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To Schedule, or Not to Schedule?

Feb 9th, 2016

{photos by Molly Trapp}

For our parents who are doing the homeschooling piece: do you use a schedule on your home days? Do you work off the grid or make your own plan? Or tweak the grid to fit

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Math Mania Musings

Feb 8th, 2016

{photo from SLOCA’s flickr site}

Instead of Monday Mix-ins, today we want to talk about Math Mania, which is happening in just a few weeks – March 3rd! This is a special evening where we honor and

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Free Friday: February 5, 2016

Feb 5th, 2016

We are excited for our Mother-Son Bingo night this weekend! Saturday from 6-8 in the MPR. There may still be a few spots available – SIGN UP HERE! We hope all the moms and sons (or grandmas and

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World’s Easiest and Most Nutritious Appetizer

Feb 4th, 2016

Here’s a “recipe” (if you can even call it that) from the Trader Joe's flyer discovered by one of our SLOCA parents that is SO easy, and SO good for you, that we just had to share it. All you need

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Wednesday Wonders: Napoleon Stinks

Feb 3rd, 2016

Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David in 1805
{Public Domain, via Wikipedia}

Last week our high schoolers wrapped up their first semester, and finished finals! They studied earnestly

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What Makes it Great

Feb 2nd, 2016

{photo via fanpop}

“Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.”

~Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own


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Monday Mix-ins: The Prince and the Pauper

Feb 1st, 2016

{photo source: ebay}

Happy Monday! Today we veer from the usual history links to celebrate the culmination of The Prince and the Pauper with a few fun movie versions and adaptations. We've enjoyed

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Food for Thought: The Moral Bucket List

Jan 29th, 2016

Are you glad it's Friday?

Occasionally we like to share interesting articles on Fridays, as “food for thought” for this (hopefully) slightly slower-paced day. Today we have an inspiring essay to

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Poetry Out Loud

Jan 28th, 2016

What are you doing the evening of Tuesday, February 2nd? Come and support our high school students who are participating in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest! Perhaps you saw

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Wednesday Wonders: Reading to Sister

Jan 27th, 2016

{photo by Julie Leppelmeier}

Wednesdays are the best around here at Down Home. We love hearing from SLOCA parents about fun or special moments from your home days - those moments of wonder that

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An Astronomical Local Resource

Jan 26th, 2016

Our students are into Astronomy! Are your children fascinated by all they are learning in science about space? We recently shared a link to some pretty amazing astronomy videos, and today we also

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Monday Mix-ins: Suleiman, Calvin, and Knox

Jan 25th, 2016

"Siege of Esztergom 1543" by Sebastian Vrancx
{Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons}

Today’s Monday Mix-ins are going to cover two different topics – for the younger kids we’ve got a few

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Free Friday: January 22, 2016

Jan 22nd, 2016

Greetings! As we head into the weekend, we hope you're planning to come on Monday evening to our family business meeting and potluck dinner, starting at 6:00 pm at Grace Church in SLO. If you

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Classical Character: Character Matters

Jan 21st, 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 book

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Wednesday Wonders: Cooking in Tuscany

Jan 20th, 2016

{photos by Michelle Dorman}

This Wednesday Wonder is a bit of a throwback, but we wanted to share this delightful memory and these fun photos with you. Everyone loves talking about food

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January 23rd is National Handwriting Day

Jan 19th, 2016

{photo via}

During our recent Andrew Pudewa seminars, one of the training sessions discussed paper and pen vs. technology. The research cited was fascinating, and reinforces the

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Monday Mix-ins: Henry VIII

Jan 18th, 2016

{Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger - Portrait of Henry VIII via Wikimedia Commons}

We are making our way through the Reformation, and this week we look at famous king Henry VIII of England, and

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Free Friday: January 15, 2016

Jan 15th, 2016

A very happy Friday to you! There are several opportunities to connect with others this weekend – we hope you’ll be joining in on one of our parent book clubs tonight or tomorrow night, and/or our

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Astounding Astronomy

Jan 14th, 2016

Our 1st-8th grade kids are currently learning about Astronomy in science, and we found a fun collection of awesome space videos on The Kid Should See This website that you might be interested in:

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What’s for Dinner: Potluck Ideas

Jan 13th, 2016

Our Parent Potluck Dinner and Business Meeting is coming up on January 25th, and that means we will be sharing a meal together! Typically parents sign up to bring a soup, salad, bread, dessert, or

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