Down Home Tour: Tamzin Ritter - SLO Classical Academy
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Down Home Tour: Tamzin Ritter

{photo by Samadhy Moises-Coots}
Today we continue with our Down Home Tour highlights, and will be looking at the second stop on the tour, which was the home of Tamzin and Trees Ritter. The Ritters are on Track A with their three daughters, Mia (Intermediate), Sienna (Intermediate), and Fiona (Primary), and are in their fourth year at SLOCA.

Tamzin tried homeschooling in their playroom, but found it worked better for her family to make the large kitchen table the center of their homeschool space. She has cabinets and a storage closet nearby to keep all of their school materials. Interactive posters are utilized throughout her home (she loves these and highly recommends using them), and she occasionally sets up an art center, science center, and listening center in different parts of the house so her girls have stations to visit when they aren’t working with mom. Tamzin says that homeschooling is definitely a process, and that her home is a result of change and evolution over time.

Pictured above:
1. Science center, a snug little spot for a science experiment or activity
2. Art center, where they are currenly making crafts from the “Colonial Kids” book
3. Example of an interactive poster – this one is Sue Patrick’s USA map with laminated and velcroed state labels, perfect for this year of history.
4. Current literature books are displayed on the ledge near her kitchen table.
5. Another interactive poster, with labeled parts of a ship. Spreading out posters in different rooms create spaces where girls can work throughout the house.
6. A fun project her girls are working on – finding quarters from each state.

Thank you so much, Tamzin, for guiding us through your home and school day. We appreciate the reminder that it takes time for a homeschool space to develop, and that it’s always changing over time. Wise words of encouragement! Thursday we will feature our final home on the Down Home tour, so be sure to come back.

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Let’s talk: How has your homeschool space evolved over time? 
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