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Family Games for Holiday Gatherings

Dec 15th, 2017

{photos from sources linked below}

Today is the LAST day to enter our Down Home Giveaway for a chance to win a Coffee Card from the school store! All you have to do is tell us about one of your

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Reading Resolutions for Winter Break

Dec 14th, 2017

{photo by Drew Coffman}

Don't forget to enter our Down Home Giveaway for a chance to win a Coffee Card from the school store! Share one of your family's holiday traditions to enter – it only takes

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Wednesday Wonders: Accessing My Math Brain

Dec 13th, 2017

{photo by Jennifer Wright}

Here’s a truly wonderful and inspiring testimonial sent in by Track A parent Brigid Moore, about the Singapore Math Training last week. Brigid and her husband Ken have

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A Day in the Life: The Gibson Family

Dec 12th, 2017

{photos by Jeannett Gibson}

Here’s another relatable Day in the Life post for all of our hard working homeschooling parents out there! Today we’ll hear from Jeannett Gibson. Jeannett and her

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Monday Mix-ins: Ancient Greek Myths and a Giveaway!

Dec 11th, 2017

{photo by Kannan Kartha on flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0}

Who’s ready for a contest??? Before we dive in to this week’s mix-ins, Down Home wants to give away a Coffee Card from the school store, and we

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Friday Flops: Latin Cat Memes

Dec 8th, 2017

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

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.” 

Sophocles
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Teaching Gratitude with Literature

Dec 7th, 2017

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." 

~ William Arthur Ward

December’s Character trait is:

Gratitude: Being thankful and showing appreciation

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Wednesday Wonders: “For Fun”

Dec 6th, 2017

{photo by Alanna LaBine}

Here’s a priceless wonder moment that Alanna LaBine (UMS Math and Science teacher) shared with us back in October. Sorry for the delay - it's worth it! 


One of my

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Singapore Math Tips 2017: Levels 5 and 6

Dec 5th, 2017

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

Today we bring your our final installment in the Singapore Math Tips series, all in preparation for the Singapore Math training happening this Friday, December 8th! This

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Monday Mix-ins: The Minoans and Mycenaeans

Dec 4th, 2017

{photo by Lapplaender via Wikimedia Commons}

Let’s journey back to ancient Greece! This week we have some mix-ins to share about some of the very earliest peoples of ancient Greece – the Minoans

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Friday Flops: The Power of What is Possible

Dec 1st, 2017

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

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” 

Henry David Thoreau

Today’s Friday Flop

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Ready for Homer?

Nov 30th, 2017

{Public domain via Wikimedia Commons}

This trimester we will immerse ourselves in two of the greatest epic works of literature, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Here are a couple of quick TED-Ed videos

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Wednesday Wonders: Good Times at the Getty

Nov 29th, 2017

Our high school students enjoyed an educational yet fun-filled field trip earlier this month – on November 4th they visited the Getty Villa Museum in Southern California to experience some of the

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Singapore Math Tips 2017: Levels 3 and 4

Nov 28th, 2017

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

We are back this week with another resource to help you prepare for our Singapore Math training on December 8th, and to offer some tips to help enrich your math time at

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Monday Mix-ins: Ancient China

Nov 27th, 2017

{photo by TravelCoffeeBook}

It’s Trimester 2, everyone! We hope your Thanksgiving break was restful and filled with gratitude. We also hope to see many SLOCA parents at tonight's History and

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Friday Flops: Graphing Boot Camp

Nov 17th, 2017

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

“Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to

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Of Milton and Manual Transmissions – In Defense of Grammar

Nov 16th, 2017

{photo by Pexels}

Last week we shared a fun video tutorial for those teaching grammar at home in grades 1-4, using First Language Lessons. This week Grammar is back, but we're highlighting the

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Wednesday Wonders: Fantastic Fundraising

Nov 15th, 2017

{photo by Deena Eschenbach}

How are your raffle ticket sales going? We are so encouraged by the stories we are hearing, and want to share one of them with you today. Deena Eschenbach and her son

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Singapore Math Tips 2017: Levels 1 and 2

Nov 14th, 2017

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

Our Singapore Math training is coming up on December 8th, and to help you gear up for all the practical instruction and hands-on learning you’ll receive at that event, as

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Monday Mix-ins: One Last Week in Ancient Egypt

Nov 13th, 2017

A well preserved temple relief of pharaoh Ramesses II at the Temple of Derr
{photo by Richard Stead via flickr / CC BY 2.0}

Can you believe this is our last week of Trimester 1? Time flies! We

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