When I was young I had the opportunity to meet Barney Ewell. He won a gold and two silver medals in the 1948 Olympics. He was an amazing person and I am so happy to have known him. He was an alumni of the high school I attended, J.P. McCaskey and he attended many local events in Lancaster, PA where I grew up. As a teenager I volunteered at Conestoga View nursing home where he was a resident so I had the privilege of speaking with him from time to time and learning more about his amazing life.
In 1998 when I visited Australia I got to visit and swim in the Sydney Olympic pool and learn about the 2000 Olympic site and games. And today our family lives 30 minutes North of Atlanta, where the 1996 Summer Olympics were hosted. The Atlanta History Center has an entire exhibit all about the history of the Olympics and Centennial Olympic Park is absolutely amazing!
So needless to say our family is a huge fan of both the Summer and Winter Olympics. This year the Olympics are being hosted in the largest country in the World, Russia. The Olympics will be held in the city of Sochi, on the Black Sea.
If you are just as excited about the Olympics as we are, then you are also on the search for some amazing resources....
Here is a list to get you started:
1) Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett has an amazing Winter Games 2014 unit study.
2) Southern Hodgepodge has a great Olympic art lesson that you MUST check out.
3) Enchanted Homeschooling Mom is offering a FREE Winter Olympic pack. Find the FREE download link at the very bottom of the page.
4) CurrClick has lots of great inexpensive resources for the Winter Olympics. There is a Math Literacy & Activity mini unit. A fabulous Olympic unit study. A lapbook by Knowledge Box Central. And even a Founders Academy Live Winter Olympic History class.
5) A Journey Through Learning has a great $1 Winter Olympic lapbook and unit study. You can even dive into the Ancient Olympics while you are at it too.
6) I Can Teach My Child has some great Olympic activities on her blog. But if you also subscribe to her email list you will get a fabulous "Olympic Activities for Kids" ebook.
7) Don't forget about the Apps. Here is a great Android App called 2014 Sochi Winter Games which helps you easy follow along with all of the competitions and stats. And also a dedicated Olympic Browser App.
8) There are also a few great eBooks about the Olympics: The Octopi Have Their Olympics, My Olympic Sochi Travel Guide.
9) TIME for Kids has lots of fabulous articles for kids on the Sochi Winter Olympics.
|Image credit TIME for Kids|
11) Don't forget to have some crafting fun. Check out these macaroni medals, torn paper torches, Olympic dot rings, Olympic wreath crown. You can also even have your very own Olympic games at home too, here are some great ideas for Olympic family games (using cups and straws). And here are some of the Olympic crafts we did a couple years ago.
12) Also be sure to check out my 2012 Olympic blog post which has lots of additional resources that could be used for this years Winter Olympics too! And also my Olympic craft blog post.
And for your viewing pleasure be sure to check out my YouTube Olympic channel.
Also be sure to head over to Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog to find more amazing Olympic resources.