Down Home

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Friday Flops: Graphing Boot Camp

Nov 17th, 2017

{photo by Alex Proimos via flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0}

“Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to

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Of Milton and Manual Transmissions – In Defense of Grammar

Nov 16th, 2017

{photo by Pexels}

Last week we shared a fun video tutorial for those teaching grammar at home in grades 1-4, using First Language Lessons. This week Grammar is back, but we're highlighting the

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Wednesday Wonders: Fantastic Fundraising

Nov 15th, 2017

{photo by Deena Eschenbach}

How are your raffle ticket sales going? We are so encouraged by the stories we are hearing, and want to share one of them with you today. Deena Eschenbach and her son

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Singapore Math Tips 2017: Levels 1 and 2

Nov 14th, 2017

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

Our Singapore Math training is coming up on December 8th, and to help you gear up for all the practical instruction and hands-on learning you’ll receive at that event, as

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Monday Mix-ins: One Last Week in Ancient Egypt

Nov 13th, 2017

A well preserved temple relief of pharaoh Ramesses II at the Temple of Derr
{photo by Richard Stead via flickr / CC BY 2.0}

Can you believe this is our last week of Trimester 1? Time flies! We

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Friday Flops: Drawing Hatshepsut

Nov 10th, 2017

{photo by Alex Proimos via flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

"If there's any theme that is more prominent than any others throughout the Great Books, it is the strength that comes from a community founded on

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Teaching First Language Lessons at Home: A Video Demonstration

Nov 9th, 2017

Greetings! Today’s topic here at Down Home is Grammar. More specifically, grammar in the younger grades. Here at SLO Classical Academy we use First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind as our

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Wednesday Wonders: Lightning in a Bottle – Robert Hass at Cal Poly

Nov 8th, 2017

{photo by Carolyn Eicher}

Today we are delighted to bring you more than just a quick snapshot of a wonder moment. Let’s hear from SLOCA High School’s English and Literature teacher, Mr. Paul

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Singapore Math Tips 2017: Kindergarten

Nov 7th, 2017

{photo by Rachel Neumann}

Have you heard about the Singapore Math Training coming up on Friday, December 8th? You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to improve your own knowledge of this

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Monday Mix-ins: Akhenaten and Tutankhamun

Nov 6th, 2017

{photo by Mary Harrsch via flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0}

There’s still more to discover in ancient Egypt! This week we will learn about two of the most memorable pharaohs: Akhenaten and Tutankhamun.

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Team SLOCA Friday Faves: Behind the Scenes Support Staff

Nov 3rd, 2017

{staff photo by Cameron Ingalls}

Well, we’ve come to the end of our fantastic series introducing our Team SLOCA staff members – today is the last installment! And this special group is filled with

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Teaching Integrity With Literature

Nov 2nd, 2017

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

~ Samuel Johnson

Our character trait for the month of November is:

Integrity: Having

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Wednesday Wonders: Playing Hooky

Nov 1st, 2017

{photo by Redd Angelo}

Here’s a quick, gratifying story shared by Track A parent Jeannett Gibson. Jeannett and her husband Andy are in their third year at SLOCA and have 3 of their 4 children

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Traveling During the School Year

Oct 31st, 2017

{photos by Bambi Banys}

Sure, it sounds grand to travel during the not-so-touristy times of the year, but it can be challenging to go on a vacation once school has started. While it does take some

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Monday Mix-ins: Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom

Oct 30th, 2017

{photo by Daniel H. Tong}

Let’s move into the New Kingdom, or “Golden Age,” of the civilization of ancient Egypt, during the reign of pharaohs such as Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Amenhotep III, and

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Team SLOCA Friday Faves: Lead Team

Oct 27th, 2017

{staff photo by Cameron Ingalls}

This week we’d like to introduce you to SLOCA’s Lead Team, our intrepid leaders who guide the ship and work continually to keep our school thriving. They are

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SLOCA High School’s House System

Oct 26th, 2017

Today we want to share a bit about one of the ways we cultivate community up at our high school: the house system! If you’ve heard of this and don’t really know what it is, or have a future SLOCA

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Wednesday Wonders: Student Work on Display

Oct 25th, 2017

{photos by Carolyn Eicher}

Greetings! If you happen to be going by the SLO Library before the end of the month, be sure to stop in and see some of our high school students’ artwork on display!

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Down Home Virtual Tour: The Collins Family

Oct 24th, 2017

{photos by Danielle Collins}

There was a time back in the day when we did something called “Down Home Tours,” in which parents were able to walk through other SLOCA homes to see and hear how they

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Monday Mix-ins: The Middle Kingdom, Hieroglyphs, and the Rosetta Stone

Oct 23rd, 2017

{photo by George Hodan / Public Domain}

This week we bring you more links to whisk you off to the captivating world of ancient Egypt. We are moving a little forward in time to the Middle Kingdom,

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