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Free Friday: May 19, 2017

May 19th, 2017

Cliffs at Pinnacles National Park
{photo by Samartur via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0}

Today is the final day to enter our blog drawing for a chance to win a $20 gift card to the SLOCA store! 

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Screen-Free Car Time

May 18th, 2017

{photo by Dino Reichmuth}

“Are we there yet???”

Planning any road trips this summer? When you’ve got several hours (or days) in the car together, it’s all too easy to plug everyone in to devices

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Wednesday Wonders: Officers Visit Little Wonders

May 17th, 2017

{photos by Jessica Wilson}

Get ready for major adorableness… today we have a wonder moment shared by our Track B Preschool teacher, Jessica Wilson, about a recent visit our Preschool and Junior K

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A Fast, Healthy, Spring-Inspired Meal

May 16th, 2017

{photo by Danielle MacInnes}

Just a reminder that our final blog drawing of the school year is underway right now! Click here for all the info to enter our drawing for a chance to win a $20 gift

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Monday Mix-ins: US States and Capitals

May 15th, 2017

{photo by Art Projects for Kids}

Greetings! This week we are going to veer slightly from our usual list of mix-ins, and throw in some fun geography links to focus on learning the US States (and

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Free Friday and Happy Mother’s Day 2017

May 12th, 2017

{photo by Jon Flobrant}

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble

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Enter Our Fill-in-the-Blank Blog Drawing!

May 11th, 2017

{photo by Anthony Delanoix}

We aren’t really into handing out fill-in-the blank worksheets on a regular basis here at SLOCA, but today we have a fill-in-the-blank challenge for our parents! 


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Wednesday Wonders: SLOCA Takes DC

May 10th, 2017

“A day of traveling will bring a basketful of learning.”

~ Vietnamese Proverb

The weekly updates have shared a few peeks at the recent trip to Washington, D.C., but today we want to share more

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Tips for Civil War History Day Costumes

May 9th, 2017

Our Civil War Picnic and Ball in 2013

Believe it or not, History Day is not far off! Our Civil War Picnic and Ball is coming up on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Biddle Park in Arroyo Grande and it is

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Monday Mix-ins: The Wild West

May 8th, 2017

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, 1890
{photo by Royale Photographie, Vuillemenot Montabone 188 Via Nazionale - Roma (Italia) (Royale Photographie) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons}

This week

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Free Friday: May 5, 2017

May 5th, 2017

{photo by Ben White}

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Make the most of the lengthening days and sunlit evenings with more

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Character Traits for May 2017: Resilience and Resourcefulness

May 4th, 2017

{photo by Armando Castillejos}

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

~ Thomas Edison

“If there is no wind, row.”

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Wednesday Wonders: Two Superb Senior Projects

May 3rd, 2017

{photos by Carolyn Eicher}

While we may have a small senior class this year at SLOCA High School, their recent Senior Project presentations were grand endeavors! The Senior Project is the

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A Teacher’s Day in the Life: Intermediate

May 2nd, 2017

{photos by Lisa Ann Dillon}

Each year around this time we like to share an on-campus “day in the life” from one of our teachers – it’s just as interesting to hear what goes on in one of our

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Monday Mix-ins: Clara Barton, Reconstruction

May 1st, 2017

Miss Clara Barton
{photo by Matthew Brady, from The U.S. National Archives}

We are moving on from the “War Between the States,” but before we leave it behind we want to highlight the inspiring

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Free Friday and a Quote for Book Lovers

Apr 28th, 2017

Happy Friday! 

Have you seen the newly updated chalkboard hanging outside the Den? We absolutely love this quote by Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated Sherlock Holmes stories (we will be

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Note-Taking Skills at SLOCA

Apr 27th, 2017

{photo by Thomas Martinsen}

As our kids grow into middle school, high school, and beyond, we know that note-taking will become an important tool they will use throughout their education and life.

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Wednesday Wonders: A Look Back at Intermediate Basketball

Apr 26th, 2017

{photos by Cheryl McCabe}

Though we are well into the Spring sports season, we have a slight throwback to share today for our Wednesday Wonders post. Our students in all levels had a fantastic

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Co-Schooling SLOCA-Style

Apr 25th, 2017

{photos by Lindsey Cheney}

The homeschooling component of SLOCA’s program is one of our unique twists on providing a rich classical education. We deeply value family time and learning together in

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Monday Mix-ins: The End of the Civil War

Apr 24th, 2017

Inscription of the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial
{photo by Mr.TinDC via flickr}

Welcome back! We hope your family is returning to school well-rested and ready to go! 

Before we jump

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