Monday, February 15, 2010

Winter Olympics

I'm so excited to be covering the Olympics with my kids! I just wish the best stuff wasn't on so late at night. I'm trying to pick out the best ideas the web has to offer without staying up all night, so I'm posting them here for both of us.

First, I got this fantastically priced Olympics lapbook. It is going to be the centerpiece of this study.

Printers have been the bane of my existence this year. Last week was no exception.

I'd found this Cool Country Poster printable and thought that it would be really neat to choose another country from this list and have each kid do a report ahead of the Olympics, so that they would have a second country to cheer for when the U.S. was not a medal contender. I think we're still going to try to do that this week. Originally, Anna chose Italy, and Ethan, Sweden (he wanted South Africa or a South American country, but apparently those countries don't particularly excel at winter sports.) For some reason, though, we are never seeing Sweden and always seeing Norway, so I think we're going to make a swap. I just hope I can get a new set of library resources fast!

I'm making a preschool version of an Olympics lapbook because Rosie wants one too. Printing some saved documents through windows photo gallery automatically allows me to reduce things to 3x5 or 4x6 so that I can fit lots of things on a folder. Do a google search for coloring pages for your child's preferred sports. How about some of these? Homeschool Share has so many lovely resources for the Olympics here. The Canadian Animal Cards & Pocket and the Canadian Flag pages are perfect for Rose. I've got a good head start now on that.

Okay, first we're supposed to be learning about our countries. You can explore other countries at Time For Kids Around the World and National Geographic Kids People and Places. That will give us a head start on those library books (our library has an inservice day tomorrow.)

Next is Ancient Greece and the Olympic games. All of the information necessary for filling in the lapbook is part of the document, but Mr. Donn's Ancient Greek Olympics site looks excellent. We will definitely be viewing this video he linked to about Olympia. I've also placed a library request for some Magic Tree house books, Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16), Magic Tree House Research Guide #10: Ancient Greece and the Olympics: A Nonfiction Companion to Hour of the Olympics, and the books on CD set that includes this book. Ethan likes to listen to stories when he goes to bed. Or they can listen while drawing and doing art projects, since he's already reading a book set during the Civil War, the topic that we are momentarily breaking from.

Next is a page on the Olympic mascots. They're really too cute. I look forward to checking out the videos and games with the kids, and I've already downloaded new wallpaper for Ethan's desktop. If you don't care for the mascots, you can download regular Olympic wallpaper.

We'll also be learning about several different sports, and also recording which country won the gold medal for many of the Olympic events.

And here is our spelling list:

  1. Olympics
  2. ski
  3. luge
  4. skate
  5. skating
  6. Canada
  7. Greece
  8. medal
  9. hockey
  10. torch
Thanks for joining me on my planning run for this week. Hope you found something that you can enjoy.

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