Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rea Berg: History at Home

Our very own Rea Berg spoke on the topic, "History at Home" at our last P.I.E. meeting. We have posted the video on YouTube in six parts and posted it here for your inspiration and encouragement . . . .

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Here's a lengthy, but "worth it" article entitled, "The Death and Life of American Imagination" . . .

British historian Arnold J. Toynbee said that apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and that enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: “First, an ideal, which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.” That kind of imagination is the cognitive fuel that put a man on the moon, and that could help forestall the wreckage of another Katrina. But the fate of the American imagination seems also to be governed by an old adage—one that is tricky for cognitive scientists and brain researchers to prove in context, even though it’s simple enough for any first-grader to grasp: If we don’t use it, we may lose it.

SLO Classical Academy aims to foster and stimulate the imagination of our children. Its hard work!

Hat Tip: Teri Brown, one of our amazing parents!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Sign of the Beaver

The next meeting of the Classical Academy Parent's Reading Group is coming up quick. . . .this Friday. Still its not too late to read the book we'll be discussing, The Sign of the Beaver, since its a small, quick read.

One of the purposes of the group is to help us all in the important task of literary analysis as we look elements of setting, plot, conflict, theme, etc.

We always have a great time thinking, laughing and snacking together. See you on Friday at 7:00 PM?