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The Fifty Book Challenge

This is a nice idea for kids that can read on their own. You can always adjust the number of books and dollar amount to what works best for your family.

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I want to share something that has been an invaluable tool that has gotten us through the past two Houston summers. I didn’t come up with this on my own, but was encouraged to give it a shot by one of my true friends, Angela. It’s called The Fifty Book Challenge and it has revolutionized our summers.

Here is the gist of it: your kids have three months to read fifty books, after which they receive fifty dollars to spend on something real.

Two summers ago when we tried this out on Addie and Jeremiah, we all were uncertain as to whether or not they would finish the books in time. Let me tell you something. Fifty dollars has proven to be a huge motivator for our kids. 🙂 Not only did they finish the challenge in time, they had one whole month left!

Let me give some guidelines:

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Disney’s Youth Education Series

Disney Parks in Florida and California offer a Youth Education Series for students and their teachers.  This program is also available for homeschooling families.  (They are also great for Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops too.)  My daughter and I will be attending a class this November at Epcot called Experiencing Synergy in Science, and we are very excited.

The Youth Education Series is a hands-on, educational adventure.  It’s a collection of guided field studies in applied sciences, environmental studies, liberal arts, and leadership development.  This program is accredited, standards based, and designed to reinforce your classroom lessons.  Students will be able to practice teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills while your group participates in one of a kind experiences that use the magic of Disney to make learning even more significant.

Useful information about the Program:

  • Guided, in-park educational field studies with courses at Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California.
  • Year-round educational opportunities offered seven days a week.
  • Available to elementary school, middle school, junior high, and high school students of all ages from around the world traveling in groups of 10 or more.  Homeschoolers, Girl Scout Troops, and Boy Scout Troops are welcome.

Groups can register online at:

http://www.disneyyouth.com/our-programs/education/sp/youth-education-series/#categories-youth-education-series

I will be doing a post about the class we attend this November.  I will try to get as many pictures as I can, but since I will be participating, it may be hard to do.  Have any of you ever attended a class at one of the Disney Parks?  I’d love to hear about it.

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