Disneyland 4th Annual Not Back to School Days Rally and Home Education Conference

I always like to let you all know when this event is coming up. We went to the Disney Youth Education Classes the first year this organization held this event. Sadly, we haven’t been able to make it back since but I hear it just gets better every year. Plan to go if you can. It is really well worth it!

The committee has arranged special workshops for home educated students during the rally week in the area of instrumental, vocal, dance, and theater. All classes are taught by Disney professionals and the classes are customized for our attendees. Please check out the various workshops and the audition guidelines on our website and apply TODAY:


JUST THREE DAYS LEFT TO SAVE – The audition deadline for the Disney Performing Arts workshops has been extended to APRIL 15TH – so get your group or homeschool individual on video and send the video (do NOT send a link to youtube) to the following email address for immediate consideration:

All are invited to attend the Official 4th Annual Not Back to School Days Rally and Home Education Conference – September 8-11, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Home education is truly a cause for celebration, and the Disneyland Resort is a great place to celebrate!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION PRICING WILL END April 15th. Classes fill up fast, so get registered today! Late registrations will be accepted, but are based on availability.

You must be a registered attendee to take advantage of the group rates on park hoppers, food and concessions at the rally, dances and group activities, to participate in conference workshops, or take part in the outstanding field trip classes taught right inside the theme parks. From physics to art, math to history, and even performing arts like dance, vocal, instrumental, and theater classes – kids and parents of all ages can get set for a week long field trip of a lifetime. You are not required to stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel but you must be a registered attendee to take advantage of the group rate for the hotel.

Visit our website today for more information, www.notbacktoschooldays.com and for additional questions you will find quick links on the left side navigator bar to download the complete info packet, sign up for newsletter updates, join our Facebook fan page, and read the discussion boards. Be sure to sign up for at least one of these venues to keep up with the latest announcements – some offers are gone rather quickly.

This rally and conference is a national event – open to ALL home educators, including your extended family. It is an excellent way to show the fruits of homeschooling to anyone so bring those inquisitive or skeptical friends. Homeschool group leaders contact us for special discounts on 15 or more families.

Come and make the Official Not Back to School Days Rally part of your homeschool tradition!
Many blessings to your family,
2010 Not Back to School Days Committee

Disney Homeschool Days

Disney Homeschool Days
January 14-15, 2008

I LOVED the Disney Youth Education Series. I so wish that we could go to this next year but our 14 day (yes, we are INSANE) trip to DisneyWorld last year sort of blew our budget. Anyway, hope someone out there gets a chance to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Are your homeschoolers ready to push their education to the next level, or simply needing a new out-of-the-box challenge? Disney Homeschool Days offer exciting programs that are sure to enhance and add a new level to your homeschool curriculum. Pre-registration ends January 7, 2008 in order for materials and tickets to be mailed out for your convenience.

Disney Speaker Series – Disney professionals will engage students on the topics of culture and science. Your students will also receive a work book for each series! $43.15*

* Passport Around the World –Learn about their lives growing up in other countries and how they have adapted to life in the United States
* Science, Disney Style – Disney professionals share how science is the building block to all that we do here at Walt Disney World® Resort!

Self-Guided Booklet – Disney Homeschool Days participants receive these workbook materials with your Disney Homeschool Days ticket. These workbooks are yours to keep, as you take advantage of additional learning opportunities around Epcot®.

Open Enrollment in Disney Youth Education Series – This gives your students the opportunity to join one of our most popular Disney Y.E.S. Programs. $24.00**

* Dynamics of Technology Monday, January 14 only
* Everyday Chemistry Tuesday, January 15 only
* Synergy in Science Monday, January 14 & Tuesday, January 15
* NEW! Disney’s Ocen Discoveries Monday, January 14 & Tuesday, January 15

Not only is this great opportunity for your students to grow, but a fantastic way for your students to network and learn with other homeschoolers. Disney Homeschool Days welcomes individual homeschooolers as well as groups of 10 or more. Parents and extra guests can also join in on the activities taking place and designed specifically for you.

Specially-priced Disney Homeschool Days packages are available. Book today as space fills up quickly. Pre-registration ends on January 7, 2008 in order for materials and tickets to be mailed out for your convenience. Plus, groups receive one complimentary ticket for every 10 purchased!

Make your plans to visit us during Disney Homeschool Days this September! For more information, please call 1-877-939-6884 or click here.

*Disney Homeschool Days Package includes admission to Epcot®, self-guided workbooks and the Speaker Series for $43.15 **Add-on a Disney Y.E.S. program for $24.00. Form of payment accepted are credit cards or cashier’s check.

For more info go to the official page

Disney Youth Education Series!

We just got back from participating in this event. It was arranged for homeschoolers by a new organization called SHEA.

What is the Disney Youth Education Series?

As quoted from the page on the Disney Site:
“The programs in the Youth Education Series are designed to help students get a better understanding of various school subjects through experiences and attractions of a Disney Theme Park. In the variety of programs offered, groups will learn about California history, science, physics and the arts, and do so within the inspiring backdrop of Disney’s California Adventure® Park. These Disney Y.E.S. programs can help to create a desire to learn, and encourage students to reach their potential. In addition we provide educators with a set of resources and downloads, including guidelines, California content standards, further reinforcing the educational principles learned in the park. For more information on Disney Y.E.S programs visit the Disney Youth Education Services Site

What was our experience like?

My two boys, ages 9 and 11, were able to take the Animator Series class. It was a three hour class held from 10-1 on a Monday. They had a blast and have been drawing characters all week. They both really enjoyed the Turtle Talk With Crush part of the class. It was neat for them to see how animation comes to life. They learned the technical terms associated with animation and were able to create their own storyboards. They also created some very simple animations using paper, pencil and string. According to my 11 year old it rates a 9/10. He is pretty hard to please so I am thrilled to get that sort of response. The only part that my younger son did not like was the character encounter. Woody rubbed his head which completely freaked him out. Most kids would probably have loved the attention, however. The 9 year old uses a wheelchair full time and I am happy to say that all area’s of the Experience were accessible to him.

Would we do it again?

Yes, I was pleased with how the SHEA (Southwest Home Educators Association) handled the complicated task of assembling homeschooling families for this event. This event is usually only for California Public Schools. Disney did an excellent job with the class itself. If the opportunity presents itself I would have my 11 year old attend the Physics classes.