Last week, our children in the one-year-old to three-year-old classrooms were busy exploring the effects of salt and food dye on ice. Check out these pictures and videos of STREAMin3 in action. It is such fun to watch and listen to the teachers and children engaged in exploring how things change. Listen carefully to the conversations and questions. Our teachers do an amazing job making sure our children are learning the CORE & STREAM skills, but having a blast while doing it. Learning should be fun, encourage curiosity and help children think about what is happening around them.
When you play or watch baseball, you are seeing STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) in action! Both of my boys are baseball fans (one loves the Yankees and the other is a Red Sox’s fan). When I asked my younger son if he wanted to play baseball, he replied, “Do you have any idea how hard it is to hit that ball with a bat?” That was his way of saying no. He is absolutely right about what it takes to move that ball. It takes force and energy to get that ball from the pitcher’s mound to home plate. Think about the science in every pitch. Then there is the engineering of the ball, bat, glove and helmet. And let’s not forget about the math (statistics! statistics! statistics!). Did anyone read the book or see the movie Moneyball? The game of baseball uses a lot of math to figure out batting averages, runs and the speed of every pitch.
Did You Know?
· The baseball team with the most World Series titles is the New York Yankees. It is 27 to be exact.
· The oldest baseball park still in use is Fenway Park (a must see and so old school).
· Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and helped his team reach the World Series.
· The song Take Me Out to the Ball Game is about a girl named Katie Casey who loved baseball. There was a time when you would not have seen a woman at the ballpark. This song that we all love and sing at the seventh inning has a much deeper meaning.
STREAM activities to do with a child:
· Playing catch and throwing a baseball.
· Measuring how far you throw the baseball and graphing it.
· Collecting baseball cards (The Dollar Store sells them) and matching them.
· Making a baseball book.
· Going on a baseball scavenger hunt.
· Collecting baseball hats and sorting them by color and logos.
· Creating a baseball field with art materials.
· Creating your own ballpark outside using your imagination.
· Cheering on your favorite team in your jersey and baseball hats (we even dress up our Labs).
· Reading a book about baseball.
· Going to see a little league, minor or major league game as a family. Go Tides! Go Flying Squirrels! Go Nationals!
It is like any sport, there are so many lessons to be learned about discipline, hard work, grit, stick-to-itiveness and teamwork. Not to mention, it is so much fun to take in a game with family and friends on a beautiful spring or summer day at the ballpark.
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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
· 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.
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Every year, many children in our region and state enter kindergarten ready to fail. It will be tough for them to catch up without intervention.
In 2018, 42% of kindergarten students in participating school divisions of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program entered kindergarten not ready in one of the critical learning domains of literacy, math, self-regulation or social skills.
High quality early education can close the achievement and readiness gaps.
The New E3 School is a state-of-the-art school in the Park Place neighborhood of Norfolk for children ages one to five. Our innovative mixed-income model focuses on the ingredients of high quality that lead to kindergarten readiness. The STREAMin3 curriculum developed by UVA’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning (CASTL) includes:
· Curriculum focused on the five core skills (relate, regulate, think, communicate, and move) and six STREAM skills (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math)
· Professional development to support teachers’ understanding of child development
· Coaching to improve teaching and learning in the classroom
· Assessments of children’s skills and classroom quality
The STREAMin3 model is being piloted in 100 classrooms (private, faith-based, the Virginia Preschool Initiative and Head Start) across the state.
The New E3 School is a demonstration model that proves high quality results in kindergarten readiness. The school is advancing early education and impacting children in the region and across Virginia.
Four-year-old children from The New E3 School were assessed in 2017 and 2018 on their readiness to enter kindergarten. Most children met or exceeded the kindergarten entry benchmarks for literacy, math, and self-regulation. Some children did not meet the benchmark for social skills.
How You Can Help
Contribute to our scholarship fund! We believe every child deserves a high quality early education. Your gift will provide the opportunity for a low-income child to attend The New E3 School.
We have many family traditions, but a few of my boy’s favorites are seeing what the elf left in the Advent calendar (not so much anymore), building a Lego Christmas village, building & decorating gingerbread houses and making (and mostly eating) homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Day. Every year since my two boys were young the activity that seemed to grow in popularity was building and decorating gingerbread houses. Over the years, we invited friends, family and neighbors to join us in the festivities. As the boys grew older, we started having a competition to see who could make the best one.
This year I asked my youngest son, Liam what he thought we should do for our annual event. He replied, “ I want to build the biggest gingerbread house ever!” I think those holiday reality baking shows are influencing him. A few minutes later he was texting a dear friend and almost-like –a –grandmother his idea. It wasn’t long before it became a BIG idea and a BIG event. And, that is how the gingerbread house-building idea was born.
Then we all starting talking and thinking about how we could make this an event for our children and families at The New E3 School, the neighborhood of Park Place and ALL children in the community. As the plans evolved, we realized that we were going to need an architect and builder. T + M Architects and Hourigan Construction stepped up to help us make this plan come to life.
My two boys, Zack and Liam, Caroline McCartney, John Tymoff with Tymoff Moss Architects and I had an official meeting to brainstorm ideas and determine next steps. That is when it was decided that we should design and build a gingerbread house modeled after our school. The children and families of The New E3 School became involved in the planning too. We made a list of all the supplies we would need from plywood to graham crackers and candy. Then we came up with a plan on how to raise the money to make sure that ALL children and families could participate.
Now, we are asking YOU to help us create a New E3 School family tradition. Will you?
Volunteer by emailing Sharon Manana
We hope to see you @ The New E3 School on December 15th!!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!
We believe that every child, regardless of their zip code, deserves a high quality early education. That’s why we want to make sure all children have the opportunity to attend The New E3 School.
For those who qualify, scholarships and financial aid are awarded throughout the year thanks to the generosity of our donors. Our Scholarship Committee awards scholarships through a needs-based process. All families seeking scholarships from The New E3 School must complete a scholarship application, provide financial statements and supporting tax documents.
The deadline to apply for the next round of scholarships and financial assistance is December 15, 2018. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to apply.
Are you a parent or grandparent with a young child age one to five?
Join us for a lunch, learn & mini-tour of our state-of-the-art school.
Find out what sets our school apart from the rest and what makes it a special place for children to learn, grow and thrive.
Thursday, November 29th, 11am - 12 Noon
The New E3 School is located at 2901 Granby Street
(next door to the Y on Granby).
Why The New E3 School?
Our innovative model is focused on the most important elements of high quality that lead to kindergarten readiness. At The New E3 School, our children develop the skills to become active, engaged, creative and successful learners. They will become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, communicators, and collaborators who love to learn, explore and work together.
The model includes:
· STREAMin3 Curriculum developed by UVA's Center of Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning (CASTL)
· Professional Development & Coaching to Ensure High Quality Teaching and Learning in the Classroom
· Fresh & Healthy Snacks & Lunches
· Nature Playground & Outdoor Classroom
· Yoga & CrossFit for Kids
· Year-Round Program
· Assessments of Children's Development & Kindergarten Readiness
· Mixed-Income Model School for ALL Children ages 1 to 5
Learn More About What Makes Us Unique!
We believe every child deserves a high quality early education. That is why we want to make sure all children have the opportunity to attend. For those who qualify, financial assistance and scholarships are awarded.
Music is one of the first ways children experience math. Without thinking, our bodies react to music. When we hear music, we rock our babies, clap along, and even look toward the source of the sound. These responses are reactions to musical elements such as steady beat, rhythm, and melody, all of which reflect mathematical concepts. Even the youngest of children can respond to music and the mathematical principles behind it. Here are three musical elements that relate to math and some suggested activity ideas from the National Association for the Education of Young Children to try at home.
What it is: Steady beat is what you respond to when you hear music and start tapping your toe. The steady beat is repetitive and evenly spaced. Listen to “Old MacDonald,” “Bingo,” or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” and you will hear the steady beat.
How it relates to mathematics: Emphasizing the steady beat by clapping or moving to the music supports children’s development of one-to-one correspondence. One-to-one correspondence is matching up one thing with something else, such as one clap for each syllable. Clapping to the steady beat also is a way to emphasize the math concept of “more.” Through music, toddlers can show they understand what “more” means even when they do not yet understand numbers. For example, if you clap once and then ask, “Can you clap more than I clapped?” a toddler will most likely clap more than once.
Activities to try: While singing a song, emphasize the words that fall on the beat by stomping or clapping on each beat. You can even have children stomp or clap harder on the downbeat (the most accented note in each measure). There is no wrong way to do this, so feel free to experiment.
To work on one-to-one correspondence, try having your child repeat a basic clapping sequence. Ask, “Can you clap as many times as I do?” As your child gets better at this, you can add rhythm to your clapping. You could also play a drum or even sing instead of clapping.
Songs that build on themselves, such as “There Once Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”) help children grasp the idea of “more.” After each verse or every few verses you can ask, “What’s next?” or “Should we sing more?” Songs that invite children to join in with each verse also promote this concept.
What it is: Rhythm is similar to but different from the steady beat. A song’s rhythm varies, while the steady beat is constant.
How it relates to mathematics: Rhythm helps children learn to recognize one-to-one correspondence and to identify and predict distinct patterns. Being able to recognize and anticipate rhythmic patterns helps children remember or predict the words to a song or a rhythmic story.
Activities to try: Even newborns can learn about rhythm as their parents sing lullabies to them. Rock with your child while you sing, and pat gently on your child’s back so that he can simultaneously hear and feel the patterns in the music. If the words themselves make a pattern, your child can also see a pattern in your mouth movements. Here is one example of a song you could sing:
(Sung to “Hush, Little Baby”)
Verse 1: Little baby, don’t you cry. Little baby, don’t you cry.
Pattern: A B A B
Verse 2: Mama loves you don’t you cry. Mama loves you don’t you cry.
Pattern: C B C B
Invite toddlers and preschoolers to repeat, predict, and/or extend rhythmic patterns. For example, sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” with your toddler. Stop after “With a moo moo here,” and wait for your child to repeat the phrase or extend the pattern of the song by adding “and a moo moo there.’”
What it is: The movement from one note to another is the melody of the song, or in other words, the tune. Consider the familiar song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” focusing on the repetitive pattern “E-I-E-I-O.” You may notice that the first E and I are repeated on a higher note, the next E and I are repeated on a lower note, and the O is sung on an even a lower note. This is the song’s melody.
How it relates to mathematics: Children can use melodies to recognize patterns, such as how notes are repeated within a song.
Activities to try: Offer instruments like a xylophone (or piano, if you have one in your home), shaker, drum, or even a pot and a wooden spoon to play a song. Ask your child to play her instrument at a specific note of a simple song (such as on “star” of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) as you play the rest.
Dr. Eugene Geist is an associate professor in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services at Ohio University. Dr. Geist teaches in the Early Childhood Education program, the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program and the Teacher Education Honors Program. His areas of expertise include child development, constructivism, and the development of mathematical knowledge in young children.
1Bonny, J.W., & S.F. Lourenco. 2013. “The Approximate Number System and Its Relation to Early Math Achievement: Evidence From the Preschool Years.” Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 114 (3): 375–88.
Run around cones
Skill: Squat & Hurdles
every time your hear FREEZE, grab a beanie from the center and put it by your cone
Jump over cones back and forth (each child has their own cone)
Hungry Frog GAME:
lily pads set down everywhere, balls and beanies are scattered. Kids must follow the lily pads to pick up the food and give to the bullfrog. (pick up one item at a time)
1. Children learn through their play.
Don’t underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:
Cognitive skills – like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store
Physical abilities – like balancing blocks and running on the playground
New vocabulary – like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs
Social skills – like playing together in a pretend car wash
Literacy skills – like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant
2. Play is healthy.
Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.
3. Play reduces stress.
Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.
4. Play is more than meets the eye.
Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.
5. Make time for play.
As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.
6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand.
They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab.
7. Play outside.
Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.
8. There’s a lot to learn about play.
There’s a lot written on children and play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books about play. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is also a great resource.
9. Trust your own playful instincts.
Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.
10. Play is a child’s context for learning.
Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.
Read more from The National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The evidence is clear – high quality early education experiences help children develop foundational readiness skills that are highly predictive of educational and workforce success.
A well-developed curriculum and teachers trained and supported in using the curriculum effectively are the centerpieces of high quality early education. Teachers educate children better using the guidance of a proven curriculum. Researchers at UVA’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with E3: Elevate Early Education contributed years of knowledge in developing an innovative, engaging and interaction-based curriculum model using the latest developmental and early education research. The STREAM: Integrated, Intentional, Interactions (STREAMin3) Curriculum focuses on five core skills that form the building blocks for later learning and six STREAM skills that prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond. The model includes a variety of activities and routines for children and, coaching, assessments and professional development for teachers.
The core skills in the curriculum include: RELATE with peers and adults; REGULATE their emotions, attention and behavior; THINK deeply about the world around them; COMMUNICATE with others productively; and, MOVE their bodies to achieve goals. The STREAM skills are: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math.
The STREAM model was originally developed with funding from E3: Elevate Early Education for use at The New E3 School, a state-of-the-art demonstration school for children ages one to five. Upon entering The New E3 School, you will see the STREAM in action. Teachers at The New E3 School have been trained to use the curriculum and receive coaching and professional development regularly to ensure they are implementing it effectively to tap into a child’s natural talent, curiosity and ability and to benefit their learning. The model is designed to support intentional, meaningful interactions between teachers and children while they are engaged in active, FUN experiences that promote problem-solving, curiosity and children’s interest. Educators at The New E3 School employ the STREAM to develop children’s minds and thus shape their lives.
If you are an early educator in Virginia, this is an exciting time for you. The Virginia General Assembly, recognizing the importance of curriculum and teacher-child interactions as the primary ingredients of high quality early education, appropriated funds for 50 private- and faith-based classrooms to pilot the STREAM curriculum package including its’ coaching and professional development models. Teachers are paired with a trained coach who observes and analyzes their interactions with students in their own classrooms. They work together throughout the school year to improve their teaching practice, increase the quality of their interactions with children and consistently implement the curriculum with efficacy. Professional development sessions are interactive and include an action plan and ongoing follow-up to related to goals set throughout the process.
Early educators looking to take the level of quality in your school to the next level should consider partnering with UVA CASTL in this exciting venture. CASTL is currently accepting applicants for participation. Don’t delay expressing your interest as only 50 classrooms will be eligible for participation this fall.
Participating programs will receive:
· Complete STREAM curriculum package and materials.
· Core & STREAM Skill Activities & Routines for the Classroom.
· Professional Development provided by the experts at UVA CASTL online and in person that will increase teachers’ knowledge of child development and ability to identify and address children’s needs.
· On-site coaching to improve teaching & learning in the classroom.
· Administrator tools such as an implementation checklist designed to help. you tailor your assessments and supports for teachers.
· Assessments of classroom quality and children’s readiness skills.
· Compensation for any time teachers spend outside the typical work day.
UVA CASTL launches this opportunity first in Hampton Roads with informational recruitment events in Hampton and Norfolk this month before moving into other areas of the state.
Information for these events is as follows:
Peninsula Region: Tuesday, August 14 11:00-12:30 at The Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, 1306 Thomas St., Hampton, VA
South Hampton Roads: Friday, August 17 12:00-1:30 (lunch served) at The New E3 School, 2901 Granby St., Norfolk, VA
If you are interested in hearing more or being among the first in Virginia to gain access to this curriculum, please contact Kate Matthew at email@example.com.
Whoa! That is one big rock. The Pretlow Planetarium @ ODU stopped by with a 65-pound meteorite. Our children learned that this rock made of stone or metal comes from outer space and landed on earth. They had a chance to touch, feel and talk about outer space and meteorites.
STREAM Skills: Science
Core Skills: Regulate- maintain focus and attention. Think- actively explore, observe and make predictions.
The Norfolk Master Gardeners paid us a visit to help plant flowers in our garden. Our children were having so much fun; they had no idea they working on math and science. While planting on our nature playground, they:
· Matched & sorted
· Observed & described
· Compared objects
· Followed simple directions
STREAM Skills: Math & Science
Core Skills: Regulate- use short-term memory and follow instructions.
Now, we have to water and take care of our garden. We are so thankful to have the Norfolk Master Gardeners come back every few weeks to help us care for our plants. At The New E3 School, our children are learning to respect and care for our environment.
Preschoolers are beginning to develop their own understanding of themselves as unique individuals. This includes learning about the characteristics, skills, interests, and behaviors that they consider most important about themselves. In addition, they are starting to develop an understanding of how they are different or similar to other people. Your child’s developing sense of self is heavily influenced by the way that the adults they value and interact with them. When you provide an environment that is filled with acceptance and respect for others’ preferences, thoughts, and other characteristics, it helps your child develop a positive sense of self.
How you can support your child's development of this skill
- Encourage art activities to promote your child’s free expression. For example, activities like painting, drawing, singing, dancing, acting, etc.
- Use photos in your home to compare and discuss similarities and differences in “who we are.”
- Create activities at home where your child can communicate their likes, dislikes, or opinions. For example, allowing your child to taste different sauces or foods before dinner and asking their thoughts
Download our handout from University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning for more on the development of these skills.
We are excited launch our CrossFit for Kids program with Coach Clarissa from Stability CrossFit this week. The goal of our CrossFit for Kids program is to introduce kids to CrossFit concepts within a play-based environment that teaches the basics of functional movement, develops motor skills and helps them to think of exercise as being FUN! The classes will be held in the Kiva or the nature playground.
Classroom 1, (three & four-year-old classroom) chose to focus their Community Service Week activities around learning what firemen and police officers do for our community. Some friends even dressed up to celebrate. They worked together on an art project to give to our local police officers to say "Thank You" for protecting our community!
Classroom 6, (two-year-old classroom) chose to focus their Community Service Week activities around caring for animals. While flexing their creative muscles pretending to care for pets in the classroom and decorating boxes for donations and honing their empathy skills, the class collected pet food to donate to Winston Wishes, a Hampton Roads charity that helps pet owners living in the Hampton Roads Area during times of need with pet food and supplies. Winston The Cat himself came into the classroom to accept the donations and meet the kids!
Classroom 8, (one-year-old classroom) focused on sharing, books and reading for Community Service Week. They asked all The New E3 School families to donate used books and have created a community library in our Kiva for all of our classrooms to use. The children helped set up the new library and had story time there to celebrate a job well done!
What an amazing turnout at our inaugural Parent’s Night about two weeks ago! We all know how challenging it is when you have young children to get out a-n-y night of the week, but especially on a cold, dreary and rainy Tuesday evening. That did not stop our families!
It was a packed house of parents listening, asking thoughtful questions and engaging with Dr. Amanda Williford with UVA CASTL, teachers and the leadership team. Dr. Williford walked parents through the STREAMin3 curriculum developed by UVA CASTL and implemented at our school.
Our families walked away with a greater understanding of the five core & STREAM skills, on-site coaching and professional development model for our teachers and what it truly means to be ready for kindergarten. And Dr. Williford shared the Family Core Skill cards that support the same skills that the teachers are focused on in the classroom that week and ways to support and develop that skill at home in a fun and engaging way.
At the end of the evening, Dr. Williford shared the results of the K-Readiness Report (Spring 2017) in terms of the quality of classroom interactions and K-readiness skills. As you know, the children in the four-year-old classroom’s readiness to enter kindergarten was assessed in literacy, math, social skills and self-regulation. When compared to kindergarten-entry benchmarks the results show that children at our school met or exceeded benchmarks for math, literacy, and self-regulation. Some four-year-old children did not meet the benchmark for social skills (sharing, expressing their needs and wants positively, taking turns and complying with adult directions). This aligns with the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program statewide data in terms of children needing additional help in the domain of social skills in participating school divisions.
"When compared to kindergarten-entry benchmarks the results show that children at our school met or exceeded benchmarks for math, literacy, and self-regulation."
(University of Virginia Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning, K Readiness Report for The New E3 School, 2017)
Research tells us that teacher-child interactions are one of the strongest predictors of children being ready for kindergarten and a critical component to high quality classrooms. The CLASS is an observational tool used nationally that measures the quality of teacher-child interactions across critical learning domains of teaching that are linked to student achievement and development (emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support). The CLASS scores provide evidence that teachers at TNE3S are engaged in high-quality, supportive interactions with children. When compared to other well-regarded programs in other states (Boston’s or Georgia's pre-k programs), the scores at The New E3 School are the same or higher.
The data collected in 2017 helped to inform the teaching and learning at our school and the final development phase of the UVA CASTL curriculum package (high-quality curriculum, coaching, professional development and the ongoing progress monitoring of teachers and children).
The New E3 School is a special and whimsical place where our children are developing a love of learning, playing, building upon their interests and experiences, asking questions, solving problems, working in teams, talking, thinking and creating. And none of this would be possible without a strong partnership between our school leadership, teachers and families.
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.