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From Athletics to Academics: How to Use the Olympic Games to Boost Your Kid’s Vocabulary

August 01, 2016
Jocelyn Chadwick and John Grassie

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In so many ways, the Olympics are the ultimate challenge for an amateur athlete. Since the first Olympics in ancient Greece almost 2800 years ago, the focus of the Games has been on fair play, individual efforts, strength, and a true sense of dedication. Athletes must respect one another and strive to succeed with humility, and when they fail, to do so with dignity. There is an important life-lesson in the Olympics, something we all should remember: the mark of a true champion is falling down and then getting up, only to move forward.

The Games also provide engaging and fun moments parents and kids can share and discover together—with concentrated and targeted time. This WordTree activity focuses on the summer Olympic Games. So, no matter where you and your kids are this summer--on vacation, at home,or in the car--use these WordTree activities to host and play your own Summer Olympics adventure. Explore the history of the Games and learn some of the words that make the Olympics so special. Let the fun and learning together begin!

These terms provide some context for the history and geography around the Olympic Games. You can print this document here to have when you’re watching the Games with your family.

Want to take the learning to the next level? These vocaubalry activities are fun for kids to discover, define, and use words that come up during the Olympics! Here are some examples of completed activities. You can also download and print blank vocabulary activity sheets to complete while watching the Olympics with your kids.

 

Jocelyn Chadwick is a Parent Toolkit expert and the Vice President of the National Council of Techers of English. John Grassie is an author and education researcher and lecturer. 


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