Are you ready to enjoy the long-anticipated Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with your family? After a year’s delay due to a global pandemic, the games are finally scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021. Here are five ways to enjoy the Summer Olympics as homeschoolers.
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1. Learn the History of the Olympics
- Originating in ancient Greece, the modern day Olympics has a rich and interesting history. Research the origins of the games and how they have changed over time.
- Find out what makes this year’s Olympics different from previous years. Did you know this will be the first time the games have ever been postponed due to a pandemic?
- Find some fun children’s books about the Olympics. One book to engage the younger audience is Game On in Ancient Greece.
2. Study Japan and Its Culture
What better time to learn about another country than when the Olympic Games are happening there? Japanese culture and scenes from around Japan’s countryside will be on display during the games. The games’ ceremonies, mascots and art will all provide a unique view of Japanese culture.
Make (or order out) one of your favorite dishes from Japan, such as sushi or tempura. Serve tea or practice calligraphy. For more ideas and to learn about the geography and history of Japan, request your own copy of Sonlight’s free homeschool unit study on Japan.
3. Watch Inspirational Stories of Athletes
We all love inspiring stories. Overcoming personal injuries, grieving the loss of loved ones, and using personal achievements as a platform to do good for others are just a few of the athletes’ stories that emerge as they attain their dream of participating in the Olympics. Pick a few to watch with your family and then discuss the choices these modern day heroes made.
4. Hold Your Own Competition
Pick a sport that interests your child and set up your own competition at home. Read about the rules of the sport and how it’s played in the Olympic Games. Appoint judges and create medals for your own awards ceremony.
And it’s more than sports that make the Olympics happen. Check out the art posters submitted for the Tokyo games or admire the beautiful architecture of all the venues in which the games are being held. Find out what intrigues your child about the Olympics, research that topic and then create your own version of art or design competition.
5. Pray for the Nations of the World
While watching people from all over the world together in one place, take time to pray for those countries. Use resources such as Operation World to find specific ways to pray. Praying during the games is the perfect opportunity to show our children God’s love for the world.
The Olympic games are an ideal time to expose your child to the nations of the world without traveling from your own living room. And summer is a perfect time for extra unit studies where you can do fun activities but still inject academics on the sly.
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