Happy 1st Birthday to Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, where Disney IS school! We’re kicking off a month of celebration with a Guest appearance over at WDW Fan Zone. Great big thanks to Stuart Sternberg, aka Disney Geek Dad, for the pixie dusted invitation!
For those unfamiliar with our site, our goal here at the Magical Mouse Schoolhouse is to uncover the educational possibilities that hide in Disney movies, Disney theme parks, Disney story books, Disney art, and more! We help homeschoolers stretch the boundaries of the home classroom by enhancing lesson plans with the fun, exciting appeal of Walt Disney entertainment.
Here’s a clip from a favorite post:
Tinker Bell, Peter Pan’s mischievous pixie, fluttered off the screen of the 1953 animated feature, Peter Pan, and into the hearts of children and their parents to become one of Disney’s most beloved characters. The ornery little sprite, known for her burning envy of Wendy and her enduring adoration of Peter, often hosts Disney television specials and sprinkles fairy dust over DVD intros…
Truth or fiction?
• The flying Cast Member is the same woman who originated the role. She’s had such longevity, because she works less than a minute a day.
• The very first Tinker Bell was a European acrobat and trapeze artist who rode motorcycles on high wires for Ringling Brothers.
• Tink’s a real fairy.
• Tinker Bell is sometimes performed by a small-statured teenage boy, because the flying harness, often referred to as the “Peter Pan rig,” requires a performer weighing ninety pounds or less.
• Tinker Bell’s current costume is made of a special fabric with UV protection to prevent skin damage from the lights and pyrotechnics.
• The Cast Member playing Tinker Bell receives a full eight hours pay for less than a minute’s work, because the job is so hazardous.
…Today, we are going to measure the intensity and duration of light produced by glow sticks. You can use ones you purchased at a Disney Park (if they’re still new or haven’t been activated yet) or purchase them at a craft store. Click here for “Measure Luminescence in Glow-in-the-Dark Objects” and follow the step-by-step instructions…
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Chemistry
SKILL LEVEL: High School
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New posts are published every Monday and Thursday. We also host giveaways on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and we run a monthly educational incentive program called Earn Your E.A.R.S., which rewards students for actively participating in their education.
We hope you will think outside the textbook with us and embrace the teachable moments in Walt Disney entertainment. Even if you don’t homeschool, you and your kids can have fun learning while you play!
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