Skeeterbug’s Olympic Lapbook. We have not done much lapbooking, and he loved this. I followed these instructions to make this into a book style rather than the traditional lapbook style. (Because I’ve just never liked the traditional lapbook style with the cover split down the middle and folders glued together. Many examples here.) Folders here are very tall so we chopped off the top to make it a more reasonable size.
Favourite sport? BMX. Favourite athlete? Sally Pearson.
We started out doing an Olympics unit study from Amanda Bennett. (I can’t locate the study on her site now, they must have taken it down.) I know people love her studies but we realised it wasn’t for us after about the second day. It was the exact same format every day for four weeks. It covered a lot of interesting information but it was too much for us. We were using a notebook and gluing some of the lapbook pieces into it. I’m so glad we switched, this was way more fun for him. I’ll probably revisit her studies in the future and maybe try out a shorter one. We did use some of the lapbooking elements from the study. Other lapbooking pieces came from here and here and here.
We used these Olympic calendar cards at 1plus1plus1equals1 for our calendar in July. We put up a new card each day and then we looked up the sport on the Olympics website to learn more about it. Each sport had a short video to watch and some days we watched more on youtube. This really worked well to get the kids excited about the Olympics. Carisa has a whole series of these Calendar Connection cards in different themes (bugs, weather, botany, and more!).
When we watched the opening ceremony we marked off flags we saw during the parade of athletes. We were fast forwarding through it, so I am sure we missed some.
We also did the opening ceremony bingo, here’s Ladybug’s (she coloured as she pleased):
Various other paper activities. Jitterbug’s rings:
Some printables from here. I put several of the pre-writing sheets and What’s Different? sheets into sheet protectors that the kids used with dry erase markers. They loved these stamping sheets…one of these is Jitterbug’s and one is Ladybug’s:
Ladybug loves to glue!
The flag and bookmark come from here. Good place for all sorts of themed printables.
And that wraps up our Olympics studies!