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The Teacher is Talking: The Olympics & Your Kids

By Leslie Lindsay  (image retreived 7.31.12 from http://www.sheknows.com)   I don’t know about your kids, by mine are totally digging the Olympics.  My 7-year old daughter is especially intrigued with the swimming and gymnastics.  My 5-year old is more into the how’s and why’s of the Olympics.  In fact, her question at the breakfast table just yesterday was, “Who invented the Olympics, anyway?”  (I think I know that information from a Greek mythology class I took in college…yet it escapes me). To answer my daughter’s question:  The person who “invented” the Olympics is Baron Pierre de Coubertin1894 when he created the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  Yet, the Olympic games first began in ancient Greece in the 8th-4th century B.C. …so who “invented” it is beyond me. …okay, maybe it was Herecules?. en.wikipedia.org   Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin was a French educationalist and historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee, and is considered the father of the modern Olympic games.   Look at other ideas to connect with your kids and the Olympics: Relate Stories …