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! 

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 attend, remember that in many states,if you are 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, so if your group wants to attend a Y.E.S. Program that is meant for school students, you are technically part of a private school if you file through an umbrella school.  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 and you live in Florida, 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. This is specific to Florida, but since many people who attend programs at WDW live in Florida, this may apply to many readers.
We use Allendale Academy as our umbrella school and they are excellent! Highly recommend them! Also, keep in mind 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 as well as California themed programs (***Exploring the Golden State, for example) that are not offered at Walt Disney World Resort. They also have a different pricing structure that is curious. 
***Exploring the Golden State is one of the most attractive programs not only from a pricing standpoint ($37.), but also from a content standpoint that would work well for gifted students. 
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 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

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Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company


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