The Olympic Games are held every fours to respect the ancient origins of the Olympic Games, which were held every four years at Olympia. The four-year interval between the Ancient Games editions was named an “Olympiad”, and was used for dating purposes. In modern times we alternate every two years between the Summer Games and the Winter Games.
The Summer Games consist of 33 different sports including things like:
Learning About The Summer Games In Your Homeschool
Here you will find a collection of resources from The Curriculum Choice and its authors for learning about the summer Olympic games.
While many are on break from homeschooling during the summer months, we have found it both fun and educational to engage in some learning activities when it comes to the Olympics. Everything from watching specific events, to learning about the location they are being held at can be a learning experience.
I have found many great Summer Olympics Activities and Resources that could be used not only for this year, but for any year of the summer Olympics. Things like:
- art projects
- online unit studies
- printables including lapbooks for multiple ages
- tons of great books
Celebrate the Games with Chalk Pastel Art Ideas
The Games are a great opportunity to celebrate culture, history, sports, and healthy competition with your kids. Every family has their favorite sport to watch during these events, whether summer or winter. Gather the kids and celebrate the Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art to illustrate important aspects and moments of the Games! Celebrate the Games with Chalk Pastel Art Ideas. Julie shares such fun ideas for a pass the torch relay, opening ceremonies, sporting events, medals ceremony and more!
Drawing with Nana embodies the same ideals as the Games themselves: excellence, friendship, and respect. With Nana as your art teacher, your children will be encouraged in all three of these areas to create with excellence, enjoy the friendship of a delightful art teacher, and to respect their work, because they ARE artists!”-Julie Kieras
Nana now has a super fun I Drew It Then I Knew It Guide for The Games with fast facts and an overview/history lesson to match each of her art lessons! You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members enjoy this continuing series of companion workbooks. Find out more here.
One year, we kicked off with an Olympic Start to Our Homeschool. It was so much fun to start this way and learn all about The Summer Games. Our favorite unit study to enjoy for each time The Games are held! Don’t miss this one. “This downloadable four week study is part of the Unit Study Adventure series, and covers history, science, geography, and much more. The daily lessons are written at the Lower Level (grades K-6) and Upper Level (grades 7-12).”
Find a few more fun resources at our sister site, Hodgepodge:
How to Learn All About the 2021 Summer Games – Homeschooling Today Magazine has a wonderful resource for you! “The Olympics are a great opportunity to teach kids about a variety of subjects. We’re sharing the best resources and ideas to make the summer games a fun, memorable, and educational event for your entire family! So jump in with our step-by-step guide. It will help your kids get the most out of watching the Summer Games!“
Olympic Games Resources from here at The Curriculum Choice
This is a review of the Olympic Games: A Study of the Olympic Games from Ancient Times to the Present from Notgrass.
What is the history of the Olympic Games? Who is the International Olympic Committee? Which countries compete in the Olympic Games? Where have the Olympic Games been held? Which sports are included in the Summer Olympic Games? Which ones are held in the Winter Games? What is the history of Olympic sports? What does the Bible say about athletic competition? Find out the answers to these questions and much more as you have fun exploring the Olympic Games.
This study provides 40 lessons on Olympic history, sports education, and notable athletes.
Each lesson contains some sort of written or artistic response, including creative writing, sports vocabulary, mapwork, and puzzles. The puzzles are particularly intriguing and comprise missing letter, crossword, word search, acrostic, and word scramble varieties.
If you think of all the events that are held at the Summer Olympics, you will see that Dover Publications has a wonderful collection that would match Olympics learning.
This is a collection of Dover coloring books with sports and summer games themes.
Not only can you study the sports of the Olympics but you can plan some learning on the human body plus talk about and consider the dedication it takes to become an Olympian.
Also books for human body/sports study with:
- a wonderful How Your Body Works Ultimate Illustrated Guide (no longer available as of the update of this post in 2024) but they have multiple human anatomy coloring books.
- Be Good to Your Body (Learning Yoga)
- Sports Science for Young People