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. I love the idea of doing my own thing, but life gets in the way! Something packaged frees me up to actually spend time with my daughter, rather than using my time curriculum planning.

  2. Just subscribed to Simple Homeschool!


  3. Mary Beth says:

    Oh, I would love to win! This will be my first year homeschooling and I would be happy to try Oak Meadow. Thanks for the chance.

  4. I love Oak Meadow!
    I like having a curriculum to use with my daughters.
    Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

  5. I just subscribed to Simple Homeschool.
    Thanks again!

  6. I enjoy putting together plans but quickly discovered that I’m not consistent enough with my planning. Therefore, I prefer and use planned curriculums. I have often wondered about Oak Meadow (we’d be 1st grade too) and would love to try it!

  7. Yea, I subscribed!! Love your website!

  8. We’ve used OM for several years now with our 3 kiddos. I absolutely love the challenge of pulling curriculum together to suit each of my children. But OM gives me the basis from which to start. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks!

  9. I’ve just learned about OM recently and very interested in it. This will be my second year homeschooling, and while I love the concept of everyday spontaneous learning, I am always grateful for core books to rely on. Having a curriculum “community” also seems a great way to feel connected with others experiencing similar things!

  10. Do you enjoy putting together your own homeschool plans or do you prefer a curriculum that simplifies that part of the process for you?

    This is my first year homeschooling, and I like the idea of a curriculum that plans it for me, but leavs me room to tweak as I see fit :)

  11. New Twitter Follower and tweeted about the giveaway :)

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  12. Just subscribed to the newsletter via e-mail!! 😀
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  13. I like the idea of having a curriculum as a base to refer to. But it can’t be so rigid that there is no room for doing our own thing.

  14. I tweeted about this giveaway.


  15. I follow your blog

  16. Mary-Frances C. says:

    I like pre assembled curriculum. It’s hard to look everywhere for what you’d like to teach.
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  17. I enjoy putting together bits of curriculum that particularly interest us, but I like to have a set curriculum with all the readers etc as my basis so that I know I am not missing anything.

  18. I am subscribed via email.

  19. coffeemamma says:

    Can the answer be ‘both’? We plan our school years according to what season of life we are in, and what the needs of the individual children are. This will be our 12th year homeschooling (wow!), and we have been considering OM for highschool for one of our older girls, and for our youngest girl who is a rep-level hockey player and needs rhythmic, no-pressure academics.

  20. The nicest thing about Oak Meadow is that the curriculm is flexible.
    You can pick parts or do the entire program.
    All of it is good.
    & The Staff is very nice to work with.

  21. Just subscribed to Simple Homeschool! Long time relaxed homeschooler and user of Oak Meadow since 1998. Thanks for the chance to fill in where we are missing some materials!

  22. I personally prefer to throw together curriculum, but 2 of my kids really love the order and routine of oak meadow. They are not a fan of my fly by the seat of my pants style =)

  23. I like having a wonderful curriculum to fall back on when I get worried that I am doing enough-or the right things.

  24. I’m pretty much a CM homeschooler, and I really like to plan my own! It’s so much fun for me to pull materials together and create a unit designed for my child. That being said, I do use some curriculums. We use Explode the Code and I plan to use a math curriculum next year for first grade. I have very seriously considered a few OM packages though for in the next few years (my oldest is in Kindergarten right now) because it so matches my teaching style. :)
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  25. Added you to my feed reader!
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  26. I’ve been wanting to try the Oak Meadow curriculum. Would love to win this!

  27. I’ve been putting things together from here and there and would love to try a curriculum, but have been afraid of making an expensive mistake!

  28. Amy Wathen says:

    I am clueless when it comes to putting stuff together myself. I will definitely be using a program that’s already put together for me. I am just at the preschool level right now.

  29. :-) We really need a curriculum that can guide us through the year… great blog article & fab prize!

  30. Thanks for the great prize giveaway – we have been looking for OM for our son! :-)

  31. I reall need to be guided. Otherwise, I go off on too many tangents :)
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  32. I’ve subscribed…

  33. we have signed up to the newsletter…

  34. subscribed to the feed reader!

  35. We like to put together our own curriculum for many things, but also use a lot of elements from established curriculum packages. For our family, one of the big attractions to homeschooling was flexibility; not needing, even if we chose to have a curriculum, to follow anything precisely.

  36. I have always cobbled together curriculum plans for my children and enjoyed it; this year, however, with the addition of the third to “school aged,” it has just felt too overwhelming. We are going to try Oak Meadow because it seems to be pretty close to what I would do anyway, and I don’t have to research as much as I have been. I like it’s flexibility as well; we don’t want to school at home, and I think a syllabus approach is best in terms of boxed curriculum.

  37. I really like to gather lots of different stuff from different curriculums while still having a main one (such as Oak Meadow) as a guide. There is just so much great stuff out there.

  38. hmmmm…good question. I kinda do a mix of both planning my own and preplanned. I love having the freedom when I plan my own, but it can be time consuming.

  39. Kim Kaffenberger says:

    I have used bits and pieces of different things over the years. My oldest is more drawn towards the classical style. It has been a challenge trying to find the style my youngest likes the best.

    I used the Oak Meadow samples at to try for a couple of days to see how she liked it. It was by far her favorite out of all the different kinds of curriculums I have tried. She is a hands on crafty kind of girl and Oak Meadow suits her very well.

    I love that I don’t have to hunt around for different pieces of curriculum, and that I don’t have to tweak Oak Meadow to get it to work for my family. It is all right there laid out for me including supplies (which I am bad about getting on my own).

  40. I love the way Oak Meadow is set up. It has enough ideas and guidance without too much. Also it is easy to adapt to different learning styles. I add on some to taylor to my children’s personal learning preferences. I do love the packaged material that Oak Meadow provides.

  41. Just subscribed to Simple Homeschool!

  42. Just subscribed!

  43. I am a subscriber!

  44. I prefer it done for me – at least for now- I’m in my first year!

  45. I like putting together my own plans, but it is getting to be a little too much with three school-aged children. I would love a chance to see Oak Meadow in person.

  46. Both! I love planning things out on my own, but I have come to accept that I don’t have enough time to plan everything for everyone.

  47. We are just starting to homeschool, but I have a feeling that I am going to want both: a core curriculum that we pick and choose from, plus anything else that sparks our interest!

  48. I am also a subscriber via Google Reader

  49. Christina says:

    I just subscribed. Your site looks great!

  50. Leslie Cregar says:

    Oooh a giveaway;)

    Love OM