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. Chelsea says:

    We’re already fans of both pages on FB. Thanks again for all that you do.,

  2. Milly says:

    Fan of both

  3. Kasey says:

    This will be our first year homeschooling – preschool. I think an all-in-one curriculum would work best for me and assist me in being a better teacher.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I prefer a curriculum that covers all sujects for my four kiddos! I just discovered Oak Meadow a month ago when searching for a curriculum that would capture the attention of my outdoor loving, dirt digging, painting, story telling boys- Oak Meadow is perfect!!

  5. Sara says:

    I usually prefer one curriculum that covers most subjects.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I was already a fan of Oak Meadow, now a fan of Simple Homeschool as well. Thank you!

  7. Tia says:

    I prefer both, but I’m still new to homeschooling and learning more everyday about what works for us.

  8. Tia says:

    I have liked both. Thank you!

  9. Trina says:

    I have lots of ideas of what types of curriculum I would like to choose but when it really comes down to it I feel free to text overwhelmed.

    I love the idea of an all inclusive program and have had my eye in oak meadow for awhile.

  10. Kim says:

    I like the curriculum to be all together in one with options for additional study in one particular subject.

  11. Heather says:

    I have always pieced together our curriculums but I love the look of this all in one!

  12. Kim says:

    I like both of you on facebook, oak meadow and simple homeschool!

  13. Trina says:

    Like both! A lot. ;)

  14. Heather says:

    I like you both on facebook!

  15. Kelly A says:

    I liked you both on facebook. Thanks

  16. Kelly A says:

    This is my first year, so I bought a package. I will probably pick and choose when I am more confident.

  17. Alisa says:

    So far we’ve been using different curriculums but we are still pretty new to this!

  18. MamaTree says:

    Hi! I’m already a fan of both and am sooooo excited about this giveaway!!! After a rough first PS Kindergarten year, we’re celebrating a homecoming all the way around this year ~ mom’s finally able to yield to her heart’s yearning ~ leaving the workforce behind to accept the promotion to Full-Time, Homeschooling Mama…and “reallocating” all of her resources to helping her sun rise to his true potential : ) <3

  19. Sumner says:

    Last year was our second year to homeschool and we have only used mixed curricula so far. I feel like that worked well at first while we learned our style and made our path but now I am really wanting to try an all in one. I have been set on using Oak Meadow since I discovered it months ago. I have been really hoping we would be able to afford it for our 3rd grader and first grader before school starts. What a blessing it would be to win one!

  20. Sumner says:

    I already “liked” Oak Meadow on Facebook but I just “liked” Simple Homeschool! So glad to have found you!

  21. jenifer says:

    I like using one curriculum for everything…. We tried Oak Meadow last year and love it. It is so convenient to work from one place.

  22. jenifer says:

    Liked both!

  23. Abby says:

    I like to pick and choose but I think Oak Meadow looks good as an entire package.

  24. Morgan says:

    I like using one curriculum for everything but with the flexibility to supplement where needed.

  25. Morgan says:

    I’ve liked both on FB

  26. marnie says:

    I like both…have mainly done all in one (or mostly in one), love the idea, but found it frustrating when we fell behind in one or more of the subjects and had to flip back and forth through the lesson plans.
    This year we are trying a more eclectic approach.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    I prefer the all in one curriculum for now (grade 1), but I might change my mind as the subjects become more difficult in high school. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Crystal Harrison says:

    I prefer all subjects in one curriculum!!! :)

  29. Corinne Ryan says:

    I prefer an all in one for simplicity as this is our first full year and by nature I’m not very organized. I “liked” both on FB, thanks for the giveaway :)

  30. Crystal Harrison says:

    Btw, I liked them both (fb pages)!!

  31. Michelle says:

    I prefer all subjects in one curriculum.

  32. Lisa L. says:

    My 13 yo son and I are about to begin our 3rd year of homeschooling. We’ve used Math-U-See from the beginning (his major weakness). I have pulled together a curriculum on my own for all other subjects or interests. This year we are trying Oak Meadow’s Physical Science and 8th grade English and Writing curriculum, Story of the World Vol. 2 from Peace Hill Press, and Spanish from Rosetta Stone. This is due in part to the wonderful things I have heard about these publishers and companies from reading Simple Homeschooling, and other blogs in the Simple Living Media family. We do not follow a specific grade level for all subjects, so I would love the opportunity to have more of the Oak Meadow curriculum. Thanks so much for the wonderful resource your blog has turned out to be!

  33. Michelle says:

    I already liked Oak Meadow on Facebook (which is how I found out about you all) and I just liked you (on Facebook) also! thanks for the chance to win. I look forward to perusing your website in the near future.

  34. Kelly says:

    Thanks for the giveaway Jamie! I love all-in-one curriculum programs; I love the consistency of philosophy and how they recognize the whole child and the inter-relatedness of the subjects. :)

  35. Jen says:

    I love having one core curriculum, and then supplementing it based on my kiddos interests!

  36. Jen says:

    Liked on FB!

  37. Necia Gorton says:

    Fan of both on FB already. Using OM for my oldest, and looking forward already to starting it w/ my youngest!

  38. Stephen Ryan says:

    I think one curriculum is better. At least at the beginning, i feel the parents need the set structure just as much as the children. Although I can see where being able to choose later on in my sons life could have its benefits, fitting studies around his interests.

  39. Stephen Ryan says:

    I have liked both pages. Thanks for the opportunity.

  40. Kristen says:

    Would love a chance to try Oak Meadow! That’s a tough question you pose….usually I piece our curriculum together, but would love to find an all-in-one that I like just for the simplicity of ordering, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kristen’s latest post: Enjoying….our very own Spring!

  41. Amanda says:

    I don’t have much (any) homeschooling experience, so I can’t say my preference for sure, but I think I’d like to keep it separate. Everyone has strenghts, weaknesses, biases, and perspectives, and I wouldn’t want to be reliant on one perspective.

  42. Mae says:

    I’m still deciding between the 2. This curriculum looks interesting….

  43. I’m not sure because I haven’t started “officially” homeschooling yet (I have a 3.5 year old). Great giveaway!
    Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas’s latest post: A Mother’s Love, A Mother’s Fear

  44. Liked both on FB!
    Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas’s latest post: A Mother’s Love, A Mother’s Fear

  45. matthew roren says:

    i think i prefer separate curricula for each subject, but i am new to this, so i’ll have to see, i have liked both facebook pages

  46. Janalin Hood says:

    I am new to homeschooling this year, and am using the Oak Meadow! I love having one curriculum especially one that provides a guide (lesson plans). I have been a fan of Oak Meadow on facebook and am now a new fan of Simple Homeschool as well!
    Janalin Hood’s latest post: The Choose Love Project

  47. james b says:

    liked you on FB!

  48. Deborah Holter- Hugle says:

    We are using the first grade curriculum this year and it looks great. Maybe when we are older we may need to look into multiple curriculum sources. I love being able to stay in the garden of childhood!

  49. Deborah Holter- Hugle says:

    liked both facebook pages awhile back!

  50. Jen says:

    I am fans on both pages. This is my first year to home school and am really looking forward to it.