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.
Experience these topics at:
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
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
11/27-12/1 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
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