About a month ago after coming home in the morning after a quick work out at the local gym I entered my bedroom to see this sight.
Here are my two boys Henry (the youngest) on the left and William (my eldest) on the right reading different copies of the Footy Almanac. My wife Tori said that when they got up they asked where Dad’s footy books were because they wanted to read them. You see, both my boys love looking at the Footy Almanac and doing the following:
- Reading about the games that they had watch on TV and as they are reading the book saying things like “I remember this game Dad. This is when Franklin kick 13 goals” or “look at this game Dad. This is when Melbourne upset Essendon”
- Getting the Almanac out and looking at who beat who and then working out (with their footy cards) what the table would have been at the end of that round, and once they have finished, seeing if it is the same as the ladder in the Almanac.
The Footy Almanac also has helped with my sons with their English and Maths. They will look at the back of the book and see whether the authors are in the correct alphabetical order. They will look at each game and try to work out what the winning margins were, which has helped them develop their subtraction skills. They read the reports asking how to say certain words they cannot sound out, increasing their vocabulary. They will look at the scores of each team at quarter, half and three quarter time and work out how many points a team would have if they had scored 5 goals 4 points etc; and then which team was in front at the break and by how much.
To me the Footy Alamanac has not just been a book that has enabled me to have a go at sports writing but an educational tool for my sons. Maybe Harmsey and Co should have a chat to Christopher Pyne to get the Footy Almanac into every school in Australia for teachers to use as an educational resource.
So it was no surprise this morning after I had been to the Adelaide Footy Almanac 2013 launch last night to see my son Henry below:
Long live the Almanac and the next generation of Almanackers