How Would You Get to the Olympics?
The Olympics are here and I am giddy! From the Opening Ceremonies when all the athletes stream in to the events from beach volleyball and soccer to swimming and track and all the others in between I am an absolute sucker for the Olympics.
My twins are 5 now and finally almost able to grasp the awesomeness of people traveling from all over the world to compete in one space. There is something truly awesome about that, isn't there?
I have been working on getting them excited for the upcoming events. We have started planning which events we most want to watch and talking about what exactly the Olympics really mean. Check the bottom of this post for so many more ideas to get you started when you're done reading.
Since my kids (and most preschoolers) are big fans of transportation, I thought that might be a fun place to begin. Below is our group time discussion of Geography, transportation and the Olympics.
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What are the Olympics?
Olympics, athletes, competition - these are big words. I am a huge fan of defining those big words to expand vocabulary so these were the three that we talked about when describing the upcoming excitement in August.
I explained that the Olympics are a huge competition when athletes from all over the world all travel to one place to compete in all kinds of sporting events. We had to walk through most of that word by word.
Then I shared that the Olympics this year are being held in Rio in South America.
Our group times always include a book or two (or more) and we started with this amazing Atlas today.
Atlas of Adventures : A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences, and Fun Festivities from the four corners of the globe
Written by Rachel Williams
This book is filled with fascinating information and detailed pictures that absorb your attention. It shares a few exciting adventures or experiences from each continent from showering with elephants in Chiang Mai to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Each page oozes with things to look at and read that inspire your imagination about the world. You could easily spend hours entranced by the ideas and illustrations enclosed. Find Online
Atlas of Adventures is a book you can come back to again and again or just spend hours reading, but today we looked in the Table of Contents, found South America and started there.
After locating Brazil on the map we turned to page to read about the Rio Carnival. I'm hoping that much of this culture will be reflected in the Opening Ceremonies.
Next, I turned back to the Atlas page with the map of the world and asked a question that I told them to just think about for now.
My question was - How would you get to the Olympics?
My twins were bursting with ideas that they wanted to share, but I asked them to wait while I read another book.
This time I reached for the ficticious and somewhat silly book, The Big Trip.
The Big Trip by Valeri Gorbachev
This is the story of two friends. Pig, who wants to go on a big trip, and Goat, who seems to only consider the obstacles. One by one Pig goes through the various potential methods of travel from bike to donkey to train, while Goat presents problem after problem with each idea. Ultimately, Goat reveals that "Having a big trip is a very scary thing.' 'Unless...You go with a friend.'" Find Online
The illustrations are sweet and the story has a light humor to it that makes me smile. My kids thought it was hilarious, especially some of the transportation ideas. A horse? A donkey? Apparently we have some history to cover at some point.
For this lesson, the book got their creativity flowing about transportation.
After the book, we returned to the question of: How Would You Get to the Olympics?
They shared some ideas verbally.
Then I asked them to draw how they would choose to travel to Rio.
We referred to the map in the Atlas, I laid out the picture book with travel ideas, and passed out paper and markers.
My daughter wants to take a submarine. She told me it will pick her up in the Harbor in New York, go under the ocean, and then come up in Rio.
Personally, I'd probably take an airplane but I have to admire their creativity and adventurous spirit.
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