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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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Free Friday and Happy Holidays!

{Tomie dePaola, photo via}

Happy Friday to all, and happy three weeks off from school! 

Having just read Clown of God for literary analysis, and after learning a little about this book and author Tomie dePaola at our Trimester 2 Parent Literature Training, we were delighted to find that Tomie, who has written and/or illustrated over 200 books for children, has several Christmas/holiday books to his credit. Although many of his holiday stories are faith-based, there is much to appreciate in his work regardless of your family’s faith. So, if you enjoy this author and would like to read more books from him about Christmas and other holidays/legends around this time of year, check out the following list – some of these are out of print, but you can always look for them at the local library. We're trying something new and have provided Amazon links for more info – just click on the book image!

 My First Christmas board book

 My First Chanukah board book

 Merry Christmas, Strega Nona

 Strega Nona's Gift

 Country Angel Christmas

 The Night Before Christmas (illustrations)

 The Lady of Guadalupe

 The Legend of the Poinsettia

 The Legend of Old Befana

 Mary the Mother of Jesus

 Jingle the Christmas Clown

 The Friendly Beasts: An Old English Christmas Carol

 The Birds of Bethlehem

 The Story of the Three Wise Kings

 The Night of Las Posadas

Winter is for reading! Down Home would like to wish you an extraordinarily joyful three weeks off to celebrate the season and spend all-in time with loved ones. May you rest and reflect, make plenty of fond memories, appreciate every blessing, and enjoy many good books. We are grateful for each of you!

We will be posting content on the blog Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week and the week of December 28th, but will take a break during the week of Christmas.


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