Olympic activities

31 Jul

I have started working in a Kindergarten for one year  (full time maternity relief). So I thought I had better get into the Olympics in a big way!!! I love the opportunity to have a ‘chat on the mat’ with chilren and see what they know already! I am always so amazed at how much  Kindergarten  children know! I think we sometimes underestimate them! I was asking a group of children what they would like to do when they have finished school and they have become adults. Quite a few children said they thought they would like to be teachers, a few said they would like to be ballet dancers and one boy said he was going to go into the army. When I asked if he would like to be an officer, he said he was going to be on the bad side of the army!!!! Because he really liked baddies!!!! I am looking forward to hearing what they know, so I will keep you posted! I thought I would add some ideas I have sourced. I always find it so helpful when someone else has gone and looked for all the neat things you can do and put them all in one place!!!

1. Sun Hats and Wellie Boots http://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2012/07/olympic-torch-winners-medals.html

2. Red Ted’s Art blog http://www.redtedart.com/2012/04/30/quick-craft-olympic-memory/

These are great to use. I have enlarged them from A4 to A3 and I am using one to show the children all the different sporting events. I have made a set of two for children to play concentration or  a snap game.

3. Faithful Provisions  http://faithfulprovisions.com/2012/07/29/olympic-theme-meal-plan-ideas/

I love the idea of planning meals from all of the different countries represented in the games!

4. I can teach my child has wonderful ideas! http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2012/07/free-ebook-olympic-activities-for-kids/

5.  Cheerio’s and Lattes http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/teachable-moments-in-the-olympics/

I found this site today and I love it! Especially the article about teachable moments!

I felt to include the next two stories as so much of the Olympics are about overcoming difficulties and adversity and striving for a goal and purpose. I came across the story of Wilma Rudolph some time ago and I believe it is so vital for children to learn about persistence.

6. Wilma Rudolph 

NAME: Wilma Glodean Rudolph 

BIRTHDATE: June 23, 1940 

BIRTHPLACE: Clarksville, Tennessee 

EDUCATION: At first, Wilma was tutored at home by her family because she was crippled. She first began school at the age of seven. In 1947, the schools of the Southern states were segregated — black students and white students had to attend separate schools. Even though blacks had to pay the same taxes as whites, the schools for black students were usually poorly funded, so they were less likely to have adequate books, teachers, classrooms, or equipment. 

In junior high, Wilma followed her older sister Yolanda’s example and joined the basketball team. The coach, Clinton Gray, didn’t put her in a single game for three years. Finally, in her sophomore year, she became the starting guard. During the state basketball tournament, she was spotted by Ed Temple, the coach for the famous Tigerbells, the women’s track team at Tennessee State University. Because Burt High School didn’t have the funding for a track team, coach Temple invited Wilma to Tennessee State for a summer sports camp. 

After graduating from high school, Wilma received a full scholarship to Tennessee State. Because of all the celebrity she received from her track career, she took a year off from her studies to make appearances and compete in international track events. She returned and received a Bachelor’s degree in education, graduating in 1963. 

FAMILY BACKGROUND: Wilma Rudolph was born into a large family — she was the 20th of 22 children! Her parents, Ed and Blanche Rudolph, were honest, hardworking people, but were very poor. Mr. Rudolph worked as a railroad porter and handyman. Mrs. Rudolph did cooking, laundry and housecleaning for wealthy white families. 

In 1940 millions of Americans were poor — our of work and homeless because of the Great Depression. The Rudolphs managed to make ends meet by doing things like making the girls’ dresses out of flour sacks. 

Wilma was born prematurely and weighed only 4.5 pounds. Again, because of racial segregation, she and her mother were not permitted to be cared for at the local hospital. It was for whites only. There was only one black doctor in Clarksville, and the Rudolph’s budget was tight, so Wilma’s mother spent the next several years nursing Wilma through one illness after another: measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox and double pneumonia. But, she had to be taken to the doctor when it was discovered that her left leg and foot were becoming weak and deformed. She was told she had polio, a crippling disease that had no cure. The doctor told Mrs. Rudolph that Wilma would never walk. But Mrs. Rudolph would not give up on Wilma. She found out that she could be treated at Meharry Hospital, the black medical college of Fisk University in Nashville. Even though it was 50 miles away, Wilma’s mother took her there twice a week for two years, until she was able to walk with the aid of a metal leg brace. Then the doctors taught Mrs. Rudolph how to do the physical therapy exercises at home. All of her brothers and sisters helped too, and they did everything to encourage her to be strong and work hard at getting well. Finally, by age 12, she could walk normally, without the crutches, brace, or corrective shoes. It was then that she decided to become an athlete. 

In 1963, Wilma married her high school sweetheart, Robert Eldridge, with whom she had four children: Yolanda (1958), Djuanna (1964), Robert Jr. (1965), and Xurry (1971). They later divorced. 

DESCRIPTION OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Wilma Rudolph’s life is a story of achieving against the odds. Her first accomplishments were to stay alive and get well! 

In high school, she became a basketball star first, who set state records for scoring and led her team to a state championship. Then she became a track star, going to her first Olympic Games in 1956 at the age of 16. She won a bronze medal in the 4×4 relay. 

On September 7th, 1960, in Rome, Wilma became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics. She won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and ran the anchor on the 400-meter relay team. 

This achievement led her to become one of the most celebrated female athletes of all time. In addition, her celebrity caused gender barriers to be broken in previously all-male track and field events. 

7. Team Hoyt http://www.teamhoyt.com/

This is hard to watch…….as the tears will most certainly flow, but it needs to be seen by all..


3 Responses to “Olympic activities”

  1. Kalina August 4, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    We talk ow about Olympic Games so much … I will show pictograms to my children and will make a game: show us what sport is on your pictogram!
    Thanks for inspiration!

  2. joyfuljewish September 4, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Unfortunately you may need to wait another 4 years to use this idea, but here is a simple yet fun activity from my daughter’s pre-primary class. They iced a plain rectangular biscuit with white icing, then used coloured froot loops to represent the Olympic rings and each made their own edible Olympic flag! Just the thing for the last hour on a Friday afternoon! 🙂

    • thequiverfull September 4, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Thanks for commenting on my blog I wish I had known about that idea! I love your blog as I spent 10 weeks at Carmel Jewish School in 2011 for my final prac and I loved it so much!

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