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Student Work: More Rube Goldberg Machines!

Mar 23rd, 2017

Following up on our UMS Rube Goldberg machine post, we now have some video footage from our Lower Middle School and Intermediate classes, so we thought we’d share those with you as well! 

It looks

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Wednesday Wonders: Science Bowl 2017

Mar 22nd, 2017

SLOCA students recently had the honor of once again participating in the National Science Bowl! This year, we sent both a Middle School team and a High School team to the competition. Paige Bartel

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Bringing Nature to Our Home Days

Mar 21st, 2017

{photos by Jessica Pahl}

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”

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Monday Mix-ins: The Underground Railroad

Mar 20th, 2017

The Underground Railroad Sculpture
{photo by Battle Creek CVB via Flickr / CC BY 2.0}

This week we are learning about the Underground Railroad – that secret network of people, safe houses, and

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Friday!

Mar 17th, 2017

{photo by Irene Dávila}

“You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”

~ Irish saying

SLOCA families, did you get the link to the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Resources packet that

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Reading Resolutions: Staff Edition 2017

Mar 16th, 2017

{photo by All Bong}

While we're enjoying these Teacher Work Days with no classes, let's see what some of our teachers and staff are reading these days. Our fun and inspiring Reading Resolutions

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Wednesday Wonders: Not Just for Dads Day 2017

Mar 15th, 2017

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

It’s always a pleasure to have family, friends, and community members visit our school, and one of our favorite events each year is Not Just for Dads Day, when a

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Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Mar 14th, 2017

{photo by Anh Phan}

Are you resorting to Top Ramen too often during the busy seasons of life? It’s been awhile since we addressed the dinner time dilemma! What do you cook on time-crunched

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Monday Mix-ins: The California Gold Rush

Mar 13th, 2017

Abandoned Gold Rush Building, Bodie, California
{photo by Terry Feuerborn via Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0}

Gold fever! With all the westward expansion happening in the 1800s, nothing lured people west

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Free Friday: March 10, 2017

Mar 10th, 2017

“The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush,

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Student Work: Rube Goldberg Machines

Mar 9th, 2017

{photo by Nikol Rochez}

We love to highlight student work here on the blog (and frankly, we don’t do it often enough!). Our UMS students finished up their Rube Goldberg machines not too long ago,

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Wednesday Wonders: Two for One!

Mar 8th, 2017

{photos by Stephanie Ridley}

Today we have not one, but two wonder moments to post, sent in by the Ridley family. Stephanie and Bryan Ridley are a Track B family with two children at SLOCA: Isobel

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Three Tips for All About Spelling

Mar 7th, 2017

It’s March, and we are well over halfway through our spelling books this year - hooray! Then again, we know that sometimes spelling is hard to get to, and can easily be overlooked during a busy

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Monday Mix-ins: Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion

Mar 6th, 2017

Oregon Trail Reenactment
By Unknown or not provided (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This week we are moving west! Or the young United

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Free Friday: March 3, 2017

Mar 3rd, 2017

“One learns by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.”

~ Sophocles

I think after last night’s fantastic Invention Convention, we can say with

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Character Trait for March 2017: Courage

Mar 2nd, 2017

{photo by S Khan via flickr / CC BY 2.0}

“Smooth seas do not make good sailors.”

~African Proverb

This month we turn our attention to the character trait of Courage:

Attempting difficult things

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Wednesday Wonders: Morning Meeting National Anthem

Mar 1st, 2017

{photo by Paul Bischoff}

Those of you who are able to stay for the morning meetings at drop off know that from time to time different classes will come up in front of the school to present,

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Revisiting Workboxes

Feb 28th, 2017

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Who remembers The Workbox System? This versatile organizational system, developed by a homeschooling mom named Sue Patrick, promotes independence, focus, and learning.

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Monday Mix-ins: King Cotton and the Abolitionist Movement

Feb 27th, 2017

A cotton plantation on the Mississippi, 1884
{Public domain via Wikipedia}

This week we return to the difficult and shameful topic of plantation slavery, but now the focus begins to shift to the

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Free Friday: February 24, 2017

Feb 24th, 2017

"We become human only in the company of other human beings.  And this involves both opening our hearts and giving voice to our deepest convictions... When we shrink from the world, our souls

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