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Summer Together: Friday Fun for the Family

Jul 29th, 2016

{photo by Viktor Hanacek}

Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the

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Summer Together: Speaking and Listening

Jul 27th, 2016

{photo by William Iven}

It is not enough to ask your children to put away their phones. You have to model this behavior and put way your phone.

~Sherry Turkle, in Reclaiming Conversation: The
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Summer Together: Don’t Forget to Slow Down

Jul 25th, 2016

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Life is pretty full during the school year, and sometimes summer seems just as busy! Yet we all know we should take time over the summer break to rest and

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Summer Together: Five More for Friday

Jul 22nd, 2016

We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.


Each Friday this summer we are sharing 5 ideas for having fun with your family. Here are this week’s

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Summer Together: Reclaim Conversation

Jul 20th, 2016

Face-to-face conversation is the most human – and humanizing – thing we do. Fully present to one another, we learn to listen. It’s where we develop the capacity for empathy. It’s where we

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Summer Together: A Song of SLOCA

Jul 18th, 2016

Good Monday to you! We have something fun to share today: parents, if you were at morning meeting on the last Monday/Tuesday of school, LMS teacher Nick Stavros (who will be dearly missed, as he

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Summer Together: More Family Fun

Jul 15th, 2016

{photo source: SLO Visitor's Guide}

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

~Jane Howard

It’s Friday again, and

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Summer Together: Get Theater Tickets

Jul 13th, 2016

{photo source: California Theatre Center}

Live theater is enriching, entertaining, and an enjoyable way to get E&E hours during the school year. And it’s even better to go as a group! Today we

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Summer Together: $1 Movies and More

Jul 11th, 2016

Here’s an inexpensive way to get out with friends and treat the kids to a fun morning: $1 movies! Regal Cinemas in Arroyo Grande is once again hosting the Summer Movie Express every Tuesday and

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Summer Together: Five Family Time Ideas

Jul 8th, 2016

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.

~Richard L. Evans

Need a few fresh ideas for simple ways to spend time with your

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Summer Together: Hit the Beaches!

Jul 6th, 2016

Two things that definitely go together during summer on the Central Coast are friends and the beach. What a great way to nurture relationships, while enjoying relaxation and fun together, fresh

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Summer Together: History Day Wax Museum

Jul 4th, 2016

{photo by Michelle Dorman}

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” 

~Henri-Marie Beyle (Stendhal)

Happy Independence Day! It may be a national holiday but Down Home is back

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Let Summer Begin!

Jun 17th, 2016

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

~ Henry James

Kudos to you, SLOCA families, for finishing strong! Summer

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“Throw”back Thursday

Jun 16th, 2016

It’s not much a throwback, but it does involve throwing! As we celebrate this official last day of SLOCA classes (for Track A yesterday, for Track B today), we have a handful of Primary and

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Wednesday Wonders: HLR Reading

Jun 15th, 2016

{photo by Carolyn Eicher}

For our final Wednesday Wonder of the school year, we are highlighting the incredible work of local middle and high school students featured at our recent Hanging Lantern

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Summer: To Schedule, or Not to Schedule?

Jun 14th, 2016

It’s almost here – are you ready for it? We know the kids are excited for summer, and we think the parents are too. : )

We’d love to know if you schedule your summer days, or just embrace the

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Monday Mix-ins: A Few Fun Extras

Jun 13th, 2016

Today marks the very last Monday Mix-ins for the school year, and so we have a few fun extra things to share. This is only a short list (there is SO much to explore online!) but it can serve as a

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History Day Friday!

Jun 10th, 2016

Happy History Day, everyone! 

Today we WILL enjoy celebrating the end of our year with the Renaissance, Reformation, and Explorers. As Susie said in last week’s update, “As you frantically finish

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Classical Character: The Moral Child

Jun 9th, 2016


Classical Character

Mrs. Burns’ Book Review Blog

Last year Jenna Burns brought us Pedagogic Ponderings, a blog review of books on education.  This year she brings us Classical Character, a

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Wednesday Wonders: Battle of the Books

Jun 8th, 2016

{photo by Jessica Wilson}

Today our wonderful and book-loving librarian, Emily Ferrarini, fills us in on how Battle of the Books went this year: 

This Spring, SLOCA held its very first Battle of

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