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 guideposts and three R’s of leadership.

The 3 R’s of Leadership:
I Am Respectful! I Am Responsible! I Am Ready!

  1. Seize the Day! I live mindfully in the present!
  2. Own It! I am responsible for how I act, no matter how I feel.
  3. Words Have Power! I think before I speak.
  4. Commit! I commit to work toward achieving my goals and dreams.
  5. Failure Leads to Success! I learn from my mistakes.
  6. Honesty is the Best Policy! When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.
  7. Be Open to Change! My way is not the only way.
  8. Balance! I develop healthy habits and build healthy relationships.
  9. Anything is Possible! I can work hard, dream big, and live a wonderful life.

I Show I’m A Leader By Being Respectful, Responsible, and Ready.

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 10: Oct. 26-30, 2020

Historical time period: The French and Indian War


Guidepost: Words Have Power!  I think before I speak.

3R Connection:  I am respectful.  I understand how my words can affect others.


  • The French and Indian War in America was an extension of the 7 Years War between England and France
  • During this time, farmers, trappers, hunters and merchants lived and traded together.
  • Animals have distinctive tracks that we can use to identify them by.
  • Different types of trees have different shaped leaves that we can use to identify them by.
  • Watchtowers kept the early colonists safe.  We used the engineering design process to see how high a watch tower we could make from marshmallows and spaghetti.

Dive Deeper:

  • Enjoy some more learning activities with towers:
  • Listen to some notable music from composers contributing to this era. How is this music different from music that you usually listen to? Did you notice repeated melodies? Can you identify the instruments that were used in the composition? How does each piece make you feel? Did you know that listening to Classical Music can increase your brain power, depth of thought patterns, and focus? If it is not too distracting, Try playing some of this music quietly in the background as you do your schoolwork or chores:
  • Look at these illustrations of the uniforms worn by the British and French military, and the clothing of the Indians of this time period. Uniforms and clothing styles of the French-Indian War. Did the clothing provide good protection in battle? What kind of uniform would you design for those fighting in a war to identify your soldiers, to help them move about easily, and to provide protection for them? Create your own uniform, or Indian clothing design. Trace or use this outline to make your design: Human Form for Uniform Design.pdf  *For added challenge, design the front and backside views of your design. You can even cut and glue real fabric scraps and materials to add texture.

Week 11: Nov. 2-6, 2020

Historical time period: The Intolerable Acts


Guidepost: Words Have Power!  I think before I speak.

3R Connection:  I am responsible to think before I speak.


  • England was in debt after fighting the 7 Years War in Europe and it’s extension, the French & Indian War, in the colonies.  They wanted the colonists to shoulder some of the debt.
  • England planned to pay back the war debt through taxes placed on the colonies like the Sugar Act, the Townshend Acts and the Tea Tax.
  • The colonists didn’t like being taxed without representation in Parliament, so they started to rebel against Britain and the taxes through things like the Boston Tea Party.
  • Colonists and the British drank a lot of tea.  We may not drink as much tea today, but we can do other things with tea like use it as natural dye.
  • (Older) How do we use food?
  • (Younger) The Solar System

Dive Deeper:

Teach Story Elements | Story Elements Practice

Week 12: Nov. 9-13, 2020

Historical time period: War Begins


Guidepost: Words Have Power!  I think before I speak.

3R Connection: I am ready to speak up and defend what is right, fair and kind.  No one should be put down, bullied or forced to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.


  • The colonists finally got tired of the British tyranny.  The first battles of the Revolutionary War were the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts.
  • No one knows who fired the first gunshot of the Revolutionary War, but it was fired and that led to 8 years of war between Britain and the colonists in America.
  • Not all of the colonists wanted to be at war with Britain.  Some were loyal to the King of England and others just didn’t want to fight.
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere is a famous poem about the night before the War started.
  • (Older) Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • (Younger) The Changing Shape of Land

Dive Deeper:

  • Mother Goose style poetry originated in 17th Century Europe. As many early American immigrants came from Europe, these poems became part of our cultural heritage as well. Here is a Gutenberg Project e-book collection of 17th-19th Century Poems for children (London, England). Find some poems to read and enjoy together. Notice the illustrations of children from these historic years, as well:
  • Invite the most dramatic and impassioned actor/actress in your family to read aloud this poem about Paul Revere or this famous Revolutionary speech by Patrick Henry; or take turns reading the stanzas or paragraphs aloud.

Use the Noah Webster 1828 online dictionary to look up unknown vocabulary (because it will give the closest definition of what the words meant at the time they were shared).http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/

  • Learn about some of the flags of the American Revolution Era.

Flags of the American Revolution Era

  • Make your own flag or a family flag design. Choose colors, a coat of arms, bold statements, and symbols that represent you well. Printable Flag template

Week 13: Nov. 16-20, 2020

Historical time period: Declaration of Independence


Guidepost: Commit!  I am working toward achieving my goals and dreams.

3R Connection:  I am respectful of commitment and achievement.  I can do hard things.


  • After the Revolutionary War began, the American colonists were ready to declare their independence from Britain.  They did this with the Declaration of Independence.
  • The leaders in the colonies met in meetings called Continental Congresses.
  • We still celebrate the writing of the Declaration of Independence every year on Independence Day, July 4th.
  • Thomas Jefferson was more than just a politician.  He was also a farmer and inventor.  He invented many things including a cipher wheel to send secret messages.
  • (Older) Weather vs. Climate
  • (Younger) Maps of Landforms

Dive Deeper:

Beneath a Weeping Willow’s Shade, lyrics

  • Look at the styles of clothing from the 1700s. What is similar with today’s clothing?

What is different? Notice the layers of clothing? Do you think it was modest, comfortable,

purposeful, elegant, cool, or hot? Would you like to dress this way? Why, or why not?

If you like, draw and color an image of your favorite clothing from the time period.

Women’s Clothing from the 1770s,

Poor Women’s Clothing from the 1700s

Men’s clothing from the 1770s

Farmer’s Clothing of the 1700s

Boys: “Skeleton” suits, one-piece fashion

The Children of George Bond of Ditchleys, 1768, by Hugh Barron

Week 14: Nov. 30 – Dec 4, 2020

Historical time period: War Continues


Guidepost: Commit!  I am working toward achieving my goals and dreams.

3R Connection:  I am responsible to be persistent and focused as I work toward my goals and dreams.


  • Many women participated in the Revolutionary War in various ways.  Some of them are:
    • Abigail Adams
    • Deborah Sampson
    • Mary McCauley
    • Molly Pitcher
  • While once friends and neighbors, the longer the war waged on, the more those loyal to Britain and the patriots didn’t get along.
  • Without outside help from France, the Americans wouldn’t have won the war.
  • (Older) Light Reflection and Vision
  • (Younger) Insects

Dive Deeper:

  • Knowing how to build a proper fire for cooking and warmth was an important and basic skill for homemakers and soldiers. It’s still important for us to know today.  Parents and children work together safely to create a campfire or fire pit: How to Build a Campfire

Is your fire good enough to cook food, or give you warmth in the snow and cold?

Week 15: Dec. 7-11, 2020

Historical time period: War Ends


Guidepost: Commit!  I am working toward achieving my goals and dreams.

3R Connection:  I am ready to give my very best effort to achieve and grow in the direction of my goals and dreams.


  • The Continental Army was an untrained group of farmers.  But once they were professionally trained and with a little luck, they started winning battles in the war.
  • One of the turning points in the War was General Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas taking the town of Trenton.
  • There are many patriots and heroes of the Revolutionary War that we can look up to, but there were also some traitors who almost caused us to lose the war.
  • The war finally ended with the surrender at Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
  • (Older) Plant and Animal Cells
  • (Younger) Solids, Liquids and Gases

Dive Deeper:

  • You have been learning about plant and animal cells. We know how animals eat, and how their cells allow nutrients and water in through their cell walls. But, how do plants eat? We know they can pull up water through their roots, but to learn how they make their own food, we need to learn about Photosynthesis:  Photosynthesis | Photosynthesis in plants 
  • Make your own fine art split-portrait drawing of a Revolutionary War Hero:

Follow the instructions at this link:


  • When you’re finished with your artwork, look up your chosen hero and learn more about his or her role in the Revolution. Put your picture up for display and share what you’ve learned.

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