Every outing is an opportunity for learning. Education does not have to be boring. In fact kids can learn more when they are having fun. So if you ever see us “ditching” a home-school day, please do not judge us. We have actually a plan for the day (or we will pay the day we take off later during the weekend).
We have found out different ways to learn through play. On our last trip to Disneyland we had some lessons planned. I was asked several times about that so I decided to write this post. We did visit Disneyland and California Adventure, so if you are only visiting one park you might need to modify one of the lessons, but as long as you can some educational plan, you will be able to count your Disney visit as a homeschool day.
1. How to read a map
Reality is we have a GPS that guides us pretty much anywhere. However there are still places where GPS are not good or you might need a map. Teaching our son how to read a map, how to follow the map to find the next attraction, how to find north or south was super easy at Disneyland. We left him guide the way through the park.
2. Time management
Learning to tell time and time management was a very important lesson. He needed to plan the day out, keep track of the waiting times and direct us on the direction we needed to go to be able to enjoy the shows and ride our favorite rides, without losing our fast passes.
3. Geography lesson at Sorain’ Over the World
We practice geography during the ride. We discussed the counties we flew over. Where are they located, their main city, important facts such as agriculture, currency and more. We prepared for this having some index card about some of the places that are visited on the attraction such as the Swiss Alps, the Great Pyramid Of Egypt and Sydney Harbour. It was a really easy way to learn while waiting in line.
4. History lesson
Discussion of the history of pirates at Pirates of the Caribbean. While we waited in line and as we were going thru the ride, we discussed how pirates used to battle Spanish Conquistadors for gold and how pirates used to talk, live and navegate the oceans.
Calculating taxes on the prices and managing a budget. We gave our son our budget for meals and souvenirs. He was in charge of calculating taxes and gave us a total of how much we were going to spend and also keeping us on the budget for the day.
Disclosure: I was provided with free tickets to enjoy the park, however all opinions expressed are my own.
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Sure we had fun, but my son also learned a lot. Have you done any homeschooling lessons while having fun?