“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
This week we officially begin our studies, and we hope you are filled with wonder and excitement at what the year will bring! This is most certainly an important work we are doing, so you have done well just by beginning.
Here at Down Home, Mondays will most often feature what we call “Magical Moments,” which might be parent testimonies of those Aha! moments experienced by us or our kids, examples of students making important connections, highlights that capture the wonder of anything happening at school or home, or something inspirational that reminds us why we are educating our kids this way.
To get us started, we have a beautiful example of a magical moment that happened over the summer for a returning Track A family, the Ritters. Tamzin and Trees Ritter and their 3 daughters, Mia (Intermediate), Sienna (Intermediate), and Fiona (Primary) are entering their 4th year at SLOCA:
This summer our family went on an amazing trip to England. One of the places we spent time in was Stratford Upon Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare). Having read so much about Shakespeare’s life and work, the girls were absolutely fascinated by everything in his house. When asked by a docent if they knew any of Shakespeare’s plays, Mia answered “yes, I have seen Romeo and Juilet, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream and have read them both along with The Tempest and Hamlet.” Then Sienna piped up with, “some of Shakespeare’s characters are hilarious!” The docent was blown away. Visiting Shakespeare’s home really helped the girls realize that Shakespeare really did live and breathe in a totally different time from ours. The past and present are so connected. Thanks SLOCA!
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The Ritter girls
Thank you Tamzin for sharing this meaningful experience with us! It's encouraging and magical when our kids connect something they've read about to a real life place or encounter.
If you've had a similar experience, we'd love to hear about it! Comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to share your magical moment with our SLOCA community.