Epic Day theme for 2019/20: Middle Ages & the Renaissance

Our multi-aged classes have a maximum of 18 students. Each class contains similarly aged students.  The groupings are (youngest to oldest) Aspen, Birch, Cedar, and Oak. The day starts with a lesson on Leadership, followed by our History-based themed lessons which include Stem, Social Studies, Art, Literature studies and Science.  We focus on project-based, interactive and engaging lessons that promote critical thinking and discussion.  Science is also a part of our Epic days.  We cover the majority of the science standards needed with hands-on fun.


Our leadership studies help students to learn how their brain works, teaches them some learning tricks and even helps students train the brain to work more effectively. At the beginning of each Epic Days, our Distance Education students will delve into the 8 keys of Excellence together based upon the following 8 Key Statements:

  1. This is It! I Make the Most of Every Moment  
  2. I Take Ownership. I am Responsible for My Choices
  3. I Speak with Good Purpose- I am Honest, Kind, and Sincere
  4. I Honor Commitment to Achieve and Grow in the Direction of My Goals and Dreams
  5. Failure Leads to Success. I Learn from My Mistakes.  
  6. I Have Integrity. I Show My Positive Values and Standards in All I Do and Say.  
  7. I have Flexibility. I Am Willing to Learn, Change, and Do Things Differently  
  8. Balance in Caring for Others and Myself is Important. I Live My Best Life.

Based upon a foundation of literature and using several other tools of learning including biographies, quotations & discussions, mindfulness exercises, Growth Mindset principles, movement, music, and learning games, our students explore each of these statements and look at how they apply them in their lives. We end the year with the final concept: Anything is Possible. I Will Discover & Create My Best Self to launch them into a summer of discovery and fun.

Epic and Dive Deeper

Each week we provide you with the highlights of what your child is learning during Epic day.  To continue the learning at home we also provide you with links to additional fun activities.  Help your students to find out more about these fascinating concepts–Go ahead and Dive Deeper! (Please see suggested links below)

Week 20: Feb. 3-7, 2020

Historical time period: The ancient kingdom of Ghana


Guidepost: Honesty is the Best Policy! When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.

3R Connection: I am responsible to choose well and show integrity.

Concepts: Honesty is important in trade

  • Ghana was a strategic location for trade between the salt and gold mines
  • Folktales are stories passed down by word of mouth that often teach a lesson
  • Why salt is so important to our bodies.  How it is harvested and stored.
  • Parts of a plant (younger)
  • Gravity (older)

Dive Deeper:



Week 21: Feb 10-14, 2020

Historical time period: The ancient kingdom of Mali


Guidepost: Honesty if the best policy!  When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.

3R Connection:  I am ready to live my values and standards, even when no one is looking.

Concepts: The ancient kingdom of Mali was very religious and loved learning

  • Mali was ruled by Muslims who loved learning
  • Mansa Musa was the richest man in the world and took a huge pilgrimage to Mecca
  • The people loved to play games
  • We all have hero journey’s to make to overcome obstacles
  • How to make a floating boat to hold weight

Dive Deeper:




WEEK 22: Feb 17-21, 2020

Historical time period: Ancient Maya and Aztec Kingdoms


Guidepost: Be Open to Change.  I am flexible and willing to do things differently.

3R Connection:  I am respectful and teachable.  I can learn so much from others.

Concepts: We learn most of what we know about ancient civilizations by what they left behind.  The Aztec people were flexible and willing to do things differently by building a city in the middle of a lake.

  • Geography and location of Central and South America
  • Authors and Illustrators work together to make books great
  • The Maya learned a lot of things by observing the world around them and based on what they saw in the sky, were able to develop a complex system of calendars
  • Plants need water and light (younger).
  • Food webs (older)

Dive Deeper:

Create a large paper sun that will be posted on a wall. What did you eat for breakfast? Make a list. Ask students, did anyone eat sunlight for breakfast? State that the energy in everyone’s food can be traced back to the sun and how humans and all living things are connected by a food web.

Sally – egg – chicken – insect – leaves – sun

Fred – Bacon (pig) – grain – sun (bacon comes from pigs, which might eat grain, which is a plant which produces food through  photosynthesis and connects to the sun)

Write each part of the chain on a paper chain piece.  Link them together by stapling the ends to create a chain.

Post the paper sun high on wall. Once students have finished creating a couple of chains, have each student staple or tape the link representing the sun to the sun you posted. Stretch the chain out lengthwise from the sun and staple or tape the other end to the  wall. Students can now see the energy in the food they ate can be traced back to the sun.

WEEK 23: Feb 24-28, 2020

Historical time period: Ancient Inca Empire


Guidepost: Be open to change.  I am flexible and willing to do things differently.

3R Connection:  I am responsible to be flexible, resilient and open to change.

Concepts: The Inca people lived high in the mountains of South America and had to be inventive and creative to make living there possible.

  • Geography of South America
  • The Inca were an advanced civilization
  • Rhyming words
  • Ancient civilizations found ways to pass on information without writing
  • Pollination and seed dispersal (younger)
  • Water Cycle (older)

Dive Deeper:

Overview (scroll down to the bottom for more links to other topics)


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