Weekly Wrap-Up: More Olympics

We continued to study the Olympics this week. We even got some books from the library. We even got some books to add to the watching of the Olympics. I had high hopes for How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton. It’s a great book, but only about the Summer Olympics. I’d love to see a similar approach to the Winter Olympics, since it provides all kinds of information about each sport in the Olympics, including how long it’s been in the Olympics, format, contenders, past champions, why to watch the sport and then details about what to watch for in the sport.

The kids have been doing some research on different aspects of the Olympics. For some reason, Mr. Curiosity decided he wanted to research the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. olympicsMiss Adventure has been researching different Olympians using The Encyclopedia of the Winter Olympics by John Wukovits. It’s a bit U.S.-centric, but has two-page bios on many of the big-name Winter Olympians. It’s also fun looking at photos from past Olympics. The Atlantic’s In Focus had some old photos. National Geographic has a whole book of old photos called Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics.

Even though the Olympics are over this weekend, we’ll probably do a bit more work on them this next week before moving on to a new topic.


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