Yeah, the kids and I have been catching some of the Olympics on TV, and getting excited about watching more of the games. I write a column about parenting resource Web sites for the newspaper I used to work at on Guam, the Pacific Daily News, and recently wrote about www.olympics.org, which can help you teach your kids about the Olympics. It offers online mini games, a Sports Animations feature that explains the events, equipment and techniques, and an “Olympic Express e-journal,” a daily newspaper for kids about the games.
For homeschoolers, there are a couple of educational kits worth downloading; both are found under “Permanent Files”:
“The Mind Makes a Champion: Training my mind at school” is a 46-page PDF is aimed at students ages 12-16 and focuses on how athletes mentally prepare and how kids can use those skills in school.
Beijing 2008 Educational Kit: Labeled a “Temporary Exhibition,” the colorful 76-page book in PDF format is really aimed at visitors to the Olympic Museum in Switzerland, but it’s beautifully designed and packed with information on the Games in Beijing, from the icons to the mascots to Chinese culture. Also includes student worksheets.