Our family is huge on Disney World.
|My Husband with the Big Cheese on our Honeymoon|
We've been trying to take the kids to Disney for a few years now. Alyssa is now almost 16 so its been 12 years since she's been. We had an 8 day trip completely planned out and paid for last year but the Air Force had other ideas for us. This year it's Disney World or bust for us.
|Alyssa with Aurora.. February of 2003 (I think?)|
|Statue in Japan Pavilion|
Or at least, so I thought......
Like any other homeschooling parent, I searched and scoured the internet looking for units or lesson plans that other homeschooling parents who came before me might have posted on the net in the hopes of making my task easier and I found very little. At best, I found reference to a book another mom self published that no longer seems to be published.
There's zilch out there......
Disney World offers so many educational opportunities on so many various levels so I am actually pretty surprised by this. The most obvious
|Your host at the Mexican Mercado at twilight|
But expand beyond just the World showcase and you have even more potential. Spaceship Earth is a wonderful platform for a lesson about geometry and geodesic architecture or about the history of communications and ancient civilizations. The Land Pavilion is a great launching area for discussions about resource conservation, agriculture, horticulture, and symbiosis. The living seas opens possibilities in regards to the oceans, marine animals and even gives kids the opportunity to learn about the ocean from a 200 year old turtle who talks like a surfer from California.
|Replica of the Temple of Heaven at the Chinese Pavilion|
While the parks are a great place for small impromptu lessons, let's be honest, kids aren't going to want to do school when there are rides, Princesses and giant mice to be found. This is why tailoring lessons to include Disney World in the months leading up to a big trip are more beneficial. A lesson about the Chinese culture and the Temple of Heaven will prepare them to know what they are looking at once they pass through the Chinese cosmogony.
If all goes well, from June 29th to July 6th we will be visiting Disney World. Starting next week and up until we leave Disney World, I will be incorporating lessons about various subjects that the kids will
encounter while there. Possible topics are endless but may include: King Arthur, acoustics, botany and plant recognition, Aztec and Mayan civilizations, Native Americans, American flag etiquette, forced perspective, The Wizard of Oz, history of fireworks, model trains, space exploration, the American Revolution and classic literature. As I begin putting these lessons together, I will begin to include them here as well so that any other homeschooling parents who are planning a Disney World Education can have a head start. This will not be a full stand alone curriculum and will not meet common core guidelines but will instead be a great supplement to substitute for or to add to your existing curriculum as you see fit.
So I hope that you will join with me and my family as we have fun with our Educational Countdown to Disney World.