O dear! I think I’m being well un-patriotic not being excited about the Olympics.
It’s the sensationalist hype that turns me off. I’m all for sporting achievements, but let’s get on with the sport and not waste money paying masses of opinionated idiots to gab about it on TV, as if it was the only thing pressing at the moment. I find it all a bit vulgar when, let’s face it, it’s cost millions yet there are people who haven’t even got enough for a roof over their head let alone a trip to London.
Perhaps it’s just a sign of me turning into a grumpy old woman for I have to admit, had I small home educators still in the house I’d be shamelessly using it for learning.
There’s so much educational potential there; locating other countries on the world map, talking about the history of Britain played out in the opening ceremony, how an athlete has to train, nutrition too, chart and graph making to record results, studying design of sportswear to enhance performance, aerodynamics etc, trying out some of the less sensationalist sports or just getting outside being active. And if you’re really into it, a video diary of your experience of it, that might make its way into a valuable archive for years from now when we’re really old and grumpy!
There are so many aspects we take for granted but looking at it from an educational point of view, masses of learning opportunities – just like life really. None of it has to ‘feel’ like lessons – you are supposed to be on holiday after all. But I well know that for most home schooling families whether it’s term time, holiday time, or the Olympics, learning lives go on just the same and you might as well use a good opportunity when it presents itself and get involved.
Instead of being like me and sitting grumpily on the periphery waiting for it to end!