Friday, October 22, 2010

Why we do Recitation

By Mrs. Dillon’s Primary Class

· It makes you smart because you can memorize lots of things.

· You can learn how to get in front of lots of people like meetings at work.

· It gets you to feel like what an actor feels like in a play in front of an audience.

· Poems teach you the words of the great thinkers.

· Work out for your brain.

· Helps you to overcome stage fright.

· It’s FUN!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Message to "the Dads"

From one of our SLOCA teachers:

I have been thinking about all of you dads in the past two weeks and the important role you play in your child's education. Each of you participate at different levels in the formal schooling, but all of you are have signed up to be the dad of a homeschooling family. That is a huge job!
I realized you are not receiving encouragement letters each week saying, "Good job going to work everyday and making a living so that your wife can homeschool your children." or "Thank you for showing patience to your wife when she needs to buy "just one" more thing that she is convinced will make all the difference in teaching math, grammar, spelling (you fill in the blank!)." I'm sure you wonder.... How many grammar books, workbooks, paper and multiplication drills can there be? Trust me..... as a former homeschool mom and a teacher.... there is always a new and better way out there.... and we are convinced our life will be so much easier if we could only try it!
It's very similar to my husband's never-satisfied need for yet another foldable, swiss- army knife/tool/ flashlight and if- it- had- a- GPS- all- the- better- gadget!
But in all seriousness, I want to thank you dads who are faithfully doing what needs to be done to allow your children this education. I know many of you travel, sacrifice your wants for those of your family, and then come home to help with computers, printers, bedtime and readings. So thank you, Dads, for all you are doing! I hope there are moments of great laughter, sharing, and "lighting of your own educational fire" throughout the year.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Excerpt from Scientific American Magazine
October 2010 issue

"Against Homework
A child who has been boxed up six hours in school might spend the next four hours in study, but it is impossible to develop the child's intellect in this way. The laws of nature are inexorable. By dint of great and painful labor, the child may succeed in repeating a lot of words, like a parrot, but, with the power of its brain all exhausted, it is out of the question for it to really master and comprehend its lessons. The effect of the system is to enfeeble the intellect even more than the body..."

SLOCA = No homework
SLOCA = Mastery
SLOCA = Comprehension
SLOCA = Love of learning

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The Power of one individual to change the course of history!

What we did this past week in the classroom
An excerpt from an Intermediate teacher's weekly parent letter

Topic: Justinian and Theodora.
The power of one individual to change the course of history! Justinian, born a farm boy, rises to lead one of the biggest empires. Theodora, a circus performer ends up becoming the Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire! They accomplish many things. Not all good, but certainly many things were highly impressive. I also enjoyed this week the celebration of a strong woman in history. Would the Byzantine Empire have lasted another 900 years without her strength of character? Did Justinian's mom think that when she taught him organization that he would grow up to organize the laws of the empire? Did Theodora's mom know her daughter's drama skills would come in handy in the political arena? Do you ever wonder what skills you are teaching your child that will come in handy in their future?