an essential skill that when mastered early, is a cornerstone of future success in school and in life. Learning to read entails mastery of two essentials: decoding words and making meaning of strings of words, called comprehension.

Problem: Children generally learn to read in Grades K-3 and reading proficiency – often termed fluency – is essential from Grade 4 forward. Children who have failed to master these skills in English will fall behind across all subject areas in the classroom.

Solution: At Miss B’s Learning Bees, students with limited fluency are first diagnosed so that we can better understand what material or skills they are missing. The diagnosis allows a mentor to understand what their decoding and comprehension skill levels are and what they are lacking. Focusing on specific exercises to build areas of weakness, significant reading gains are possible. Once the material is mastered, children are able to achieve the fluency needed for them to keep up with their grade level and succeed in other subject areas of school. This lifts their self-esteem and shows them that they can succeed.

Math is the foundation for reasoning, problem solving and logic. Math is essential to recognize patterns, decipher relationships and calculate measurements. Studies show that students who enter Kindergarten with elementary math skills are more likely to experience academic success.

Problem: Core curriculums have a very standard progression of mathematical learning which builds upon mastery of previous skills. When a child fails to master one or more of these levels – at any point between K-Grade 12, they have gaps in their learning which increases the difficulty in mastering the next level of skills.

Solution:  At Miss B’s Learning Bees, students are first diagnosed so that we can better understand what math material or skills they are missing. The diagnosis allows a mentor to understand what a child’s skill levels are and what they are lacking. Focusing on specific exercises to build mastery of the mathematical gaps in their learning, children begin to understand how to solve mathematical problems. Their ability to problem-solve and move onto the next level of math skills builds self-esteem and shows them that they can succeed.

Science is a central channel of knowledge and forms critical thinking skills. Scientific thought typically begins with an idea, followed by an experiment, followed by a finding which leads to more ideas. From learning how the earth functions, to analyzing complex chemical formulas, science teaches students how to learn and discover new knowledge.

Problem: Students who are having trouble in science are diagnosed so that we can better understand what skills or subject matter they are missing. Skills like measuring, data sorting, observation, formulating hypothesis and predicting results are all essential scientific skills. Subject matter can also present a problem – chemistry for example.  Focusing on specific exercises to build mastery of the subject matter, students begin to understand specific vocabulary, relationships and formulas. Their ability to master a scientific subject and onto the next level of skills builds self-esteem and shows them that they can succeed.

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Meet Our Volunteers

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Curtis Mayfield

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Mary Wells

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Mick Jagger

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Alice Green

When I saw how hard Miss’s B’s children work and their sincere desire to succeed in school, how could I not help? By devoting a few hours a week to a child who desperately wants to learn, I see them blossom and I know in my heart, they will flourish. It is so simple to make such a life-changing difference.

- Martha L.

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