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. Eileen says:

    I liked them both on facebook

  2. Kathy says:

    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 ;-)

  3. Evelyn says:

    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 :)
    Evelyn’s latest post: Hello world!

  4. Evelyn says:

    I like both Oak Meadows and Simple Homeschool on Facebook

  5. AmyLyn Reynolds says:

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

  6. 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. =-)

  7. Trish White says:

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

  8. Alisa says:

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

  9. Alisa says:

    I like both on FB!

  10. stacy says:

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

  11. 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!

  12. Lee Webster says:

    I like you both on FB!

  13. Kelly L. says:

    Both are liked on FB!

  14. Brenda says:

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

  15. gina says:

    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!

  16. Bethany says:

    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!
    Bethany’s latest post: When the Tables Start to Turn by Darah

  17. Robyn says:

    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.

  18. Charles says:

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

  19. Sharon Spry says:

    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.

  20. Sharon Spry says:

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

  21. Christine says:

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

  22. Barbara says:

    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.

  23. 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. )

  24. Danielle says:

    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!

  25. Jamie says:

    Sometimes it comes naturally, and sometimes I have to work at it!
    Jamie’s latest post: family reunion- day six

  26. Jessa says:

    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!

  27. Tricia says:

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

  28. Kathy says:

    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.

  29. jennifer says:

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

  30. 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

  31. Vina says:

    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!
    Vina’s latest post: Christmas- My Version

  32. Allison Fambro says:

    Liked both on FB

  33. Vina says:

    I liked both on FB for extra entry!
    Vina’s latest post: Christmas- My Version

  34. Melanie says:

    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.
    Melanie’s latest post: Talking Bras with My Four Year Old

  35. Melanie says:

    I like both on FB
    Melanie’s latest post: Talking Bras with My Four Year Old

  36. Carmen says:

    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!

  37. Laura says:

    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.

  38. Tammi says:

    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. :D
    Tammi’s latest post: Save the Ta-Tas!

  39. Tammi says:

    And I liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!
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  40. Tara F says:

    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”.

  41. 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.

  42. Kimberly says:

    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!

  43. Jaclyn F. says:

    I liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on FB

  44. Kristen Bieber says:

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

  45. Kristen Bieber says:

    I also liked Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  46. Danielle says:

    I have to work at being creative, but luckily there is the internet with loads of ideas:)
    Danielle’s latest post: Truth Pandemic

  47. Tracy says:

    I definitely have to work at it, mostly by using ideas that creative bloggers graciously share. Thanks to those great bloggers!

  48. MaggieAnnie says:

    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 ? :)

  49. Kerri says:

    Hmmm.. I think I am fairly creative, but everyday I scour the blogs for ideas!
    Kerri’s latest post: Kinda Mama

  50. Kerri says:

    I “like” both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on FB