2013 Down Home Tour: Merideth Eades - SLO Classical Academy
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2013 Down Home Tour: Merideth Eades

{photo by Penny Malley}

Today we wrap up our Down Home Tour highlights, bringing you a peek at our third and final stop on the tour, the home of Merideth and Scott Eades. (If you missed the first two homes, click here for the Dows and here for the Jacobsons.) The Eades family is on Track A and this is their 6th year at SLOCA, with children Hayden (Intermediate), Luke (Primary), and 2-year-old Sam. Merideth is also our Preschool Director and Jr. Kinder Core teacher on Track A. 

While Merideth does have an extra room that serves as an office and storage for some of their homeschool supplies, they also tend to spread all over the house on home days. In the office she keeps her All About Spelling tiles and a pocket chart which she uses for grammar, spelling, and to display the monthly character trait:

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

They have their own workbox system, and they like using lap desks for taking work to the couch:

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Merideth keeps current history and literature books on a table out in her living room, where they are in plain view and easy to grab for reading and snuggling:


{photos by Jenny Bischoff}

She has a tall cabinet where she stores math manipulatives and games, near the dining table:

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

This beautiful dictionary stand belonged to her mother, and makes it easy and enticing to look up great words:

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Merideth shared with the group that she tends to focus on one big thing each school year, and this year it’s history. She is working on making a timeline from a roll of butcher paper that she will hang from her wall and roll out onto the floor when they want to work on it, then roll it back up when it needs to be tucked out of the way.

Many great ideas were shared by all the moms throughout the day, such as: 

– Read to your kids while they eat (either assigned literature or supplemental literature).

– Label events in your iPhone calendar with the words “E&E” so you can find them more easily when you go to add up your E&E time.

– Use a metal cookie sheet with the All About Spelling tiles.

– Teach your kids that “Every day is a learning day,” whether you’re at home or at SLOCA. 

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

Once again we were inspired and encouraged to lean in and treasure the time we have with our children, learning alongside them. We saw different homeschooling setups, and were reminded that no matter what kind of space we have, there are ways to make it work for us, and a whole community of SLOCA moms to help problem-solve and share ideas! 

Thank you Merideth, for welcoming us into your home, encouraging us in the job of homeschooling, and allowing us to come together over lunch to connect, laugh, and learn from each other. 

{photo by Penny Malley}

And thank you once more to all the families who helped make this day possible! 

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