Category Archives: The Road Scholars

Z is for Zac Efron: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Zac Efron in Hairspray on The Road Scholars for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Folks in our community who love the Disney “High School Musical” franchise were no doubt thrilled to see Zac Efron in “Hairspray.”
In week three of our “For The Love of Musicals” course when we look at “Hairspray” we ask students to choose their favorite Zac song from:

  • “Ladies Choice” (Hairspray)
  • “Getcha Head in the Game” (HSM)
  • “Bet on It” (HSM2)
  • “Now or Never” (HSM3)

We use choice and forum activities in the course to encourage students to communicate with others who share their interests.

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Y is for “Year Without a Santa Claus”: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

In our free course ” ‘Tis The Season” we explore holiday movies and traditions to celebrate the festive season.

 

Topics:

  • A Child Is Born
  • Animated Favorites
  • Inspiring Classics
  • Reinvented Classics
  • Fun For The Family

Find links to holiday classics, games, puzzles, videos, and trivia quizzes to get you in the spirit of Christmas!

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To see our full line of courses and join in the learning fun visit us at https://theroadscholars.moodlecloud.com

V is for Valet: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Let's Get Ready to Rumble

In the last week of our “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” course we talk about “Managers, Valets, and Tag Teams.”

Being a team player pays off on the WWE. Let’s look at some of the people who support and team up with the superstars.

In the world of professional wrestling, a valet is someone who accompanies a superstar to a match.

Miss Elizabeth was the calming force that accompanied
Photo from WWE

 

“Miss Elizabeth was the calming force that accompanied “Macho Madness.””

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U is for Under Wraps: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

"Under Wraps"
Photo: IMDB

We love Halloween here on The Road. (Especially “Black Day: The Monster Rock Band!).

To celebrate Halloween we created the short, 3 week course “Mouse Movies – Halloween.”

  • Week 1 – Halloweentown Series
  • Week 2 – Disney Channel Originals
  • Week 3 – Classic Disney Films

We stocked it full of games and puzzles just for people who love to do Halloween Disney-style!


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To see our full line of courses and join in the learning fun visit us at https://theroadscholars.moodlecloud.com

 

T is for “Then and Now”: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

In week 7 of our “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” course we look at some of the digital shows created by the WWE.

WWE Digital Shows on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge

 

 

On “Then and Now” select superstars take a look back in time to show fans how they’ve changed.

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S is for Smack Down: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Let's Get Ready to RumbleIn the first week of our “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” course we talk about two of the main brands featuring superstars from the WWE: SmackDown and Raw. Superstars are assigned to one of the brands and appear on television shows on Monday (Raw) or Tuesday (SmackDown) nights.

Draft day – when the managers of each brand take turns choosing members – is a BIG deal in many households with people who have Down syndrome (including mine.)

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R is for Raw: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Photo credit: National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)

Doctor  Dennis McGuire, PhD,  Director of Psychosocial services at the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois wrote an essay that is now famous in our community.

In “If People With Down Syndrome Ruled the World,” Dr. McGuire talks about The Center, and then describes a fictitious world where the imagination and creativity he’s found in his patients became the norm rather than the exception.

In a section titled “What About Self-Expression?” he lists some of his clients’ favorite television habits:

  • Classic TV hits would be very BIG and take up at least half the TV schedules.
  • “I Love Lucy,” “Happy Days,” “The Three Stooges,” etc. would be very BIG.
  • Wrestling would be very Big.
  • “Life Goes On” would also be very Big and replayed regularly

Let's Get Ready to RumbleOur personal experience concurs with those observations and led to the creation of one of our first courses for self-advocates: “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble,” and eight week course about everything WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), including Monday Night Raw.

WWE Monday Night Raw
Photo credit: T Mobile Arena

 

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Q is for Quarterflash: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Rock of Ages on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging ChallengeIn our course “For The Love of Musicals,” we learn that “Rock of Ages” is an example of a jukebox musical – one that features music of a particular time period or artist.

One of the activities we offer is a chance to match the song from “Rock of Ages” to the original artist who made the song famous.  In  the film version of “Rock of Ages” – Harden My Heart is sung by Sherrie Christian played by Julianne Hough.  The song was originally recorded by American rock group Quarterflash.  This is one of 25 songs in the course activity.

Quarterflash on The Road Scholars for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

 

 

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