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Working on It: Balancing SLOCA and Work

Jan 26th, 2017

{photo by Olu Eletu}

Greetings! Today we are bringing you a new series where we hear from SLOCA parents who have another job outside the home – balancing homeschool, home life, and an additional

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Wednesday Wonders: Singapore Math Training

Jan 25th, 2017

While our Wednesday Wonders are usually about the kids, this week I (Jenny) felt compelled to highlight and thank our staff who conducted the recent Singapore Math training. These teachers spent

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Den Chat: Stressed? Burned Out?

Jan 24th, 2017

{photo by Erika Wittlieb}

This year we are focusing on Life Together, and one way we can do SLOCA life together is to encourage each other when the going gets tough. Because no matter how

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Monday Mix-ins: The War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner

Jan 23rd, 2017

The large Star Spangled Banner Flag that inspired the lyrics of the US national anthem when it flew above Fort McHenry in the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Shown here on display at the Smithsonian's
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Free Friday: January 20, 2017

Jan 20th, 2017

{photo by Annie Spratt}

“The best thing to spend on your children is your time.“

~Louise Hart

We loved sharing about SLOCA student performances last fall, and we want to continue this on

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Classical Education: The Grammar Stage

Jan 19th, 2017

Today we bring you another installment in our Classical Education blog series. We’ve shared about the Rhetoric Stage and the Logic Stage, and now we turn our attention to SLOCA’s approach to the

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Wednesday Wonders: High School Basketball

Jan 18th, 2017

{photos by Margie Peterson}

Today we're sharing a few great photos and a mini-update on high school basketball, from parent Margie Peterson: 

The high school boys basketball team is making huge

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A Day in the Life of a SLOCA High Schooler

Jan 17th, 2017

Greetings! Our popular Day in the Life series is back today, but with a twist – one of our high school students has written about not one, but TWO days in her life to share with us! It’s been

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Monday Mix-ins: Lewis and Clark

Jan 16th, 2017

{photo by Keith Gerstung / CC BY 2.0}

This week we’ll tag along on the famous Corps of Discovery Expedition with Lewis and Clark, and Sacagawea of course! Here are a few fun videos and links we’ve

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Attention Young SLO County Writers!

Jan 13th, 2017

Happy Friday! Maybe you’ve heard about the Hanging Lantern Review, but today we want to share a bit more about this special publication, and an announcement regarding the upcoming issue:


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Character Trait for January 2016: Diligence

Jan 12th, 2017

{photo by João Silas}

“Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.”

~Elbert Green Hubbard

January’s character trait is Diligence:

Committing to doing

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What’s for Dinner: Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Jan 11th, 2017

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Instead of a Wednesday Wonder, today we bring back an old favorite… What’s for Dinner Wednesday! Here we feature a quick and easy recipe you can make for your family on a

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Minimizing Distractions

Jan 10th, 2017

{photo by Mary Knudson}

Around our house we tend to slide into well-deserved and fully-authorized lazy habits during any kind of holiday break, and it’s just what we need. But that means we also

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Monday Mix-ins: Adams and Jefferson

Jan 9th, 2017

John Adams by John Trumbull / Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale
{Public Domain images via Wikipedia}

Welcome back to school – we hope your holiday break was restful and that you’re ready to come

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Free Friday: January 6, 2017

Jan 6th, 2017

{photo by Merideth Eades}

“How does one keep from 'growing old inside?' Surely only in community. The only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people…” 

~ Robert McAfee Brown
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A Mid-Week Laugh

Jan 4th, 2017

{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

For all of our classics-loving readers out there, here’s a funny stand-up bit from comedian John Branyan, who appreciates a more robust vocabulary and shows

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TED Talks for E&E

Jan 2nd, 2017

{photo by: Simon Hattinga Verschure}

"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."

~Charles Lamb

Happy New Year – welcome to 2017!

Many of us know and love TED, the nonprofit organization devoted

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Keep It All the Year

Dec 23rd, 2016

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! May your hearts be glowing and full of good cheer as you gather with family, friends, and maybe even strangers over the next

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What to do With All that Artwork!

Dec 21st, 2016

{photo by boribakter}

A holiday break is an ideal time to hang or display all the artwork that kids create at home or school. Want a few fresh ideas for how to show off all that beauty and

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Holiday Crafts and Treats

Dec 19th, 2016

{photo by Elena Ferrer}

School’s out and kids are home – want some fun ideas for things to create this week? Kids love making holiday decorations, crafts, and goodies, so today we bring you a few

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