Now that the Super Bowl is over, we are moving on to the Olympics. This past week, my co-teacher Rebecca, did a unit on China. She talked about the Great Wall, panda bears, and ended the week with the Chinese New Year. At first, we weren’t sure how much they would grasp on this subject, but she did a great job of touching on these subjects at their level (it’s a low level). ha~
She had many books on the Great Wall and even a short video to show them and this was helpful and were great visuals to get them interested. She found a fantastic activity to do with them as well. We took the kids upstairs to where there is a walkway between two buildings and this is where they were to build their own “Great Wall” using brown paper lunch bags.
We loved how the wall had a natural curve in it, just like the real one. We just had them set up their bags wherever they’d like but encouraged them to at least put them in a line.
We moved on from the Great Wall to the Chinese New Year. Rebeccah is an art major and designed this very cool dragon for our parade. We marched through the halls of the campus and wished everyone a Happy Chinese New Year.
Our leader pounded on the drum as we approached and I had the sunshine right along side of me to bring good cheer.
We always enjoys passing by the coffee shop because there is always grandma’s & grandpa’s enjoying their day and we surely bring them a smile.
We ended our parade in the OT room, and those patients enjoy the break from their hard work of therapy. Having kids come through the room is always a warm welcome and of course, we cheer them on as we pass by.
Our “dragon” kids did such a great job of staying under the tarp and moving around like a dragon. I couldn’t resist taking a peek!
Okay, we visited China and now it’s time to move to South Korea for the Olympics. Nate and I won our Fantasy Football league and just weren’t feeing the Super Bowl party this year, so instead we hosted an Olympics party. Guests were given two rules…
1…they had to choose a country and make a dish that represents that country and 2…they had to come with a “fun fact” about their country. We had England, Sweden, Canada, Germany, France, and Norway all represented. I found decorations at Party City and got the house decorated before they arrived. The corks and wines made up our “Olympic Village” and I was very happy that Greece was included in the flags, so Megan was with us as well. The kit I bought did not have every country and Nate & I were sad that the Norwegian flag was not in it…nor was Canada.
Nate chose Norway as our country and was happy to get cooking. He started days before because he wanted to make cured salmon. This required him to pour salt and herbs over the salmon to draw out the juices from the fish. We checked it daily and noticed what a beautiful red color the salmon was becoming.
And then he served it on such a pretty platter. Truly a Norwegian delicacy that I’m sure his parents are proud of him for making.
Nate didn’t stop there with his Norwegian roots…he also made a wonderful apple cake known in Norway as “Eplekake” (ep-la-kaka). This was amazingly good and I could’ve eaten the entire cake myself, but was told I had to share with my fellow Olympians. I hope he makes this again very soon.
Next, it was time for our Olympians to arrive. As they came walking in, each “athlete” had to walk around our kitchen island with the Olympic torch in hand as we hummed the Olympic fanfare for their country. Oh my gosh…this was hilarious and I couldn’t get a good picture because I was laughing so hard and singing. For some odd reason, our friends from England (Sheri & Kevin) went around the opposite way. Hmm…maybe their wigs were on too tight. Once everyone made their lap, they were awarded their “Participation” medal to wear for the evening. Since we were the host country, we went last and happy that Kelly joined us too.
We also had one other competitor at our party…Jazzy earned a medal for keeping an eye on the food and giving out Olympic size kisses. Yay Jazz!
We were so impressed with everyone’s food they prepared. It was so interesting to see all of the combinations and try them all. There wasn’t a bad dish at our table. We loved it all.
We had Swedish meatballs for Sweden, bratwursts with sauerkraut and apples for Germany, brie cheese for France, Sausage rolls & cakes for England, and cheese pizza slices with a Canadian white sauce. See the little flags?…we put their countries flag by their food.
It was an Olympic-sized table of goodness.
Once we finished eating, we had everyone fill out a ballot and write down their top three dishes. Nate tallied up all the votes and we awarded the Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals to the winners. Becky took Bronze with her Brie cheese with Eiffel Tower on top, the Smith’s took Silver for their delicious sausage rolls, and Laura stood on top with Gold for her Bratwurst & Apple dish. She played the National Anthem on her phone when we announced her as the winner. ha~
I had to make it official and have them stand on the podium (hearth) to get the shot. Germany, England, and France. Congratulations!
This was one of my favorite parties that we have thrown. Nate and I had such fun organizing it as we did preparing for it and are considering doing this again in two years for the summer Olympics. So start thinking of a country and a dish and do some research, if you’d like to join us!
I think it was a big hit and everyone was a good sport! (pun intended)