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Thanks for the special gifts that you have given to my child. You learned his name and spoke it often. You taught him the basics of the sport as well as special ways to improve and excel. Although you had a whole team of kids to mentor, you took time for individual instruction where needed.
Under your care, I have watched him transform from a timid, doubting child to a strong, happy player willing to give all for the team. Throughout the season when he gave his best, even though it was not quite enough to gain that extra point, you recognised his contribution with a pat on the back and encouraging words.
Your wise approach showed him that, although winning is a goal, there are other goals just as worthy. He learned the value of finishing what he started and joy of personal accomplishment. These attributes carried him through a season that was full of hard work and fun, discouragement and resolve, defeat and victory.
And at the very end, at the championship meet when he brought home his first place medal, you were among those who were so very proud of how far he had come. It is a victory to all of us. What amazes me is you’ve taught them skills that will last a lifetime. You’ve kindled in them a desire to excel. The medals, trophies and ribbons are all symbols of real gifts. These most certainly have had to come straight from your heart.
1. What did the coach teach the child?
The coach taught him the basics of the sport as
well as special ways to improve and excel.
2. What values did the child learn?
The child learnt the value of finishing what he
started and the joy of personal accomplishment.
3. The parents noticed some changes in the child. What were they?
The child changed from a timid, doubting player
to a strong, happy player willing to give all for the team.
4. Read the letter again and write a few lines on each of the following:
a. things that the coach taught….
things that the coach taught were the
basics of the sport as well as special ways to improve and excel.
b. transformation in the child……..
transformation in the child was from
doubting child to a strong happy player willing to give all for the team.
c. things that amazed the writer……..
that amazed the writer were the skills
taught by the coach would last a lifetime.
5. Find sentences /words from the text which express the following:
a. The parent’s earlier view of the child- timid and doubting child.
b. One of the qualities of the teacher- Individual attention and wise approach.
c. Words related to prize- medals, trophies and ribbons.
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