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An Indispensable Resource for This Year’s History and Literature

Sep 29th, 2016

Isn’t our librarian clever?
{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Today we will once again hear from our ever-helpful librarian, Emily Ferrarini, who is going to fill us in on SLOCA's supplemental history and

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Wednesday Wonders: Loving those Literary Devices

Sep 28th, 2016

{photo by Gaelle Marcel}

We are so pleased when teachers share their special moments on “Wednesday Wonders,” and we know our parents enjoy them too! Here’s a lovely one that was sent in by

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What’s for “Dessert?”

Sep 27th, 2016

{photo by Cheryl McCabe}

Last week we brought you tips on health and wellness, and to follow up, here’s a recipe sent in by one of our SLOCA parents, for a super healthy cake! Many thanks to Track

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Monday Mix-ins: More on the Colonies

Sep 26th, 2016

Shipping scene in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1770s
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

We found a few more supplemental links about the American colonies leading up to the Revolution, and the

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Friday Faces: Look and Find… Primary and Intermediate

Sep 23rd, 2016

SLOCA parents, we'd like to remind you to enter Down Home's drawing for a chance to win a kombucha card at the school store! There's one week left to enter. Read last week's blog about apps for the

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Welcome to the Den!

Sep 22nd, 2016

{photos by Emily Ferrarini}

For new and returning families alike, today we bring you a friendly guide to one of our favorite places - the Den! Emily Ferrarini will be leading us through it, so

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Wednesday Wonders: Love of Latin

Sep 21st, 2016

{photo by Stephanie Ridley}

Today’s Wednesday Wonder comes from the Ridley family. Stephanie and Bryan Ridley have two children at SLOCA on Track B: Isobel (6th grade) and Sibylla (3rd grade), and

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Back to School Health & Wellness Tips

Sep 20th, 2016

{photo by Jenn Richardson}

Today we have a guest blogger! One of our SLOCA parents, Keshet Lavoux, teaches free health and wellness classes and DIY workshops with natural solutions. She has

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Monday Mix-Ins: Colonial Slavery and The Seven Years’ War

Sep 19th, 2016

{The Death of General Wolfe (1770) by Benjamin West / Public Domain}

This week we’ll look a bit more at Colonial life, and slavery in the American colonies. Plus we’ll learn about the French and

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Friday Faces: Look and Find… Little Wonders

Sep 16th, 2016

Welcome to another year of our always popular blog series, Friday Faces! This year, we are putting a twist on this way of introducing our teachers and staff. We now have an incredible page of staff

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Apps for Parents: Enter our Down Home Drawing!

Sep 15th, 2016

{photo by Chris Adamus}

With our recent reading of Reclaiming Conversation, many of us are making more of an effort to reduce screen time (for ourselves as well as our kids) and spend more time

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Wednesday Wonders: Character Sighting

Sep 14th, 2016

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Today I (Jenny) thought I'd share a small wonder that happened a couple of weeks ago on our first home day. 

One of the assignments on my Intermediate student’s grid was

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Down Home Virtual Tour

Sep 13th, 2016
{photos by Joy Newman}

Does anyone remember the Down Home house tours we did a few years back, where we visited the homes of SLOCA families to see how they set up their homeschool areas? We shared

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Monday Mix-ins: Colonial Life

Sep 12th, 2016
{photo by Jerry and Pat Donaho / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0}

If you're interested in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Home School Days for this school year, here's the scoop: Reservations for the 2016–17 school

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Free by Five Friday and Digital Addiction

Sep 9th, 2016

{photo by William Iven}

“Men have become the tools of their tools.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Happy Friday to all! It was a short week, bur Friday is a welcome sight nonetheless. We hope you read

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Grammar Stage Poetry Resource

Sep 8th, 2016

{photo by Jodi via flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0}

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.”

~ Leonardo da Vinci

Memorization and Recitation are part of our core curriculum for all SLO Classical

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Wednesday Wonders: Don Quixote Ballet

Sep 7th, 2016

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Greetings! Today we have a Wednesday Wonder that happened last year, but is nonetheless a treasure to share. For our new SLOCA families, this is a great representation of

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Den Chat: Tips for SLOCA Newbies

Sep 6th, 2016

{photo by Kate Bischoff}

So, new SLOCA parents, how was your first week? It’s nice to have this short break right off the bat to get your bearings, isn’t it? 

We want to help our new families

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Monday Mix-ins: American History Movies

Sep 5th, 2016

Happy Labor Day! 

Here’s some info about Labor Day, if you want to know more about this national holiday.

Who’s up for a movie night?

Since we are technically on a break today, our Monday

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Free by Five and Community

Sep 2nd, 2016

{photo by Crew}

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.“

~Herman Melville

Happy Friday everyone - you made it! Our first week just flew by. How did

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