All Aboard Magical Blogorail Yellow!

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Welcome to those of you joining me from It All Started with a Wish. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I’m so excited to join this loop with some new Disney friends! You’ll find the Magical Blogorail Yellow line running the first Friday of each month. We’re taking time to introduce ourselves, but beginning in April every month will have a dedicated topic. The Red, Green, and Blue lines run on the remaining Fridays. Find schedules posted at our transportation center: The Magical Blogorail.

I am Jodi Whisenhunt, an Amy-award winning freelance writer, editor, homeschooler, and lover of all things Disney. My family first traveled to Walt Disney World in 2006, and we’ve been back three times since. We’d be there way more often if we didn’t live so far away! My most recent visit was in January to play at the Parks and to attend the Disney Dream christening celebration and cruise.

I created Magical Mouse Schoolhouse with my friend, Carol Beth Scott of 3D Travel Company, to provide homeschoolers creative ways to supplement their lesson plans. Really, though, anyone with kids can have fun learning while they play!

So what we do here is uncover educational possibilities that hide in Disney movies, Disney theme parks, Disney story books, Disney art, and more, then stretch the boundaries of the home classroom 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…

Today’s Takeaway:
…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…

SKILL LEVEL: High School

(Click here to read the article in its entirety.)

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.

Come, think outside the textbook with us!

Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Guru.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ The Pink Ear Pixie
2nd Stop ~ It All Started with a Wish
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
4th Stop ~ Disney Guru

Final Stop ~ VisitMickey.Net

You can find Magical Mouse Schoolhouse on Facebook, Twitter, and MouseLinked.

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  1. Amanda March 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Stopping by from via The Magical Blogorail Yellow! I love that you have turned Disney into such a great learning tool. As a mom to 3 boys I can definitely appreciate that there is an opportunity to learn everywhere you go.

  2. Kelly March 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Visiting from As a former teacher I just love the way you are incorporating Disney into your home classroom. Awesome!!

  3. Jodi Whisenhunt March 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi, Amanda! Thanks for stopping by! I'm excited to read about your Disney travels too!

  4. Beth March 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Jodi! I love this! As a former public school educator, I love seeing how you tie in Disney to everyday learning! I've written a few posts about how I make my son do “work” while we are at WDW just to keep him on his toes!!
    I look forward to seeing more of your creativity!
    Beth from MBGreen

  5. Kimberly Hill March 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi, Jodi! Another homeschooling mom here, partially because of how much we visit Disney. People don't realize how much educational fun is to be had when it comes to Disney.

    See you on the Yellow train!
    - Kimberly

  6. Disney Diva Tips March 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Wow! What an interesting concept. As a former teacher and now mom I think this is awesome. Keep it up. I look forward to learning more

    Allison from MB Green

  7. Kim March 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    I love this blog idea! We're homeschoolers too ~

    I'm coming over from the Friday Blog Hop!


  8. Christi March 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Great ideas! Love your blog! Hmmm…homeschooling would allow for more Disney trips!!


  9. Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe March 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    A lot of teachers here! I am a teacher too and always have found Disney very educational. Whether in the parks or the movies or books, there are so many educational opportunities.

    By the way, I am wearing the t-shirt you sent right now! Love it and thanks for having such a great promotion! :-)

  10. Jodi Whisenhunt March 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Thank you all for the great comments! Adding Disney to mix makes homeschool days much happier :)

    And yes, Christi, homeschooling does allow us to go to Disney more often! Or at least for us, since we don't live nearby, it allows us to go when the crowds are down.

    Beth D. – Yay! Glad you like the shirt :)

  11. Hedy @ WDW Not Just for kids March 5, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    I'm looking forward to reading more.

  12. Darvocet Recall March 6, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    Disney is really very educational, my kids love it so much. Nice blog!

  13. Magical Days with the Mouse March 6, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I already love your blog!! So glad I found you a couple weeks ago. Welcome to the blogorail family. :)

  14. BruceWDW March 6, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I've always thought that your blog was such a great idea. There is so much to learn from Walt and his legacy, that will only make all of us better and smarter persons. Welcome to the Magical Blogorail.

    A World View
    Magical Blogorail Red

  15. Rumtruffle March 7, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    Thank you so much for my lovely aqua T shirt, it arrived safely Friday morning xxx

  16. Jodi Whisenhunt March 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    @Bruce, thanks for the compliments and for your longstanding support! Glad to be your fellow Blogorailer :)

    @Rumtruffle, so glad you got your shirt!

  17. Bold E-Zine March 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

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  18. March 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    What neat ideas! I bookmarked a few things I definitely want to do with my sons. Looking forward to getting to know you on as part of “team yellow!”


  19. Jodi Whisenhunt March 13, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Yay! Thanks for stopping by.

  20. DebºoºS March 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Great fun idea for a blog! Looking forward to more interesting posts. Have you tried freezing your glowsticks for an extended glow?

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