Giveaway: Curriculum Package from Oak Meadow

This giveaway has ended. Check back on Saturday, December 4 for the winner!

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

Today I’m giving away a complete curriculum package (valued at over $300) from Oak Meadow Curriculum and School. Oak Meadow has offered innovative, creative, and independent learning materials for homeschooling families around the world for over 35 years.

I wasn’t actively looking for a new curriculum for our family, but back in the summer when I had the chance to review Oak Meadow’s First Grade Program I truly felt drawn to their approach.

For today’s giveaway Oak Meadow generously sent me their Kindergarten program to review, and I’ve been using it with my kids for five weeks now. It meets a real need that I didn’t even realize was lacking in our homeschool–the need for creativity.

Learn more about Oak Meadow and how to win.

Oak Meadow’s Kindergarten package includes the Kindergarten syllabus, a book of Kindergarten Fairy Tales, and the First Book of Crafts. The syllabus is broken down into 36 weeks and offers a plethora of activity suggestions covering a range of subjects: circle time, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, music & movement, and crafts.

I love its ease of use–at the end of the week I just read through the syllabus, mark down which activities I want to do, and we’re ready to go the following Monday.

The best word I can think of to describe my family’s experience with Oak Meadow is FUN! The arts and crafts, an integral part of the program during the early years, are simple to complete and use easy-to-find supplies.

I also appreciate the gentle introduction to academic learning within the Oak Meadow programs. They respect the natural development of a child and don’t rush straight into boring worksheets. Instead, the child’s spirit of curiosity is kindled and ignited.

In what other curriculum do you get to make A’s out of bread dough during your school day?

Oak Meadow offers complete curriculum packages from PreK through 12th Grade, which you can purchase and use at home with your children. They also offer an enrollment option in their accredited distance learning school. This allows students to receive full academic credit and transcripts for their work at home–as well as the support of an experienced teacher.

I loved reading through Oak Meadow’s educational philosophy, which centers around meeting academic standards, involving the whole child, supporting a child’s natural development, adapting to each child’s unique learning style, and creating a caring, supportive relationship.

From a personal standpoint, I feel grateful to have discovered Oak Meadow. From a professional standpoint, I believe many of you would also find their imaginative, holistic approach a positive addition to your home.

One Simple Homeschool reader will win a complete Oak Meadow grade level package of your choice, including all curriculum materials and readers (excluding the craft kit)!

How to win

Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, answering this question: Does bringing creativity into your family’s life come naturally to you, or do you have to work at it?

2. For an extra entry, “like” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. — you can use the provided buttons below. Then leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve done so.

Oak Meadow:

Simple Homeschool:

This giveaway will end tonight, Wednesday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. I hope you win! We’ll announce the winners of all the holiday giveaways at the end of the week.

Enter today’s other Home for the Holidays giveaways:

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. It’s definitely something I need to work at. It comes naturally in regards to my own projects, oddly enough (sewing, knitting, etc) but not when it comes to my kids.
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  2. I’d love to win! Being creative isn’t hard for me. It’s my favorite part of homeschooing!
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  3. I “liked you” on facebook! I really, really liked you!
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  4. Definitely have to work at it 😉

  5. Liked on FB!

  6. For me it varies day to day. Somedays I can come up with something crafty out of nowhere. Other days I struggle to find the simplest crafty thing too do.
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  7. I think we were more creative in our homeschooling before I went on bed rest :) (BUT, we’ve never spent so much time working on penmanship before, it’s paying off!)
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  8. I “liked” both FB pages :)
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  9. Amy McGrath says:

    I have to work at bringing creativity into our family’s life. My kids don’t though. :)

  10. Amy McGrath says:

    I “like” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  11. I used to teach first grade so it comes more naturally to me than others probably. I much prefer being able to do creative stuff with my own kids as opposed to a class of 20. :)
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  12. I really struggle coming up with creative stuff for my kids. I definitely have to work much harder at it than I would like.

  13. I definitely have to work at bringing creativity into my kids’ lives. I am starting to figure out how to do it for myself, but am always apprehensive of the mess that comes with kids being creative :)
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  14. I “liked” both FB pages.

  15. I like both on facebook.
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  16. I liked both on Facebook. I have to look up ways to be creative in books and on the web, but once I have an idea I can be creative from there.

  17. Unfortunately, we have to work at it.

  18. I find as the kids get older bringing creative activities into the home are becoming harder and harder, because of ambition. It used to be really easy when I was homeschooling 1 child, 5 almost 6 years ago, but now that I am homeschooling 2 that are 5 years apart, finding creative activities that will suit both children is hard.

  19. Creativity in my son’s life is huge. We do have to work at it, but the work is a sort of blocking out time to just BE. Time to draw or mold or paint (or read or play or other inspiring fun kid stuff).

  20. I liked both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on facebook

  21. I find that my daughters naturally bring creativity in – if I give them the chance.

  22. Being creative comes naturally and it makes our homeschooling experience so fun. Having three little girls makes for fun and creative days! :) Enjoy your blog!
    I clicked the “like” button for Oak Meadow.
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  23. Both my husband & I lean on the creative side, but with any gift–your always growing & being challenged!

  24. My 9 year old son is a very hands on/creative learner. He has Down Syndrome and learns much better when he can create. I am fairly creative, but I sometimes struggle to keep it exciting and not to let monotony settle in . And that’s a big part of the reason I decided to homeschool!

  25. I need to work at making the time for it – I often have thoughts about creative activities we could do, but don’t always act on those inspirations.
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  26. We don’t really have to work at it. It seems like all of us would rather do creative stuff than anything else.

  27. I would like to think that being creative is natural in our family but we seem to run out of time during the day to do the “fun” learning activities. My curriculum is more worksheet based and by the time we are done with that, the creative juices have dried up! This is a curriculum worth exploring! Thanks!

  28. Creatively comes pretty naturally to us, but we could always use new ideas.

  29. I definitely have to work at it. I can use all the help I can get!

  30. I think I have to work at it. . . I signed my daughter up for art lessons b/c I just couldn’t think of what to do for our homeschool art. The kids seem to come up with creative ideas on their own (thank goodness); yesterday they took Trader Joe’s bags and cut out faces so they could turn them into masks.

  31. I don’t think our life is very creative. It’s systematic and practical and basically predictable but not really creative. I guess that’s something I’ll have to work on. This would be great to win. I think it would help!

  32. I “liked” Oak Meadow on Facebook! :)

  33. I have to work at it.

  34. I am definitely not a natural, although reading and the internet have made it easier to do things :)
    I would love to win this curriculum looks great!


  35. Somehow, creative pursuits are just built into the way we function as a family– what a blessing to educate our children at home and enjoy these experiences together!

  36. I believe that I am creative at heart! my children are very creative as well. my oldest (5) attend the waldorf school of san diego last year and we all loved it so much! however, the cost of school put us in the negative and we were not able to return. I have been researching Oak meadow and has a friend who uses it with her son and loves it ! we would love to have the chance to win !
    with love and light

  37. I think creativity is getting easier and easier. :)
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  38. wish I was more creative and spontaneous when it comes to day to day school at home. I get so focused on the list of things to learn I often forget to chase the tangents and enjoy the process of exploration through creative outlets. My kiddos love it when I, on a rare occasion, include something out of the ordinary for a learning tool. Mid year always a time for re-evaluating…. whether I win or not, i need to make it a priority to find a more holistic approach to filling these young minds!

  39. Pam in Missouri says:

    My kids are always pushing me to let them do creative projects. I love what they come up with but I cringe at the mess that can be left in the wake of a great project. I’m working on relaxing about that. It all washes up so I just need to take a chill pill! :)

  40. I think it mostly comes naturally.

  41. Pam in Missouri says:

    I’m following OM on FB

  42. Pam in Missouri says:

    I’m following SH on FB

  43. I’ve always been very creative. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble getting my little one to like it. I think I need to try new things!!!
    I’ve been looking and loving and wishing for this curriculum lately!!!
    I really hope we win!!!!! It would definitely help us find our rhythm.
    Thanks for this amazing opportunity!!!!

  44. Oh how I would love to win this!! Creativity comes really easy to me…like breathing…stying on task is another thing tho…if I could have it spelled outfor me that would be great!
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  45. Love Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!!!

  46. Sometimes it comes easy sometimes we have to work at it. I wish we had more time to do extra activities at home.

  47. No. I have to work at it all the time. Although sometimes I surprise myself with the occasional great idea. Very occasional. :)
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  48. I liked you both on FB!
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  49. I also ‘like’ you both! :)
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  50. It surely does not come easily when I try to be creative with the family. I can be with other things, but when it comes to my kids, my mind goes blank.

  51. I have liked… and like too!

  52. I don’t think that being creative is hard for me once I get started. I just need the initial idea then I can run with it.
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  53. I have liked.
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  54. I follow you and Oak Meadow on FB!

  55. To be honest, my creative juices use to flow when my older three were little, now it takes more work, but I do enjoy creating with my kiddos!

  56. I like SH on FB!

  57. a little bit of both. it depends upon the medium. but there is inspiration all around! thanks!

  58. like!

  59. Creativity is definitely something i have to work at in our homeschooling. I would love to try this curriculum with my son!

  60. A mixture of both! It kinda depends on the week! LOL!! Most of the time, I am fairly creative, but there are some weeks when I just have NO mojo whatsoever 😉
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  61. Already “like” both on Facebook :-)
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  62. I definitely have to work at it.
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  63. “liked” on fb
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  64. Sometimes I’m creative, but It gets a little difficult when working with all of my kids, and my youngest happens to be starting kindergarten next semester! This looks like a fun curriculum.

  65. Like, Like on FB!

  66. Creativity comes and goes for me – sometimes I’ve got lots of ideas and other times I’ve got none! My daughter is starting Kindergarten next Sept and I would love to have this curriculum to use with her then.
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  67. For me it depends on the area of study – if we’re talking Language Arts and History I can be fairly creative. However, the world of art intimidates me so much – this is where I struggle.
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  68. I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!
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  69. It is definitly work for me! I get a lot of help from the internet and other’s ideas.

  70. Creativity comes in ebbs I find. Sometimes I’m filled with ideas and other times I need to go out and seek some inspiration!

  71. Tansy Chaudhary says:

    Some creativity comes naturally, but other resources and ideas definitely inspire me as well.
    Liked you on FB.

  72. I really have to work at creativity.
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  73. Creativity comes naturally to me … but I really have to work at MAKING SURE we LIVE creatively. Its just too easy to get caught up in going through the motions.

    I’d LOVE to try out a curriculum built around fostering the creative mind <3

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  74. My creativity depends on the subject and the amount of work I’m willing to give.

  75. and I like both of you Facebook!

  76. Cassandra says:

    I absolutely have to work on it! I was never a artistic or creative person (go figure, I’m a statistician now) and my Mother always did creative projects with my artsy sisters and would ask me to go read a book. Now, with two creative boys, I’ve had to learn how to feed their growing intellects in ways that mine just doesn’t function in! I tell my oldest to be patient with me, I’m learning at the same time he is!

  77. I have to work at bringing creativity into my family’s life mainly due to time. Its easy to focus on everything I have to do and less on being more creative with the fam!

  78. I really have to work at being creative. Not so with my daughter….she often has her own ideas about how to liven up what I come up with. Lol.

  79. sadly, being creative does not come naturally to me. i have to constantly work on it by letting go of my expectations and just enjoy creating in the moment. I find inspirations by checking out other homeschooling blogs and sometimes tweaking their ideas to suit our needs.

  80. liked you on FB!

  81. We try to be creative in most everything, sometimes I have to work at it tho’!

  82. Yes! Count us in! A curriculum would be a HUGE time (and brain) saver. We would love to win this!!!

  83. It’s interesting, because being ‘creative’ is part of my non-home education job – I have a letterpress. So sometimes I just want to switch off being creative and ‘get on with something different – and not creative!’ That said, we don’t seem to be able to avoid it here: both of us are always designing, making, re-arranging, re-thinking! Every piano practice starts with improvising first, my son reads books and then imagines how they could have turned out differently, we both love not just writing letters (okay, I like writing, he likes trying to get me to write them for him!) but then embellishing them, using sealing wax, making things look ‘good’.
    However, I feel we don’t have enough of that in our home learning programme. So this curriculum looks like something I could do with.
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  84. i am ok at thinking of ideas, but actually making time is a challenge!

  85. I have to work at creativity in most cases, but it’s so incredibly worthwhile. There is nothing like the look on my child’s face when she makes or imagines something and that’s something I really want to share and encourage in both of us.

    More times than not, I find that my daughter’s natural sense of creativity inspires me to try harder to find my creative spark. Her ideas and outlook are always fresh and she sees things in ways I don’t.

    A good example is that I’ve never felt as though I could draw at all, but she loves to tell stories and have me illustrate them for her. I mostly see my mistakes, but she sees our work together and always loves whatever I draw for her. I’m trying to bring that sense of creativity and support to our work together and to our home.

  86. Also, I liked Simple Homeschool & Oak Meadow on Facebook.

    Looking forward to updates :)

  87. Hmmm… I’d say that creativity comes naturally to me, but it takes a bit of effort for me to figure out how to include the family in ways that appeal to everyone.

  88. I’m always yearning to bring more creativity into our home. It doesn’t come all that naturally to me. This would be great to win!

  89. I liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB.

  90. Emily Yliniemi says:

    Creativity comes easily about half the time, and other times I really have to work at it.

  91. I think it comes naturally in our family, but for me, I go through ruts where I really rely on the inspiring blogs I read to re-spark my own creative juices. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m on baby number 6 and I feel like “I’ve done this so many times!”. I just try to keep in mind that its new to the little ones and the joy in their eyes is validation of that! :)
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  92. Emily Yliniemi says:

    I liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on facebook.

  93. I have “liked” both OM and Simple homeschool on FB.

  94. Creativity…..hmmmm. I guess it depends on what we are studying. Some subjects naturally come easier than others. The holidays make it easy so does being out in nature for our family. Not so easy is months of cabin fever. Seems to stunt our creative energies.
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  95. I am not a naturally creative person, so I need to be prompted to remember to do these kinds of things and take a break from my cozy routines from time to time. This looks like a wonderful way to do it!

  96. Oh my, do I ever have to work at that!

  97. I liked both you and Oak Meadow on FB

  98. Shawna Rodenberg says:

    So far, we haven’t had any trouble bringing creativity to our homeschool efforts. It’s much more of a challenge for us to manage all the different varieties of creativity spilling over from homeschooling five children of different ages and learning styles!

  99. my mom homeschooled with a lot of creativity, so I really hope homeschooling my son with the same principles will come naturally :)
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  100. My son likes anything creative-making art or music, so it comes pretty easily.

  101. I like Oak Meadows & Simple Homeschool on FB.

  102. I have ‘liked’ both Simple Homeschooling and Oak Meadow for a while now, so yes I’m in. I’ve been considering the curriculum, so it was good to here your review. I have two children 6 years apart and different but both learn well and are happiest when creativity is priority in our home. ds is a right-brained learner (my topsy turvy child) and dd is very eager to be in anything creative. I really want that gentle learning to be part of our homeschool and think that this curriculum could help me achieve that. I so want to win this one !

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  104. It comes pretty naturally to us; I would love to win this curriculum!

  105. I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB.

  106. It’s something I really need to work at.

  107. Creativity does not come naturally to me. I definitely need a little inspiration to get me started.

  108. Hmm,that depends,sometimes the creativity comes more quickly than at other times. I have heard a lot of good things about Oak Meadow and would love the opportunity to try it for one of my 3 daughters.Thanks!

  109. Lindsay Sledge says:

    I have always been creative. My favorite thing to do as a child was sit at my big desk with all my art supplies and draw and paint. Thankfully my children have inherited it.

  110. Creativity abounds with our two. They love to make stuff. They’re always coming up with some sort of story to play. You just never know with them. They keep me on my toes.

  111. I definitely have to work at it. Finding order is always difficult so when I don’t creativity lacks. But when it all comes together it is a beautiful thing.

  112. I definitely have to work at it. Funny because I love crafts and art. I guess scheduling it ahead of time is my downfall. I would love to win this for my third grader. Thanks!
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  113. I’m naturally creative and full of ideas, but am hard-pressed to implement because of my lack of organization and rhythm. I’ve been looking at Oak Meadow for my daughter…. a very precocious three year old, and was thinking about using some holiday cash to purchase it! I actually really like Oak Meadow’s sample plan for preschool, and the idea of “breathing in” and “breathing out.” We’ve been trying to implement more of that over at our house! I’d love, love, love to win!
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  114. I “liked” Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on FB!
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  115. Sarah Gainey says:

    Creativity is definitely something I have to work for. I keep a “Mom Notebook” where I tear out articles with activity ideas from parenting magazines. I have them loosely organized by age, with a few special holiday ones. I also love getting ideas from other moms!

  116. Sarah Gainey says:

    I’ve liked Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow : )

  117. I absolutely need to work at it and subscribe to many arts blogs to get inspired.

  118. like you both on fb

  119. creativity comes pretty easy in our family

  120. I have to work at it.

  121. Liked on FB

  122. We do a lot of creative things, but it’s hard for me to find ways to encourage my kids to be creative with a purpose – rather than just piddling around with paint and crayons (which is good, too).
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  123. Karyn Hostetter says:

    I have to work at being creative in my homeschool. I wish it did come naturally.

  124. Karyn Hostetter says:

    like you both on FB.

  125. have to work at it for sure

  126. We’re getting better at making it natural.

  127. The creativity this is huge, but a lot of work for me. It doesn’t come naturally, so I really have to make a conscious effort.

  128. I totally have to work at it. On my own I’m intimidated if we move much beyond scissors, glue and a stapler!
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  129. It comes naturally.
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  130. I really struggle adding creativity to our days! I think it was a combination of thinking I’m not good at crafts and fear of the whole “clean up” thing with a bunch of small children. We’ve used OM in the past and my oldest especially loved the creative aspect!
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  131. I’ve liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. Thanks for the extra entry!
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  132. Ilse Kryemadhi says:

    I have to work at it.

  133. I think that even if I didn’t try to nurture creativity at home, there would be no stopping the kids from bringing it themselves!

  134. Not completely naturally…but, I do love to add creativity to our day. And, my son loves anything out of the ordinary. :)
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  135. I L-O-V-E Oak Meadow!
    Bringing creativity to my family is both easy (it comes natural to me) and hard (I hate messes). It’ easy for me to sit down and do something, but when my kids want to learn, it takes a great deal of patience and planning.

    Sarah M
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  136. I have liked OM and Homeschool on FB!

  137. I really have to work at bringing creativity into our school at home! It is so hard to get everything organized, control the mess, be positive, and not to get discouraged when my kids don’t want to participate!

  138. I really have to work on creativity in our home.

  139. I “liked” you and OM on facebook!

  140. I think it has really come naturally. We are very musical and I think that is were our creativity starts from. A note, a tune, bringing us the song that surrounds us while we create, learn, love and live.

  141. Oh, creativity is something that I desperately try–and feel like I clunk along ridiculously.

    It’s sometimes fun, and usually messy, and sometimes it just doesn’t work at all. But I try!

  142. Becca White says:

    Yes, creativity comes naturally up to a certain point. I do find myself getting stuck in a rut w/ it tho… I’ll do a few creative things over and over because my idea was so brilliant! Then it looses it’s creativity. 😛

  143. Becca White says:

    I “liked” both Oak Meadown & Simple Homeschool. <3

  144. Unfortunately creativitiy does not come naturally. I need guidance. Thank you for this opportunity

  145. Julie Chapman says:

    Creativity is something that comes forth in our home when I relax and allow my son to flow and make choices. Oak Meadow has been an amazing platform for this.
    In gratitude, Julie

  146. Being creative comes more naturally than not, but it’s always nice to have new ideas.

  147. My husband and I try to keep a creative, natural, simple lifestyle and homeschool. It is a bit difficult at times as we live in a fast-paced city environment. We use Oak Meadow curriculum and love it! It helps us to stay true to the path we are following.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. I’ve liked OM and Simple Homeschool on FB!! Thanks Again!

  149. I’m a pretty creative person so it comes naturally
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  150. I have been looking at using Oak Meadow next year, so winning this give away would be awesome.

    As far as creativity, I think I do a pretty good job. Since I wish I was much more artsy-fartsy than I am, I make sure my kids have plenty of opportunities to be creative. Fortunately, they both love to create, although in different ways.

  151. I would not consider myself creative, but my kids really help me out in that department.

  152. I liked both on FB

  153. Creativity comes in fits and starts around here. I try to provide the materials and let things flow organically, but that doesn’t always work. This Christmas, we’re making quite a few presents and those projects have spurred on a few other creative endeavors. We’ve discovered the joy of Shrinky Dinks (again, for me)!

  154. I “like” Oak Meadow.
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  155. I “like” Simple Homeschool. Actually, I really do like Simple Homeschool, not in the quoted kind of way :)
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  156. We just started homeschooling with Oak Meadow this year and we love it. My daughter has spent the last four years at a Waldorf school and I think that has spurred her love of drawing, painting, sewing and knitting. It comes easy in our family since we all love to create.

  157. Bringing creativity into our home!?!?! I would have to say this is in the middle of the road – We have our moments but sometimes lack the starting point – If we can grab a good idea we are able to run it, unfortunately, sometimes grabbing a good idea can be a struggle – I would love the opportunity to have creativity presented in a way that makes my life a lot easier to incorportate the creativity into our everyday homeschooling process that I am sure my daughter is craving!!

    We would love the opportunity to explore it with Oak Meadow!

  158. I like you both on FB
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  159. It’s fairly natural for me to be creative but I do work at giving my children activities that build on the skills they already have!

  160. I definitely have to work at the creativity in the home. It does not come naturally, I wish it did because my children thrive on it.

  161. I like you both on Facebook.

  162. Sara Gallaugher says:

    Creativity comes in and out our house. Some days we are really doing something excited and the next we are checking out lots of books from the library to get into the groove. I’ve been reading about this curriculum and would love to use it with my pre-K son!

  163. Sara Gallaugher says:

    I have liked on facebook!

  164. I find it happens naturally, but I have to work at not trying to direct things or limit an activity’s scope, due to messiness or time constraints. My kids have really helped loosen me up from some of my type-A proclivities. :)

  165. While I am creative when given the opportunity to be so, I naturally gravitate toward work over “projects.” Having a set schedule designed by someone else of things to do with my kids makes it easier for me to incorporate creative projects into our school.

  166. I just “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on facebook.

  167. I liked you on facebook, and look forward to following you!

  168. This looks like a lovely curriculum and so in time for the new year!~

  169. I really have to work at bringing creativity into our family’s life.

  170. My daughter and I can do craft projects for hours, it takes more effort to get my older son engaged. I’ve been looking at the Oak Meadow curriculum for a while, what a great giveaway!

  171. Creativity does not come naturally to me, but I do spend a lot of time researching new, inspiring things to do.

  172. Liked you both on facebook :)

  173. I “liked” you on FB too!

  174. I just “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  175. I definitely have to work at it, but it seems to come naturally for my children.

  176. Wow, that is amazing! I’ve been looking at Oak Meadow for a while it looks like a fabulous package : )
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  177. Also liked you on facebook : )
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  178. Creativity doesn’t come naturally to me. My son always does all kinds of neat things when he visits my mum, and then asks to do them at home too, and I just don’t know where to start!

  179. We are first-year homeschoolers, trying to find a way to educate our super smart, super creative 7 year old daughter in a way that captures her imagination and appeals to her sense of practicality. Just a few days ago I stumbled across the Oak Meadow site (on a link from this blog, I think!) and was very impressed with the way the educational materials were presented. My daughter HATES doing worksheets and busy work, but she loves painting and drawing and sculpting, and the fact that these elements are so much a part of the curriculum makes me very eager to try it.

  180. I think we are mid level creative. sometimes I let the thought of the mess get in the way of doing.

  181. Oh, and I already “like” Simple Homeschool on Facebook — in fact, that’s how I discovered it and I love it — and now I “like” Oak Meadow, too!

  182. I never thought of myself as “creative” before I had my daughter. I work hard to bring creativity into our lives and I’m finding that it is now starting to come more naturally. I’d love a chance to check out this curriculum!

  183. I am homeschooling a first grader right now, and I think art is lacking in our day. I feel intimidated by coming up with crafts for us, and spend way too much time searching online for craft ideas that use materials we already have, and which won’t take half the day to complete.
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  184. And I totally like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool, so I made it official and “liked” them both on FB, too.
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  185. Liked on FB
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  186. Being creative does NOT come naturally for me. I really have to work on it! Having a curriculum come up with the creative ideas for me would be great!!

  187. When we make the time, creative projects and learning experiences really permeate our homeschooling, but unfortunately they seem to be the first to go when life gets busy, which is often. I love Oak Meadow and have considered it for several years and am looking into it again now that our 5th child will be arriving in a few months. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  188. I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FAcebook.

  189. Creativity comes naturally to me… finding the time to incorporate it into each day with my children while keeping my sanity is a challenge.
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  190. I would not consider myself particularly creative but my kids are. I try to provide them with the materials, time and space in which to do so.

  191. Creativity has always been hard for me. I am begining to see things differntly and find ways to be creative since my oldest has been diagnosed with Asperger’s. Seeing the world through the eyes of 1, 3 and 5 year old boys helps me be more creative.

  192. I already “liked” Simple Homeschooling on Facebook. I now “like” Oak Meadow as well.

  193. Hi ! I love your blog and I often find encouragement here to go on with my idea of HS our 2 children (one is 4,7 years and the other is 6 months). I am from Romania and HS is not legal here, except for children with special needs.
    As for the creativity part… it sometimes comes naturally. Most often, however, my creativity needs some prompts! I found “The Creative Family” to be a very inspiring book and I also appreciate many blogs. Unfortunately, I find it very hard to get organized! There are so many ideas and so little time to take care of everything…
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  194. I LIKED them both!

  195. Creativity does not come easy in our homeschool. Not because it isn’t “in there”, but because the business of life gets in the way. You only have so many hours to get schooling and planning in and sometimes I opt for the more educational way than the creative way. Just because it seems to take less time. Would love something that incorporates both for us.

  196. Also liked both SH and Oak Meadow on facebook. Thanks!

  197. Oh, I’d really like to win this for my daughter. Oak Meadow looks wonderful. I would say I’m sort of both. Some days, we are creative, some days we have to work at it.
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  198. I find adding creativity to my homeschool. both challenging and easy. I think alot depends in the season and how much sleep I am getting. Love this site and encourage all my home educating community to read!

  199. I liked Oak meadow on facebook!

  200. Does bringing creativity into your family’s life come naturally to you, or do you have to work at it?

    We have a bit of the left/right brain wars going on in our house! DH is a left-brained thinker who can’t abide mess. I’m a right-brained musician who knows what’s in each pile on my desk . So, while creativity does come pretty naturally (and seems to have transferred to my mostly right-brained learners), it’s always tricky to control the chaos so that all family members’ needs are met.

    Oak Meadow has tempted me for years now but I haven’t been able to bring myself to take the plunge.

  201. I am not the most creative of individuals. I think kitchen creations are about as much as I can managed. I am blessed with four children, and they are blessed creatively, both in the kitchen and in many other areas of their lives. I encourage them as much as I can, and never fail to be surprised by their originality!

  202. While I am a creative person and so are my children we do have to work to allow creativity in to our day. Sometimes we just don’t get to it. I love that Oak Meadow includes creative projects in their curriculum

  203. I’ve “liked” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. Please consider this my extra entry in the Oak Meadow giveaway.

  204. I want to be more creative with my kids, but I am realizing I have to work at it! I struggle with having to deal with the mess that will inevitable follow!

  205. I definitely have to work at creativity. I have been stalking Oak Meadow for awhile so I would love yo win!
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  206. I like both Facebook pages!

  207. I liked you both!
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  208. Deb Crosby says:

    WOW! I’ll check into Oak Meadow regardless of the outcome of this entry. I have a right-brained, creative, energetic 7 yr. old and have been looking for years for a way to best ‘school’ her.

  209. Although I think I’m a “fun” person, that doesn’t extend to include being overly “creative”! I tend to think in organizational patterns, and while I love to add things into the mix they rarely approach the crafty aspect that I see many others achieve! So the scholarly, academic approach I’ve always preferred for myself usually hits a wall with the reality of homeschooling! We’ve been looking into Oak Meadow, and this would be a perfect chance to give it a test run. Thanks for offering the chance!

  210. Jessica Jones says:

    Naturally… I grew up in a family of artists. It’s all I know and I’d depending on my husband to bring science and music into the house because I’d hopeless on those fronts.

  211. Oh my gosh! This is incredible! My husband and I just settled on Oak Meadow to begin homeschooling our boys next year. We were worried about affording it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one!

    We naturally bring creativity into our home. I draw and paint. My husband is a musician. He plays guitar, banjo, drums, bass, keyboard. My children are naturally drawn to creative endeavors. Our youngest (who will be 2 next week) asks for paper and crayons on a daily basis. He will sit for a solid hour alone at the dining table and draw. My middle son has been drumming on anything he could get his hands on since he was about 1. He is currently 3 and makes really good beats all on his own. My oldest is very hands on. He loves to make things ordinary into things that are fantastic. He will make amazing things in the kitchen. Potatoes turn into babies to care for. He loves to draw and use clay to create characters. All three of our boys LOVE music. The love to create it, dance to it, sing, listen to it. There is always music on in our home.

    I love watching their creative talents blossom! LOVE IT !!!!
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  212. Jessica Jones says:

    Both are liked on fb.

  213. I “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool a long time ago on Facebook. I’m so excited for this!
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  214. I like both Simple Homeschool & Oak Meadow on FB!

  215. I think I’m a mix about creativity…sometimes it comes naturally but I love having ideas to add to the mix! <3 And, I love Oak Meadow!!

  216. I definitely have to work at it…this would be a great help!!! :-)

  217. Despite being crafty, I find it nearly impossible to bring in creativity to my daughter’s life.

  218. Stephanie says:

    I liked you both on fb.

  219. Creativity comes and goes in spurts around our house! Usually more in the winter months when we are more cooped up indoors.
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  220. I am not very creative and need hints from curriculum. This would be a great win.

  221. Oh we definitely need help in the creativity department around here! I love organizing, but I’m not too good at creative fun!

  222. I often feel crushed for time, so it can be hard to direct a lot of creative activity. However, my girls are so naturally inclined to play imaginatively, so there is plenty going on around here! My goal is to bring more structured activity in and expose them to more types of art.

  223. I liked you on Facebook

  224. Christina says:

    Creativity is something I really have to work at and I look for any help I can get in that area.

  225. Stephanie says:

    Bringing creativity into our homeschool doesn’t come naturally and it makes me sad! I love being creative, I’m just too much of a perfectionist and if I don’t have all the “right” tools, I don’t do it. The best times are when my kids pick up boxes or junk or whatever and make amazing things. We had a few diff. size boxes laying around and they made Yoda! It was seriously the cutest thing, and it really looked like him. I’m not quite sure how that fit into “school”, but I was impressed!

  226. Sometime being creative come naturally to the situation, but sometimes I really have to work to put it into our day. But I think that’s a good life lesson for my children. Just because something doesn’t come easy, doesn’t mean we don’t so it.

  227. Marybeth Dickerson says:

    i would love to have help with creativity with my children. it does not come easy.

  228. We will be starting to homeschool our daughter within the next year and I’m a little unsure of where to start. Oh what a wonderful giveaway!

  229. I also liked both on facebook :)
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  230. Maureen Ruble says:

    What a dream come true this would be for my family!

    I have started our homeschooling journey with my three children and I thought at first that it would be so easy to be creative…..I now realize that I have to work at it quite a bit. I have also learned that given the opportunity my children’s creativity flows so naturally and given the right tools there are no limits!

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

  231. I feel like I am a creative person, but I do struggle to bring creativity into our day. My girls are 5 and have become great at leading the way in this aspect of our day!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  232. Maureen Ruble says:

    I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. You are my favorite homeschool related blog by the way!

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  233. Christy Davis says:

    I am an artist so I guess I should say that creativity comes fairly easy to me. I find when I am not creative I get pretty cranky.

  234. My kids love being creative but I definitely have to work at it. I am frequently searching for new ideas and crafts to try with them. Creativity makes education much more fun!

  235. Oh!!!! A fantastic giveaway! Yippee!!!! I would have to say that creativity does not come very easily to me! I tend to forget how much we all can learn when we approach things in a fun way! Thanks so much for the chance!!!!!

  236. After marrying an artist, I have discovered that creativity is very much a part of our every day life. It may not always take traditional forms, but there isn’t a day that goes by when my children aren’t creating something.

    Right now, our family is working on making homemade Christmas gifts for my best friend’s family who is going through a custody battle involving homeschooling. My friend left her abusive husband, and now the courts have ordered CPS to take the children because the husband is accusing my friend of educational neglect. It’s simply another way that he is trying to control her. She wasn’t able to hire a lawyer because she’s been a SAHM for years. Since her family isn’t in a position to offer help, our family has stepped in and ‘adopted’ her.

    My 16 year old and my husband are building a custom play kitchen for their young child. My daughter is making doll clothes for their daughter’s dolls, and my youngest son is enjoying helping with both!

    Both of us use Oak Meadow, and this would really help out since we’d be able to put more money towards her fight to get her children back! Either way, prayers or good thoughts for her situation would be appreciated!

  237. I have realized my need for creativity in my everyday life over the last couple of years and try to incorporate it into it our day but I do struggle with fitting it in. I get overwhelmed my the many ideas in my head of what we could do and we end up letting other things take up our time, leaving us with little to no time for our creative pursuits. Having a curriculum like this would help me stay focused. I’ve actually been considering buying their curriculum for next year.

  238. I am lucky enough to live near Oak Meadow School (only about an hour away), and I got the chance to preview the syllabus during an open house they were having. I got to meet the teachers and review all the curriculum from several grades. What a fantastic program they have there! My son will be ready for the pre-k syllabus next year and I will definitely use Oak Meadow. It allows the child’s creativity to shine all while being easy to use and fun. Plus you have the teacher support if you need a little extra help.

  239. Liked both of facebook. I will mention that I used a pseudonym here b/c I don’t want my friend’s husband to find out that we are helping her. If the author of this blog needs to know my IRL identity, I’ll be happy to provide it privately. :)

  240. I thought I would be more creative but when you get down to keeping the house and kids and food and part time work it just had not happened like I wanted.

  241. I have to work at it. I tend to be “in my head” most of the time. So while I’m creative, it doesn’t often come out in a crafty way.

  242. I am fairly creative, but I find we really struggle to include creativity in our days. I find I am more “crafty” in the winter months.

  243. jenleahlynn says:

    my kids are always eager to jump into a new project. i have a hard time though with the mess, and not stepping in and ‘touching up’ their work. i do better when i try working on my own project along side them.

  244. I was looking at Oak Meadow for my kindergartner, but we ended up sending him to a local montessori school. We would LOVE the chance to try this curriculum out!

  245. I’m a creative person so it comes naturally to me. My 9 yr old is not so much creative so it’s something I’m working to cultivate in him.
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  246. I am planning to homeschool and don’t know where to start! Creativity is not my best trait so any help would be wonderful.

  247. Very excited to find out you are on FB! Liked both OM and simple homeschool. Thanks for this opportunity.

  248. I think I’m going to win!
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  249. Sadly, creativity comes naturally to me, but making time for it doesn’t!

  250. I love doing creative things with my kids, but I have to admit that the mess that usually follows is a bit of a deterrent. I know I should not let it be but with 4 kiddos it takes much longer to clean up than create. I love finding new tips and ideas for creative fun though.

    thanks for the fun giveaway!
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  251. I have to work hard at creativitey and so many times it just doesn’t happen.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  252. I like Oak Meadow on fb
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  253. I like your blog on fb
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  254. I definitely have to work at it, I’m not a naturally creative person although I really want to be for my children. I’m always looking for ways to help me in that department!

  255. I “like” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool

  256. I really have to work at it. I am not creative at all. And that’s hard for me because one of my daughters is totally creative and wants me to do/think up projects with/for her. The good thing is that she IS creative so she helps me along too!

  257. growing up, and for half of my adult life I firmly believed I was not a creative person at all. Now that I am homeschooling, I cannot believe the change inside of me, my creative “juices” are on overdrive, I lie awake at night so excited about ideas of things to do creatively with the kids, and to see their lives changed by this attitude is so rewarding! I have been interested in oakmeadow for quite some time and would LOVE to win! Thank you

  258. I like both FB pages!

  259. I can be creative at everything except in the learning process! That’s hard work…

  260. It’s easy for me to bring creativity into our family, but I have to really work at following through with it! I’m a great starter, terrible finisher. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
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  261. I like Oak Meadow on Facebook.

  262. I am not creative so I am always looking for material to help me. My daughter is very creative and I think this would be good for her. I am new to homeschooling and looking into different ways/styles to start my journey.

  263. Elizabeth says:

    I am not naturally creative, but my children are, so I make an effort to follow their lead!

  264. And I “like” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool :)
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  265. Jackie Watson says:

    Like both on facebook!

  266. I am a somewhat creative person, but I really have to work at creative adventures with my child. Not sure why. Perhaps I just need a jumpstart from good curriculum.

  267. I liked both on facebook!

  268. I love being creative at home with my 3 year old but I sometimes have to gear myself up for it – it tends to be involved and messy! Once I’m in the midst of a project, though, it’s such fun. I think most children are naturally creative – follow their lead!

  269. Jackie Watson says:

    So far I have loved everything about Oak Meadow!! I have yet to take the plunge and buy the curriculum though. My daughter will be 5 in May so starting kindergarten homeschool in the fall — this would be amazing!

    We are both super creative and love making all sorts of stuff :)

  270. The actual creativity comes naturally but I have to work to remember to make time for it!

  271. I liked them both on FB! Actually, I’d “liked” Simple Homeschool for a while now… :)

  272. Michelle b says:

    It comes very naturally, to us. We are both very creative people!

  273. Michelle b says:

    I like AH, on facebook

  274. liked & liked

  275. I have to make sure to take the time to plan the creativity or it gets forgotten in our daily activities. I’d love to win this!

  276. I wish it did. I really want my kids to be surrounded by creativity, but I get lost and don’t know how to do it myself.

  277. Julie Capp says:

    I love being creative and my daughter learns through creativity. When she was in earlier grades (she is in 2nd grade now), it seemed like her various curriculums had a lot creativity built into them, but as she has moved up in grades, there are separate art classes and less creative learning exercises leaving less time for creative fun.
    This year, we found out she has a learning disability related to reading and writing. She is working with a reading therapist outside the home to help her adjust and learn around her disability. At home, we have resorted to art projects as a way to have her express what she has learned about her subjects. They say that necessity is the the mother of invention, well, this has been the funnest home school year so far! Granted, we have eliminated the frustration of the the disability from our daily routine, but allowing her to express herself artistically and creatively has been pure joy for both of us. Thank you for offering the Oak Meadow giveaway!

  278. I am a creative person, and my kids are very creative. I don’t have to work at the creativity part, but I do have to work HARD to find the time to fit it in! Homeschooling 3 boys in 3 different grades and keeping up with everything takes up all of my time, and sometimes it is just too hard to pull out the art supplies or science experiments, but it is always truly rewarding when we do, because the boys thrive when they are involved in hans-on activities.

  279. Michelle b says:

    I like Oak Meadow on facebook

  280. Creativity is one of the things I thought poorly lacking in our public school experience. So it is the foundation of my homeschool philosophy. Art, music, and theater are an integral part of every week around here. And since the kids love it (and excel in it) so much, it’s pretty easy to do. I highly recommend everyone listen to Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about creativity in education on It is so inspiring!

  281. I have to work at it every day. O.

  282. Lisa Allen says:

    Hi! I love being creative myself, but honestly find myself struggling to include it in my daughters education. I have been inspired by this post and look forward to searching out ways to be more creative in her home schooling.

  283. I think I have to work hard at finding creative things to do with littles, I am ready to teach knitting and sewing, and they are happy finger painting…or painting themselves :-)

  284. I am not good at coming up with creative ideas, but I am excellent at using someone elses!

  285. For my mom and my sister it is one of those things that comes naturally. So you’d think it would for me too but that is definitely not the case. I have to really work at it.
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  286. I definately have to work at it! With a baby, a preschooler and a first grader, I have to fight the tendency to just “get it done” in whatever window of time is available. My kids love the creative stuff.

  287. Adding creativity to our school is very hard for me and I often fail to follow through on projects.

  288. It does take effort we are expecting number 5 in about 4 weeks so my creative jucies in the homeschool realm are nill to none right now! =)

  289. I recently requested the Oak Meadow catalog, and I love the look of it. I am considering using their curriculum next year. I find that while I want to have a creative home, I have to work at it, and a lot of times the creativity gets pushed away and other things take its place. I am glad to have read your review, b/c this curriculum sounds like it would help me get the balance I am looking for. Thank you!

  290. I “like” both on FB.

  291. I like Oak Meadow on Facebook.

  292. Creativity adds fun to parenting, so I am always actively searching for ways to think and play creatively during our days. It makes my job more enjoyable and the kids benefit from that too.

  293. I like Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  294. It comes naturally for me. My mom was very creative. She was always pursuing some sort of craft or taking a class to learn something new from sewing to photography to ceramics and sharing it with my sister and I. I love to do the same thing with my kids and their friends. I think this curriculum would be a great addition to our learning adventure.
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  295. Thank you for sharing this! Fingers crossed that I win! :)

  296. Even though I am a creative person, it’s hard being creative with school. I get way too focused on the academic part of it. This would be awesome to try out!

  297. I would absolutely love to have the Oak Meadow curriculum!! I love the approach!

  298. I liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook

  299. Is it fair to say that I’m naturally creative and it’s something I really have to work at? Creativity feeds my soul and I have constant ideas of things to do, but I often really have to push myself to DO the things I dream of, or to take the time to organize a project my young daughter can do as well.
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  300. My husband is an art teacher and my girls are both very creative, but I wasn’t raised to be crafty or creative, and it’s not my comfort zone. I have to work hard to keep myself in the creative family mix.

  301. I’ve always struggled with my own creativity so it’s a bit hard for me to bring it into my family’s life as well. But I keep trying!

  302. No, creativity does not come easily to me! Right now my brain is consumed with breastfeeding my 6 week old and potty training my 2 yr old, so I feel my 5 yr old is getting the short end of the deal! I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the chance to win!

  303. Unfortunately, I do have to work at it a bit. I’m not really a super creative person but I’m OK with that {most days!} since I have lots of other talents :)

    jennifer @
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  304. As a former professional opera singer and music educator. creativity, in some ways, comes naturally to me, while in other ways I have to work at it continuously. I performed for adults; later, as a voice teacher, I taught adults. To enter into my children’s world of creativity requires me to look at the world with their eyes — not the eyes of discipline that enabled me to become a singer, but the eyes of magic that enable them to see a box as a boat, a train, an airport, a castle. Now i try to train my eyes to see the everyday as brimming over with possibilities for beauty that my family needs only to excavate and dive into.

  305. I think creativity comes naturally in our family. I grew up watching my grandmother, a former home ec teacher, knit, sew, bake, etc. She taught me these things and now I teach my children as they show interest. They are also great art lovers and I make sure to provide whatever they need and let them take it from there.
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  306. creativity definitely does not come naturally to me or my family! Have to work hard at it!

  307. I think that right away I would say creativity doesn’t come naturally but that is because I don’t give myself enough credit for the everyday things that we do. I think being creative doesn’t necessarily mean that you are good at the typical arts and crafts types of activities, but also includes the creative ways that we problem solve with our children everyday. We may not sit down and have an official craft time, but we find creative ways of play to help us get through the tough transition times that my 3 year old experiences, and the way he is learning to build a relationship with his 9 month old brother.

  308. Jessica I says:

    I think that I am creative, although not always in the arts and crafty type of way. My creativity usually comes out in being flexible with daily living, finding ways to problem solve with my children, cooking, and small decorating projects. I do appreciate ideas for creativity in making things since that is so valued by my children. The Oak Meadow program looks great – the dough letters look like something that my mom did with me when I was little!

  309. Just liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool! Thank you so much for your blog.

  310. I have “liked” both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow. :-)

  311. I have a difficult time mustering up the energy to be creative. But once I can, then I’m usually on a roll :) I would love to win this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity!
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  312. I already “liked” Oak Meadow and I “liked” Simple Homeschool, too!
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  313. Mary Beth says:

    Being creative does not come naturally to me…in any area. I can take a good idea and do something great with it, but need all the help I can get to jump-start the process.

  314. Mary Beth says:

    Like on FB.

  315. Creativity is a natural part of our daily life, but there are certain times that I think it’s necessary to be more intentional about it, rather than just letting it happen. I’m trying to plan a little bit more lately and direct a little bit of the creative energies we have.
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  316. Liked both of you on facebook. :)
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  317. We definitely need help in the creativity department! My kids love hands-on activities. This curriculum looks so interesting. Fantastic giveaway!
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  318. Creativity comes pretty naturally for me, but it is definitely the work of preparation, planning, and purpose that keeps me busy in giving my little ones a creative homeschooling experience.

  319. I have liked both!

  320. Bringing creativity into my family is definitely difficult for me and I am just about to start homeschooling my son and need all the help I can get!!!!! So hoping I win this one!

  321. I have to work hard at being creative, but it’s a huge part of our homeschooling. I love Oak Meadow!

  322. I like you both on FB!

  323. Creativity does not come naturally. While my kids love hands on activities I find it hard to be creative while finding something thats easy to do with all 3 of them and working within our budget.

    I also liked both pages!

  324. I like both on FB

  325. I definitely have to work to bring creativity into our homeschooling. I love coming up with ideas (either my own or someone else’s that help make our days more fun/interesting/challenging. This is our first year homeschooling. I have a 9,7, and 4 year old. This curriculum would be awesome for my 4 year old!

  326. I like both on FB.

  327. I have to remind myself to work creativity into my own routine, but the kids are experts in their own ways. My sons are constantly creating (one artwork on paper, the other “inventions” of all sorts). My daughter loves to dance and make up stories with her babies. When I take even 15 minutes a day to do a row of knitting or sew a seam the rest of my daily tasks get done with ease. Funny that I keep forgetting to set aside the time.

  328. Creativity coupled with nature is how we live.

  329. I am not as creative as I would like to be. :-(

  330. Liked both on FB

  331. First I have to say that this is our first year using OM and we love it! The girls love the creative projects and so do I. As I get older I am finding more and more that I AM creative, but I struggle many days with having the energy to get it all done. I think we are all creative in our own way!

  332. Creativity comes naturally and was nurtured early on when my art work was celebrated before I was school age. It can take many forms and I try to let it unfold naturally often, but I also set up work stations for him to use traditional media. I try to make sure that when my son creates, I comment on the process rather than the just the work – and I ask him to talk about what he has done. I am especially amazed again and again by the intuitive nature of children’s creativity and the absoluteness in their “compositions” whether 2D or 3D. We create in our house with objects in addition to media, including decor, blocks, race cars, and he even has a knack for creating choo-choo’s on the counter when unloading the dishes. It takes longer to put them dishes away, but he says “Soo-pise!” when showing me his finished work. Recently, while I was getting dressed he created a “picture” using everything from lotion bottles and hairbrushes to musical instruments. He kept running off and bringing back other “found” objects. When finished, he picked up a flute from the shape he’d made and danced around while piping away. I would love the Kindergarten edition of the curriculum package.

  333. Creativity is the easy part . . . making room for preparing lunch and getting our chores done – that’s the part I have to work at!! :-)
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  334. I feel creativity comes naturally – but I am also needing motivation and support – that is natural too, right. We all need encouragement.

    This is a wonderful giveaway. I have read about Oak Meadow and a friend loaned me a few books – I will like them on FB.

    Thank- you and Namaste, Nicole

  335. I, personally, don’t have a problem with bringing creativity in. But I do have trouble sometimes “teaching” creativity to my boys. I would love some ideas that are specific to their age group!
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  336. Kimberly E says:

    I know how to be creative and love it but struggle on how to be creative with my children.

  337. I am beginning to homeschool my daughter this year. It’s a bit early, but she’s already at a 5 year old learning level. I can’t wait till next year when I can officially register with our state for her homeschool. I love to do creative things, but I can’t always think of fresh and new ideas. I like to try to challenge both her and I, because she enjoys it when I do the projects as well :) This would be such a blessing to us because I can’t afford any curriculum books right now.

  338. I have not left a comment here before, but your blog has become a daily stop for me. Thanks for the inspiration.

  339. I really have to work at bringing in the creativity in our schooling. I love to be creative but I also like getting our stuff done and on to other tasks.

  340. I have to work at it, but the more I do it, the more I do it naturally.

  341. I would love to win their kindergarten curriculum. The desire to add creativity comes naturally to me, and I can spend hours looking at projects to do – but I’m not as good at actually doing them so this would be a big help!

  342. I liked Oak Meadows on facebook.

  343. Creativity comes very easily to me…but bridging my creativity with my son’s creative style is more of a challenge! He is a little engineer and I have to be sure to keep this in mind when we’re actively creating.

  344. This is awesome! I’m creative in some ways but I go to my mom for creative ideas most of the time.

  345. “Like” both on Facebook!

  346. I have a problem deciding on a project, I’m always on the lookout for the “perfect one” luckily my girls are able to free craft well.
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  347. I seriously have to work on adding in creativity to our schooling. The kids adore it, but even as a child, I didn’t. It’s a struggle for sure.

  348. I “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  349. Creativity is a huge struggle for me. But both of my children are really creative like their dad! So, I am always looking for easy fun ideas.

  350. I feel that I am creative…but struggle to find the time to organize the supplies and fit it in :(

  351. I struggle. I struggle with anything that falls outside of the routine. I mostly just feel like we are re-doing the first year over and over again.

  352. I always have to look for inspiration for creativity in our family life. Keeping a 2.5 year old busy is hard!

  353. Sue Klingseis says:

    I have to work on creativity. I’m a better copier.

  354. I love creative experiences with my children, but unless I take the time to plan it out it never happens. It would be great to have such quality lessons at my finger tips.

  355. I soooo wish that creativity came easier to my family matters! I have to work on it, find ideas on line and copy or alter or stay up late until that weird second wind brings me new ideas… Love the curriculum!

  356. Creativity is something I love and it comes naturally, however with almost 11 children is is more of a challenge to make time than it used to be!

  357. Creativity is a very natural state for me and for my kids. We all lean towards this and love homeschooling for this reason. I would love to have the Oak Meadow curriculum. Thanks.

  358. I’m somewhat natural when it comes to creativity, but i’m even better at it when I have lots of great ideas.

  359. I liked simple homeschool and Oak Meadow on Facebook.
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  360. Marcia Fisher says:

    Some days are easier than others. Most of the time when I’m feeling lacking in the creative arena, my kids surprise me with their ability to turn a moment into something creative, inventive, and unexpected.

  361. Bringing creativity does come naturally to me, but I do have to work at what works for my family at the ages and stages they are at.

  362. I liked simple homeschool AND oak Meadow on Facebook! Thanks for this awesome contest!

  363. Marcia Fisher says:

    …just added Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool to my “like” section on Facebook, thanks!

  364. I like being creative but I’m not good at coming up with new ideas. I tend to do the same things over and over again.
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  365. Adding creativity to our homeschool does NOT come easily for me. In fact, it’s one of the things I struggle most with on a constant basis. My kids learn better when there is a creative hands-on aspect involved.

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  366. Creativity in our home comes and goes. Homeschooling 3 children at three totally different stages of life (9th, 7th and 1st grade) certainly has its challenges. I find I am the most inspired to be creative and am allowed to let that flow most easily when we have a good rhythm going. Creativity just happens…and it is a beautiful thing. But, throw in a sickness or anything that may break our rhythm and it sure seems to make the flow stop! Fortunately we do use Oak Meadow and we love it…we have learned how to create rhythm and also learned that when little things happen to break it that we surrender for a bit…and…hang on and we find it again soon enough.
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  367. Sara Lester says:

    I love creative activity, but it seems like it gets pushed aside for lack of time way too often at our house!

  368. Sara Lester says:

    I like you both on facebook.

  369. I struggle with the creative side of things. Mostly I have a hard time getting everything organized so that the creating can happen.

  370. It’s a struggle for me…I could really use some creativity on our school routine especially with my younger 2 kids.
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  371. I am already a fan of Oak Meadow on Facebook!
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  372. Bringing creativity into my family’s life comes with some work; I am constantly searching for ideas on the internet that I can do with my daughter.

  373. Creativity comes easily in our family. I leave lots of time for creative pursuits for all of us which also helps.
    Thanks so much!
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  374. And I am now a fan of Simple Homeschool on Facebook! Thanks!!
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  375. I Like Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on Facebook.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  376. I struggle with the creativity side of things too! It is always the last thing to get attention from me, and I HATE that it is like this! I think it is such an important aspect of homeschooling!

  377. creativity comes easily to me but I haven’t thought that it was really important in my kids education.

  378. I like on FB

  379. I love being creative, but I’m a perfectionist… so it’s hard for me to extend my creativity to my kids. So I need encouragement and guidance for me to bring creativity to my house and my kids…

  380. and I like on FB too.

  381. I am trying so hard to bring creativity to my family. I don’t feel like I’m naturally creative, but I’m getting better. I believe so much that creating is essential for learning. What a great giveaway!
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  382. I’ve liked both of y’all on FB!
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  383. Julie Gonsalves says:

    We love creative learning and using our imaginations in our lessons. Rarely a day goes by that my kids aren’t dressed in costumes acting out some of their favorite stories.

  384. I have to work at it. I have lots of desire to be creative with my kids but, have a hard time making it happen.

  385. I have to work at it….I like curriculum that says “do this” and my kids get to make/do something – everyone might think I winged it….but I didn’t!

  386. Always have to work at it – but anything worth it’s salt needs attention and time.

  387. Oh yes, I most definitely have to work at bringing ‘structured’ creativity to our home. Spontaneous play, however, is another story :)

  388. I don’t have a problem letting the kids get the craft stuff out and occassionally we will do something with that goes along with what we are studying. But I have trouble fitting it all in, so it usually doesn’t get done. What a great giveaway!! Thanks.

  389. I also ‘liked’ Simple Homeschool & Oak Meadow on FB 😀

  390. anne fischer says:

    I work really hard to pull creativity into my homeschool routine. I have two boys and keeping things interesting is key for their interest and learning. I would love to have materials that have it all ready for me.

  391. I also liked “oak meadow” on facebook and already like Simple “Homeschool”. :)

  392. I come up with ideas naturally, and provide child-led opportunities easily, But structured “let’s now be creative” things I have to plan for, because they don’t seem as essential to me as reading / math /etc. This looks really neat! Thanks for the review!

  393. anne fischer says:

    I already “like” simple homeschool and just added Oak Meadows to FB.

  394. I “liked” on facebook! :)

  395. Creativity comes naturally to my children, I’m the one who has to work at it!! :-)

  396. Yolanda Beltran says:

    I’m a teacher so creativity does come naturally but this would help spark some new ideas!

  397. I like Oak Meadow on fb
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  398. Bringing creativity into my home is hard. Mess makes me tense.

  399. I can do it, I like doing it but then somewhere in the middle of the process when things aren’t looking the way I anticipated and my son is painting the dog rather than the item…I’m over being creative…then there’s the cleanup
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  400. I’m fairly creative, but I seem to fall into ruts easily and need new ideas.

  401. I Liked Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  402. I liked this on facebook.

  403. I “liked” you on Facebook!!

  404. I am not creative and really struggle with trying to do creative things with my boys. I need all the help I can get!

  405. I have three goals for us every day: read together, be outside together and create together. Oak Meadow would help us do that perfectly!

  406. I am extremely creative … not everything turns out wonderful … but, I’m always creating something! I’m actually surprised out how little time my daughter and I have to create fun arts and crafts during our homeschool days! But … we will! ;o)

  407. I “like” Oak Meadow on facebook!

  408. I “like” Simple Homeschool on facebook!

  409. I like simple homeschool on fb
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  410. It’s definitely something I struggle with, and then when I go looking for ideas, I get overwhelmed and waste time.

  411. Oh my goodness! What an amazing giveaway! Please, please, please!

    I have found that nurturing the creative spirit is getting easier. At first I really didn’t know what to do, how not to make it forced. But with time, and some great resources like Amanda Soule’s Creative Family, we are really getting into a groove. As my oldest is approaching school age, I surely want to keep up our momentum.

  412. I have to work on creativity because I am not creative. I just do my best and we still have fun!
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  413. I like you both on FB
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  414. I love being creative and using a creative outlet as part of education. These materials look wonderful.

  415. I like you both on Facebook! :)
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  416. AI am pretty creative, however I really have to work to be able to get it from just an idea to sit down and actually do it!
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  417. I am not very creative when it comes to cooking – our weekly meals tend to look much the same. 😛 However, with my 3-year old, I’m very excited about the creativity he and I experience daily. I’m trained as a JH teacher so I’m not that versed as a little-person-leader. I am so interested in learning/doing more creative stuff as he gets older/more skilled/more interested in focusing for longer amounts of time. :)

  418. I love to provide creative experiences for my child, but often feel I have to organize or clean something in my house first. I am trying to get past this, but it’s in my nature!

  419. Creativity at home often comes naturally! It seem like the best way for us to all be happy!

  420. I liked you on fb!

  421. Creativity doesn’t come naturally to me at all. Luckily my mom is super creative so I just copy her!

  422. I have “liked” both you (thrilled about that one) and Oak Meadow (looking forward to learning more about them since I’d never heard of them before) on Facebook.

  423. Michele Donner-Ramsey says:

    I would love to win a curriculum! We are a creative family naturally, so we don’t have to work at it. But my son will be starting Kindergarten soon and I’m still unsure what curriculum I will use, so winning one would be great!

  424. My kids are young (19 months), but as a former teacher, I don’t find it hard to be creative…it just remains yet to be seen if I can apply those same skills with my own children!

  425. Michele Donner-Ramsey says:

    I made sure I “like” Oak Meadow on Facebook! I had already liked Simple Homeschool. :)

  426. I think I’m semi creative on my own. I wish I could be more creative though. I believe that it is so important that you bring creativity into your home whether or not you are home educating. I think teaching children to be creative stimulates them to think for themselves. When they are creating they are bringing forth something that they invented themselves, and I find that that gives them more self confidence, and the beginnings of problem solving in the future.

  427. Bringing creativity into my family’s life doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to be very intentional about it.

  428. I think I have to work at it a little bit. I like to talk to others ad get ideas as well, I just put my own twist on it :)

  429. Fromagette says:

    Definitely have to work at it, and unfortunately I think that has passed on to my kids.

  430. I do struggle to find something “new” that is creative to do. Usually it ends up that we go outside, however in the winter that makes it difficult. This set would be great help.

  431. Some days i feel like it comes naturally, others not so much. It seems to come naturally to my kids though, so that’s helpful!

  432. I can use some help with creativity and craft projects. We have never used a curriculum. Looks like Oak Meadow curriculum can help in that area. What a gift!

  433. Jessica Tomberlin says:

    I am great with structured academics but I am incompetent when it comes to creativity. I’m always looking for ideas to implement something creative into our day!

  434. I feel like I’m crafty…but not creative. I’m great at copying ideas but not great at coming up with my own. I’ve created my own “Family Fun” binder to try and help me integrate more creative and family fun moments into our families’ lives :)

    I’ve liked both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on FB :)

  435. Cara Moody says:

    My favorite part of homeschool is the creativity, but it’s hit or miss for us. I am a creative person, but I can’t always think of creative projects for every subject and lesson. Whenever I add creativity the girls get a lot more out of it though!

  436. Cara Moody says:

    I “like” Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  437. I definitely need others to inspire some creativity in my house!

  438. I definitely have to work at bringing creativity into our lives, not for lack of desire but simply because of the time constraints.

  439. Cara Moody says:

    I “like” Oak Meadow on Facebook!

  440. I would like to say that bringing creativity into our family’s life come naturally for me but it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. So in the way, I have to work on it .. plan it ahead and tweak it as I go. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  441. Bringing creativity to our family does not come naturally to me at all…but I’m really good at copying other creative people! :)
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  442. Weirdly, I always considered myself creative, but somehow, I have to work at thinking of creative things to do with my daughter. It’s always, always worth it, though. The times we create something together and/or I watch her learn in the process are absolutely priceless.

    Thanks for the chance to enter!
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  443. Oh my…it’s ironic, creativity does seem to come naturally during our day to day happenings EXCEPT when it comes to schooling. Can’t quite figure that one out! That’s why I regularly flock to blogs like this to help stir up those creative homeschooling juices! Also, I’ve actually been enamored with Oak Meadow for a few years now, but $$$ was always the issue, so keeping my fingers crossed!! :)

  444. Creativity does not come easy… well, at least for me. I have to read and study a bit, but once I do, I am happy to follow directions and be creative. :-) My daughter is especially creative, and I think she would enjoy this curriculum. I’m always interested in pursuing good curriculum.
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  445. I like Oak Meadow on FB :-)

  446. Gave Simple Homeschool some love on Facebook!!

  447. My daughter is naturally creative, I just need to keep up with her.

  448. While I am creative myself, I really have to work at incorporating it into school. I hate the planning, the gathering supplies, the mess….I could use some help in this area!
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  449. Like Simple Homeschool on FB as well :-)

  450. I struggle with creativity, but my children have loads of it.

  451. I “like” Oak Meadow on Facebook. Would “love” to win the curriculum. :)

  452. I definitely have to work at it. Luckily, my daughter is a bit of a natural.
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  453. I’ve liked you!
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  454. It depends on what we’re working on as to whether or not I’m creative with it, but most of the time we’re able to think of pretty fun things to do.
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  455. I like(d) Simple Homeschooling and Oak Meadow!

  456. Sounds like a great curriculum. Creativity comes naturally to me, but I haven’t been as good as I would like in incorporating it into our daily lives! I’m sure this would help! Thanks!
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  457. Oh my! I have been intrigued with Oak Meadow — would love this.

    I would say working creativity into our homeschool return is relatively natural for me, although at the same time I am always looking for new inspiration.
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  458. I always try to incorporate one creative project a week. I would love to win the kinder curriculum.

  459. I am a trained Waldorf teacher, but I still very much have to work at bringing creativity in to my family’s life. And I think there should be a bit of challenge to it, to keep things fresh and new. Thanks for having this giveaway…what a lovely idea!

  460. This question is interesting because yes, creativity comes as natural as breathing to me BUT this whole tailor-it-to-a-little-person-and-come-up-with-a-curriculum-that-incorporates-it-for-everyday-learning is *so* my greatest struggle. If I’m faced with a problem to solve or a goal to reach, I can probably come with a unique way of solving it. So, interestingly enough, I have the zeal for creative measures and yet not the analytical capacity to orgainze myself into utilizing it without prompt in a curriculum. Hence my answering this question in hopes of getting a chance to utilize Oak Meadow to bridge the gap! :)

  461. I am officially a liker of Oak Meadow and simplehomeschool on FB!

  462. Kristin Heron says:

    I find myself full of deeply compelled to bring creative ideas into my home. The hard part is coming up with the ideas! I would LOVE this packet!!!

  463. Kristin Heron says:

    I liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!!

  464. I have to work at it. Hard!

  465. Having creative ideas for every day is where I struggle. This would be a great help for me!

  466. I have to work at it for the most part but sometimes my son will bring it out in me naturally.

  467. I “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook :) Sometimes I can be creative and other times I have to work on it, it really depends on the subject!

  468. Our family is very much into the “arts” so creativity is more naturally brought into our lives. We enjoy the Oak Meadow curriculum because it includes so much creativity which is laid out for us. I really hope I win the curriculum.

  469. Creativity comes naturally, but sometimes I get into “ruts” and lulls, and look to the creative blogs I frequent for inspiration.
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  470. I have “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Home School on my Facebook account.

  471. i have to work @ it….although some seasons it does come easier— when my mind is freed up- it seems. (:

  472. I “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple homeschool on FB!
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  473. i like both you and oak meadow on fb!

  474. it comes naturally to me but not to my kids! i’m always trying to inspire them!
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  475. like OM on FB

  476. like simple homeschooling on FB too!

  477. Love Oak Meadow! Pick me, pick me!

  478. it depends on the day and my energy level.. if it’s up then the creativity flows if not, it struggles

  479. Creativity does come naturally to me personally, but I have a hard time coming up with appropriate age projects for my kindergartener

  480. I also liked both oak meadow and simple homeschool

  481. Scotti Erickson says:

    I find that the desire to be creative comes naturally, but the ideas need some inspiration. I have looked at this package in the past and was not ready to spend the money. Winning this would be great.

  482. Hmmm. I’ve just been thinking that a bit of curriculum would probably really help me with my home educating… I have 3, and creativity comes naturally to me, personally, but to get all 3 going on something at the same time I really have to work at it. It’s just so overwhelming to know how to accomodate the three age levels and not completely overwhelm myself in the process! This looks beautiful!

  483. Jennifer Mendiola says:

    anything physical or active does come easily to me but anything creative, artsy or crafty does not!

  484. Does creativity come naturally? Sometimes! If I’m especially excited about something the ideas just seem to flow! But I have to start thinking about it ahead of time. I’m not good with spontaneous creativity!
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  485. I really have to work at being creative. The only creativity that comes naturally to me is cooking/baking. I try and teach my kids these things. My kids show me everyday how creative they can be. I feel so lucky that I can homeschool them.

  486. I have to work at it…the kids just do their thing!

  487. I like simple homeschool on face book

  488. I find that I am creative in some respects, but have to work at others. There is a fine line between routine and rut. When a subject no longer seems fun, it’s time time to identify a new approach, which may be as simple as singing memory work instead of saying it or as big as choosing a whole new curriculum. It all comes down to being purposeful about our approach.

  489. Growing up, I always thought of myself as creative, but somewhere along the way I seem to have lost that, and now I do have to work at it, and actually even have to remind myself to do so!

  490. We liked face book and Oak meadow…

    Now I’ll answer the question with a comment here:

    Yes, creativity comes naturally to all of us which is why Oak Meadow is such a wonderful fit for us. I used to create my own unit studies before our first child entered 7th grade level but one day expressed to a homeschooling friend that I wanted to in crease the academic studies in our home school with out giving up the creativity part. She suggested I take a look at Oak Meadow for the middle and high school age years. I was hooked after our first peak at the catalog!
    It’s perfect for us because the foundation for being creative and making individual choices is already present in our children. With Oak Meadow we just keep ” creatively ” rolling along…Great give away! Good luck to us all!

  491. I “like” Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  492. I have to work at being creative, I wish it came naturally!

  493. OH! As a brand-new homeschooler, I could REALLY use this!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  494. The creativity part is what comes most naturally of all of it to me. :)
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  495. I comes pretty naturally to me. Although I always look for new ideas and inspiration.
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  496. Creativity is something I wish came naturally to me!!

  497. Liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.
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  498. I can do some creativity, but we could use more! And it’s nice when someone does the thinking and provides the supplies.

  499. Sarah Rosen says:

    I do have to work at bringing creativity into the home but I find the more I do it the easier it becomes.

  500. I’m generally creative but I need to be guided in the right direction. Once I have found an idea I’m good to go.

  501. Sarah Rosen says:

    I “liked” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  502. I’d love to try Oak Meadows, creativity does not come easily in our house

  503. This curriculum looks great! We’re considering homeschooling next year for kindergarten. Creativity is in our “genes,” and projects abound in our house.

  504. I liked on FB. Thanks!

  505. Oh I could so use this as my daughter is ready in so many ways for school except in her age, she was too young to start. And as much as I want to be creative and come up with things for her and her younger sister to do with a new baby in the house, it just seems daunting. I think I want to homeschool and this is probably just what we need to try it.

    Creativity is hard beyond the basic coloring pages as most of my craft stuff is packed away (to make room for the new baby), I’m not “organized” and sometimes am just overwhelmed of being a single parent during the week. I’d love to try this out.

  506. It’s definitely something I have to work at.

  507. Liked you both on FB.

  508. I really have to work at it. I enjoy it, but I am not a blank slate thinker – I need others’ ideas in order to create what we need for our family from that. Resources like Oak Meadow are invaluable to me.

  509. alizabeth says:

    Actually, I can be very creative and love getting my kids to do fun and creative things to think outside the box. Yet I have noticed the more children I have (xpecting our 6th in Feb) I tend to be on more of a “lets-make-it-thru-the-day” mode. which is unfortunate for the younger ones and I am working on trying to bring back the creativity, despite the extra work and mess it brings with it. :o)

  510. Rachel Hoekman says:

    I have to work to have creativity.

  511. We could use some creativity in our home! I love to do creative things with my daughter, but I definitely need guidance in this department. The curriculum sounds wonderful!

  512. Melissa Sekafetz says:

    Creativity comes and goes with us. It’s all good.

  513. Creativity is something I have to remind myself to plan into our day. It just doesn’t happen spontaneously.

  514. I do have to work at creativity but luckily there are so many great websites and books available for ideas. I was actually thinking about switching from Winterpromise to Oak Meadow next year for my artistic daughter so this giveaway is perfect!

  515. Liked you both on FB.

  516. I wish it came naturally, but I have to work at it…

  517. I just liked you both on FB :)

  518. I am not the most creative mother, but fortunately for me, I have access to creative friends, books and the internet to give me ideas on how to be creative with my daughter. I’m grateful to those creative individuals out there who willingly share their ideas for those of us who are less creative.

  519. I’m usually a pretty creative person, but for some reason it’s very lacking in our homeschool schedule. I’d love to try a curriculum that adds creativity to it.

  520. I liked simple homeschool on fb :)

  521. Depending on what I am doing it may or may not come naturally…most times it doesn’t =)

  522. I’m not familiar with Oak Meadow, but would love a chance to try it out! Coming up with ways to incorporate creativity into our school day comes naturally to me (an artist, married to another artist–we have a pretty creative home). But with 4 small kids it’s the task of _incorporating_ the creative ideas that’s challenging to me. It’s so much easier (and cleaner) to read a book and do some narration!

  523. This sounds fantastic! I have some very creative children and would love to give this a try!

  524. I also “liked” this…: )

  525. I am not a naturally creative person so bringing creativity into my family’s life is definitely work for me :)

  526. I’ve “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB :)

  527. Definitely comes naturally.

  528. Creativity comes and goes in our house. We are always making up songs and dancing around the house. Physical creativity through art and such are more difficult for me to come up on the spot and usually involve googling.

  529. I like both on FB!

  530. I’d love to say that it comes naturally, but honestly, I have to work at it. It’s a lovely challenge, though.

  531. bridget stevens says:

    I go in spurts, sometimes it’s easy to be creative and sometimes I get into a rut of uncreativity!

  532. Creativity does come easily at our house! Especially with my daughter. The problem is when Mom (that’d be me…) lacks motivation to foster it. I think this curriculum would be just the thing. A-ma-zing giveaway.

  533. I’ve liked Simple Homeschool on facebook! Yay!

  534. Liked Simple Homeschool & Oak Meadow on Facebook. :)

  535. We are in our first year as homeschoolers. I have 3 wonderful kids and things have been a tiny bit hectic around here. We’re in the process of selling our home, etc. etc. I looked at Oak Meadow a few months ago and would love to try it. My six year old son is very creative and loves the arts. We also spend a lot of time outdoors and enjoy hiking, camping, and bugs. (“and bats, and tigers, and kittens, and whale sharks, and sea turtles, and dinosaurs..and and can’t member!”)ha :)

  536. I have to work at the creativity, it doesn’t come naturally. A curriculum like this that includes lots of activties would be great.

  537. I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of both of you

  538. I definitely have to work at it – I’m much more business like – “let’s get it done” than creative

  539. Amy Adams says:

    I liked both on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity!

  540. Amy Adams says:

    I consider myself creative, but it’s hard to “be” creative when there’s so much else that needs done. So it’s nice when you have to plan for it and you allow yourself the space and time to get the creative juices flowing!

  541. Naomi Jones says:

    I have to work at being creative. I was a creative person as a child, but now that I’m a mom, my creative moments have been almost completely replaced by practicality.

  542. Would love to try this curriculum!

  543. I’m naturally creative, and I like showing my daughter fun things to make and do!
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  544. I do have to work to bring creativity in our family. I’d love to have this kindergarten curriculum!

  545. I think I’m somewhere in the middle. I research different crafts dependent on my children’s capabilities. It usually turns out well. I teach preschoolers at co-op, and the parents are constantly commenting on the great crafts. They just don’t see behind the scenes where my husband and I are up until midnight cutting circles out of cardboard! :)

  546. Kristie A. says:

    I definitely have to work at being creative. Thank goodness for the internet or we would never do any crafts!

  547. I am NOT an arts and crafts person. I love books and read to my children every chance I get. But I was just saying I need to hire someone to help me in the creativity department! It’s not a lack of motivation; I just have no idea where to start.

  548. I’d love to be able to use Oak Meadow for our homeschooling. Creativity does not always come naturally into our home, sometimes I have to work hard at it.

  549. I “liked” on FB :)

  550. I already “like” OakMeadow on Facebook.

  551. Creativity in our home needs good ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  552. SoCalLynn says:

    I “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  553. As a beginning homeschooler, the creativity is often overlooked while trying to just make it through the rest of the say.

  554. SoCalLynn says:

    I an actually looking at using Oak Meadow for next year, I hope I win!

    Creativity is something I have to work hard at adding to my daughter’s schooling. I would much rather read a book; she would much rather sink her hands into clay, or paint or draw or cut. She’s so creative!

  555. I am always in need of more good, creative ideas. Oak Meadow looks great.

  556. i just liked you and Oak Meadow on FB.

  557. Creativity comes naturally to us. I think that it is because my mother gave me an amazing basis of art and music education. We were constantly in museums, art classes, galleries, the theater, and piano lessons. I’ve learned a lot from her that I incorporate into our education now!
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  558. I like you both on Facebook :)

  559. I “Liked” both on FB. We will begin Homeschooling next year and I would love to do Oak Meadow. Creative time is my childrens’ favorite time, but unless I plan it (which is tough for me) it does not happen. Would love to see it as part of our steady days and think our kids would too.

  560. I always can use some new fun ideas…I think I have to plan most of our crafts but sometimes it is on the fly!

  561. Just “Liked” both on Facebook…Thanks.

  562. I love being creative and my husband is an artistic type so it came as no surprise when our daughters came out loving to create as well. My oldest is constantly creating and the younger isn’t far behind.

  563. I’d love to win this!

    Creativity comes naturally for me and for my children. It is in everything we do. Unfortunately it’s the structure that I struggle with and why I find Oak Meadow to be so helpful.
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  564. I have to work at being creative! I have lots of ideas- but not much energy :( Thanksgiving has helped me an Advent is helping me, too — BABY steps, right?
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  565. It doesn’t come naturally to me at all. Mothering is hard work :)

  566. Wow, great giveaway! One of the greatest gifts of motherhood for me is that it brought creativity back into my life in a big way. We do many waldorf-inspired activities and also just a lot of messy open-ended art.
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  567. I am creative when I have a little something to spur me on! I usually need someone/something to get me started & then I can run with the idea.

  568. i try to be creative, but it sure doesn’t come easily for me!

  569. Creativity does not come naturally to me, although my kids are overflowing with it. Some days, I can’t give them enough material to fill their creative needs.

  570. I “liked” you on Facebook.

  571. Some days I will get a really great idea and feel very creative. Other days, it can be a struggle!

  572. Creativity is definitely a “needs to improve” project around our house. It just doesn’t come easy to me.

  573. it’s natural…in our hearts and hands.
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  574. We just started homeschooling our 5th grader, 3rd grader, and Kindergartener this year with another curriculum. It is good academically, but I am not very artistic or creative and would love to try out this Oak Meadow curriculum for one of them. I need some help including creativity into our learning. They miss their art teacher from school last year!

  575. Creativity does not come naturally, but i work really hard at it! I think i have done fair so far, my kids really do enjoy it when i break out of habits!

  576. Emily Jochim says:

    we can always use creative help!
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  577. And you guys have been liked on fb!

  578. Beth Butler says:

    I love to be creative. It comes easy enough for me. The big problem is making the time around laundry, picking up and other chores.

  579. I’m kind of surprised at how hard I have to work at bringing creativity home. Papier mache was so much more fun when I was little (sigh).

  580. Liked both.

  581. TallyMichelle says:

    I work at…

  582. In our homeschool, I have a gift for collecting good creative resources…it’s harder for me to organize the ideas I find into a usable system. Too many ideas, too little time!

  583. I get my creative genes from my mom, so yes, it’s natural for me, though it still takes effort to follow through on the ideas!

  584. I “liked” you both on facebook. :-) Thanks!

  585. I liked you both on FB.

  586. I am creativity-challenged!! I have looked up the curriculum and am really excited for this giveaway, thanks!!

  587. I can plan creativity fabulously, it is just the actual ‘doing’ that takes a while…

  588. I “liked” both links

  589. I love being creative — that’s what makes teaching the kids fun! Oak Meadow has appealed to me recently since they suggest creative things I would never have thought of… it’s a good balance to the way I normally think.

  590. I have to work at adding creativity to our curriculum even though I am naturally creative.I always felt that was my thing to enjoy away from the kids.I now see what a mistake that is and have been making it part of our daily lives.It is a win win situation and I can’t figure out how I didn’t see that before.

  591. There are times it comes easy when I am baking or cooking. The handcrafts I have to plan a little more.

  592. Definitely doesn’t come easily to me! Once I have suggestions and guidelines, we take the craft world by storm.

  593. Liked you on FB too! I was discussing curriculum issues with some mommas yesterday and this would certainly help me out on my path of homeschooling, very active boys!~

  594. Liked them on Facebook, thanks!
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  595. Creativity comes naturally with our family..but coming up with different ideas for daily activities is another thing. I love knowing that the oak meadows curriculum is great fun! That’s what learning is all about!

  596. 90% of the time I have to work at the creativity. 10% of the time it shoots light a lightning bolt and everything works out beautifully. The 10% of the time motivates the 90% of the time.
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  597. Bringing creativity into our home takes work for me, though I wish it came more naturally.

  598. This sounds wonderful! Creativeity takes work in my house! Once we get the juices flowing, the kids are off and running. But I know I could use help getting those juices flowing!

  599. Sandra Scott says:

    I love doing craft with my children and loved the look of the Oak Meadow packages, mixing craft with learning, something I had not thought of myself. I am always looking for ideas and ways to help my 6 year old especially, she has some problems with her learning. Would love to win.

  600. I have to work at it – I’m not creative at all. :-)

  601. Sandra Scott says:

    I liked you and Oak Meadow on facebook as well. Both you and them look great.

  602. Have liked both links

  603. Creativity is all-natural around here. :)

  604. Creativity comes easily for me, but is not received as easily with my son. My son needs a little nudge to get the creativity fires going. My daughter, however, takes off with it.


  605. Creativity is something my children come by naturally, but I have to work at because I hate cleaning and creativity often results in a mess!
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  606. Creativity comes very naturally in our home – it’s the structured part that I have to work on, lol! :)
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  607. Cynthia Pitman says:

    It comes to ne with much difficulty, unfortunately.

  608. Bringing creativity into my family’s life doesn’t necessarily come naturally to me, but I know it’s worth it, so I try to work hard at it!

  609. I would love to win this for my creative homeschooling daughter!

  610. i wish creativity came naturally for me, but i have to work at it.

  611. i like oak meadow & simple homeschool on facebook.

  612. Adding creativity to our lives used to be easy when we only had 2 kids. Somewhere along #3 or 4, planning creative activities for the kiddos became work and not something that came naturally.
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  613. what a great giveaway!! i read about them a while back–cuz you listed them as a sponsor. i even considered buying it, but instead just printed out their rough schedule to help guide me. however, their philosophy is helping me understand that my first grader still needs LOTS of playtime, not just worksheets.
    as far as creativity–some aspects come naturally like playdo or painting. but my research in homeschooling opened up soooo many more purposeful crafting/creativity options. from people’s reviews of products to crafts specific to holidays, i have found many ideas that add creative expression into our daily lives. plus, imaginative play gets more time in our house, too.
    i think that oak meadows and others make it easier for us to remember ALL the elements of schooling–not just the academic components.
    thanks again for a GREAT giveaway and site!
    ps–could you please put EST or PST, etc for your deadlines on giveaways? especially at this time of year when there are loads of specials online, it is very helpful to know the EXACT cutoff point. thanks!

  614. Bringing creativity into our homeschool program is VERY challenging for me. I feel I’m constantly struggling to come up with art projects and ideas for my daughter.

  615. I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB! :)

  616. We are probably guilty of too much creativity and not enough academics! Lol
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  617. just an fyi for the hs-ing mama’s who struggle with creativity–jean at is AMAZING with everyday creativity. she has Ker and toddler and the way art just flows thru her house is very inspiring.
    there are of course plenty of other wonderful “art” blogs, but jean’s jumps to mind. :)

  618. I have a hard time with creativity as I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler. I also do Family Child Care and have a hard time thinking of activities I can do with all the differrnt ages. Susan

  619. My kids are very creative, but I wish it came more easily for me.

  620. Meredith Branch says:

    Creativity in our household is synergistic. For example, my fabulous babysitter will initiate a beading project, which will then spur my daughter on to create her own unique spinoff project, at which point her brothers will jump in and start their own, unique projects. Everyone feeds off each other, and you don’t always know who – or what – will initially spark everyone’s creative juices!

  621. Both of my children love to do crafts/activities. With a little help, it comes together nicely! Fun family time is important!

  622. bringing creativity to our home definitely requires some effort and planning on my part. does not come naturally to say the least.

  623. greengardeninggirl says:

    Creativity comes too naturally. I think I need a curriculum to control the creativity!

  624. A little of both, I think. My kids are both creative, and I think it rubs off on me sometimes.

  625. i “like” oak meadow and simple homeschooling on fb.

  626. carrie hamm says:

    Does bringing creativity into your family’s life come naturally to you, or do you have to work at it?

    I have to say naturally – I help the teacher of my little girl with ideas – we made a tree out of paper rolls

  627. As I grew up surrounded by creative folks and myself being creative it is surprisingly difficult to bring creativity to my family… I work at it – hard and fail a lot.

  628. I also liked both sites :) on fb
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  629. carrie hamm says:

    “liked” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  630. My son is autistic, and modifying activities to fit his needs uses up all my creativity – it’s so nice to have some place to work from! I love Oak Meadow’s hands on learning and arts & crafts ideas.

  631. Creativity comes pretty naturally to me. We are often adding an extra craft or baking project to our school day.

  632. I “like” you and Oak Meadows on Facebook:)

  633. Elizabeth says:

    I think creativity is something that doesn’t come as natural to me. I’ve been feeling inspired lately though and am hoping to bring it out more!

  634. logsplitter says:

    Some of our creativity comes naturally…mostly from the children. But I get so much inspiration from reading blogs like this one, and many others. Great ideas out there!

  635. No, it doesn’t come naturally. I need lots of help!

  636. Charmaine says:

    No it does not come easily, especially with five kids!!

  637. A little of both. I am naturally crafty/creative, but figuring out what to do with the kids is a little more work.

  638. Just liked Oak Meadow. I’ve already liked you in the past :o)

  639. It requires some effort, especially when it comes to activities for my son.

  640. Creativity comes naturally to my kids, but I often feel overwhelmed by all it can entail, so I have to work on fostering it without worrying about it.
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  641. Like Simple Homeschool on FB

  642. Like Oak Meadow on FB

  643. I am creative but am working on adding creativity into my sons day. He loves it though! Anything to do with helping mom is great, or making a mess (which is a huge part of being creative isn’t it?!)

  644. We’re pretty creative around here, but there are definite ebbs and flows. We’re in a very creative stage right now and I’m loving it!

  645. I think children (including my own) are naturally creative, but to be honest I have to work to get creative activities into our school day. I’m such an adult!
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  646. While we have yet to officially start homeschooling (we have an almost 4-year old in this house….sob…how did THAT happen so fast?!?)….I do find creativity to be something we have to work at. While my dd does enjoy crafts and creative projects, both she and I are more drawn towards reading and the occasional worksheet for fun, so it’s definitely something we have to be intentional at!

  647. I “liked” you, as well as Oak Meadow, on FB.

  648. We parent both a 7 year old and a 23 month old so creativity
    is the name of the game around here – from the art table to the dinner
    table and all of the journeys in between!!

  649. I definitely have to work at it! Fortunately, we have twins who love to make-believe and they do that a lot on their own. And I have a friend who does crafts with our kids when we go over. But I’ve been working on it and improving! 😀

  650. Creativity comes and goes…often I’m lacking the organization to make it happen!
    I bet a structured curriculum would help :)

  651. I liked them both on facebook

  652. I have to work at it. I use lots of ideas from this website, as well as from library books. My kids are naturally creative. I think my creativity was schooled out of me 😉

  653. I think in general that i lean towards the not so easy to inject creativity because I have so many ideas that I have a hard time organizing them. I think I’m starting to see how they can all fit together though :)
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  654. I like both Oak Meadows and Simple Homeschool on Facebook

  655. AmyLyn Reynolds says:

    I liked both links on Facebook! What a great giveaway.

  656. AmyLyn Reynolds says:

    I do not feel like a naturally creative person, however, I feel that creativity simply flows from my daughter and youngest son. My older son and I, though, could use a little help. =-)

  657. Trish White says:

    I “plan” creative activities, but I am trying to be more flexible and be inspired by nature.

  658. I definitely need to work on bringing creativity into our home!

  659. I like both on FB!

  660. It comes pretty natural. My parents were very creative with us. i would love to use the kindergarten program with my son :)

  661. Lee Webster says:

    I come from an artistic family, so I think it comes pretty naturally because it’s how I look at the world. But I really want to instill that into my children too. This sounds great!

  662. Lee Webster says:

    I like you both on FB!

  663. Both are liked on FB!

  664. I *definitely* have to work at it! And having this resource would be so, so wonderful!! Thanks for your great work.

  665. I try and be creative with the children. Sometimes I have to remind myself to have more patience! The kids love crafting and creating so they are always open to making new things. Thanks for the giveaway!

  666. I have to work at it, my husband doesn’t … but I do most of the homeschooling. When Dad’s home it’s ALL creativity!
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  667. When I only had one child I felt like I had time to come up with lots of creative ideas and gather the materials for them. Now that I have three I have to work at it, or rather I have to pay for it by buying things like Oak Meadow.

  668. I already had Oak Meadow as a like and I added simple homeschool!

  669. I am not naturally creative but since I have been exposed to Waldorf I have become more “artsy”….there is something freeing with all that handwork and wet-on-wet painting.

  670. I also liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook….cheers!

  671. Christine says:

    I would love to be entered. I definitely have to work at the creativity with my kids!

  672. I have to work at it! Thankfully is comes more naturally if I have my basic household tasks in order which allows space for letting the little ones lead. They are much more in touch with their creativity. I’m learning. Slowly.

  673. It comes naturally to me, but what doesn’t is my organizing skills. I have to work at sitting down and planning things. ; ) We’re in the preschool stage, so it’s working for us so far!

    I’m happy to Like both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook (I think I do already actually. )

  674. I’m a naturally creative person, but need help in the details. I can think of the best ideas and have them floating around in my head, but execution is much harder!

  675. Sometimes it comes naturally, and sometimes I have to work at it!
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  676. wow. what a wonderful givaway!

    creativity does come pretty easy to me. My mother was creative, as was hers and it is just a part of the way we live.

    I’ve liked both on facebook also.

    Many blessings to you!

  677. Creativity comes pretty naturally in this house…but we use lots of internet resources for inspiration too.

  678. I suppose my answer would be “both”… I love creative pursuits, but sometimes the day-to-day needs get in the way and I have to work a little harder to come up with fun ideas to enliven our days.

  679. It is a real struggle for me to bring creativity in to our lives.

  680. Allison Fambro says:

    There are aspects of creativity that do not come naturally to us but mainly we all grow and learn together which helps

  681. Creativity in some forms come naturally to me…like creative movement. And stories. I think I just need to let loose and let the creativity come without trying too hard to be someone else. So that’s our challenge!
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  682. Allison Fambro says:

    Liked both on FB

  683. I liked both on FB for extra entry!
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  684. I definitely have to work at adding creativity into our lives. Now, my husband has no issues with this and it totally comes naturally to him.
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  685. I like both on FB
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  686. Some creative things come easiy to me like knitting and baking, but anythin involving paste, glue, glitter and scissors do not. I “liked” both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB!

  687. Coming up with good creative activities comes easily, but implementing them can be a bit more challenging. There’s so much to organize and the timing has to be just right for the activity to be a success.

  688. I think it’s a little bit of both. We can think up some neat ideas from time to time but others I find from awesome blogs like this. 😀
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  689. And I liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!
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  690. I am naturally creative, but my son is not…well, rather, he is, but I think he is in ways that are different than mine. I am always searching for a place where we can “meet”.

  691. Jaclyn F. says:

    Creativity comes naturally to me ~ This would come at a perfect time because we’re going to be homeschooling our children as of Jan 1.

  692. I have to admit my intentions are always grander than my ability to execute them at times. But I do love to do crafty things!

  693. Jaclyn F. says:

    I liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB

  694. Kristen Bieber says:

    I would love to try this with my very creative preschooler for Kindergarten next year!

  695. Kristen Bieber says:

    I also liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  696. I have to work at being creative, but luckily there is the internet with loads of ideas:)
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  697. I definitely have to work at it, mostly by using ideas that creative bloggers graciously share. Thanks to those great bloggers!

  698. The creative part comes very naturally to us, its the more sit down, hit all the bases part that we struggle with :)
    We may spend whole day doing nothing but cutting out snowflakes, hmm can that be art and PE ? :)

  699. Hmmm.. I think I am fairly creative, but everyday I scour the blogs for ideas!
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  700. I “like” both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on FB

  701. My biggest problem is that I need simpler, easier ideas for creative projects. When I come up with things that are too elaborate, nothing gets done!
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  702. I liked both on fb.
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  703. I definitely need all the creativity I can get! I’m just starting out homeschooling our kindergartner.

  704. Oak Meadows curriculum sounds wonderful. I think that I’m somewhere in between when it comes to adding creativity to our homeschool. It isn’t foreign for me, but energy has to be put into it or it gets crowded out by other things.

  705. I liked both on Facebook:)

  706. I like to think I’m a creative person, but as far as adding creativity to homeschool, that isn’t easy for me! Maybe it’s have three young kids (5 and under), so I’m stretched thin most days as it is, but I’ve been wanting to try Oak Meadow out!

    What a great giveaway!

  707. Creativity does come naturally in our home. My kids are wonderfully talented with natural music and artisitc ability. It’s wonderful! We love to bake, draw and create, my son especially loves experimenting and working with magic. This is an awesome resource, thanks for introducing it! :^)

  708. I “like/fan” both on Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB!

  709. Liked on FB :^)

  710. The children’s creativity comes naturally. I have to work on mine.

  711. Michelle Malette says:

    I love the opportunity to get creative and believe firmly in the value of learning through play & through hands on activities! This program looks and sounds fantastic!!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  712. Michelle Malette says:

    I liked Simple Home school and Oak Meadow! :)

  713. i like you both on Facebook.

  714. I think creativity comes naturally to me individually, but bringing it to my family life takes a little more effort. This is SUCH an amazing giveaway, and I’d love the chance to check it out!

  715. I definitely have to work at creativity, but i hope to foster it in my son nonetheless.

  716. I am an artist, so you would think that I would naturally do lots of creative things with our homeschooling, but I have to constantly remind myself to. My daughter has fine motor problems, so she doesn’t love the drawing and the bookmaking like I do. I’ve had to become creative in different ways.
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  717. Amy Kotula says:

    Bringing creativity into our family life is something that I have to work at. The more I try to incorporate, though, the easier it gets. Creativity seems to breed creativity.

  718. I “liked” one and all on Facebook!
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  719. I think I struggle with creativity, but my sisters and mom think I am great at it…I tend to be in charge of “craft time” when all the cousins get together!!

  720. I definitely have to work at being creative at home but when it all comes together it is a beautiful thing!

  721. I hate to admit it but I have to work to bring creativity into our family life. My husband and I both feel that public school kind of dampened a lot of our innate creativity and this is one of the reasons we have decided to homeschool. I am very interested in Oak Meadow!

  722. I liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. :)

  723. Amy Beaunaux says:

    I definitely have to work at being creative as far as teaching goes. We tend to get busy with little things instead of enjoying the moment and going into more of a creative journey! I am really excited to hear about Oak Meadow, and it is something I will look into for our family!

  724. I have a great desire to be creative in every aspect of our homeschooling. Sometimes it comes naturally, sometimes it requires a little kick in the pants. It’s so easy to get in the rut of just doing the norm when what we all need is a bit of excitement. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

  725. Amy Beaunaux says:

    I just “liked” both Oak Meadows and Simple Homeschool on facebook! I really hope I win!

  726. Creativity comes naturally in our family, but I tend to turn it off when I’m in school mode in order to complete the curriculum.

  727. Unfortunately, I have to work hard to bring creativity into my home. This would be so appreciated, as I could use the help and would do my best to use it to help my children grow to love learning.

  728. Creativity comes naturally for me!
    Amy-Cutting Coupons in KC’s latest post: Ultimate Recipe Swap- White Cloud Meringue Cookies

  729. I am naturally creative, but it is not something I incorporate often enough in our schooling.

  730. I like SH and Oak Meadow on FB!

  731. My husband is a musician and has a creative flair. I consider myself a good imitator when it comes to artsy crafty things, but find that I can think creatively with most aspects of life.

  732. Jenny Runyan says:

    Being creative is totally something i have to work for! I have all these creative ambitions on the inside but they never come out right….so this would help me a ton! Thank you!

  733. I think my past years of teaching in a classroom have made it more natural, but bringing creativity into our home is something I work at every day.

  734. I “like”d both on Facebook.

  735. I tend to need help finding follow-through for my projects.
    Danyelle’s latest post: weekend awakenings

  736. nopinkhere says:

    I find family creativity harder than personal creativity. I even tried having Family Art Nights (should have been tonight) after reading about them in Amanda Soule’s Creative Family. It lasted 3 weeks.

  737. liked!
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  738. What’s really hard is balancing creative projects with everything else that must be done in a day. There never seems to be enough time!

  739. creativity comes naturally to me but i have to work at actually doing it! it’s just easy to get sucked into the mundane aspects of LIFE!
    katie anaya’s latest post: one month old

  740. We’re creative with ideas, but turning those ideas into reality is the hard part!

  741. The desire to bring creativity into our family life definitely comes naturally to me, but I do need quite a bit of help harnessing that desire into something useful!

  742. I like both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  743. I liked both you and Oak Meadow on FB.

  744. Struggle a little. But my oldest is talented. So that works for me.

  745. Creativity is so hard for me it’s not even funny. I never have an original idea and if someone doesn’t inspire me it doesn’t happen at all. I hate it!
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  746. I like you both on facebook too.
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  747. I try to be clever, but usually I look for other moms who have clever ideas :)

  748. Audrey Jawando says:

    I have always enjoyed doing crafts myself, so finding creative projects to do with my son is important to me. I do find it difficult to find age-appropriate activities, though and could use some guidance in that respect.

  749. I definitely have to work at bringing creativity into our lives. It’s really a matter of carving out part of our day to try new things and look at thinkgs in a different way. My kids are always reminders to me to stay creative.

  750. I’ve “liked” both websites. Thanks for this opportunity!

  751. I have to work at creativity. I tend to start projects and not complete them.

  752. I like you both on Facebook.

  753. I am not very creative so I have learned to borrow ideas from others.

  754. Creativity does not come naturally to me, but but does to my eight y.o.
    I have to buy her materials, and then get out of her way.
    If we won this curriculum, she would be the one paging through it, choosing projects.

  755. Mandi Bozarth says:

    Creativity comes naturally around here. I have four little ones — a kindergartner, a three year old, and twin two year olds. So all of our lesson plans have to be creative. I try to get everyone involved on some level in at least one lesson a day. That means the idea or task has to be changed to fit each child. Luckily, they usually have ideas of their own to help me out.

  756. I grew up with an art teacher for a mom, so creativity has always been a part of my life. Now that I’m a parent, I love doing creative things with my girls, but it’s sometimes a challenge to find ways to bring creativity into our every day.

  757. It comes pretty naturally for the most part. I have a harder time with math type stuff. ;o)

  758. I’ve “liked” both things on fb.

  759. Although I like to do crafts and other creative projects, I’m finding I have a hard time incorporating them into our homeschool day and coming up with age appropriate activities.

  760. I have to work at creativity. I’m a study in inertia… an object at rest tends to stay at rest…

  761. Creativity comes fairly naturally and I love the fun it brings into our days.

  762. I like you both on facebook.

  763. The creativity comes naturally, the cleanup… not so much.