Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 9: Exploring the Golden State #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days

If you could go back in time to when you were a kid, would you wish that you would have learned something far more interesting about each state instead of just memorizing its facts?

Learning about each state's symbols and capitals were neat to some extent, but what if you would have had the chance to delve in and really learn more detailed information about a state's history, geography, culture, customs, landmarks, and economy?

Well, flash forward to now...

Disney Youth Programs offers a very cool, hands on program all about California called Exploring The Golden State. It is sure to spark interest in both the students who attend, as well as the adults who chaperone the trip!

Most students who live in California dive into a California State Study during 4th grade as part of their scope and sequence for Social Studies. So for those students residing in California, they might wish to go either right before, during, or right after 4th grade. But for the rest of the U.S., if your group has a keen interest in learning more about California in-depth and hands-on, then really anytime that your group falls into the K-6 range might work well for your group.

At the Disneyland Resort, students in grades K-6 can enroll in Exploring the Golden State. Disney Youth Programs states students will get a hands-on look at all things California - from the Gold Rush to the redwoods and beyond. Sounds pretty fun and educational at the same time to me!

To help any schools or homeschools who plan to delve into a California study, have created an Exploring the Golden State #DisneyYouth #Disneyland Pinterest board that lists links to the Disney Youth Exploring the Golden state page, as well a variety of interesting and educational things all about California, including:
books, lesson plans, art project ideas, and free printables, and yes, state symbols and landmarks!
Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.
Logo used with permission. Logo property of Walt Disney Company.
 It includes the link to this program on the Disney Youth website, as well as the YouTube Exploring the Golden State video clip that was created by Disney Youth Programs.

***If you are on a laptop or PC, you will be able to see this YouTube video right from your browser. If you are on your mobile phone, you may or may not be able to see it on your device, but the link is here, so you can save it to view at a later time. 
Today's post is for Day 9: Exploring the Golden State #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days.
It is post 9 out of a 31 Days Series around the topic of Disney Youth Programs and how they rock for all students, especially gifted students.

Full disclosure: 
My family and I have not had the opportunity to attend this program in person. We did learn about it along with other wonderful educational opportunities available at both Disneyland in California and The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Did get to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the programs at WDW and can say that my family and I were quite impressed with the entire experience, so feel comfortable to say that based upon what we experienced in Florida, that student groups would most likely have an equally awesome time out in California!

If you have yet to read posts from Days 1-8, here are the links to those posts.
Highly suggest that if you are an educator either at a school or in the home, that you check out the post about the Create It! Contest. Have some great prize packs to give away!!! 
Day 4: Anchor Charts, Powerpoints, YouTube Videos,
WebQuests, Notebooks & Lapbooks

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