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Free Friday: February 16, 2018

Feb 16th, 2018

{photo by Lotte Meijer on Unsplash}

Another Friday, another reason to celebrate! As you head into the weekend we hope you have some good old-fashioned family fun. We haven’t talked about “Free by

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Food for Thought: Virtue in Literature

Feb 15th, 2018

{photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash}

To be “a community that forges character” is part of our mission statement at SLO Classical Academy, and we aim to highlight our SLOCA character traits in some

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Wednesday Wonders: Master’s Tea with John Matteson

Feb 14th, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you feel loved and loving not only on this day, but all the year long. Enjoy a sweet treat and give out extra hugs today!

Here’s something we

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Classically Inspired: Sirens

Feb 13th, 2018

{photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash}

"The plot lines, and the stock characters, of our contemporary movies, novels, plays and television shows come from the ancient tales, and primarily from two

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Monday Mix-ins: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World

Feb 12th, 2018

Relief inspired by the everyday life of Alexander the Great, by Tilemahos Efthimiadis
{Image via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0}

This week we offer a few videos and sites relating to the life

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Friday Flops: Face in My Phone

Feb 9th, 2018

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

“We are all failures - at least the best of us are.” 

~ J.M. Barrie

It’s Friday, and we just want to take a moment to applaud our SLOCA parents

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AP Classes: Typically not worth it … and even less so at SLOCA

Feb 8th, 2018

{photo by Alberto G on flickr / CC BY 2.0}

Thoughts on the AP system from a Cal Poly Statistics Professor

American families and students are increasingly baffled, frustrated, and stressed out by

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Wednesday Wonders: Mapping with the Walzes

Feb 7th, 2018

{photos by Nicolay Walz}

Here’s a glorious moment captured by SLOCA parent Nicolay Walz. Nicolay and her husband Matthew have 4 kids at the school: Amelia (HS Junior), David (LMS 6), and Catherine

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The Statue that Launched a Thousand Fond Remembrances of SLOCA

Feb 6th, 2018

Today’s post comes from a recent SLOCA High School graduate – Hannah Thompson, who graduated last year (2017) and is currently attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where she is

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Monday Mix-ins: The Greek Thinkers

Feb 5th, 2018

The School of Athens by Raphael
{Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons}

This week we have few videos and links to share about the ancient Greek philosophers (and a couple of other notable

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Friday Flops: Xanthippe Moment

Feb 2nd, 2018

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

“The real questions for parents should be: "Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?" If so, plan to make lots of mistakes and bad decisions.

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Teaching Humility with Literature

Feb 1st, 2018

“Pride in our intellectual achievements, hubris, is a death knell to the kind of real education that produces virtue, and children are very susceptible to being drawn into this kind of pride, as

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Wednesday Wonders: Fun with Food in High School

Jan 31st, 2018

{photo by Carolyn Eicher}

Semester 2 for our high school students began this week, and with it a new round of elective class offerings. But today we want to highlight one of the exciting electives

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A Day in the Life: The Ridley Family

Jan 30th, 2018

{photos by Stephanie Ridley}

Settle in with a nice warm mug of something comforting and dive into today’s blog post – we have another Day in the Life to share! This time let’s visit the Ridley

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Monday Mix-ins: All Those Greek Wars

Jan 29th, 2018

Frieze of Royal Archers from the Palace of the Persian King Darius the Great at Susa
{photo by Frans Vandewalle on flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0}

Guys! We are halfway through the school year, can you

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Friday Flops: Throw-Down… Square vs. Rectangle

Jan 26th, 2018

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

“I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” 

~ Jean Vanier

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Working on It: Balancing SLOCA and Work – Jennifer Perneel

Jan 25th, 2018

{photo by Olu Eletu}

We’re back with another “Working On It” interview to share. In case you missed the previous posts, this is a series in which we talk to SLOCA parents who have a full- or

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Wednesday Wonders: Welcoming Jim Weiss

Jan 24th, 2018

{photo by Kateri Rein}

Our time with Jim Weiss was overflowing with wonder moments, and we can’t possibly capture them all on the blog, but today we want to share a few photos and comments about

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Wondering about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

Jan 23rd, 2018

There are numerous lists of “Wonders of the World” that have been compiled and debated over from ancient to modern times, and which contain both natural and man-made structures. But do you know

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Monday Mix-ins: Homer, The Iliad, and The Odyssey

Jan 22nd, 2018

Odysseus and Polyphemus by Arnold Böcklin
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

This week it’s all about the Ancient Greek epic poet, Homer. While there is debate about whether or not Homer was a

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