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Reading Resolutions Giveaway!

Mar 15th, 2018

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Are you a reader? If so, pay attention to today’s post because it’s time for another blog giveaway! We have a $20 gift certificate to the SLOCA store to give

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Wednesday Wonders: Not Just for Dads Day 2018

Mar 14th, 2018

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

Recently, SLO Classical Academy once again hosted “Not Just for Dads Day” – an event we always look forward to! It’s an opportunity for a non-homeschooling parent or other

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Classically Inspired: Archery Contest

Mar 13th, 2018

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Even though we're in a new trimester, let's keep looking for examples of stories inspired by the ancient classics. Here’s another one!

Then into the hall came Penelope,

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Monday Mix-ins: The Founding of Rome

Mar 12th, 2018

The She-Wolf with Romulus and Remus
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Welcome to Trimester 3! Don't forget that we have our History and Literature Parent Training tonight – the last

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Free Friday: Greeks and Grammar

Mar 9th, 2018

The Lion Gate, the main entrance of the citadel of Mycenae, 13th century BC
{photo by Andreas Trepte on Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 2.5}

SLOCA families, we hope you’re enjoying this end-of-trimester

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Astronaut Scott Kelly is Coming to SLO!

Mar 8th, 2018

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SLOCA strives to achieve many goals. Some are in the classroom, and some are organization-wide. One of them is to be the best place to go to school.

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Wednesday Wonders: Dinner Party with Chef David

Mar 7th, 2018

Our Dinner Parties with a Purpose are a delightful and delectable way to spend time with wonderful people while enjoying a fine meal and supporting SLOCA. Recently, Bill and Sandee Beckers (SLOCA

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A Day in the Life: High School Edition 2018

Mar 6th, 2018

First, we look forward to celebrating as a school tonight at our Greek Myths History Day event! Our kids are ready to showcase these timeless stories for us and we are excited to spend an evening

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Monday Mix-ins: End of Trimester Fun Videos

Mar 5th, 2018

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Monday Mix-ins are a great way to keep learning. Today’s mix-ins are a mix of purely fun but still mostly educational videos, and since it's a

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Free Friday and Feasting Like the Greeks

Mar 2nd, 2018

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We've come to the end of our time in Ancient Greece, and why not say farewell with a family dinner to reflect and celebrate this culture? Here are some thoughts:

The website

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Teaching Courage with Literature

Mar 1st, 2018

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

~ Aristotle

Before we get to this month’s book list, did you see these adorable

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Wednesday Wonders: A Mad Hatter Tea Party

Feb 28th, 2018

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7th and 8th grade students at SLOCA have the unique advantage of taking Logic as one of their regular subjects. Jenna Burns, our UMS Logic teacher, wrote in to tell us

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Father-Daughter Date Night: 50s Sock Hop!

Feb 27th, 2018

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The special bond between a daddy and his little girl is something worth celebrating, and SLOCA’s upcoming Father-Daughter Dance is a swell opportunity

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Monday Mix-ins: Aesop

Feb 26th, 2018

Illustration by Milo Winter
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Just for fun, this week we rounded up a few links about dear old Aesop and his witty, wise fables:​



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Food for Thought: What Students Need to Know

Feb 23rd, 2018

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It’s Friday, and we have an intriguing article to share with you – something to read and think about over the weekend. Here’s the opening statement:


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SLOCA’s Foundation Circle

Feb 22nd, 2018

You may have heard of SLOCA’s Foundation Circle, but perhaps you aren’t entirely clear on what it is. Today let’s hear from our Development Director, Cozy Faber, as she explains this new board:

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Wednesday Wonders: Grammar Shows Up in Unexpected Places

Feb 21st, 2018

Here’s a quick wonder moment I (Jenny) wanted to share. This actually happened back in November, and here’s the story behind it: This year my youngest son Calvin is in 5th grade. In Lower Middle

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Homeschool Corners: Math Manipulatives

Feb 20th, 2018

{photos by Jenny Bischoff}

Today we are trying something slightly new here at Down Home. We all know and love the virtual tour posts that we share occasionally, where SLOCA families take us on a

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Monday Mix-ins: Ancient Greece Culmination

Feb 19th, 2018

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Happy President’s Day!

As we enjoy a couple of days off of school to honor our presidents, here are some fun enrichment links to help us wrap up our time in Ancient Greece.

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Free Friday: February 16, 2018

Feb 16th, 2018

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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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