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Team SLOCA Friday Faves: Support Staff

Sep 22nd, 2017

{staff photo by Cameron Ingalls}

Friday is here again, and that means another fun set of introductions! Today we want you to “meet” a very important part of Team SLOCA. These are the support staff

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Working on It: Balancing SLOCA and Work – Hilary Graves

Sep 21st, 2017

{photo by Olu Eletu}

“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then

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Wednesday Wonders: Playing “Natives”

Sep 20th, 2017

{photo by Lisa Ann Dillon}

Here’s an adorable moment captured over the summer by SLOCA moms Molly Trapp and Lisa Ann Dillon. Remember we had just studied American history last year? We love it

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Manic At Meal Time? Make It Ahead!

Sep 19th, 2017

{photo by Kathleen Franklin via flickr / CC BY 2.0}

Have you ever tried the “spend one whole day in the kitchen and make a month’s worth of meals” approach to cooking? I must admit that I have

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Monday Mix-ins: Babylon and Hammurabi

Sep 18th, 2017

The Code of Hammurabi
{photo by Fritz Grögel via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0}

This week’s mix-ins include links about the ancient kingdom of Babylon and it’s famous ruler Hammurabi. Use your own

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Team SLOCA Friday Faves: Safety Team

Sep 15th, 2017

{staff photo by Cameron Ingalls}

There are two reasons to celebrate today:

1. It’s FRIDAY!

2. Our new series introducing SLOCA’s staff starts today!

“Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens

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A Peek Into Salute!

Sep 14th, 2017

CaliPaso Winery, the venue for Salute
{photo by Mike Larson Photography}

Here’s an exciting preview from Cozy Faber of our upcoming spectacular event, Salute:


A beautiful and enchanted evening

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Wednesday Wonders: Little Wonders First Day

Sep 13th, 2017

{photos by Jessica Wilson}

There’s always a certain amount of wonder that accompanies the first days of school. And in Little Wonders, how could you not be filled with wonder when you're playing

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Our Blog Winner and an Opportunity You’ll Dig!

Sep 12th, 2017

{photo via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0}

We are consistently blown away by our community of families and supporters, and even something as small as a contest on the blog is no exception. Thank

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Monday Mix-Ins: Mesopotamia, Sumer, and Early Writing

Sep 11th, 2017

Ziggurat in Southwestern Iran
{Photo by Adam Jones via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0}

Reminder: Tonight is our Trimester 1 History and Literature Training for SLOCA parents, at 6:30 pm in the MPR. These

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Friday Family Fun

Sep 8th, 2017

{Photo by Jennifer Pallian}

We want to remind everyone that today is the LAST day for SLOCA families to enter our blog drawing… this one is so easy! Click here for all the details and enter before

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Teaching Responsibility With Literature

Sep 7th, 2017

“SLO Classical Academy is a community that forges character, fosters wisdom, and nurtures a lifelong passion for learning.”

We've all heard the SLOCA mission statement so often, that many of us

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Wednesday Wonders: Civil War Picnic and Ball

Sep 6th, 2017

{photos taken by various parents, from SLOCA’s flickr site}

Although we’ve jumped back to the beginning of our 4-year history cycle, let’s take a moment to remember last Spring’s History Day

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SLOCA Parents Share: “Things I would do differently if I had known”

Sep 5th, 2017

{Photo by Jason Briscoe}

Many school or home education blogs run a post near the beginning of the school year titled something like “10 Ways to Start the Year Right,” and these can be immensely

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Monday Mix-ins: Movies Set in Ancient Times

Sep 4th, 2017

Happy Labor Day!

Here’s a short video on the history of Labor Day.

There’s no school today or tomorrow, so for this abbreviated week we thought we’d repeat what we did last year on Labor Day for

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Life Together on Fridays

Sep 1st, 2017

{photo by Providence Doucet}

“One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.”

~ Virginia Woolf

It’s Friday

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Behind the Scenes at SLOCA

Aug 31st, 2017

Blog posts on Thursdays will generally focus on character, classical education, things happening on campus, student work, book reviews, and interesting articles that connect to what we are doing.

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Wednesdays Are For Wonders

Aug 30th, 2017

SLOCA High School students celebrating at last year’s prom
{photo by Carolyn Eicher}

Wednesdays here at Down Home are special because we love to highlight the wonder moments that happen both on

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An Easy Blog Drawing – Enter Today!

Aug 29th, 2017

{photo by Alex Knight}

Great to have you back! If you’re wondering what Tuesdays typically look like here at Down Home, you can expect to find topics relating to homeschooling, home life, chores,

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Back to School, Back to the Ancients!

Aug 28th, 2017

{photo by Matthew Sleeper}

"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."

~ Joseph Campbell

Welcome back to school, SLOCA families! Whether you are

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