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March Madness Begins @ TNE3S!  

It all started yesterday with Selection Sunday! That is when we learn who will be invited to compete in the tournament and who are the top seeds. The four number one seeds are Duke, Gonzaga, UNC and UVA.

On Tuesday, The New E3 School is kicking off our second annual March Madness at the Y on Granby with local college basketball players and volunteers to shoot hoops.

Children paint team banners and select their team name today in preparation for March Madness.

During all of this madness, our children will be working on the core skills of regulate, relate and move. Let’s not forget the character building that happens too. Whether you are watching or playing the game, children will learn to:

 ·      Work hard

·       Practice & persist

·       Relate to the feelings of others (win or lose)

·       Play with enthusiasm, energy & zest

·       Work as a team

Fun Activities: 

·       Make a Book Bracket

·       Shoot hoops with different size balls

·       Count how many baskets you make

·       Pass the ball (team-building activity)

·       Move fast and slow up

·       Run up and down the court

·       Make a hoop with mixed media

·       Dribble & shoot drills

There are many teachable moments as you and your family watch and play.  Let your child fill out the bracket or make their own, highlight as teams win and explain how the math works in simple terms. March Madness is a great way to spend time with family and friends cheering on your favorite team. There are many stories of adversity, determination and perseverance that will be told during the games. Talk to your child about what it takes to reach a goal and play the game.

Lisa Howard

President & CEO

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March Madness & Soft Skills

March Madness is over (thank goodness)! What a game last night!! North Carolina beat Gonzaga 71-65. It was a nail-biter for anyone who watched. As a die-hard Tar Heel fan, this game was tough to watch especially after Villanova’s buzzer beater win last year over the Heels. Marcus Paige said it best last night in a Tweet, “Watching as a fan is way more stressful than playing.”

Both teams battled through poor shooting, Joel Berry II played with two hurt ankles, Williams-Goss played through injury, there were too many foul calls, missed foul shots and it was a sloppy, ugly battle between two No. 1 seeds.

Both Roy Williams and Mark Few along with their players took the high road and refused to blame the officiating crew. In fact, Mark Few said, “Those were three of the best officials in the entire country—NBA, college or anything.” The coaches and players showed qualities that matter on and off the court. They exhibited “soft skills” like: grit, perseverance, optimism, humility and self-control.

As parents, we can turn the pregame parties and post game celebrations into real life lessons for our children that will stick long after the buzzer sounds. We can use the game as a “teachable moment” to:

·         Let our children struggle and fail so they can learn to manage failure and learn from mistakes.

·         Give our children opportunities to experience disappointment and frustration. Encourage them to keep trying and to do their best.

·         Encourage our children to practice and work hard. This is what develops grit, perseverance, patience and discipline.

·         Show our children how to be courteous and humble and take the high road no matter what life throws your way.

Research tells us these “soft skills” are highly predictive to success in school, life and the workplace. And these skills begin during the early childhood years. Last night was a great night to be a Tar Heel, but it was also a great night to be a Zag.

Lisa Howard, President & CEO

Lisa Howard, President & CEO