Giveaway: Oak Meadow curriculum package (Back to School Week)

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Thanks for joining me for this year’s back to school week! I hope this week’s posts encourage you in your school and life planning as the start of the traditional school year grows nearer.

I discovered Oak Meadow through the magic of the blogosphere, and found it to be just what I needed for my kids at the time. The curriculum and the philosophy behind it have become a steady part of our home learning experience since then.

What first drew me to Oak Meadow was the heart behind it–is it possible for a curriculum company to have heart? Yes, it totally is! And I found that Oak Meadow’s connected with much of my own–their gentle approach, their slow introduction to academics, their focus on nature, free play, and stories.

Oak Meadow began over 35 years ago. The company offers complete curriculum packages from PreK through 12th Grade, which you can purchase and use at home with your children.

They also offer an enrollment option in their accredited distance learning school. This allows students to receive full academic credit and transcripts for their work at home–as well as the support of an experienced teacher.

For this giveaway, the generous folks at Oak Meadow sent me their 3rd grade curriculum to review (pictured below). If you’re interested in finding out more about other grade levels, I have previously reviewed the Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade packages as well.

The bulk of the 3rd grade material is presented in the syllabus. Like the ones I’ve seen before, this book is easy to use and lovely in its layout and design. Printed in full color, it is divided into three trimesters of 12 weeks each. Each trimester includes introductory material for the teacher to read, which explains the skills to be covered during that time period.

Each weekly lesson plan covers assignments in depth. Subjects included in each weekly plan: circle time, language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, crafts, and health. I have always appreciated the fact that in these early years (K-3) all subjects are here together–no multiple binders or separate curricula to keep track of and juggle.

Plenty of ideas are provided for each week, and it can appear overwhelming initially. Just remember: There’s no law saying you have to do everything in any curriculum–I have written before about the unique way we use Oak Meadow in our homeschool, and I’ve learned over time to make the material my own as we go along. Oak Meadow provides plenty of room to adapt to meet your unique needs, and emphasizes that home teachers should do so.

Here is an overview of the 3rd grade package from an Oak Meadow teacher, citing the projects and studies that many of her students enjoy the most:

Language Arts

  • form drawing exercises in correlation with learning how to cursive write

Math

  • creating multiplication designs in conjunction with learning the times tables
  • reciting rhymes for each of the times tables and engaging in rhythmic activities associated with the times tables (catching and tossing a ball or beanbag, jump roping, etc.)

Social Studies

  • making a model of a sukkah (Lesson 2)
  • reading Native American creation stories and making a corn husk doll (Lesson 6) and a dream catcher (Lesson 7)
  • creating a folk art scrapbook of the student’s family heritage (Lesson 9)

Science

  • making Chinese, Greek and Roman water clocks (Lesson 3)
  • composing a story of “The Day There Was No Gravity” (Lesson 4)
  • observing the clouds and creating a cloud booklet (Lesson 10)
  • illustrating the four season cycle of a plant or tree (Lesson 19)
  • growing an avocado seed (Lesson 20)
  • constructing a terrarium to observe the natural process of the water cycle (Lesson 24)
  • making a collage of the student’s local natural resources (Lesson 28)

Art

  • cooking projects (First Trimester)
  • paper marbling and bookbinding (Second Trimester)
  • and engaging in carpentry projects (Third Trimester)

One Simple Homeschool reader will receive a curriculum package in the grade of your choice (grades K-8)  from Oak Meadow!

How to Win

Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, answering this question: Do you prefer one curriculum that covers all subjects or would you rather choose separate curricula for different subjects? (If you are reading this in an email, you must click over to enter your comment!)

2. ‘Like’ Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. Then — this is importantyou need to come back and leave an additional comment here, telling me you have done so.

This giveaway has now ended. Thanks for entering!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.

Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    I like the simplicity of using one curriculum for all subjects, if I find I need additional material as an add on then I will get extras but generally I like it all in one sweet package! :)

  2. Jackie Greulich says:

    I believe for my family one curriculum would be perfect. I can focus on the studies rather than spending valuable time making sure we cover all the important areas.

  3. Kim Lyons says:

    As this is my first year homeschooling I am going with a complete curriculum to ease myself into the process. As I become more comfortable with the process and more knowledgable of my child’s learning style I may then branch out.

  4. Kim Lyons says:

    I’ve like both FB pages :)

  5. Michonne says:

    My son is just starting preschool, so this will be my first year homeschooling. I *think* I will be more of a pick-and-choose type person in terms of curriculum. But who knows?

  6. Mandi Benson says:

    I have liked both pages recently and I really do love the guidance. I have made my own curriculum this last year (our first year) and am looking for one this year so that it is a bit easier on me. I am homesteading and my husband is often gone working. This one looks FAB and I would LUV LUV to be able to win it! I have a fourth grader and a Pre-K. Love and light.

  7. Michonne says:

    I like both pages on Facebook. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  8. corinna szymoniak says:

    I do like one curriculum that covers all subjects, mostly because it is convenient.
    It is nice to know all is covered and I then can still modify to the need of my child.

  9. corinna szymoniak says:

    I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB ;-)

  10. Jessica L. says:

    I prefer all-in-0ne. I like how they usually tie together between subjects. We have really enjoyed this style.

  11. Jessica L. says:

    I like Simple Homeschool & Oak Meadow on Facebook!!

  12. Liked both on facebook! What an amazing give away. Thank you for offering it.

  13. Robyn Groth says:

    I don’t have a particular preference for an all-in-one curriculum or piecing things together. Whatever I can find that will mostly work out is great, but I have yet to find an all-in-one that would work in all areas. No matter what I end up tweeking even after piecing things together.

  14. I pick and choose what I think will work best for each child and what makes sense for me. And hopefully the budget. I started with a whole curriculum, then switched it up to a different one, and then started looking and listening, at conferences and most importantly in our home. I take homeschooling seriously. It is a full time responsibility. Education is an incredible gift of an opportunity in our country. I loved oak meadow. I had experience in a Waldorf kindergarten and had hoped to send my children to a Waldorf school, However,when it became geographically impossible I bought the oak meadow curriculum, But, alas, it didn’t work in its entirety for any one person. I don’t hover around the table, I invest my time in observing, discussing, reflecting. If the kids need a lesson or a bit if tutoring they come to me. And I don’t want a mas manufactured workbook to do my job of research and critical thinking or their job of educating themselves.

  15. Erica Burden says:

    I absolutely prefer to have a curriculum that can tackle everything, though it is harder to find one that works for all areas- it makes the day much easier not having to drag out/plan for a host of different lessons that are doled out in different styles. I don’t mind piecing things together for things that interest the kids outside of traditional schooling areas, as that is generally pretty fun. But, for the basics and a bit beyond? Give me an all-in-one any day!

  16. That was the wrong email, my name has a g, not an f

  17. HI! This is so great! We used Oak Meadow last year and we will be using it again this year for 3rd grade. I love Oak Meadow. Winning the curriculum pack would save a few dollars to spend on other homeschool supplies. I like to make the OM curriculum as our springboard for “lessons” and add as we go along. Oh how grand it would be to win!!! I “liked” Oak Meadow a while back and now I am “liking” Simple Homeschool. Awesome! Thanks so much for the opportunity. ~ Melanie

  18. We have tended to graze around which has worked out fine, but now that we’re starting 4th grade I am looking into a complete curriculum. I really liked the holistic approach that Oak Meadow offers. It seems to take more than the academic needs of the child to heart which appeals to me.

  19. I liked both pages on Facebook!

  20. Jessica Christensen says:

    For right now, we like using just one curriculum, instead of peicing several together.

  21. As a new homeschooler having an all-in-one curriculum is a good fit for us.

  22. I prefer one curriculum that encompasses all subjects, simply because it’s easier. I can work from there and add in eclectic things, but at least I have this as a base!

  23. I have “liked” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook too!!!
    Emily’s latest post: Two Worlds.

  24. Michelle G. says:

    I think it depends on the curriculum. I like one to hang stuff on, but enjoy being able to add where opportunity arises. We have tried one that was extremely structured and it was too much for us. But, I enjoy having a big picture guide….

  25. Christine says:

    I’m a picker and chooser so I need multiple things to choose from or maybe I just haven’t found the ONE thing that suits us.

  26. Christine says:

    I’m following both pages on facebook

  27. I like the fluidity of one curriculum, but not opposed to using multiple curriculums if it better suits my child :)

  28. Officially “liked” both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on FB ;)

  29. This is our first year homeschooling, so I feel that 1 curriculum for all subjects would be the most simple plan to follow. I am really attracted to Oak Meadow’s curriculum because, from what I see, there seems to be an area of the curriculum geared towards nature and teaching the children to think creatively. I like the idea of teaching my son to feel confident in his own opinions and thought processes.

  30. I have liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook – Thanks! :)

  31. Rebecca Lincoln-Morrison says:

    Im not sure yet as I am just starting out this year, and am just about to order their curriculum , which would be awesome if I could win it!!!! I follow both pages on Facebook

  32. I am just getting into homeschooling. I think I would prefer an all inclusive curriculum to help with the organization. I think it would also help me not feel overwhelmed at first.

    I already like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool :)

  33. Right now with a new baby I much prefer an all in one curriculum!

  34. N. Nelson says:

    I’m a newbie, as I’ll be just starting with Preschool this Fall, but as I explore the options, having one curriculum sure does simplify things. Knowing myself, though, I will inevitably be pulling from different resources as my mind and interests are all over the place and I can see how that may spill over in to how I present topics. Of course if I see that my son gravitates and learns well from one particular curriculum, I will adjust accordingly. So the easy answer is “we’ll see”!

  35. N. Nelson says:

    I already “like” both FB pages :-)

  36. ooops, I combined my two posts! so here is my second entry :) I liked both on Facebook and posted my answer to the question above!

  37. We’re just beginning our adventure into homeschooling, but it seems to me having everything all under one umbrella would make things so much simpler.

  38. I liked both pages and our family would love it to be all in one :)

  39. And I’m fans of both of you on Facebook!

  40. I like an all-in-one approach!

  41. I like both FB pages.

  42. I have always wanted to do an all inclusive curriculum, but have instead pieced it together for the sake of cost.

  43. I prefer all-in-one curricula!

  44. I love using one curriculum for all subjects we’ve already used the preschool OM curriculum would love to win the Kindergarten packet!
    Shauna Moreno’s latest post: I’ve started painting again!!!

  45. Amanda Selenke says:

    I like a simple all in one curriculum!

  46. Shanna Mastrangelo says:

    Time to learn, time to learn! Oh golly what fun. Two curriculums are not better than one. Each child is different and special indeed. A little extra is what some kiddos need. Instead of buying two and spending the money, my little bee just needs patience and lovin’, sweet as honey.

  47. Amanda Selenke says:

    I like Oak Meadow and Simple homeschool on FB

  48. I’m already fans of both pages on FB!

  49. We LOVE Oak Meadow!! We like one curricula that includes everything; however, we also like to supplement with additional resources and step outside of the structure provided whenever the need for expansion or a shift is there. Much gratitude and peace.

  50. I “like” both pages!