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Tagged With: China

It’s Arrived!!

I told you all in a blog post a couple weeks ago that I’d sent for a “China Learning Kit”.  It arrived today!!  It was so fun opening it.  Miss K too each item out one at a time and had to look at it all.  It had every item in it that it was supposed to.  Here’s a couple pictures from our opening experience….

China Kit 2China Kit 1China Kit 3

The Envelope - with postage and writing

The Envelope - with postage and writing

I’d recommend ordering this kit.  It has several little trinkets in it that will really get the kid learning about a unit on China.  These are just a couple pictures of the items in the kit.  There’s other stuff, but I couldn’t very well include a picture of everything….especially since K decided to do it ONE item at a time!!  If you haven’t already checked it out, you can order it here….

 China Learning Kit

We’ll be having fun with this kit in the future as we learn more about China.  It’s a country with a long history and we’ll be learning all about it!!

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…And the Flame Goes Out

**Photos from Yahoo!**

Tonight was the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.  They were some of the best games there has ever been.  That’s just my humble opinion, but the stats pretty much agree with it.  The XXIX  Olympiad started and ended with a bang.  The Chinese put on an awesome show. 

In the final events, the U.S. brought home more gold.  The men’s volleyball and basketball bothwon their gold medal round.  Belgium ended up with 1 gold and 1 silver.  I also found out some other interesting medal facts about the 2008 Olympics.  (Source is Yahool! News)  China’s 51 gold medals is the most since the Soviet’s won 55 in 1988 at Seoul and this is the first time since 1936 when Germany had the most golds, that a country other than the U.S. or Soviet Union topped the list.  Of course, this is also a country that grooms their athletes from a very early age and aren’t given much choice in the decision. 

“China has been systematically targeting every single available medal, and we’re going to have to do that in the future,” said U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth.

China, of course, has the largest population pool—1.3 billion people— from which to recruit athletes.

The Britain’s came in 4th in medal count, their best in a century.  A record number of countries, 87, won medals.  At least 12 nations won their first ever gold medal or medal of any color.  Even the countries of Ethiopia and Kenya won medals despite unrest in their native lands.  Overall, Africa won 40 medals, which is their most ever.  First time medal countries include Sudan, Togo, Tajikistan, Bahrain, Mauritius and Afghanistan.  Other countries like Mongolia, Panama, South Korea, Brazil and Tunisia either brought home their first ever gold medal or gold medal in a particular sport.

One last note before I close out my Olympic update and wrap-up.  I know many of you had no interest in the Olympics.  Others of you had great interest in it.  I thank all of you for either bearing with me in my commentary and I appreciate all of you that supported me and used me for your source of Olympic updates.  I tried to be fair in my “reporting” and tried to include other countries as much as I could.  Alas, I am proud American!!  I’m sure at times, it was boring or maybe the last thing you wanted to see.  However, I had  so much fun with it and I truly enjoyed myself.  In fact, we enjoyed these Olympics as a family.  I hope that each of you brought something away from these Olympics, whether through watching them or my updates.

Now, for one last time, tonight’s overall FINAL medal count is:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 36 38 36 110
China 51 21 28 100
Russia 23 21 28 72
Britain 19 13 15 47
Australia 14 15 17 46
Germany 16 10 15 41
France 7 16 17 40
South Korea 13 10 8 31
Italy 8 10 10 28
Ukraine 7 5 15 27
Japan 9 6 10 25
Cuba 2 11 11 24
Belarus 4 5 10 19
Spain 5 10 3 18
Canada 3 9 6 18
Netherlands 7 5 4 16
Brazil 3 4 8 15
Kenya 5 5 4 14
Kazakhstan 2 4 7 13
Jamaica 6 3 2 11
Poland 3 6 1 10
Hungary 3 5 2 10
Norway 3 5 2 10
New Zealand 3 1 5 9
Romania 4 1 3 8
Turkey 1 4 3 8
Ethiopia 4 1 2 7
Denmark 2 2 3 7
Azerbaijan 1 2 4 7
Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
Slovakia 3 2 1 6
Georgia 3 0 3 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Argentina 2 0 4 6
Switzerland 2 0 4 6
Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
Armenia 0 0 6 6
Slovenia 1 2 2 5
Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
Indonesia 1 1 3 5
Sweden 0 4 1 5
Croatia 0 2 3 5
Lithuania 0 2 3 5
Mongolia 2 2 0 4
Thailand 2 2 0 4
Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Finland 1 1 2 4
Greece 0 2 2 4
Nigeria 0 1 3 4
Taiwan 0 0 4 4
Mexico 2 0 1 3
Latvia 1 1 1 3
India 1 0 2 3
Austria 0 1 2 3
Ireland 0 1 2 3
Serbia 0 1 2 3
Belgium 1 1 0 2
Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
Estonia 1 1 0 2
Portugal 1 1 0 2
I.R.Iran 1 0 1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 0 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Bahamas 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Morocco 0 1 1 2
Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
Bahrain 1 0 0 1
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
Panama 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 1 0 0 1
Chile 0 1 0 1
Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Iceland 0 1 0 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1
Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Sudan 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Israel 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Moldova 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Venezuela 0 0 1 1

 

On to London for 2010!! 

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Nightly Update

I don’t have a whole lot to say tonight.  Yes, I’m fine!!  HAHA  It’s just Friday!!  TGIF

Since the Olympics are winding down, there wasn’t much action today.  There were some major advances to gold medal finals though.  Our men’s basketball, water polo and volleyball are all headed to the gold medal round.  Women’s softball ended up with a silver and women’s soccer got gold.  Bryan Clay of the U.S. also got gold in the decathlon.  There’s some new countries on the podium too.  Not that might not have ever won in previous Olympics, but new to the medal count in Beijing.  Mauritius, an island off Africa has a bronze.  Moldova and Panama both have a medal along with Ireland having 2 medals now.  Might I also add that Belgium has entered the medal count with a silver for the women’s 4 x 100m relay.  With that, tonight’s medal count is:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 31 36 35 102
China 47 17 25 89
Russia 17 18 23 58
Britain 18 13 13 44
Australia 12 14 16 42
Germany 15 9 13 37
France 5 13 16 34
South Korea 11 10 7 28
Japan 9 6 10 25
Italy 7 8 10 25
Ukraine 5 4 12 21
Cuba 2 6 11 19
Canada 3 8 6 17
Netherlands 7 5 4 16
Belarus 4 4 8 16
Spain 4 6 2 12
Brazil 2 3 7 12
Kazakhstan 1 4 6 11
Jamaica 6 3 1 10
Poland 3 5 1 9
New Zealand 3 1 5 9
Romania 4 1 3 8
Kenya 2 4 2 8
Hungary 1 5 2 8
Turkey 1 4 3 8
Denmark 2 2 3 7
Norway 1 4 2 7
Azerbaijan 1 2 4 7
Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
Slovakia 3 2 1 6
Georgia 3 0 3 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
Armenia 0 0 6 6
Ethiopia 3 1 1 5
Switzerland 2 0 3 5
Slovenia 1 2 2 5
Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
Indonesia 1 1 3 5
Sweden 0 4 1 5
Lithuania 0 2 3 5
Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Argentina 1 0 3 4
Croatia 0 1 3 4
Taiwan 0 0 4 4
Finland 1 1 1 3
India 1 0 2 3
Austria 0 1 2 3
Greece 0 1 2 3
Estonia 1 1 0 2
Mongolia 1 1 0 2
Portugal 1 1 0 2
Thailand 1 1 0 2
I.R.Iran 1 0 1 2
Latvia 1 0 1 2
Mexico 1 0 1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 0 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Serbia 0 1 1 2
Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
Ireland 0 0 2 2
Nigeria 0 0 2 2
Bahrain 1 0 0 1
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
Panama 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 1 0 0 1
Belgium 0 1 0 1
Chile 0 1 0 1
Dominican Republic 0 1 0 1
Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1
Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
Bahamas 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Israel 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Morocco 0 0 1 1
Moldova 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Venezuela 0 0 1 1

 

I just want to add on my blog last night, I stated that the IOC was going to investigate the Chinese gymnasts.  Just a day after…or maybe 2 by the time we get the story, the IOC is stating that there isn’t proof that China has altered records for their gymnasts.  What kind of investigation was that??  In reality, we all knew it would happen.  We can’t really expect them to stand up to China.  Supposedly, it’s still not over, but the IOC says there’s no evidence.  That’s rather funny, considering some renegade media in China says they have a birth certificate that proves that at least He is under age.  Go figure!!
 
There is a whole article tonight on China’s quest to always obtain the most gold.  Like anyone, I have pride in my country and it’s awesome watching the medal count go up.  It’s not all about winning though.  Let’s not forget that many of these athletes from all over the world have a “story”.  They work hard to get this far, to make the Olympics.  It’s a dream.  Their countries don’t pay for them to get there.  Their countries don’t pull them off their mom’s breast and shape them to compete in just one event and be the best at it.  They don’t bribe them to be gymnasts so that their families can live better.  Most are here, just because they love it.  Do they want to win??  Of course!!  But it’s not just about the win, it’s what they can accomplish.  It’s about pride.  With that in mind, I’ll leave you with a quote from the article that I read.  It’s comparing American athletes to those of China.
 

In China, they wouldn’t have had a choice. A sports star, like the property a house is built on, is owned by the government. The pursuit of sport is for national pride. The motivation is societal, as opposed to capitalistic in the United States.

China selects athletes at young ages and pushes them into sports in which their expected body types might thrive. In the U.S., an athlete is allowed to follow his own path to success or failure.

The results are dramatic. In an effort to bolster its Olympic standing – the total medal count – China embarked on a program in which it placed particular emphasis in competitions that awarded many medals and where world competition wasn’t particularly robust. As recently as 1988, China won just five golds.

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All I Have….

I had to get caught up with replies to comments, so there’s not much for tonight.  I didn’t even get a chance to read any blogs, but I can do that tomorrow and I’ll be caught up with everyone.  YAY!!

My doctor appointment went well.  Very well!!  He was laughing about how quick I went home after my hysterectomy.  He confessed how worried he was about me out of his 3 patients for surgery that day.  Diabetics don’t usually react well and I was the oldest (about to turn 40….the other 2 were mid-20’s to 30’s).  I was amazed that of all his patients, he retold the story of my surgery with precision.  He said here I was the oldest and diabetic going home the day after and the other 2 women remained for 4 days.  4 DAYS!!  Man oh man!!  Then I went back to have my staples removed and I was already healing.  He was more than amazed.  He asked if I had regrets and I told him that I haven’t looked back.  Life without pain is a wonderful thing!!  He also told me that if I can’t get in to see him after we retire and don’t like what I find off post, to contact him and he’ll get me in.  He said it’d be best to stay with someone that knows my history anyway.  I agree!!  The only downside is that he wants me to schedule a mammogram.  Oh goody, the ole pinched boob treatment.  I just hope the tech knows how to handle a real boob.  Last time, she had quite the struggle and told me “I’m not used to having to work with this much breast” and then she got embarrassed.  Meantime I’m just standing there waiting for it to be over.  She asked why I wasn’t complaining about the pain (because I guess everyone else does) and I told her “first, I have a fairly high pain tolerance and second, you have a baby sucking on that for a year and a little pinch is the least of your worries”.  She got embarrassed again.  You know, they should just call it what it is…..a torture device!!

So, about all I have for you tonight is an update on the Olympics.  We didn’t medal in the men’s all around gymnastics.  A few mistakes hurt.  Did you see that guy from Japan crash and burn.  That HAD to hurt!!  Phelps qualified….again and will be going after 2 more medals.  Other male swimmers didn’t fair as well, but we did bring one home.  The women are struggling.  I can’t tell you about the other events because NBC isn’t covering them and I haven’t had a chance to read up tonight.  Oh….and women’s beach volley ball kicked butt again!!  I saw Serena play tennis too.  Good stuff!!  So, at this point, we’re one medal behind China, but they have a big lead with the gold’s.  And check out those Aussies….they’re kicking some butt too!!  Poor Miss K still has nothing to track for her country of Belgium.  Today’s medal count is:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 20 7 5 32
United States 10 8 13 31
Australia 5 4 7 16
France 2 7 5 14
South Korea 6 6 1 13
Russia 2 7 3 12
Japan 5 3 3 11
Italy 4 4 3 11
Germany 6 1 2 9
Great Britain 2 2 3 7
North Korea 1 2 4 7
Netherlands 1 1 3 5
Romania 1 1 2 4
Switzerland 1 0 3 4
Cuba 0 2 2 4
Brazil 0 0 4 4
Ukraine 0 0 4 4
Czech Republic 2 1 0 3
Georgia 2 0 1 3
Azerbaijan 1 2 0 3
Zimbabwe 0 3 0 3
Hungary 0 2 1 3
Armenia 0 0 3 3
Slovakia 1 1 0 2
Finland 1 0 1 2
Spain 1 0 1 2
Sweden 0 2 0 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Austria 0 1 1 2
Kazakhstan 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Belarus 0 0 2 2
Indonesia 0 0 2 2
Taiwan 0 0 2 2
India 1 0 0 1
Thailand 1 0 0 1
Colombia 0 1 0 1
Mongolia 0 1 0 1
Norway 0 1 0 1
Slovenia 0 1 0 1
Turkey 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Argentina 0 0 1 1
Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
Croatia 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Mexico 0 0 1 1
Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1
 
Private school resumes here tomorrow.  I’ll have to go pick Ed up after school and hear how his first day back went.  There’s 9 new teachers in that school this year.  I’m ssoooo glad that K isn’t going back!!  Public school starts on Friday.  I think that’s so crazy.  I was told the reason why is because by starting on a Friday, middle school, but mostly high school can go to their classes and get supply lists and learn where everything is.  Then, they have the whole weekend to get their supplies and bring them to school and be ready on Monday.  I don’t remember starting like that.  Did any of you start at the end of the week??  Do any of your kids start on an off day like that??
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This is What the Olympics are all About!!

Who's Talking Smack Now!?!?

Who's Talking Smack Now!?!?

What a kick-butt day at the Olympics!!  Alright, I just have to start off with the men’s 400m (4 x 100m) freestyle relay in swimming.  The U.S. team kicked some @ss!!  The French started out talking smack and saying how they were going to beat us and blah blah blah.  The U.S. team didn’t comment.  However, their coach did post the French smack for all to see.  The U.S. handled the French in the water, where the real competition is.  The French had the lead and I mean a literal split-second photo finish, Jason Lezak touched the wall for the win.  They not only won, but they set a new record!!  Take that and shove it, France!!  This brings the medal count for Michael Phelps to 2 gold in his run for 8.

The women’s gymnastics had a hard hit today.  They did qualify to compete for teams, but a couple key members didn’t make the cut for individual events.  One sports analyst’s is already saying that the men don’t have a chance.  To that I say, we’ll see in the end.  They’ve already showed signs of what’s ahead and possible.  Today was a day for swimming though.  There were many great moments….and some disappointments.  Ah, but that’s what the Olympics are all about.

If you’re keeping track, or just in case you’re not, the current medal count is:

Overall Medal Count
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 3 4 4 11
China 6 2 0 8
South Korea 3 2 0 5
Australia 2 0 3 5
France 0 3 2 5
Japan 2 0 2 4
Italy 1 2 1 4
Russia 0 3 1 4
Great Britain 2 0 1 3
North Korea 0 1 2 3
Czech Republic 2 0 0 2
Netherlands 1 0 1 2
Spain 1 0 1 2
Cuba 0 1 1 2
Romania 1 0 0 1
Thailand 1 0 0 1
Austria 0 1 0 1
Hungary 0 1 0 1
Norway 0 1 0 1
Sweden 0 1 0 1
Turkey 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Zimbabwe 0 1 0 1
Algeria 0 0 1 1
Argentina 0 0 1 1
Belarus 0 0 1 1
Croatia 0 0 1 1
Georgia 0 0 1 1
Germany 0 0 1 1
Indonesia 0 0 1 1
Switzerland 0 0 1 1
Taiwan 0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1

The U.S. has a good lead right now, but you can be rest assured, that China isn’t going to stand by and let that happen.  They might be a good host, but they’re not good losers.

Speaking of China, how about those women’s gymnasts from China.  The required age to compete is 16.  China swears that those girls are JUST 16.  Watching them today, I find that hard to believe.  I’m not a good judge of age, but I’d guess their ages to be 10-12.  Maybe there’s a 14.  But, they’re not 16 and I don’t see the Olympic Committee doing anything to make China prove it.  Their passports say they’re 16 and it’s being left at that.  They even did a story on how kids at the age of 3 are picked out if they’re flexible enough and have an interest and forced to practice and be prepared to be part of the gymnastics team from China.  Just horrible!!

On that final thought, I’m out!!  Ya’ll have a good one!!

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More Olympic Lessons, Part 3

I was introduced to a web site with a few Olympic printables.  You can find 5 printable worksheets, including one for China.  There’s also 5 coloring book pages of Olympic sports.  They can all be found at the Reader’s Digest site.  About.com:  Homeschooling has also updated their Olympic sports printables.  You can now download pages for softball, taedwondo and table tennis.

That’s all I have for you!!

 

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More Olympic Lessons, Part 2

I haven’t been really good about finding information or materials on China.  However, almost any site that I’ve listed has links for that.  With that said, I came on the “mother load” of Olympic materials today.  This will most likely be my last share on this topic since I have many others to get ready and prepared.  So, here it goes….

The latest pages at About.com:  Homeschooling have been posted.  You can find pages for boxing, sailing, rowing, cycling, equestrian, judo, hockey, gymnastics and handball on the site.  The other sports that have been added are conoeing/kayaking, the modern pentathlon and football (soccer).  Please keep checking back here or on the site for the remaining summer Olympic sports that will be completed by the time the Olympic games begin.  Updating these will probably be the only other sources I add on this topic unless I find something “spectacular”!!

One of the great sites I found with great Olympic resources is the Official Site of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team.  You must register here and then you will have access to all the educational materials that they have.  Registration is free and you’ll immediately be able to get a teacher’s guide.  Once you reach the a.s.p.i.r.e. log-in, there’ll be many other resources available in 3 age/grade levels.

Next is the Official website of the Olympic Movement.  The resources can be found here under “educational”.  There is all sorts of materials.  There’s teacher’s manuals, resources and information kit on the Olympic Movement and the Games.  Browse this section thoroughly.  There’s archives, great photos and so much more available on this site.

Finally, it dawned on me that if Australia has educational material available that surely the United States does too.  That led me on a search and I found USOC where you will click on “resources” and “U.S. Olympic Education” which is where you will have to register.  After that, you have access to all the teaching materials available.  **WARNING:  This is a very slow moving site!!**  Navigate the “U.S. Olympic Education” box on the left side of page.  The “Classroom Teaching Materials” takes you here which has materials on the torch relay.  There’s also links to 2 other educational items.  However, after hours of trying off and on, I never got the “upper elementary” or “athlete profiles” to work under Olympians for Life.  I may try again, or I may just give up because I do have more than enough materials now.  I was able to get all the PDF materials under  Olympic Week in America.  Back on the USOC site, the other main link “Materials for Teachers” has an “Educational Gateway”.  I found that all the lesson plans were the same.  However, there are additional materials in PDF that were helpful and did work, but once again were very slow.  The best resources are all the other links to information and background on the Olympics.  It can be used as lessons or have the kids read.

I think if you want to learn more about different countries, the athletes, Olympic history and so on, that you could search just about any countries Olympic team site.  For example, you can find Canada and Great Britain both have educational materials on the Olympics.

I hope that this is at least a little helpful.     

One other “piece of business”.  There’s another contest going on over at Momsational.  You can check it out here and if you leave a comment, you’re in the drawing to win the giveaway.  This time, it’s the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  Since it’s the 40th anniversary edition, it also comes with a cd.  Check it out!!

 

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China and More Olympic Lessons

I found some more materials to use for this lesson today.  They’re great supplements and vocabulary.  There’s many printables to choose from. 

All of the following come from About.com:Homeschooling.  First, there’s many printables here that cover Summer Olympics vocabulary with a word search, crossword puzzle, activities, theme paper and more.  There are printable for the Olympic sports of archery, fencing, basketball, baseball, athletics and badminton.  There also printables for aquatic sports like diving, swimming, and water polo.  Each of these sports has at least 5 pages of activities.  The site will also be updating with more sports all the way up until the Summer Olympics begin.  I recommend that you check the site to keep updated with the new sports printables.  However, I’ll also keep my blog updated with the new ones on a regular basis.

You’ll find an Olympic scrapbook cover, Olympic medals and Olympic rings lined paper at ABCTeach.com, along with other materials.  They have a black & white or color printable Certificate of Olympic Achievement as well.  For several coloring activities and other printables, you’ll want to check the site out.

For China related material, ActivityVillage has an Introduction to China as well as a China flag coloring page.  There’s also a blank outline map, map with borders or labeled map of China.  You’ll also find fun printables like the Chinese zodiac chart or zodiac poster, a Chinese calligraphy number poster, and 4 sets of Chinese calligraphy character cards and games.

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