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Food for Thought: What Students Need to Know

Feb 23rd, 2018

{Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash}

It’s Friday, and we have an intriguing article to share with you – something to read and think about over the weekend. Here’s the opening statement:

“The

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SLOCA’s Foundation Circle

Feb 22nd, 2018

You may have heard of SLOCA’s Foundation Circle, but perhaps you aren’t entirely clear on what it is. Today let’s hear from our Development Director, Cozy Faber, as she explains this new board:


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Wednesday Wonders: Grammar Shows Up in Unexpected Places

Feb 21st, 2018

Here’s a quick wonder moment I (Jenny) wanted to share. This actually happened back in November, and here’s the story behind it: This year my youngest son Calvin is in 5th grade. In Lower Middle

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Homeschool Corners: Math Manipulatives

Feb 20th, 2018

{photos by Jenny Bischoff}

Today we are trying something slightly new here at Down Home. We all know and love the virtual tour posts that we share occasionally, where SLOCA families take us on a

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Monday Mix-ins: Ancient Greece Culmination

Feb 19th, 2018

{public domain photo}

Happy President’s Day!

As we enjoy a couple of days off of school to honor our presidents, here are some fun enrichment links to help us wrap up our time in Ancient Greece.

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Free Friday: February 16, 2018

Feb 16th, 2018

{photo by Lotte Meijer on Unsplash}

Another Friday, another reason to celebrate! As you head into the weekend we hope you have some good old-fashioned family fun. We haven’t talked about “Free by

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Food for Thought: Virtue in Literature

Feb 15th, 2018

{photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash}

To be “a community that forges character” is part of our mission statement at SLO Classical Academy, and we aim to highlight our SLOCA character traits in some

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Wednesday Wonders: Master’s Tea with John Matteson

Feb 14th, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you feel loved and loving not only on this day, but all the year long. Enjoy a sweet treat and give out extra hugs today!

Here’s something we

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Classically Inspired: Sirens

Feb 13th, 2018

{photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash}

"The plot lines, and the stock characters, of our contemporary movies, novels, plays and television shows come from the ancient tales, and primarily from two

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Monday Mix-ins: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World

Feb 12th, 2018

Relief inspired by the everyday life of Alexander the Great, by Tilemahos Efthimiadis
{Image via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0}

This week we offer a few videos and sites relating to the life

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Friday Flops: Face in My Phone

Feb 9th, 2018

{photo by Alex Proimos on flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0}

“We are all failures - at least the best of us are.” 

~ J.M. Barrie

It’s Friday, and we just want to take a moment to applaud our SLOCA parents

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AP Classes: Typically not worth it … and even less so at SLOCA

Feb 8th, 2018

{photo by Alberto G on flickr / CC BY 2.0}

Thoughts on the AP system from a Cal Poly Statistics Professor

American families and students are increasingly baffled, frustrated, and stressed out by

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Wednesday Wonders: Mapping with the Walzes

Feb 7th, 2018

{photos by Nicolay Walz}

Here’s a glorious moment captured by SLOCA parent Nicolay Walz. Nicolay and her husband Matthew have 4 kids at the school: Amelia (HS Junior), David (LMS 6), and Catherine

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The Statue that Launched a Thousand Fond Remembrances of SLOCA

Feb 6th, 2018

Today’s post comes from a recent SLOCA High School graduate – Hannah Thompson, who graduated last year (2017) and is currently attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where she is

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Monday Mix-ins: The Greek Thinkers

Feb 5th, 2018

The School of Athens by Raphael
{Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons}

This week we have few videos and links to share about the ancient Greek philosophers (and a couple of other notable

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Friday Flops: Xanthippe Moment

Feb 2nd, 2018

{photo by Alex Proimos on flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0}

“The real questions for parents should be: "Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?" If so, plan to make lots of mistakes and bad decisions.

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Teaching Humility with Literature

Feb 1st, 2018

“Pride in our intellectual achievements, hubris, is a death knell to the kind of real education that produces virtue, and children are very susceptible to being drawn into this kind of pride, as

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Wednesday Wonders: Fun with Food in High School

Jan 31st, 2018

{photo by Carolyn Eicher}

Semester 2 for our high school students began this week, and with it a new round of elective class offerings. But today we want to highlight one of the exciting electives

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A Day in the Life: The Ridley Family

Jan 30th, 2018

{photos by Stephanie Ridley}

Settle in with a nice warm mug of something comforting and dive into today’s blog post – we have another Day in the Life to share! This time let’s visit the Ridley

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Monday Mix-ins: All Those Greek Wars

Jan 29th, 2018

Frieze of Royal Archers from the Palace of the Persian King Darius the Great at Susa
{photo by Frans Vandewalle on flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0}

Guys! We are halfway through the school year, can you

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