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2017 Reading Resolution

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year!

 

Lots of people make resolutions at the beginning of a year, so I thought it might be fun to offer some suggestions for 2017 Reading resolutions.

 

  1. Read a book from a genre you have never read before. You could try:
    • Fiction
    • Comedy
    • Non-fiction
    • Realistic fiction
    • Romance novel
    • Satire
    • Tragedy
    • Fantasy
  2. Read at least one book every month.
  3. Read a book from an author from North Carolina.
    Here is a link with some of the authors from NC: http://wincbooks.com/whoweare.htm
  4. Read or re-read a classic
    • A few for you to consider:

 

What do you think?

Do you have an idea for a Reading Resolution? Post a comment to share your idea!


Happy Reading!

~Dionna

 

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

Why should you read?

Hi everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the snow and maybe even doing some reading too! When it snows I always like to sit by a window with a warm blanket, some hot chocolate and a really good book. Not only is reading a great pastime during these winter months, but reading is actually good for you, too. There are more benefits to reading than just taking your mind on an adventure, and I would like to share some of them with you. I looked up ten long term benefits of reading on lifehack.org and this is what I found:

  1. Mental Stimulationmental

Your brain is one of the most important muscles in your body, and just like any other muscle, you should exercise it daily. Reading is good for this because it will actually prevent or slow down the process of memory loss. Who knew?

 

  1. stressStress Reduction

If you find yourself stressed with school or homework, reading is a really good and quick fix. Now, I don’t recommend skipping your homework just so you can read a good book, but if you find time for reading I would definitely take full advantage of it.

 

  1. Knowledgeknowledge

Reading helps you learn new things everyday. Even if you read a fiction novel, you are still learning. You may read something that changes your perspective on things in real life or you may come across a word you’ve never heard before, which leads us to the next point.

 

  1. Vocabulary Expansionvocab

You can read a variety of books that use words that are not something you hear in everyday conversations. Reading teaches you a lot of things and new words are one of them. If you find a cool word that you’ve never heard before while you’re reading, you might want to look up the definition and use it in a conversation, impressing all your friends with your vast vocabulary.

 

  1. Memory Improvementmemory

Reading actually helps you remember things! When you’re reading a book, you are making your brain remember small, seemingly meaningless details of plots and characteristics, without even thinking about it. I have a question – how many of you can actually remember almost all of a book you haven’t read in years? I know I can, and it’s all because your brain gets better and better at remembering things and making connections to things in everyday life when you read. This will help you remember what your teacher was talking about when it comes time for a test or quiz.

 

  1. thinkingStronger Analytical Thinking Skills

Have you ever read a book and you think, “Wow that was a really bad book,” or “That book was fantastic”? Well, when you read you are able to pick out certain aspects of a character or plot that really spark your interest or really make you never want to pick up a book again. If you continue reading, you learn more and more about the kind of things you like or dislike and doing this, you are able to ask yourself questions like, “Why do I like this?”  or “Why does this plot make me want to throw this book across the room?” Reading helps you form logical opinions and shape your mind into understanding things you may not have understood before.

 

  1. Improved Focus and Concentrationfocus

In this day in age, our attention is constantly being pulled in thousands of directions. You might be watching tv in the living room while your mom is trying to talk to you from the kitchen, but you can’t understand her because your dad is talking on the phone and your sister is in her room blaring that new song that has been on the radio for weeks. When you are totally engrossed in the-best-book-you’ve-ever-read-in-your-life, you are more likely to slow down and focus all your attention on that book. This will help you in the classroom while your teacher is teaching or while you’re taking a test because you have already taught your brain to focus on one thing.

 

  1. writingBetter Writing Skills

Books can be written in many different styles and each time you read, whether you do it on purpose or not, you take away a little bit of that author’s style. This helps you with your own writing because if you’ve read enough, you know what sounds good and what doesn’t.

 

  1. Tranquilitytranquil

Reading calms the mind and the soul, unless you decide to read something scary. Reading something peaceful and happy will allow your body to be peaceful and happy, too. Reading is a stress reducer and it will actually make you feel better on the inside.

 

  1. Free Entertainment

funHave you ever heard that reading is like watching tv in your head? I would totally agree with that statement because if a book is written well enough, you are able to picture the characters and the setting in your mind. Think of a library as Netflix, just for books. You get to go on this really cool adventure with these really cool characters, just like watching a tv show.
So I hope this new-found information has sparked your interest to read this week, because I know I will be reading! Reading is so good for you! Pick up a good book this week and keep in mind all the benefits of reading it.

-Emma

Hello!

We are trying something new! We are going to post a weekly blog with tips, activities, book reviews, and anything else that we think will be helpful as you prepare your teams for competition.

If you have something you would like for us to research and post, feel free to let us know.

If you are a blogger and have something you would like to share, send it to us and we may be able to publish it as a ‘guest’ blog.

-Dionna