The Olympic Games will soon begin! Adding the Olympics to your Homeschool lesson plans is a terrific way to wake up your kids in February! Don't let winter get them bored with the same lessons. You can add the Olympics into your homeschool in many different ways.
Some of you may ditch your regular lesson plans and just focus on how to learn during the Olympics with a huge Unit Study. This enables your family to really dive in deep to the spirit of the Olympics and take a break from regular studies.
You can also just incorporate the games into your regular lessons, by finding appropriate lessons or activities that will fit in with what you are already studying. This could mean that your Geography lessons will be more fun than usual, and you may be able to really know where some tiny countries are and more about their culture.
We always had fun drawing or coloring the various flags from the parade. It's also a great idea to have Olympic Dinners, eating meals from different countries. But, there are many more lesson ideas which can be found online.
These first two links are directed to the Olympic.org site and there is so much there to help you introduce your children to the Olympics. Then, I've provided some of my favorite links to help you make your homeschool lessons exciting during the Olympic Games this year!
Ancient Olympic Games
Teaching Games based on the Olympics - Education world
Winter Olympics Activities
Like, designing an Olympic Stamp: complete with printable design template
Follow the Torch
Lots of Lesson Ideas and HUGE List of books about the Olympics
360 Science Videos: Science behind the Olympic Events
TEAM USA Youtube Website
Printable Coloring Sheets of the Mascots, Rings, Medals, and Torches
Free Printable Coloring Christian Sheets
More Coloring Sheets
Curriculum being used in Korea to teach students about the Olympic Games (translatable)
2-3 grade Olympic Word Search
Idea for Charting the Medals
Winter Vocabulary Printable Cards K-3
Cookies from Around the World
All of these activities and lessons can be fun to use in your homeschool. Find ones that work for your child's age. The most fun we've had was watching the games together as a family. It's easy to get caught up in the competitive sports, but you can also learn while you're watching and cheering.
Take the time to ask your children questions about the athletes and their countries. Point out the flag and watch the medal ceremonies, where you can hear the national anthems of other countries. It opens great opportunities to discuss being a good sport, whether winning or losing.
I hope you enjoy the Olympics this year. I know we will at our home, and we'll enjoy learning about places we don't know much about. That's what makes the Olympics fun for all ages!
@2018, copyright Lisa Ehrman