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. In the past I have used curriculum packs & I’ve also chosen different products for my kids. I love the idea of customizing their educational materials, but I also love a well designed complete package.

  2. I like having something put together for each subject (we haven’t used a fully packaged curriculum) knowing full well that I’m never going to follow it in its entirety. It gives me the freedom to do my own planning on those topics we are passionate about, and prompts me on topics I’m not as passionate about but believe are stepping stones to understanding.

  3. THIS looks great!!!
    To answer your question: I truly, really like the lesson plans already worked out for me. With six children, I’d spend more time looking for and researching things than actually educating them. Less stress = a good attitude toward my family.

  4. I already subscribe in a feed :)

  5. After 4 years of creating lesson plans for 3 kids at 3 different grade levels, I am burnt out. We are switching to Oak Meadow this year and I am thrilled. The 36 week breakdown is perfect for us and we can expand the lessons if the kids want to. It is great to have it laid out for me. In the past it was so difficult to keep track of what we covered. Great giveaway!

  6. and I just subscribed to your newsletter too!
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  7. I like putting together my own!

  8. Melissa R says:

    I just subscribed to your feed via RSS.

  9. I am such a newbie at homeschooling (5yr old + 3yr old + 1yr old) so a complete package is what I needed this first year. Putting together my own curriculum was too overwhelming!

  10. I subscribe via Google reader.

  11. Melissa R says:

    I enjoy putting together my own lessons. I have not used a “packaged” curriculum, but I would be willing to give it a shot, or to friend it to someone if I chose not to use it. Thanks for this opportunity.

  12. I like having curriculum basicly laid out for me but also having the space in that curriculum to add or subtract things that are fitting. What a great giveaway. There will be one happy winner. I hope it is I.
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  13. Oh and also, I already subscribe via email.
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  14. I put together my own curriculum from a variety of materials, but it is EXHAUSTING! Just can’t seem to find that one perfect package. I was just researching Oak Meadow this morning, as it turns out!

  15. I like to have my curriculum laid out for me with room for rabbit trails. My father wa just diagnosed with lung cancer so I need the structure of a purchased curriculum even more as there is lots of chemo. & hospital visits that will be happening this year.

  16. I subscribe with Google reader!

  17. Maria Bucchino says:

    I have always only put together my own home school curriculum. I would love to use a curriculum that simplifies that part of the process. Cost is always a factor , since I am a single parent.

  18. Oh my goodness! What a great giveaway!
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  19. I subscribe via google reader!
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  20. I also follow you on twitter!

  21. We have used OM for several years–love it! Just enough schedule that I feel like all subjects are covered, but enough wiggle room that all learning styles are identified and an appropriate option is offered. This year we are using OM1, OM6, and OM8.

  22. Right now I enjoy putting together my own curriculum, but that hasn’t stopped me from looking at all the very neat ones that are prepackaged!

  23. This is my first official year of homeschooling my children (3 girls with 1 on the way). I have chosen the curriculum for first grade, but I worry that my highly imaginative children will get bored! I would love the ease of having a set curriculum- more time to chase the kiddos!

  24. I’ve tweeted it: @stephanieshep: @simpleschool is giving away a year of curriculum from Oak Meadow! Wow! http://bit.ly/a9cIRf
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  25. I’m also a subscriber in Google reader. : )
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  26. I love the idea of having a complete curriculum put together for me! I have been overwhelmed just pulling together things for preschool – I’d love help for K+!

  27. And I subscribe in google reader!

  28. I love putting together my own curriculum…my problem comes with implementing it! I waffle between my do-it-myselfer side and longing for the better structure that a curriculum can provide. I went over to the Oak Meadow website and checked it out. I am definitely intrigued! I like the way history/geography/literature/English are combined.

  29. I subscribe using RSS feed to my home page.

  30. I like to have some curriculum put together for me to give me a starting point and direction and then I like to add in some ideas of my own.

  31. I just subscribed via email.

  32. I do a little of both. I like having it all laid out but also tweek things a bit.

  33. I have put curriculum together for my children every year for the last eight… I would REALLY love to try Oak Meadow.

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  34. I am now following you on twitter! (I’m @kitchenwitch)
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  35. I just subscribed to your blog via Google Reader.


    (Hope I win!!! Fingers crossed!)
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  36. I suscribe via Google Reader

  37. I prefer to add my own touches and children’s interests to a preplanned curriculum. However, I am doing most of the planning myself now.

  38. We use a little bit of both. I like to set up our own plans by what the kids are interested in. But I also use curriculum for specific things too. It can be very helpful.
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  39. My kids aren’t school age yet, but I feel pulled by an established curriculum. At least as a guide.

  40. I’m a subscriber by email.

  41. I follow you through a feed reader.

  42. I enjoy checking out curriculums-i usually put together my own for my youngest. I find that curriculum that is little more structured keeps me moving along without distractions.

  43. I’m just thinking about starting Pre-K homeschooling this year and definitely want a “curriculum.” I think at this point, I need to know she is learning what she is supposed to be learning. In another words, I need the checklist. :)
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  44. I am subscribed to Simple Homeschool via RSS.
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  45. My son is approaching Pre-K homeschooling and I also want the simplicity and guidance of a curriculum! It seems overwhelming to me to start from scratch, especially since this is my first child and I haven’t homeschooled before!

  46. Stephanie says:

    I am beginning to prepare for my very first year of homeschooling with my daughter, and after a lot of reading and research Oak Meadow is my top curriculum choice. It would be amazing to win!

  47. I am subscribed through a feed reader :-)

  48. Stephanie says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader

  49. deb gibson says:

    I truly love having a curriculum to follow and the homeschool ability to alter as I see fit.

  50. I love putting together my own curriculum! I think I am a curriculum-junkie! :)