we had the opening ceremonies in november and the kids have been competing all year long in team sports. they had 7 teams representing various countries and learned about the different cultures throughout the year.
this time around the kids were representing mexico. the team spirit was great from each of the different countries.
at the end of the year we have a festival that incorporates everything that they have learned during the year. we had an olympic village which showcased the children's academic work and served as a resting spot for the kids.
each child was given a sash and pins from their country. they then got to trade pins with kids from other countries just like they do at the real olympics. there was a contest to design a pin from each of the countries. jordan's design was chosen to represent mexico.
the day started with a performance from each of the countries. i love that all of the kids sang all of the songs. we've been listening to them around the house for the last few months. they sang "africa" from the world cup for kenya, "don't cry for me argentina" for argentina, "jai ho" for india.
after the performance, the kids competed in five individual events of their choosing. my kids chose:
each of these events earned points for their country which were tallied on a huge chart.
we gathered in the olympic village for closing ceremonies and to hear the kids sing their final song.
they also sent off their wishes with bubbles.
after a long day, and a visit to the book fair (thanks to tito and tita) the kids spent time reading while we cleaned up.