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Welcome to Down Home, San Luis Obispo Classical Academy’s blog! We are a classical school offering several options to make our education work for families with infants through high schoolers. Our signature hybrid program, which is part-time classroom and part-time home instruction, provides an engaging education for preschool through middle school (with full time options available). We also have a university model high school. This blog is meant to support and encourage on the home front because, in so many ways, the heart of what happens at SLO Classical Academy happens down home.

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Homeschooling can easily become a to-do list and it often happens that we lose sight of the big picture. We love to check off everything on the grid and feel “done.” But we know there’s more to learning than checking tasks off the list. Having visual reminders of our goals is one way to help pull us out of our daily rut, and today we want to share with you a fantastic poster that one of our parents came across online.

It’s called the Blooming Butterfly and is based on the work of Benjamin Bloom, who, along with a team of educators, conceived a classification for higher order thinking in the 1940s and 50s which came to be known as Bloom’s Taxonomy. It’s been revised over the years, but his work continues to provide help for teaching higher level thinking skills and appealing to multiple intelligences. 

This poster is a great visual showing that the first step in learning is remembering facts, and from there a student moves through the levels, handling the learned material in more sophisticated ways, until ultimately they are able to create something new with it. The image of the butterfly is fitting in that it shows the wings growing bigger at each level of learning, eventually enabling the learner to fly. What a sweet reminder and inspiration to have in front of us as we learn alongside and interact with our children at home. You might want to print it and post it somewhere in your home or school area.

Here’s another poster you might be interested in as well. It’s the Blooming Orange, and it helps define the levels with different verbs you can use as prompts.

The Blooming Butterfly and Blooming Orange posters were designed by  the Learning Today product development team, and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
We hope these posters will inspire you and be helpful and attractive reminders that you will want to display. As our kids grow, we want to try to move beyond just remembering the facts. What are some ways you do this at home?

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