One of the things we love to do is to find fun ways to learn from real-life circumstances.
Whether it’s researching a bug we find in our backyard, checking out books from the library on a subject one or all of the children are interested in, watching a YouTube video on how something is made when one of the children ask about it at the dinner table, or pulling out the U.S. or world map when we’re reading a book that mentions a city, state, or country.
The Olympics have provided the perfect opportunity to research and study all sorts of things. Among a few of the ways we’ve capitalized upon the abundant learning opportunities provided by the Olympics:
::We had the globe out on opening night so we could find the countries on the globe as they walked in the parade of nations.
::We’ve matched colors with the Olympic rings and talked about the significance of the Olympic rings.
::We’ve talked about how close countries are geographically to the U.S.
::We’ve checking out books from the library on Olympic athletes and the history of the Summer Olympics.
::We’ve practiced guessing which flags are for which countries as they are shown on the screen while we’re watching the Olympics.
And this week, we’ve been learning more about London. We checked out Dodsworth in London from the library. The children all enjoyed this book — and we had fun practicing British accents while reading it aloud.
We also watched a documentary on Buckingham Palace, talked about the role of a queen, imagined how fun it would be to ride on a double-decker bus (both girls agree we really need to make these popular in the U.S.!), and we looked at pictures of Big Ben.
We also colored pictures of the U.K. flag and then practiced drawing them freehand. Now Kaitlynn, our resident artist, is drawing U.K. flags all over the place and both girls have decided they need to cheer for the U.K. some of the time, not just the U.S. 🙂