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Teaching about Russia & the Olympics

by Jennifer Geary

Reading Time: 2 minutes 

The Olympics are almost here!  My kids loved watching the summer games a couple of years ago and I'm sure we'll be checking in on the winter games most evenings.  I wanted to share a few ideas for making the Olympics part of your homeschool!  

This year's games will be held in Sochi, Russia, so this is a great way to learn about another country!

Books

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear:  This book is a sweet story about two bears, Boris and Max, who prove that it's never too late to follow your dreams–kind of fitting for the Olympics!  There are wonderful details in the pictures that show all kinds of things about Russian life.

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship:  This is a Russian folktale about a young man who tries to win the love of the czar's daughter.  There is also a free unit study for this book available at Homeschool Share!

Polina's Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Russian City:  This book gives kids a glimpse into the daily life of a child in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Russia ABCs:  If you're looking for a book that covers a little bit about a lot of topics, this is the book you need!  

The Firebird:  I've never read this Jane Yolen book, but I've got it on my hold list at the library.  It's based on a Russian folktale and a ballet and is full of drama and action!

Crafts

Nesting Doll Card:  Almost everyone is familiar with the Russian nesting dolls and this site has a template to make an adorable fold out card.  It would be a fun project for any of your kids who like paper crafts!

Printable Nesting Dolls:  For your younger kids who may not be ready to make their own, you can try these printable dolls.

Onion Dome Pictures:  The onion dome buildings in Russia are some of the most unique and recognizable buildings in the world.  This site has instructions for making your own onion dome picture, or (If you just want a coloring sheet, you can find one here.)

Lapbooks and Links

Russia Lapbook:  Homeschool Share has a free lapbook all about Russia!  I love these lapbooks because you can pick and choose what pieces work for your kids!

Winter Games Unit Study:  If you've never tried any of Amanda Bennett's unit studies this would be a fun time to check one out!

Adventures in Homeschooling:  During the London games I shared some ideas for games, food, and crafts that you may want to revisit.

Pinterest:  Of course Pinterest is a-buzz with all kinds of Olympic-themed ideas!

And if you don't choose to incorporate the Olympics into your homeschool day, they're still a great reason to kick back with the family in the evening and cheer on our athletes!  Enjoy!

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