Olympics fever

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.

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3 responses to “Olympics fever

  1. This is fantastic! Thank you so much!

    I hope you don’t mind me giving you links of even more great things to do. I did experience going to a local drive in that has semi new movies this weekend! It is so worth it as it is $7.50 for each adult for a double feature! They have two screens for two different movies. Usually they have one kid friendly movie on one screen and a more adult movie (PG-13) on the other. It is located in Stephen’s City, Virginia. My advice for anyone that would like to go, is to show up at 7:30 so you can get in and find a nice spot. Some times when great movies are showing, the spaces fill up fast!

    Here is the link in case you are interested.
    http://user.shentel.net/ccrkcr/drivein.html

  2. Thanks, Diana, I’ll have to check this out!

  3. Thanks Supernovamom,
    By the way, did you ever run into a Floyd Whaley on Guam?
    It would have been way back in the 1990s. We worked together at our college newspaper THE SHORTHORN at University of Texas at Arlington before he went to Guam.
    -Sam

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