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. Stephanie says:

    I read you in google reader.

  2. Jessica Benz says:

    I have a child with very asynchronous development- she is academically quite advanced, and emotionally in real need of being allowed creativity and space to be very much a young child still. While I love the ‘concept’ of building curriculum from the ground up, I prefer the safety net of a simplified ready made set. We can expand as needed, but I want to make sure the basic structure is there for us. Though we love to explore the world on our homeschooling adventure, it really helps us to have clear signposts along the paths.

  3. Up to this point I’ve been piecing things together, but I’m interested in how it would work to try something that was already organized for me. I think Oak Meadow 1st grade looks really awesome!

  4. I subscribed to the email. Thanks for the great opportunity.

  5. I love the idea of simplifying homeschooling for moms, so wherever I can I use planned curriculum and schedules. Since I am a tweaker at heart, I still allow myself to add to whatever curriculum I am using. That kind of lets me have my cake and eat it too!

  6. Thus far I have been doing my own thing, but I am very curious about curriculum and how much it might help as we get into official school age.

  7. Jessica Benz says:
  8. Jessica Benz says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter as well- third time’s a charm, right?

    Thanks for the contest- it’s a great opportunity. :)

  9. Katherine says:

    I do a combination of both.

  10. Katherine says:

    I do a combination of both

  11. I am currently trying to piece together a curriculum for four different grade levels including two with special needs and it’s driving me bonkers. I would love something packaged that incorporates creativity and a solid curriculum. Thanks for the great contest!

  12. Ideally, I would like a combination of a packaged curriculum like Oak Meadow to use as the foundation, and then customize parts of it with my own ideas and various other resources. We did this with Oak Meadow 1st grade last year and had a lot of fun with it!

  13. I subscribed via email…thanks so much!

  14. I prefer to hodge podge all the things I like together and after spending all that time putting together my own I then wonder why I didn’t just get pre packaged deal.

  15. I love it when its already done for me and then I still do it my way.
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  16. I like to follow a planned curriculum but add my own touches.

  17. This is our first year with OM and I think I like the all in one curriculum better then doing it all myself. With 3 girls at different levels I was starting to get over whelmed. Now we have a guide to follow and not feel frustrated.

  18. I subscribed to email feed, thanks.

  19. I would love to find a packaged curriculum that I love. I taught Montessori for 5 yrs and love that but find it hard to implement in my home so I’ve been picking and choosing things for my son who is starting his K yr with me very soon!

  20. I purchased a curriculum for the first time this year (Oak Meadow) because I felt with adding a part-time job, it would really help to have a curriculum as a guidepost. That being said, we have lots of other plans not directed related to our curriculum that we will incorporate or do as well. I think that is part of the fun of homeschooling — coming up with ideas together and seeing where they take you!

  21. Subscribed to Simple Homeschool by email. Love the sound of that!!

  22. We are just starting kindergarten and have some Oak Meadow books, plus I am also adding other materials that interest my daughter (such as books on the ocean and solar system).

    Thank you for the generous give-away!

  23. Following on Twitter and retweeted your OM post. Not sure how to link to it as I’m not the best at twitter! This may work though. http://twitter.com/jwoodbri And I thought of a great reason to win this too… my birthday this Sunday. That would be a great b-day surprise!!

  24. I actually prefer to have a curriculum set out for me so that I can just follow the next step each day. I am so busy with my job and therapy for my daughter who has Autism that there is barely time to prepare for lessons. I would absolutely LOVE to be able to use the Oak Meadows Grade 1 curriculum, it looks so beautiful and such a gentle way to introduce schooling for children. I would be so happy to win this giveaway – it would certainly make our lives easier – and enriched – this year!

  25. We are at the very beginning stages of homeschooling and I honestly feel a little nervous about putting together an entire curriculum myself so I am looking around and exploring curriculum. This sounds wonderful!

  26. Julie Ann says:

    Tough question for me! At this moment I am loving putting together certain aspects of our curriculum (like history) and letting someone else do it for other aspects. I have never found a boxed curriculum that was exactly what I wanted, but I keep looking at Oak Meadow and thinking it may be exactly what I’m looking for. There is so much beauty in the pieces I’ve seen.

  27. I thought I’d really like to mix and match and I think in the long run that’s something I’ll do. However, right now with a 2.5 year old and 5 month old along for the preschool ride I’m all about having something laid out for me to follow.
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  28. I like both options! Some things I have really enjoyed putting together on my own…and other things I just search and search for a curriculum that will totally hold my hand through the process. I have always wanted to check out Oak Meadow :-)

  29. I subscribe
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  30. I much prefer a curriculum that simplifies the gathering and putting together of it all for homeschooling. I have tried to piece it together myself, but it takes a lot of my time to try to get it to all “mesh” like other curriculums do.

  31. I am also a subscriber by email.

  32. Subscribed via Google Reader!

  33. I prefer to use a ready-to-go program. I like to spend my time teaching instead of planning.

  34. I also subscribed by email.

  35. Up till now we’ve been following a completely child-led curriculum, made up as we go along! However with my oldest now 7 years old, I’ve been curious about possibly following a pre-made curriculum because I like the idea of having everything laid out for us to follow…and have had my eye on Oak Meadow for it’s holistic, imaginative approach! The only factor holding me back from following a pre-made curriculum is the cost. As a one income modest family, $300 is a huge investment and I find myself thinking of all the trips/resources/materials we could buy for that amount! That being said, I would LOVE to win this curriculum! :)

  36. I just subscribed via email, and added a link to your blog on my blog! Thanks for offering this great contest!!!
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  37. I usually use something prepared as a jumping off point for our own way of doing things — I need a certain amount of structure, but have never followed anything religiously!
    Hannah’s latest post: Are We Insane

  38. I don’t mind putting something together from a list, but I need direction, either from a packaged curriculum or a good list.

    Thanks for hosting the contest!

  39. Just subscribed to your feed!

  40. Molly Lemen says:

    I like packaged curriculum and putting together my own. I find i work best when i have a packaged curriculum spine and from there i can easily alter materials, add, or subtract. it allows me to meet a certain level of standard but i can adjust it to meet our schedules or my children’s needs.

  41. Molly Lemen says:

    subscribed to simple homeschool

  42. Molly Lemen says:

    tweeted! https://twitter.com/onyxravnos

    i really wanna win! *fingers crossed*

  43. I feel more comfortable following a book, but it’s so rewarding when I make my own plan and follow it through until the end!

  44. Wendy Cyr says:

    Because I have four children, I appreciate a curriculum that does much of the planning for me. We are using Oak Meadow 8 civics and English this year, and it is absolutely wonderful. I would love to try more levels.

  45. I prefer to put together my own curriculum and know that we can take our time with some, change or mix it up, or leave some pieces behind and maybe pick them up again on a later date.

  46. I also just subscribed by email!!

  47. Christine Weaver says:

    I’d like a complete curriculum except for math. I like a Montessori/games based approach to math in the early years (K5).

  48. sarah Ford says:

    For the first few years I preferred to buy a “boxed” curriculum. Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet I like to piece together each subject. However I would still consider a “full curriculum ” if it meet all my needs:)

  49. I would love to use an all inclusive curriculum. I have thought about Oak Meadow for a while but the cost for 4 children is over-whelming.