Oak Meadow Giveaway: Back to School Week

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Welcome to Day 2 of Back to School Week here on Simple Homeschool!

Today I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce you to one of Simple Living Media’s sponsors, Oak Meadow Curriculum and School.

Oak Meadow offers two excellent choices for homeschooling families: PreK – Grade 12 curriculum packages you can purchase and use with your children, or the ability to actually enroll in their accredited school via distance learning, thereby receiving full academic credit and transcripts for your child’s work at home–as well as the support of an experienced teacher.

Oak Meadow has been in business for over 35 years, and their materials offer that wealth of educational experience to their customers. Their approach is simple: give children a safe, nurturing environment; provide creative activities for head, hands, and heart; offer each student respect and time to unfold naturally.

The staff at Oak Meadow are not just employees showing up to get a paycheck. Instead they are individuals who really embody the creative philosophy and passion for education that Oak Meadow stands for. This post, written by Heather at Beauty That Moves, describes her inspiring visit to the Oak Meadow offices in Vermont. Reading it gives a lovely glimpse into the ethos and values of this company.

Oak Meadow generously sent me an entire first grade package to review, and I’ve spent many happy hours exploring it!

The Heart of Learning, one of the foundational books in the K-3 curricula, is an inspiring read–and gives a fabulous, insightful overview into the heart of Oak Meadow’s philosophy. It covers setting up a learning environment in the home, mindful parenting, and creating an appropriate homeschooling schedule for the young child.

The first grade syllabus I received is divided into 36 weeks of lessons. The layout is professional, beautiful, and easy to follow. Each week contains information for circle time, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, music, and crafts.

If the idea of imaginative, holistic home education appeals to you, but you don’t have time to piece it all together yourself, Oak Meadow may be the perfect solution for your family.

Today Oak Meadow is offering one lucky winner a complete grade level package of your choice, including all curriculum materials and readers (excluding the craft kit). This prize is valued at over $300!

How to Win

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three!

1. Comment on this post, and answer this question: Do you enjoy putting together your own homeschool plans or do you prefer a curriculum that simplifies that part of the process for you?

2. Follow @simpleschool on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to come back and leave a separate comment with the link to your tweet.

3. Subscribe to Simple Homeschool by email or in your feed reader. Leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

This giveaway will end at noon EST on Saturday, August 21st and is open to commenters 18 years or older. The winner will be announced on Sunday–good luck!

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.


  1. That would be… yes. I enjoy picking and choosing our curriculum to fit in our educational model, but I really enjoy when the curriculum is well organized and well laid out so I can plan easily.

  2. I really prefer to have something that is put together already. With a 6 year old and a 3 year old, it’s hard to find the time to research everything in order to assemble my own curriculum. I’d rather add to something that is already done. This is going to be my first year using Oak Meadow and I’m really excited by what I see!

  3. We are just entering the phase of choosing curriculum and I dread putting it together myself. I would prefer it all done for me, at least at first.
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  4. I subscribe via google reader.
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  5. http://twitter.com/rowan25a I’m not sure if I did this right, but I Tweeted about the giveaway!

  6. Also I’ve been a subscriber of Simple Homeschool for a while now in my Google Reader! I really enjoy the posts. :)

  7. I enjoy one that is already put together but I always take time to tweak it to fit our needs.
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  8. I subscribe via bloglines

  9. I prefer an almost completely planned program that leaves a little wiggle room for me to adjust as needed.

  10. I am subscribed by email!

  11. I’m new to homeschooling, but I think that I would enjoy a program that is put together for me. But something that I can adjust if needed.
    Christal Houghtelling’s latest post: August 14- 2010

  12. I struggle to find the time to assemble my own curriculum and lesson plans, so I need to have something that is fairly good outline to follow, but still allows wiggle room for me to cater to my childrens’ specific needs.

    I’d love the opportunity to try Oak Meadow’s syllabus! :)

  13. I am subscribed via google reader.

  14. I generally like to pick and choose books, materials and resources that I think will work well with our family. I have not purchased any curriculum due to our budget, but would love to have one to use as a guideline and inspiration for our learning. These Oak Meadow materials look and sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing them with us, Jamie. I think your statement, “If the idea of imaginative, holistic home education appeals to you, but you don’t have time to piece it all together yourself, Oak Meadow may be the perfect solution for your family.” describes my situation!

  15. I am new to homeschooling, but I am on the search for a curriculum that will fit our needs, and this sounds quite intriguing!

  16. I have subscribe via email. But I would have to say I like using both methods for curriculum. I like to have the structure of a well planned curriculum and then add my own insights or things that I know my children would enjoy so they stay interested.

  17. I really enjoy having the curriculum all laid out for me so then I can select what to focus on and do my own thing. I am reeeeally new to homeschooling. I did my first year of a co-op home school pre-school last year, and we’ll be doing year two of preschool this year (so still totally new at this). I love reading everyone’s posts on here to get me going about how awesome it is (and some defensive strategies as well). You’re all wonderful!

  18. I subscribe in a reader.

  19. Julia Reed says:

    I’m subscribed via Google Reader

  20. This is my first year homeschooling and I put together our curriculum because I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I enjoyed it somewhat, but it was very time consuming. I’d love a packaged curriculum that fit what I wanted for my kids!
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  21. Subscribed via email as well! :)
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  22. I like both. i am not super creative so I love to get ideas from others but I also like to adapt to our own needs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I already subscribe.

  24. I love picking out curriculum and topics that interest my daughter and myself, but the structure of a curriculum is so helpful.

  25. I subscribe with google reader

  26. I’m very new to homeschooling; in fact, I’ve only been doing it for three weeks! I am trying to feel my way to what is best for my daughter. So far, we’re making our own lessons based loosely on curriculum.
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  27. Great giveaway! Last year we created our own curriculum based on The Well Trained Mind. The book was a tremendous help in narrowing down what materials we needed and gave us enough flexibility to do things our own way a bit.

  28. This is our first year of homeschooling and I think I prefer a put together one already. I may get braver down the road though :)
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  29. Of course I am a subscriber!!
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  30. Beautiful Call also follows on twitter
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  31. This is great! Being that this is only my second year of homeschooling, I like to have a pretty complete curriculum. I can add things that I think are necessary but, for the most part I like to have it all written out for me. That way I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. :)
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  32. I think I’m going to win!
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  33. What an amazing give away! I’d love the chance to give my son such a great start.

  34. Subscribed with Google Reader as well.

  35. have not homeschooled (yet), and since i’m a beginner, i would prefer something already put together … need to gain some confidence!

  36. i subscribe to simple homeschool!

  37. I like having things put together for me in a way that allows me to pick and choose what to do each day. Oak Meadow is everything that I had been looking for in a curriculum but had been trying to do on my own. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  38. I do enjoy putting together my own curriculum and unit studies, however, I am finding that with adding my 3rd student this year that it is becoming harder and harder to to! :) I have heard many great things about Oak Meadow and would love to give it a try!!

  39. I subscribe to Simple Homeschool through my google reader! :)
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  40. Yeah! I already subscribe to Simple Homeschool via Google reader!
    Sarah M
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  41. This is the first year of “homeschooling” for us. My oldest is only 3 (!) so we’re just doing simple letter exercises with him this ‘school year’. I have been very excited to homeschool our kids, though, and although I generally make up all of our own curriculum/field trips/etc. I *did* find, for him, a preschool curriculum that I love and am now going through to plan. So for this year, at least, it’s ‘planned’ :)
    Sarah M
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  42. This is my first year of homeschooling. I have really enjoyed putting my own curriculum together!
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  43. Just tweeted about your giveaway @ssmast, too!
    Sarah M
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  44. This is my first year homeschooling. At first, I was overwhelmed with trying to piece everything together myself, but I’m finally getting comfortable with it.

  45. We have always pulled from lots of sources for our curriculum each year. I have found myself drooling over the Oak Meadow catalog repeatedly though.

  46. I am a subscriber.

  47. I have great intentions every year to put together my own curriculum and I do every once in a while. Nowadays I like the convenience of a packaged curriculum. After 17 years of homeschooling I’m all for anything to make it easier on the teacher.
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  48. Wow, what a generous giveaway! The thing is, I do enjoy cobbling together our curriculum from various sources, but I have been intrigued by Oak Meadow and would love the chance to check it out up close. :)
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  49. I’m a subscriber!