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Read Across America – Wednesday, March 2

RAAlogoHi guys, I know this Wednesday, March 2, is National Read Across America Day and I was thinking you might want to know why. I know everyone has heard about the famous Dr. Seuss, but did you know that his birthday is why we celebrate Read Across America? I know I have always loved reading books by Dr. Seuss and you probably have too! Read Across America Day was created to get people excited about reading and to teach kids all the joys and adventures that come with reading. In 1997 The National Education Association decided that they wanted more kids, teenagers, and even adults to read a considerable amount more. They put together a team of NEA members and decided to host an event on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel and he began writing for magazines in 1927. He wrote and illustrated very funny cartoons that everyone seemed to
love. In 1954, he decided to write and publish his own stories after finding that children did not like to read because their books were boring. He wrote and illustrated 44 books, won three Academy Awards and was also the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Seuss died in 1991, but everyone still feels the impression he made in society.

 

oobleckMaybe you already have a favorite book by Dr. Seuss. My favorite is Bartholomew and the Oobleck. It’s about a kid who has to save his kingdom from gross green slime called oobleck. If you don’t have a favorite, go out and look for some of his books because I know you will enjoy them. Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite Dr. Seuss book!

 

You will probably do a lot of things involving reading on Wednesday, but don’t stop there! Tell all your friends and family about all the cool things you have read about lately and try to convince them to get into reading as well.

-Emma

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Time to Compete!

Hey everyone, I hope you all have had a good week and an even better weekend. I know a lot of you are getting ready to have your Battle of the Books competition and I wanted to share a few things with you that I think might help if you’re a little bit nervous. You can use the tips I am giving you for whatever makes you a little bit scared.

 

  • Get Enough Sleep the Night Beforesleep

Your brain needs time to rest and recuperate in order to be at its best. Try to go to bed on time or a little early the night before a competition so you will be able to remember all that you need to. Sleeping enough will make you feel refreshed and ready to do your best.

 

  • Eat A Big Breakfast

breakfastIf you are hungry you won’t be focused enough to be on your A-game and your whole team is counting on you to help them win. Try eating some bacon and eggs and toast before your competition instead of a bowl of Fruit Loops. You will feel full and ready to take down your competition.

 

  • Do Your Bestbest

I know you hear this all the time from your teachers and parents, but make sure you do your best in everything you do. The score does not matter if you did your best. You will lessen your worry if you walk away knowing you did all that you could do. Even if things don’t work out like you want them to, it is totally okay! There is always next time and you will get better.

 

  • Don’t Be Intimidated By the Competition

scaryThose other kids might look mean or scary or like they might know more than you do, but don’t let that fool you! Chances are that those kids are just as worried as you are. Everyone gets nervous about things that are important to them. I know when I have big swim meets I always try to talk to the girls I am swimming against to remind myself that they are human too, and a lot of times they tell me they are just as nervous about swimming a race as I am.

 

  • Don’t Get Discouraged If You Don’t Windiscouraged

I know everyone wants to win all the time, but unfortunately that cannot always be the case. If you won all the time, you would never learn anything new or do anything differently. You would be stuck in a rut and that wouldn’t be any fun. If you know how to use your loss to your advantage, you can come back next time and get that win because you will know exactly what not to do. You can only go up.

 

  • Don’t Make The Other Teams Feel Bad If You Beat Them

goodsportI know it is really hard not to be overjoyed and think your team can never be conquered when you have a win, but don’t try to make the kids you beat feel bad for losing. Of course you deserve to celebrate your win, and make sure you do so, but don’t brag and gloat. Try showing good sportsmanship by telling them they did a good job! Chances are they really tried their best and it would make them feel better if the winning team acknowledged their valiant efforts. Who knows, you might just make someone’s day.

 

  • Congratulate Your Teammatescongrats

Make sure you tell your team how fantastic they were! Thank them for doing their best, even if you don’t win. Your teammates have to share the win or loss no matter what, so you might as well keep spirits high.

 

I hope you all do well in your competitions that are coming up and I hope these tips help you out a little bit! I wish you all the best of luck and feel free to comment on any of these tips in the comment section!

-Emma

A little history …

Hi everyone! I hope you all have enjoyed your weekend. I know that there are a lot of you using this website and maybe you’re curious about how it all started…

Battle of the Books LOGO from www.ncslma.org

 

When I was in elementary school I was on the Battle of the Books team at my school, just like some of you are. I had a good team and all of us loved reading and knew the books on the eBOB list like the back of our hand. My mom, the creator of MyBOBTeam, had the idea to create a program where we could practice on our own. She wrote the software and a couple other moms who had kids on the team helped her enter the practice questions we had.

 

When we would go to practice, we struggled a little bit because our practice questions were either not worded correctly, or they were about things that didn’t even happen in the books. So my mom and the other moms who helped her enter the questions got together and tried to figure out a way for all of us to get the practice we needed in order to do well at the competition.

The team moms decided that they could make up better questions than the ones we had, and that is exactly what they did. My mom developed an online program and the other moms read the books and wrote lots of questions. In the beginning, the website was small and it didn’t do much except give us book questions and it was only available to elementary schools. The website back then was called MyBOBCoach, some of you may remember it. In the competition at the end of the year, we did significantly better than we had been doing the past few years.

 

The next year, the moms decided they would try to make their home-made eBOB practice available for everyone, since we had done so well with it. They started with Rowan County and quickly spread to other counties nearby.  As the years have gone by, MyBOBCoach transitioned into MyBOBTeam and unfortunately, some of the original members are not involved in the website any longer.

MBTlogo_smMyBOBTeam has grown and developed a lot from what it was when I was in elementary school. Not only will the website ask you book questions, but you can play jeopardy, match title and author, figure out crossword puzzles, and even let you customize your own book test. The website now stretches across North Carolina, instead of just being in a small elementary school in Rowan County. I am very proud of what my mom has accomplished with this site and I hope you all enjoy using it!

-Emma