Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 31: #DisneyYouth #Gifted Wrap Up Plus Some Special Treats for Trick-or-Treat Night!

 Today is Day 31! October 31, 2014 to be exact! 

But first, as promised, have to share some treats for trick-or-treat night today, since it is Halloween after all! 
Do you have a school topic that you are trying to present to your children, regardless of whether you are a parent, teacher, homeschool parent, tutor, etc.?
Well, for trick-or-treat night, the first five people who leave a message this weekend (you have from now roughly 4:30 pm Eastern on 10/31/2014 until 11/02/2014 at 2 pm Eastern)*** will be treated to an anchor chart designed for them that ties in with a themed unit that your students plan to study. 
Will treat you a classy, custom anchor chart for your classroom! 
 (***If you are a creep and you sign up and say that you want something that is not school-friendly, I will delete your comment and I will reserve the right to refuse that and to choose someone else.)  







Now onto what I had planned to share as the last post of my #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days series...It has been fun to be a part of the #Write31Days group!
It has been neat to get to know more bloggers and to check out their blogs as well.
I've also enjoyed learning more about Disney Youth as I have been researching the additional classes that were not part of the Disney Youth Media Event back in September. After doing so, there are even more classes that I am hoping that we can coordinate for our sons and our Sunrise Learning Labstudents to attend! Plus, some really neat options for homeschoolers so hope to coordinate & participate in some Disney Youth programs related to homeschooling.
For today, have a few things to wrap up with respect to Disney Youth.

Here are the links to additional Y.E.S. Programs that I had hoped to highlight during this #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31DaysSeries:




A few tricks & tips for trick-or-treat night! 
1. If you need any specific questions, you might find it helpful to call and to speak directly with a Disney Youth Cast Member at 1-877-WD-YOUTH. they are quite helpful!

2. If your group inquires about a homeschool days program, the name has changed, so be aware of that if you are a homeschool family.

3. Some of the Disney Youth Programs are designed for school groups, while the individual enrollment versions are more designed for families, including homeschool families, so keep this in mind as you go to book your group. All options are very appropriate for gifted students.

4. If you put an idea together for a Disney Youth program that your group wishes to take and you are told that it is geared more for school students but you still wish to take that particular program, remember that in many states, you as a homeschool family, have the right to register through an umbrella or cover school and those are legally recognized as private schools in some states. While I cannot speak to how that works in all states, I can speak to how it works in Florida. That means that you are entitled to do anything as far as programs and such that a private school gets to do. You may be required to give your umbrella school's information, but as far as the state of Florida is concerned, if you use one of the recognized umbrella schools, you are part of a private school. That makes you the teacher and that makes your children your students. 
Get your umbrella school information ready prior to trying to organize a program. 
Have the state numbers that identify your umbrella as a private school handy. 
We use Allendale Academy and they are excellent! Highly recommend them! Also, keep in mid that if you do an enrichment program like we do, that does not make it so that you cannot also register with an umbrella school. We do both and that has worked out well for us. 
 5.  Don't overlook the possibility of doing fundraisers and seeking grants for your program plans, regardless of whether you are a homeschool, private school, public school, enrichment program, or club.
There very well may be some way to offset the cost of going. 

6. If you are flexible and can travel to Disneyland in California, please keep in mind that they have additional programs that are not offered at Walt Disney World Resort. They also have a different pricing structure that is curious. It may be well worth your while if you find good flights to go out to DLR if there is a program that you are seeking, as it may not be offered in Florida, or if it is, it may possibly be more to attend in Florida. Some of us who were blessed to be invited on the wonderful trip to WDW to check out the Disney Youth Programs have raised the pricing questions and in addition, some of us have proposed alternatives for pricing, especially in relation to annual passholders who live within a 200 mile radius of Orlando. We were told that Disney Youth would look into our suggestions, but as of yet, we have not heard if there is any possibility to make changes to the pricing at WDW. While that should not keep you from going to their wonderful programs, it is something to keep an eye on to see what can be done to make the programs more budget-friendly at WDW. there are also neat options if your child is into scouting, so please be sure to check out the entire Disney Youth website to see what works best for your group.

7. Our family fully intends to try to coordinate trips for our sons and our Sunrise Learning Lab group so if and when that comes to fruition, will do updates about our Disney Youth experiences. 
Can genuinely say though that everything I have seen and everything that our family got to take in while I was there for the media event was top notch! 
Our family really appreciates how generous and professional everyone was and how awesome our time was while at Disney to learn more about Disney Youth Programs


Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company




 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 30: Create It! Contest Winners Plus Principles of Animal Behavior #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days

Today, have some neat things to share!
First, as promised by 7 pm Eastern today, (10/30/2014), here are the Create It! Contest Winners.
It is a bit before 7 pm, as it is currently 6:20, but better early than late!!!

Photos used with permission. Photos in this collage are property of the Lloyd Family.
The winner for the Grades K-5 entries is an educational lapbook about ladybugs created by the Lloyd Homeschool. 
Congrats to the Lloyd Family!!!  
You are the Grades K-5 Category Winner!
This entry relates nicely with Disney Y.E.S. Exploring the Golden State at Disneyland.
Ladybugs are prevalent in California. There is also a tie in with class content related to Native Americans as Ladybugs are featured in Native American myths.


Photos used with permission. Photos in this collage are property of the Rowland Family.
The winner for the Grades 6-12 entries is a combination entry of a scavenger hunt and a lapbook created by the Rowland Homeschool.  
Congrats to the Rowland Family!!!  
You are the Grades 6-12 Category Winner! 
 Their 4th of July Scavenger Hunt could easily be used as either anchor charts for a homeschool or a classroom; the Explorers of North America lapbook works in well for social studies in both a homeschool and a classroom setting. These tie in well with what Disney Youth does related to American history in their Discovering the American Spirit Y.E.S. Program at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Hope that the winners will enjoy their Disney themed prize packs!!!

Now, for Day 30 in my #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days series, want to share with you about another neat Y.E.S. program, Principles of Animal Behavior - offered at WDW for Grades 2-7.  Think this class sounds like it would be well loved by all program participants! We got to check out some of what Disney Youth has to offer at Animal Kingdom and our family had a wonderful time!
Program Overview 
Inspire students in grades 2-7 to actively participate in wildlife preservation as they study animal behavior. Take an expedition with your students through the 500 acre habitat that is Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park to explore the intriguing world of animal behavior. During this interactive survival adventure, students will study, categorize and analyze data on animal behaviors and adaptations.  
Key Learning Points 
During this interactive field study, students will:
  • Observe, discuss and understand the significance of animal adaptations and behaviors and categorize them based on these behaviors.
  • Explore the natural world by observing, categorizing, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating findings.
  • Discuss challenges to the survival of certain animal species.
  • Become aware of the great diversity and interdependence of living things.
  • Comprehend that behavior is a response to the environment and influences growth, development, maintenance and reproduction.
  • Understand the global impact of human actions on the environment and think in new, more comprehensive ways about the role of conservation in their own lives.

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

(source: DisneyYouth.com)
Well, hope that you have been enjoying this Disney Youth Programs Perfect for Gifted Students Series!
Tomorrow is the last day of the series! Hard to believe that the month is coming to a close.
As promised, will be announcing some tricks and treats starting tomorrow, since tomorrow is trick-or-treat night here! So hope that you will pop by to say hello tomorrow for Halloween fun! 

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 29: Using My Magic +/My Disney Experience As Learning Tools #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days

Today is Day 29 out of my 31 Days of Disney Youth Programs that rock! As I've stated before, the programs are really great for all students, but they are an ideal fit for gifted students, due to the nature of the higher order thinking, convergent and divergent thinking opportunities, and hands on learning experiences that they offer.
In case you were wondering, had to tweak what I had planned to post related to Disney Youth for yesterday and for today.
Just want to get some additional information to share with you before those posts are published...

So, for today's Day 29 #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days post, want to share a neat option featured right on the Disney Youth website called My Magic + and My Disney Experience specific to the Walt Disney World Resort. here is what Disney Youth shares about My Magic + and My Disney Experience right on their website:

MyMagic+ takes your group's Disney experience to an all-new level, giving you and your group control like never before. Use My Disney Experience online tools to reserve access to select Disney FastPass+ experiences in advance of your visit and tap into the magic with easy-to-wear MagicBands that connect to all the Walt Disney World experiences you've selected for your group. 

My Disney Experience
(Photo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.)
My Disney Experience

Get access to a new website and mobile app called My Disney Experience, which is a free and fun digital guide to all there is to do at Walt Disney World Resort. It features interactive maps, attraction wait-times, and the ability to reserve access (with paid theme park admission) to some select Disney FastPass+ attractions, shows and Disney Character experiences, plus much more!

If you are a Guest staying at the Walt Disney World Resort*, you and your group will each receive a MagicBand at no additional charge that connects you to all the choices you make with My Disney Experience. Use it as your room key, park admission (with paid theme park admission), access to your FastPass+ selections and more. You have the ability to customize your group trip like never before by setting everything up through the My Disney Experience website.
(Source: DisneyYouth.com)


There are many hands-on learning experiences for gifted students related specifically to My Magic + and My Disney Experience, for example, students could work collaboratively or independently to: 
  • Analyze wait times;
  • Utilize the interactive maps to help plan the days;
  • Create Smash Book / Journal pages that coordinate with their Disney Character experiences
  • Coordinate times and places to meet up;
  • Draw their favorite attraction in the park;
  • Post on social media to share the group's experience with the rest of the school; 
  • Take photos and keep a journal to share with any donors to the group's Disney Experience...
  • Try to replicate some of the concepts from My Disney Experience for their schools, such as an interactive school map  / an appointment maker with school guidance similar to the ability that My Disney Experience gives you with respect to the ability to reserve access to select attractions, shows, and experiences. 
It really is amazing what Disney Youth Programs have to offer students of all ages, but for gifted students who in many cases have had their school programs taken away and are now in search of alternative learning experiences that appropriately challenge them, Disney Youth Programs are really such an amazing opportunity! 
While my sons and our students have not had the opportunity to take an entire Disney Youth Y.E.S. program as of yet, we sincerely hope to do so, as the overview we received while at the Disney Youth Media Event back in September has really made us all aware of how awesome these would be for not just our family but for all of the students from our Sunrise Learning Lab ™ Gifted Program, as well as for our friends from two local homeschool co-ops. 
We are actively trying to seek funding opportunities, so if anyone reads this who would love to help to make these programs a reality for our Sunrise Learning Lab group, as well as for other groups of gifted students, we would love to hear from you! 

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.
Well, tomorrow we will be announcing the Create It! Contest winners at 7 pm Eastern, so please be sure to check back tomorrow!!! :) 
  


Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 27: Everyday Chemistry & Some Frozen Fun! #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days

Today is Day 27 out of 31 in my #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write 31Days Series.
The time has surely flown by!
Hard to believe that in just a few days, we will have cute lil' trick-or-treaters at our front door.
Speaking of trick-or-treat night, did you see the awesome Halloween themed contest that Disney is having called Show Your Disney Side - Haunt Your Disney Side?
 Here is the description that they give about it, along with a link to the contest:
There are 999 happy haunts at Haunted Mansion®, but there's always room for one more… family!
Share your frightfully fun Disney Parks-inspired Halloween photos and you could win a private Midnight party at the Haunted Mansion®for you and 3 guests, followed by a spooky overnight stay at Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World® Resort!*  Hope that you will all enter! If you win, hope that you will share some photos of your stay at Cinderella's castle!

(Source: DisneySideContest.com) Yes, it is indeed getting late and I am just getting around to getting today's post typed.
Have a good reason: spent much of the day creating one of the prizes for the Create It! Contest Disney themed prize pack.
Wanna get a sneak peak?  
Here is a little glimpse. Still have some finishing touches to do, but it is nearly completed.
It was a blast working on it, as I love to paint and to do art projects!
Hopefully, the winner will enjoy this Frozen painting as much as I did making it!
For today's #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days Series, want to share about Everyday Chemistry 101 and
Everyday Chemistry 201.
Both are perfect for gifted students, as the courses address higher order thinking and experiential learning. Although it is not mentioned in the course descriptions for either of these programs that they align with the NAGC National Gifted Programming Standards,  when you review the overviews of the programs and when your consider that they were developed in conjunction with the Education Division of the American Chemical Society, you can be pretty much guaranteed that the level of material is advanced. Plus, because Disney Youth employs highly educated, extremely passionate people to be part of their educational team, the Educators / Cast Members are very capable in their ability to properly differentiate for product, content and process. Since these programs are designed to be experiential, the products will vary from person to person as far as complexity and support will be properly given so that every student who attends will be given the opportunity to succeed and to grow in their overall knowledge of chemistry. 
These two programs cover Grades 4-9 and are offered at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Here are the highlights of Everyday Chemistry 101:
Program Overview 
Students in grades 4-5 will travel through Futureworld to identify elements of the Periodic Table, study polymers, and see chemical reactions happening all around them. In this 3 hour academic adventure a visit to Mission: Space® will help uncover the relationship between chemistry, space exploration and technology. This program was developed in conjunction with the Education Division of the American Chemical Society. Key Learning Points
During this interactive field study, students will:

  • Learn the properties of elements, how they react with one another, and how different combinations can create substances for a variety of uses
  • Learn that chemistry is happening around us all the time.
  • Learn that everything in the world, whether natural or human-made, is composed of one or more of about 100 elements
  • Are introduced to the versatile elements of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen
  • At Ellen's Energy Adventure attraction, students gain knowledge of the interconnectivity of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in the formation of energy that keeps us moving, working, and playing.
  • Learn the role of photosynthesis in their everyday lives
  • Understand the chemical make-up of objects
  • Gain an appreciation of fossil fuels as a limited resource
  • Construct a model of a polymer
  • Discover three classifications of polymers
  • Will discover that chemistry can aid in producing substitutes for limited resources, reduce Waste, and improve efficiency
  • Examine how chemistry is at work for humankind everyday
  • Are introduced to solar energy as an alternative to fossil fuels
(Source: DisneyYouth.com)

Photo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.
 

Here are the highlights of Everyday Chemistry 201:
Program Overview 
Students in grades 6-9 will travel through Futureworld to identify elements of the Periodic Table, study polymers, and see chemical reactions happening all around them. In this 3 hour academic adventure a visit to Mission: Space® will help uncover the relationship between chemistry, space exploration and technology. This program was developed in conjunction with the Education Division of the American Chemical Society.  
Key Learning Points 
During this interactive field study, students will:
  • Learn the properties of elements, how they react with one another, and how different combinations can create substances for a variety of uses
  • Learn that chemistry is happening around us all the time.
  • Learn that everything in the world, whether natural or human-made, is composed of one or more of about 100 elements
  • Are introduced to the versatile elements of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen
  • At Ellen's Energy Adventure attraction, students gain knowledge of the interconnectivity of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in the formation of energy that keeps us moving, working, and playing.
  • Learn the role of photosynthesis in their everyday lives
  • Understand the chemical make-up of objects
  • Gain an appreciation of fossil fuels as a limited resource
  • Construct a model of a polymer
  • Discover three classifications of polymers
  • Discover that chemistry can aid in producing substitutes for limited resources, reduce waste, and improve efficiency
  • Examine how chemistry is at work for humankind everyday
  • Are introduced to solar energy as an alternative to fossil fuels
 (Source: DisneyYouth.com)
Photo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

#DisneyYouth #Gifted #NAGC #Write31Days #Frozen #Disney #DisneySideContest

We are happy to announce our gifted pilot program starting Fall of 2014!

We are happy to announce our gifted pilot program starting Fall of 2014!
***This program is for residents of Florida only...

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