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.

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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.

Comments

  1. Sandra Scott says:

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

  2. Have liked both links

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

  4. 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.

    Dina

  5. 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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  6. Creativity comes very naturally in our home – it’s the structured part that I have to work on, lol! :)
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  7. Cynthia Pitman says:

    It comes to ne with much difficulty, unfortunately.

  8. 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!

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

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

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

  12. 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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  13. 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!
    –stacey
    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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. We are probably guilty of too much creativity and not enough academics! Lol
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  17. just an fyi for the hs-ing mama’s who struggle with creativity–jean at http://artfulparent.typepad.com/artfulparent/ 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. :)

  18. 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

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

  20. 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!

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

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

  23. greengardeninggirl says:

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

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

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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. I also liked both sites :) on fb
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  29. carrie hamm says:

    “liked” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  30. 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.

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

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

  33. 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!

  34. 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!

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

  36. Charmaine says:

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

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

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

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

  40. 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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  41. Like Simple Homeschool on FB

  42. Like Oak Meadow on FB

  43. 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?!)

  44. 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!

  45. 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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  46. 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!

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

  48. 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!!

  49. 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! :D

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


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