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 subscribe in a reader.

  2. MamaGraves says:

    I’ve always planned my own. I had discovered Oak Meadow at the end of last year through this site. After learning that we were expecting our sixth little one, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try something new. This giveaway would be a huge blessing and relief!!

  3. I currently do a mix of both…I use a curric package and I tweak it to fit our family by switching out some resources and adding in others.

  4. I subscribe in a reader :)

  5. Oh my goodness, as I’m in the midst of trying to put together curriculum for my 1st grader for the first time, the idea of a pre-set plan would be so very helpful.

  6. I’m a new homeschooler, so I need someone to put everything together for me.

  7. follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

  8. Subscribe via google reader.

  9. I subscribe in google reader to this blog. Thanks!

  10. Putting together a curriculum is one of the things that most excites me and scares me about homeschooling!

  11. Also, I subscribe in my reader. :)

  12. I subscribe in a reader.

  13. I enjoy putting together our own plans each year. Our 8 children are so unique and we just go with the flow each year.

  14. I am a subscriber!

  15. So far I am doing my own — we are starting K this fall since I felt a curriculum would be overkill for K. I have heard wonderful things about Oak Meadow, though, and would be interested in checking it out.

  16. I put together our own curriculum, although we follow the framework provided by core knowledge.
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  17. Oh my – I love Oak Meadow! I’m always better with some kind of a guide putting things together for me – I worry so much less and feel free to do my own thing. This is a great giveaway!

  18. I would prefer there to be a curriculum that I can use at least as a jumping off point, but I am finding that perfect curriculum gets more elusive as my children get older. Luckily I enjoy pulling my own resources together, especially when I have some time to plan ahead.

  19. I also subscribe!

  20. Sue Klingseis says:

    I subscribe by email.

  21. This would be awesome for starting our kindergartner!!!!!!

  22. Sue Klingseis says:

    As a beginner, I would appreciate a program that comes ready for use. Then I could add/subtract as I gain experience.

  23. This will be our first official homeschool year and I find the look of a packaged curriculum makes me feel less nervous–even as I go about tweaking it.

  24. Per the question on putting together curriculum, I’m not sure which at this point since this is our first child and the first time putting together a home school curriculum. Part of me thinks I will enjoy the puzzle of trying to put together a creative curriculum that will inspire learning and a joy of life, but part of me is afraid to not lean on the value of previous knowledge of the set curriculum such as Oak Meadow.

    To me it seems like making dinner for the in-laws for the first time: the wise part of you knows the packaged organic roasted chicken with a simple side will do wonders for your brownie point scale, but the onery part of you wants to prove you can cook by trying something new.

    Thank you for great blog!

  25. I have been putting together my own plans, but have discovered that having a planned curriculum might be really helpful! I have a tendency to get confused and bogged down and it freezes me up a bit. Ack!

  26. I subscribe in a reader. I usually like putting together my own curriculum, but this year I’m burned out and I admit to lacking some inspiration. I’m expecting twins in October and I’m drained. This would be a welcome help to try something new!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. I subscribe by email :-)

  28. What a thrilling giveaway!

    As for your question, I think that there is definitely a balance to be struck. I like to have something that provides a basic structure (like a sequential math program, or the Story of the World book for history, or Nebel’s Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding for Science), then build off of it in whatever direction interests us. Lots of math games cement understanding of the basic facts. Living books add a new dimension to and a deeper understanding of elements of history. Sure, we breeze through points that aren’t that interesting to us (there’s not that much to know about Ur!), but take the opportunity to delve more deeply into topics that really rev our motors (ooh, the Phoenecians! Science! 3-D math!!).
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  29. I’ve only homeschooled for a year, and my kids wanted to do it so they could do more explosive, intensive study in their individual interests. I’m also a librarian, so I teach and study from a research approach. Because of this, the only curriculum I’ve used so far is a math textbook from Art of Problem Solving. For everything else, we just kind of make it up as we go along.

  30. Also, I subscribe via RSS!

  31. Gina DeRosa says:

    I am new to the homeschooling world, constantly exploring methods and concepts. I have a preschooler and have not yet settled on one approach. I expect I will combine curriculum with my own plans for the right combination. Thanks for posting this give away! Wonderful!

  32. I am a newbie to HSing, but so far I like to take apart various curricula and make my own plans
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  33. I subscribe by email and have thoroughly loved this blog and the creative ideas!

  34. I prefer a little bit of both. I am a preschool teacher and enjoy making my own plans but look to many references for inspiration. Oak Meadow is a huge influence in my teaching style. My own children have loved the Oak Meadow activities and learning. And, I am a subscriber to Simple Homeschool. Thank you for all the good stuff.

  35. I subscribe in a reader.
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  36. I subscribe via email.

  37. I’ve heard fabulous things about Oak Meadow and would love the chance to be able to explore their curriculum for our children. Presently we’ve been putting together our own, following their interests.

  38. I love to a curriculum to give me a jump start, and than gleen from it what works for us!

  39. For now, I built my own!

  40. I use both a planned curriculum, and add some of my own things. I enjoy having things planned already.

  41. Jennifer Ott says:

    I like someone doing most of the thinking for me, and then I can add the fun stuff into our school plans!

  42. I am very! eclectic in my planning….we use some already ‘laid out’ lesson plans for history, math….and then gather other little bits together for some of the other subjects. (: depends on which of my 4 kiddos i’m working w. too! as they all learn differently.

  43. I use Sonlight, but not very rigidly. I like to use different books, study different subjects, throw in the random Unit Study as the Spirit moves. But I love Oak Meadow and would be thrilled to win!
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  44. I’ve always put together my own homeschooling curriculum, though in the back of my mind, I’ve also always thought how nice it would be to just receive a box of everything I need for the year, including a day by day breakdown of what to do. It’s simplicity and convenience is very enticing.
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  45. I just tweeted about the giveaway! http://twitter.com/pwadleigh
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  46. I subscribe to Simple Homeschool via email, and always enjoy reading it. Even the photos are something I enjoy. :-)
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  47. I rather have one all put together for me mostly because with 6 kids I don’t have time to organize one for each of them!
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  48. I subscribe via Netvibes.
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  49. Tend to plan my own curriculum, but have heard good things about Oak Meadow.