Our family has been eagerly awaiting the start of the 2014 World Cup (Mundial)! Not only are we all big fans of the sport but a tournament like the World Cup is a great way to bone up on our world geography. As a lead up to the start of today’s tournament we have spent homeschool time learning about the participating countries and other issues surrounding the World Cup. Not to leave female soccer athletes out of the excitement we have been watching the wonderful documentary Dare to Dream on YouTube and discussing the history of women’s soccer.
However, each one of us Fives has been most excited to pick who we think will win each match. Five String made up a wonderful spreadsheet with the kids that will track each member of the family’s winning picks and award points for correct choices. We have set aside $25 to use on Amazon.com e-media. At the end of the tournament we will add up everyone’s points and based on how many correct picks each person made they will be given money from the pot to purchase an e-book, mp3, or video rental. This morning we sat down around the spreadsheet and made our picks for the group play portion of the tournament.
Usually we are without TV in our rentals but the stars have aligned for the 2014 World Cup and we will actually have cable TV access for the duration of the tournament. The kids are already hard at work making flags and posters to cheer on their favorite teams (Italy, Greece, and Brazil). Who are your top picks for the 2014 World Cup?