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Offline tbmckie

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Offseason reading assignment
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:44:33 PM »
As the season is about to come to a close. I wanted to give the kids a book to read during the off-season. The book I have in mind is "Chop Wood, Carry Water". It's an easy read and pretty basic and the focus is on the process of working hard even though you can not see the benefits yet. These kids are currently in 4th grade. I got the idea from a high school coach and he has many reasons for it. He feels it brings a team bond bc it something they did together. The books are also about life lesson. My question, is 4th grade, future 5th graders to young to understand the concept. Will they read the book, etc. 

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Re: Offseason reading assignment
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2018, 07:41:27 AM »
I use a "Word of the day"  related to self improvement or encouragement. Courage, Honor, Integrity etc.  They had to look up the word and give me the definition.  Most participated.   What's the worst that happens?  Even if only a few read it, its worth a try.  John Wooden are Phil Jackson are 2 that come to mind that used books as a means to convey messages, concepts, and ideas.  Bear Bryant carried a poem with him.


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Re: Offseason reading assignment
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2018, 09:47:59 AM »
I use a "Word of the day"  related to self improvement or encouragement. Courage, Honor, Integrity etc.  They had to look up the word and give me the definition.

That is a great idea, Scott!

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Re: Offseason reading assignment
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2018, 07:51:34 AM »
As the season is about to come to a close. I wanted to give the kids a book to read during the off-season. The book I have in mind is "Chop Wood, Carry Water". It's an easy read and pretty basic and the focus is on the process of working hard even though you can not see the benefits yet. These kids are currently in 4th grade. I got the idea from a high school coach and he has many reasons for it. He feels it brings a team bond bc it something they did together. The books are also about life lesson. My question, is 4th grade, future 5th graders to young to understand the concept. Will they read the book, etc.
Some will read it, some won't. Kids will get the concept but like anything else, it has to be reinforced. Give it a shot. It takes little energy from you and even if it sinks in on one or two kids it has value.

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Re: Offseason reading assignment
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2018, 04:25:56 PM »
Appreciate it.  I am gonna do it!!

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Re: Offseason reading assignment
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2018, 12:54:02 PM »
If I were coaching kids again and going to ask them to read a book over the off season the book would be "Way of the Warrior Kid" by Jocko Wilink. The book is written for that exact age group.

I would also buy the book for them and give it to them as a gift.