Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Olympic Games

Today we covered Lesson 41 in our history curriculum, The Mystery of History, Volume I, entitled, "The Olympic Games."
After reading about the Olympic Games from our text, we looked in The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History to see what it had to offer.
It always gives great pictures that our text doesn't.
Next, we looked at the different depictions of athletes on the vases and plates in this If I Were a Kid in Ancient Greece book (by Cricket Books).
We also looked through The Usborne Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece, specifically, at pages 90-91, entitled, "The Games."
We made special note of this section that mentioned laurel wreaths, because that was one of the projects we had planned (see below).
In our Evan-Moor History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations workbook (Grades 1-3), we got instructions on making a paper laurel wreath of our own (page 66).
First, we cut leaves from green paper.
Then we cut the curved, outer edge off of a paper plate, and cut out the middle to shape it like the ring you see below.
To this, we added our paper leaves with glue.
Once done, here is what our laurel wreath looked like!
Fit for a champion!
To complete one more project for this lesson, we used this Crafts From the Past: The Greeks book from Chick-Fil-A to make an "Olympic Plate" (pages 6-7).
First, we painted a paper plate orange.
Once the orange had dried, we went back and painted stripes along the edge of the plate in alternating colors, brown and black, to simulate the art from that time.
Once that was done, we painted a cardboard circle that would fit in the center, the same orange color as the rest of the plate.  Next, Maggie added to it a picture depicting herself in her sport of choice, swimming.  
We glued the circle to the plate and her craft was complete.  
Here is Mags, holding her champion's awards -- her laurel wreath crown and her Olympic plate for swimming!  Way to go, Mags!
There's no mystery why we love history!


  1. I love this! I've been reading your blog for awhile now and decided to post. You are so creative! This is my second year homeschooling and I want to be more hands on. Thank you for the 'spark'.

    1. Thank you so much! That is very encouraging this morning! We started homeschooling with preschool when Maggie was three, so this will be our sixth year. It gets easier to juggle, I promise! Stick with it! Happy Thanksgiving!