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#21 bless9ings

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:56 PM

Now questions about my K and 2nd grader to make an informed decision between the two choices.

 

How things Move and  Synergy in Science look like the only choices this year.  I thought I saw an animal one at the AK last year and thought it would be an easy decision for the youngest ones!  It sounds like reading this thread that in How Things Move the kids actually go on rides as part of the class?  Do they on the other class too?  My K is a girl and my 2nd grader is an ALL BOY, very active and his head is always thinking.  I am surprised how much he already seems to know about science and I wonder where he learned it all! :)  What have your kids thought about these two programs?

 

 

Thanks again, just trying to get the best fit for my children.  They seem too young to choose between the two.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:16 AM

This is the first year I've included Wildlife Conservation on the schedule, Animal Behavior used to be called Wild by Nature and we've done it every year for the past 7 or so years (majority good reviews). Energy and Waves also has been offered for the last 7 years or so (majority good reviews). I just added back American Spirit in 2013 (after doing it back in 2007 or so) and it got good reviews, even with the early start time.

 

Since we've never done the Wildlife Conservation before, I can't answer your third question.

 

Energy and Waves has three levels now: 101, 201, 301, so your children would be in two different classes (same date, same time, same park, but different classes). It's a favorite among the students because it includes a brief behind-the-scenes look into the Haunted Mansion attraction. If you don't want your children to experience that attraction (for whatever reason), then choose a different program. Click on the link in the class description at my website for a more-indepth description of that program (and others).

 

We got good reviews of American Spirit. The curriculum for that one was recently revamped and (according to feedback), it's a better program now than when we did it years ago.

 

I hope this helps, but I hope parents will pop in to share their experiences with the programs.

 

Warmly,

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:22 AM

For your K and 2nd students, both programs have rides. If you do the HTM, you'd need two parents to attend. For Synergy, one could attend for both. Both get mostly good reviews, but HTM focuses more on physics while Synergy focuses on different sciences and how they merge together (kind of...). HTM is at Magic Kingdom, and Synergy is at EPCOT (if that matters in juggling your schedule).

 

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 07:00 AM

Bless9ings, I did the animal behavior experience last year with my son, who was 10. We loved it! It rained for much of our trip, but for this class that turned out to be fine, because many of the animals were out and active. The tour is in the AK, and for our group we ended up having 4 homeschooling families ( this is often not the class, as IE classes are open to everyone). Our teacher was fantastic, and she showed us so many things we might have just quickly walked by on our own. She explained habitat design and gave detailed animal information. The class ended with a fast pass entry onto the safari ride!



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 01:33 PM

Thanks Dianna for pointing out that there is links in the descriptions!  I guess I was quickly skimming the information so quickly I didn't realize their was links with more information.  Also, I copied and pasted the information into my word processor and then printed it out for the kids to read and choose, so there would be no further access to more info or realizing it after taking a second in depth look at the class descriptions!  :)



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 01:40 PM

If a child chooses DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT, do they ride Thunder Mountain Railroad?



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 02:01 PM

If a child chooses DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT, do they ride Thunder Mountain Railroad?

 

Yes, and Splash Mountain, too, usually (they can, and sometimes do, have to substitute rides if something is going on that day or the attraction is down for some reason). However, if students don't want to ride either, they can opt out and for the others to finish. (It's before park opening, so it doesn't take long to do the rides.)


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:27 PM

I'm trying to figure out if we can do this trip!  I'm a single mom with a 5th grader and a high schooler.  Being the only parent, I'm trying to figure out how we'd do the classes since they are neither in the same age group, nor can/should either be left unattended while the other is particicpating in a class.  Has anyone experienced this or have any suggestions?  We are in Indiana, so don't know the folks from the group.

 

Thanks,

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:29 PM

Hi Melissa, I'd recommend planning to attend to with your 5th grader, and letting your high school student attend without you (I'll assign a chaperone). I'd recommend planning their classes on the same day and in the same park to avoid transportation issues.

 

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