Subtitle this one: How To Create a Month of Homeschooling Material Out of a Four-Day Trip To Disney World.
If you’ve visited this blog before, you may have noticed that we are huge Disney fans around here. We’re planning another adventure soon, and decided to spend May focusing our learning on all Disney-related things.
Following are just some of the ways we are incorporating Disney-themed learning into our homeschooling this month.
Create a reading list. There are so many options here, we will never get to all of them in a month. A few we have started on include Alice in Wonderland, Swiss Family Robinson, Peter Pan, Tom Sawyer, the original Pooh stories, and book adaptations of the various Pixar movies. We are also reading the junior novelizations of the six Star Wars movies (hello, Star Wars Weekends!) and making our way through several of the original fairy tale stories, which are simultaneously interesting and disturbing.
|These are just the books from our own bookshelf.|
We have another 20 or so from the library, mostly
on countries and space.
Make math more fun. Trust me, it’s way more interesting to work out multiplication and division word problems when the subjects are Alice and the Mad Hatter or Stormtroopers and Ewoks instead of trains and apples.
Explore science with Future World. The “front” section of EPCOT is a science nerd’s dream. Space, history of the earth, evolution, energy, farming, ocean life . . . it’s hard to see everything, but we will try. Agent J has recently taken an interest in space, reading every book we have on the subject and requesting more from the library. (She also has decided—for this week anyway—that she wants to be an astronaut. Probably a tad more realistic than her previous chosen career of X-wing pilot.)
Travel the globe with World Showcase. The Agents love this part of EPCOT. I know a lot of folks believe this is not a park aimed at kids, but as a frequent Disney traveler, I disagree. Granted, a baby or toddler may not be as interested in seeing a replica of the Eiffel Tower or sampling international cuisine as an older elementary student, but this area of the park is fascinating for any kid that has traveled, wants to travel, or just enjoys a good story about far away places. (Probably helps that the Agents have actually been to five of the eleven countries represented.) In preparation, we are reading books about all the countries (Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada) as well as checking out fun facts on sites like National Geographic Kids. They are already torn about where to eat dinner, but have it narrowed down to China, Italy, and Mexico. (We’ll be enjoying lunch in Norway with princess friends.)
Expand your knowledge of popular culture and film. Another fun thing we have planned this month is to watch all the Disney movies we currently own. (For those of you keeping score, that’s, um, a lot.) But Agent E doesn’t just watch movies. She wants to know everything about how they are made as well. Hence, we have several books out right now about animation, sound, costuming, how special effects are done, etc. We always watch the "making of" features if they are included. Also, every time we watch them, they seem to notice new things about them, and ask more and more questions, which leads to many discussions that take us down seemingly unrelated rabbit holes.