Celebration Education uses themes to organize all the learning for the year. Each year is a different theme, as chosen by families. Each week is a different topic based on the theme. Weekly classes integrate several school subjects such as math, reading, social studies, science, language arts, etc. The weekly topic can be enjoyed in workshop classes, at field trips, in theme parks, and on Minecraft!

Learning Like Leonardo

Year-long theme for 2017-2018
Inspired by the life and work of Leonardo daVinci

Celebration Education did this theme

in 2006-2007 and again in 2010-2011.

Leonardo daVinci was interested in almost everything. In this theme, we follow Leonardo's example of curiosity as the best learning motivator. We explore a wide variety of topics, including art and science. 

Schedule

                  PD = Park Days - meet-ups at theme parks

                  FT = Field Trips

August 30 - Orientation and Park Day

1-3PM at Ridgeline Park: 2850 Ridgeline Dr, Corona

For parents and students - Introduce how to learn through curiosities - How does a child grow to be a genius? Learning habits, games. Students each choose their own genius project. 

September 5 - Opening Celebration

Presente Il Magistro!

                  PD - 9/6 - Not back to School Day at Disneyland

Component I - Presente Il Magistro

9/11-9/15      Wonders of Childhood, Leonardo's Childhood

                   PD - 9/13 Leonardo and Walt: Genius at Work (Disneyland)

9/18-9/22     L’Italia (Italy)

                  FT - 9/20 - Italian Restaurant

9/25-9/29    Renaissance

                   PD - 9/27 Stories of the Renaissance  (Disneyland)

10/2-10/6     Leonardo's Masterpieces of Art - A gallery of Leonardo's works

                   PD - 9/27 - Art in the Park (Disneyland)

10/9-13        Journal Keeping

                  FT - 10/11 - Orange County Museum of Art

10/16-10/20 That Makes Sense! - Students explore their five senses.

                  FT - 10/18 - Print Museum

October 25 - Renaissance Faire - Celebration

Component II - Riddles of Nature

10/30-11/3  Riddles of Nature

                 FT - 11/1 - Santa Ana Zoo

11/6-11/10   Element: Air - Students explore properties of weather

                 PD - 11/8 Nature in the Park (California Adventure)

11/13-11/17   Element: Earth - Students explore geology

                 FT - 11/15 - Lapidary

11/20-11/24 OFF

11/27-12/1   Element: Water - Students explore properties of water

                FT - 11/29 - Whitewater Preserve

12/4-12/8   Leonardo's Pranks - Students explore the science and adventures of riddles

                and practical jokes

                PD - 12/6 Water ad Geology (Disneyland)

12/11-12/15 Math, Naturally - finding patterns in nature, how math can be fun, naturally

                FT - 12/13 - Nature Center

December 18 - Buon Natale – Holiday Celebration

The story of La Befana, art of the season

Component III - The Art of Science

1/8-12     Other Inventors

              PD - 1/10 - Imagineers (California Adventure)

1/15-1/19  Anatomy, Proportion of man

              FT - 1/17 - California Science Center

1/22-1/28 Automatons – Leonardo's mechanical man and lion

              PD - 1/26 - Animatronics, Homeschool Day at Disneyland

1/29-2/2  Astronomy

              FT - 1/31 - Planetarium

2/5-2/9   Flying Machines - What flying machines did Leonardo imagine? Did they work? Why or why not?

             PD - 2/7 - Flight (California Adventure)

2/12-2/16 Flight Fest - Egg drop competition, paper airplane competition, etc.

              FT - 2/14 - Airport

 

February 21 - Wednesday – Festa Della Scienza - Invention Convention Celebration Students bring their own ideas for inventions. 

Component IV – Miracles at the End of the Brush

2/26-3/2    Art History - major artists of the past, various art styles

                FT - 2/28 - Art Crawl

3/5-3/9     Art Methods and Mediums - Perspective, various mediums

               PD - 3/7 Birds and Horses (Disneyland)

3/12-3/16   Birds and Horses as models

                FT - Bird Farm

3/19-3/23  Architecture - connecting art and architecture

3/26-3/30 Technical Drawings - Different views of objects, including pull-apart views

                FT - Bridges Tour

4/2-4/6     Celebration of Art

April 11 - CE V - Buon Compleanno – Celebration of Leonardo's Birthday

Component V - As You Wish

4/16-4/20  Music and Poetry - How can we affect others with music and poetry?

                FT - 4/18 - Musical Performance

                FT - 4/20 - Renaissance Faire

4/23-4/27  Cartography - What do you know about maps?

                PD - 4/25 Maps and Cities

4/30-5/4   City Planning and Waterways - Leonardo had ideas of how a city should be laid out. 

                FT - 5/2 - 5/9 Craftsman

5/7-5/11 Craftsmen - Possible crafts include woodworking, metalworking, etc.

               PD - 5/9 Craftsmansip

5/14-5/18  War Machines

                FT - 5/16 - March Field Air Museum

5/21-5/25   France – Leonardo's final resting place

               PD - 5/23 Leonardo and Walt: Genius at Work, Part 2 (Disneyland)

 

May 29 - Closing Celebration - Meeting of Great Minds

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