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  • My son's school is asking for the education value of him missing school. Any advise?
  • - Asked by LAURA from Pennsylvania on 2/4/2010
  • Hi Laura, I once saw a "school excuse note" that really explained the educational value of a Disney trip nicely.  Below are a few of the topics they highlighted. First & foremost, I believe that family time is invaluable. Priceless. The memories made during a trip together will be cherished for a lifetime & help define who a person becomes.

    Here are a few other ideas (from note mentioned above). Your son will learn:
    "* Nature & conservation at Animal Kingdom.
    * Economics by managing his spending money.
    * Science by exploring the Mission:Space ride in Epcot where he will have a chance to see and feel what it would be like to travel by rocket to Mars.
    * Different cultures of the world, including architecture, language, diet and dress, by visiting the different countries in the Epcot World Showcase. He'll have the chance to explore the exhibits for each country & speak with natives from each country who work as cast members.
    * American history at Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom & the American Adventure show in Epcot.
    *Map reading by navigating in & to the different Theme Parks, Resorts & water parks via Disney's bus system, sociological aspects of crowds including patterns & behavior, physics of the different rides, breakthroughs in technology, art, animation & the history of film."

    These ideas just begin to touch on the educational benefits of a Disney vacation. There are countless intangibles as well. I firmly believe that learning does not have to take place inside of the confines of a classroom. Don't get me wrong, I support our teachers & my children are strong students. I just happen to believe that family vacation time is very important too. For a large family like ours, it is too expensive to travel during peak (school vacation) times. Hope this helps, Kaylene
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