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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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Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac


Have you heard of the book, The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay? It’s a best-selling, award-winning, fascinating look at how machines work, and it’s a brilliant resource for finding out about inventions of all kids, from simple machines to the digital age. Kids (and grownups) who like to know how things work will love this book – it’s immensely enjoyable to sit and look through, and it fits in perfectly with out current history and science studies.

The New Way Things Work is the “book of the day” on Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac, which is the website we want to bring to your attention today. If you love children’s books then this site is a must to check out. Each day features a new book recommendation from children’s book expert Anita Silvey. From classics to moderns on their way to becoming classics, Anita tells you about the books and the stories behind the books, as well as events from that day in history, trivia, and celebrations for every day of the year. 

For instance, today she mentioned an interesting fact about this day in history: on January 31 1865, the United States Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery. 

We hope you enjoy this delightful resource and discover even more to love about the wonderful world of children’s books!

Just for fun, what are your favorite children’s books, either from your own childhood or ones you’ve read to your kids? Post a comment below and let’s share our favorites with each other!

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