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Making Poetry Fun

Feb 23rd, 2017

At SLO Classical Academy, students read and memorize poetry at every level, from Little Wonders up through high school. We want to make this skill fun and easy in the younger levels, and to

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Wednesday Wonders: Rainy Day Doodles

Feb 22nd, 2017

Today’s wonder is short and sweet - the above photo was sent in by Track B Primary teacher Jennifer Perneel with the caption: 

“How Primary students doodle on my whiteboard during rainy day

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Thinking Links

Feb 21st, 2017

{photo by jutheanh}

Although we don’t have classes on campus today, we know many of you will be finishing up home assignments… isn’t it nice to have an extra day? 

If by any chance your kids find

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President’s Day: Washington’s Farewell Address

Feb 20th, 2017

Washington's Farewell Address, 1796 by Allyn Cox, Oil on Canvas, 1973-1974
{photo by the US Capitol / Public Domain}

Happy President’s Day! While we all enjoy a short break from the regular

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Free Friday: Readers Around the World

Feb 17th, 2017

{photo by Ben White}

“Readers are seldom lonely or bored, because reading is a refuge and an enlightenment.”

~ Paul Theroux

Images are all too common of people with their heads down, staring at

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Rube Goldberg Machines

Feb 16th, 2017

{image by Rube Goldberg, via Wonderopolis}

Our Upper Middle School students are currently working on creating Rube Goldberg Machines in Science class. Don’t know what these are? They are

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Wednesday Wonders: Ben Franklin Visits SLOCA

Feb 15th, 2017

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

If you have kids at SLOCA, you’ve probably already heard all about the esteemed visitor we had at the beginning of the month… but today we want to pass along a few photos

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Valentine’s Dinner for the Family

Feb 14th, 2017

{photo by TerriC}

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

We all know that the way to many a heart (not just a man’s) is through the stomach, so today we have a family favorite recipe to share, sent in by SLOCA

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Monday Mix-ins: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears

Feb 13th, 2017

Trail of Tears plaque
{photo by Wesley Fryer (Cherokee Heritage Museum) / CC BY 2.0}

He was both beloved and hated during his presidency…. Let’s take a look at the controversial Andrew Jackson

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Free Friday: February 10, 2017

Feb 10th, 2017

{photo by Laura Ockel}

Is your child’s class exchanging valentines next week? Making valentine cards can be a joy or a chore (or both). As parents, we want to make it fun, let our kids do most of

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Classical Education: The Pre-Grammar Stage

Feb 9th, 2017

Welcome to another post in our Classical Education blog series! We’ve been taking a look at how SLOCA approaches Classical Education at each level. We began our series with the Rhetoric Stage to

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Wednesday Wonders: Poetry Out Loud

Feb 8th, 2017

{photos by Andy Zink}

A couple of weeks ago, four of our high school students participated in SLOCA’s second annual Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts,

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A Day in the Life: The Pahl Family

Feb 7th, 2017
{photos by Jessica Pahl}

How about another Day in the Life post? We love these, and are excited to bring you the latest installment today. This time we are hearing from the Pahl family: Jessica

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Monday Mix-Ins: The Industrial Revolution

Feb 6th, 2017

A Watt Steam Engine
{photo by Nicolás Pérez / CC BY-SA 3.0}

This week it’s full steam ahead into the Industrial Revolution! We hope you enjoy the following links as an optional supplement to your

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Free Friday: February 3, 2017

Feb 3rd, 2017

{photo by Zé Zorzan}

“The grass is always greener where you water it.”

~ Unknown

Happy Friday! Hasn’t it been wonderful to be surrounded by green lately? We are so thankful for the rain we’ve

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Character Trait for February 2017: Humility

Feb 2nd, 2017

{photo by Bradley Swenson}

"It is of little traits that the greatest human character is composed." 

~ William Winter

A new month is upon us, which means a new character trait to focus on.

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Wednesday Wonders: Middle School Boys Basketball

Feb 1st, 2017

{photos by Lisa Ann Dillon}

A win for SLOCA Grizzlies!

Once again our SLOCA Grizzlies rank as one of our “wonders” and today we want to celebrate our middle school

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Home Sick Days

Jan 31st, 2017

{photo by Myriams-Fotos}

Tis the season… cold and flu season, that is. We aren’t talking about being homesick, but about being home, sick. 

At the beginning of the year we shared tips on health

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Monday Mix-Ins: The Erie Canal and Two More Presidents

Jan 30th, 2017

Historic Erie Canal Photo: Aqueduct over the Mohawk River
{photo by Clifton Park Collection, National Scenic Byways Online, via Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain}

It’s another fine Monday, and we

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Free Friday: January 27, 2017

Jan 27th, 2017

{photo by David Slater via flickr / CC BY 2.0}

Looking for a fun family outing this weekend? Visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach while the butterflies are still here! (If the weather

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