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.

Comments

  1. LC says:

    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!
    LC’s latest post: Inspired by Bakerella

  2. LC says:

    I liked both on fb.
    LC’s latest post: Inspired by Bakerella

  3. Sherry says:

    I definitely need all the creativity I can get! I’m just starting out homeschooling our kindergartner.

  4. Kelly says:

    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.

  5. Kelly says:

    I liked both on Facebook:)

  6. camille says:

    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!

  7. Jaimie says:

    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! :^)

  8. camille says:

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

  9. Jaimie says:

    Liked on FB :^)

  10. Kristen says:

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

  11. 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!

  12. Michelle Malette says:

    I liked Simple Home school and Oak Meadow! :)

  13. Hallie says:

    i like you both on Facebook.

  14. Cara says:

    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!

  15. Hallie says:

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

  16. Casey says:

    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.
    Casey’s latest post: Thankful for Fall

  17. 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.

  18. Casey says:

    I “liked” one and all on Facebook!
    Casey’s latest post: Thankful for Fall

  19. Jennifer says:

    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!!

  20. Heather says:

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

  21. Jennie says:

    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!

  22. Jennie says:

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

  23. 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!

  24. Eli says:

    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.

  25. Amy Beaunaux says:

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

  26. Sharon says:

    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.

  27. Renea says:

    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.

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

  29. Angela says:

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

  30. Angela says:

    I like SH and Oak Meadow on FB!

  31. Kelly says:

    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.

  32. 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!

  33. Linda says:

    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.

  34. Linda says:

    I “like”d both on Facebook.

  35. Danyelle says:

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

  36. 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.

  37. katie anaya says:

    liked!
    katie anaya’s latest post: one month old

  38. Rebecca says:

    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!

  39. katie anaya says:

    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

  40. Tracy says:

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

  41. Claire says:

    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!

  42. Claire says:

    I like both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  43. Tracy says:

    I liked both you and Oak Meadow on FB.

  44. Jennifer says:

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

  45. Rebecca M says:

    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!
    Rebecca M’s latest post: Why keep a blog…

  46. Rebecca M says:

    I like you both on facebook too.
    Rebecca M’s latest post: Why keep a blog…

  47. Tiffany says:

    I try to be clever, but usually I look for other moms who have clever ideas :)

  48. 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.

  49. Tonia says:

    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.

  50. Audrey says:

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

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