In an effort to keep the euphoria flowing from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, PThe Canadian Olympic School Program invites classes across the country to take advantage of the educational resources available on the site www.ecoleolympique.ca. These resources are integrated with provincial educational expectations and are aimed in particular at the development of sportsmanship and fundamental movement skills necessary to encourage physical activity throughout life.
A section of the site offers educational challenges particularly interesting. For example, the Canadian Olympic School Program Challenge invites students to exercise their mind, body and character with some of Canada's top Olympians, toward their Certificate of Excellence. This complete educational project comes in different stages, all well described to facilitate the support by the teacher:
- Exercise your mind: texts to read on Olympians known to young people and important values, in three levels (2-3e year, 4-5e year, 6e year and +), accompanied by comprehension activities.
- Exercising your body: physical literacy activities that encourage students to move, in particular by learning the essential movements of physical activity.
- Exercising character: students achieve their personal bests based on Olympian values, such as inclusion, courage, healthy choices, a healthy and active lifestyle, respect.
Another challenge, called “Movement Skills”, is an alternate instructional scenario including physical literacy activities developed by Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada. They make it possible to establish a link between the students and the Olympians by the development of skills related to the foundations of the movements necessary for participation in physical and sports activities throughout life.
Finally, an integral part of the Canadian Olympic School Program Challenge or that can be used alone, a collection of reading texts allow elementary and secondary students to get to know the following Olympians and Olympic values:
- Alexandre Bilodeau and inclusion
- Clara Hughes and healthy choices
- John Morris and the Healthy Active Living World
- Maelle Ricker and respect
- Joannie Rochette and courage
On the website, a section " Library Brings together more general information on the Olympics, for example on their history and origin, on the Beijin games in 2008, on those in Vancouver in 2010, as well as on those in London planned for 2012.
Finally, why not organize an Olympic Winter Sports Day! By participating in some modified events of the Olympic Winter Program, students will gain a better understanding of sports, experience the Olympic values and experience the excitement of the Games once again. Click here to download the Olympic Winter Sports Day guide from the Canadian Olympic School Program website.