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Fun & Educational Ways to Integrate the Olympics with Your Homeschool



By Peggy Ployhar

Are you looking for ways to incorporate the 2018 Winter Olympics into your daily homeschool schedule? Look no further. The ideas below can be used with kids of all cognitive levels and physical abilities. Plus, these activities will inspire the athlete in every member of your family, no matter how much of a couch potato they are.


Activities are separated into the following categories:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Physical Education (Circuits, Brain Breaks, and Stations)
  • Subject Integration (Language Arts, Geography, and Unit Studies)
  • Fun (Games, Crafts, and Food)

This list should keep your family busy with lots of learning and fun every day of the winter games. And while some of these activities are special-needs focused, others are included because they are easy to adapt to the needs of your children.

My hope and prayer is that these ideas will inspire you to make the Winter Olympics more than a spectator sport this go-round, and instead bring the enthusiasm into your home and into your learning environment.


STEM

LEGO Olympic Rings Activity - Make the Olympic rings with basic LEGO bricks

The Science and Engineering Behind the Winter Games - 10 videos that cover the science and engineering involved in the some of the most popular winter Olympic sports

Snow Making for the Winter Olympics - Video on how snow is made to make perfect conditions for Olympic competition

The Physics of Ice Skating - Learn about friction, forces and Newton’s laws of motion and how they relate to ice skating

Graphing the Olympics - Teach your student how to use Google Sheets as they graph the Olympic medal counts


Physical Education

Winter Games P.E. Stations - Downloadable cards with instructions for each station

Family Winter Olympics - Create the winter Olympics in your own home, competing against your own family members

5 Olympic Inspired Strengthening Activities - Strengthening activities inspired by the Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics Brain Breaks - 10 winter Olympics inspired-activities to use as brain breaks during your homeschooling day

Winter Olympics Workout Game - Watch the Olympics AND get your exercise by following these simple prompts

Winter Olympics Circuit Training for Kids - 7 activities, plus warm-up and cool-down for a fun indoor Winter Olympics workout you can do as a family


Subject Integration

Olympic Games Language Arts Activities - A variety of different language arts activities for teaching students at a variety of different cognitive levels

Montessori Inspired Math Activities for the Olympics - Great ideas for how to incorporate hands-on math into any Olympic games unit study

Learning Geography with the Olympics - Make geography fun by incorporating the Olympics into your lessons

Olympic Games Unit Study - Lots of great links on how to incorporate every subject into an Olympic Games theme

Montessori-Inspired Winter Sports Activities - Lots of ways to use hands-on learning with a winter sports theme

10 Olympic Learning Activities - Fun learning activities to incorporate the Olympics into your homeschool


Fun

Olympic & Craft Activities - 25 Olympic inspired activities, crafts, food and printables

Winter Olympics BINGO - A fun game to teach your children the names of various winter Olympic games

Flag Rock Art Project - Paint rocks to match the various flags of the countries competing in the winter Olympics

Olympic Paper Chain Countdown - Adjust the number of chains to equal the days leading up to the games and learn some fun facts together as you count down to the opening ceremony

Olympic Crafts & Recipes - 20 recipes and crafts that will inspire the Olympic spirit throughout the games

Salt Dough Olympic Medals - A fun craft with some simple learning ideas to integrate into your activity

Olympic-Themed Games with Printables - 13 different printable games, with instructions



Make sure to also check out all the SPED Homeschool Pinterest boards for many more creative and inspiring ways to homeschool your student with special educational needs.




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