As Christmas season was coming to an end, I was hoping to enjoy slow January full of rest, snuggles, hot tea, good books and lazy couchschooling. Series of unexpected events and no ability to control our schedule led to the busiest month in a long time. It’s OK, we’ll move the R&R month to February!
Except February is full to the brim with fun events and learning opportunities: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, webcasts and online classes, the biggest book sale of the year, regular meetups and clubs, co-op classes, tutoring sessions and Winter Olympics 2018.
Olympic games were always a HUGE deal in my childhood home, especially Winter Olympics. But how do I tie this unit in with Valentine’s day and other holidays?
There is a Greek connection to everything, it seems. Coincidentally, we have been going down the Ancient Greece rabbit hole for the past few months, so this unit study will fit in organically into our schedule. Our history unit will tie it all together:
- the Ancient Olympic Games were staged in Olympia in honor of Zeus,
- Valentine’s day is influenced by Greek festival in honor of Pan, held around February, 15th
- Athens is a birthplace of democracy, making it relevant to Presidents’ day study,
- Groundhog day…I’m sure there is a festival that was celebrated first week of February.
During the next few weeks we will cover the plethora of related subjects. Here are just a few:
- I’ll throw in some PE for a good measure
Opening night plans
As much as I enjoy the atmosphere of a live broadcast, we have another commitment on Tuesday mornings, so we will settle the party with taped Opening Ceremony in the background. To kick off the party we will:
- snack on fruit and vegetable plate arranged in Olympic symbol;
- start drawing flags of the countries participating in the games (you could find free printable version, but we prefer to sneak in some coloring/writing practice and add a unique personal touch to the flag banner. We will pick a handful of flags to draw each day.)
- make Olympic torches and have a relay (or maybe a game of hot potato.)
- kids will design an obstacle course and all family members will try to conquer it. Anticipation is killing me! I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
How are you incorporating Olympic fun to your homeschool or after-school enrichment?