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The Summer Olympics Are Here!

Posted Jul 30 2012 9:48pm

headerRIF.jpg I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of the Olympics. My kids are somewhat obsessed. Every night we sit around the TV and watch the USA compete in London. Every morning the kids want a recap of what happened after they went to bed. It's great that they are so into it, and I want to encourage their interest and fascination with the Olympic games.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest literacy non-profit organization, has put together a fun Olympic book list that will entice young sports fans and avid readers alike. Covering everything from culture to geography such as Wilma Unlimited; How to Train with a T-Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals; and some new finds too. There is something for every reader to help get them in the Olympic spirit!

Check out the full Olympic reading list: http://rifblog.org/2012/07/19/olympic-booklist/

RIF also has some wonderful Olympic themed activities that families can enjoy together during this exciting time. They are a fun and interactive way to root on the U.S. during the Olympics while helping children increase vocabulary, and literature understanding.

Also, be sure to take a look at RIF's comprehensive Activity Library , for other Olympic related activities to do with children during the Summer Olympics:

· Family Olympic Torch : A fun, simple craft the whole family can enjoy to get in the Olympic spirit!

· Olympic Medallions : Design Olympic medallions to award your reading superstar during your family's "Summer Reading Olympics."

· Around the World in Eighty Books : Help children learn about the different countries and cultures represented in the Olympics with this visual, cross-country trek.

· Outbatting Pete Rose : Have an avid sports fan? Challenge them to match or break the records of their favorite athletes through reading.

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