Giveaway: Curriculum Package from Oak Meadow

This giveaway has ended. The winner will be announced on the weekend!

Welcome to Back to School week here at Simple Homeschool! This week I’m bringing you reviews and awesome chances to win–perfect for back to school planning time.

I’m glad you’re visiting again today because I’m sharing one of my favorite homeschooling resources. I’m giving away a curriculum package from Oak Meadow.

I first discovered Oak Meadow about a year ago, and I’ve had the chance to write about their kindergarten and 1st grade programs before. They offer 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.

Find out more about Oak Meadow and how you can win.

For this review, Oak Meadow sent me their 2nd grade program (pictured above). The package includes the 36 week syllabus, Clay Fun, First Book of Nature Crafts, Intermediate Recorder, Animal Stories, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Just So Stories, and a book of fables. It also includes two early readers for children: Ben and Meg and Animal Friends.

The bulk of the material is contained in the 36 week syllabus. Each week’s plan provides instructions for all subjects: circle time, language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, and crafts. I appreciate that all subjects are in this one book – no need to shuffle back and forth between multiple curricula throughout the day!

My favorite aspect of the Oak Meadow curriculum is the use of stories throughout most subjects. My kids have been riveted by the nature stories and fairy tales we’ve read in previous grades. I love that even basic math concepts are presented through stories, which really appeal to the imagination of children this age.

The danger of any curriculum, I find, is that it can make a homeschooling parent feel overwhelmed. If not every assignment is completed, we can get insecure and start to worry, even though we know our children are learning all the time.

But I think what has made Oak Meadow work for my family is that the spirit of the curriculum really falls in line with the way in which a child develops. Because of this, I’ve had success in using and adapting it to best suit our family’s needs.

Consider this quote, regarding learning the times tables, from the introduction to the 2nd grade materials:

“Of course, if your child is not able to grasp the tables yet, don’t push them. If you become like a drill sergeant in your teaching, you are not helping your child and you are missing many of the advantages of home teaching.

The times when you and your child are learning new things together should be full of joy, not drudgery. If learning becomes drudgery, stop and look at what you are doing and ask yourself why you are doing it. Forget about teaching for a few days or weeks and just enjoy being with your child.”

See what I mean? I agree wholeheartedly–successful homeschooling always goes back to the quality of our relationships.

Oak Meadow also offers a helpful consulting service to homeschooling families using their curriculum. You can speak directly to one of their teachers, who are all familiar with the specifics of the curriculum as well as the unique dynamics of homeschooling.

Oak Meadow includes high academic standards in their programs, but they deliver assignments with imagination and creativity. This helps to develop the whole child–head, heart, and hands.

One Simple Homeschool reader will receive a curriculum package in the grade of your choice (grades K-8)  from Oak Meadow!

How to Win

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

1. Comment on this post, answering this question: Do you prefer a thorough curriculum that lays everything out for you or one that gives you a lot of room to improvise? (If you are reading this in an email, you must click over to enter your comment!)

2. ‘Like’ Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. Then — this is importantyou need to come back and leave an additional comment here, telling me you have done so.

This giveaway has ended. The winner will be announced on the weekend!

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. I already like both oak meadow and simple homeschool on facebook.
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  2. What a nice giveaway! I find it helpful to have a little of each — a curriculum that is well-planned and detailed enough that it’s not hard to just pick it up and run with it on a busy day, but that offers differentiation to meet the needs of different learning styles, a flexible schedule so that getting one day off doesn’t throw a monkey wrench into the works, and options and extensions for various activities to make it easy to customize.
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  3. Esther L. says:

    That’s a hard question! I’m new to homeschooling, so the idea of a completely laid out program is appealing, but I love the idea of being able to improvise and supplement. I guess that’s what makes homeschooling so great. There’s so much freedom in teaching your own children!

  4. I like a curriculum that is planned, however, the comfort of “planned” comes with my desire to make sure I succeed. I am in my second year of homeschooling and would love to give Oak Meadow a try.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  5. I love it when I can follow a complete plan with a curriculum!
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  6. I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.
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  7. I am starting to explore the homeschooling option and this looks like it would be a great place to start. FIngers crossed!!!

  8. Right now I prefer curriculum that is all laid out for me. When I’m not so exhausted then I can improvise and add my own flair. But I like having it all ready to go.
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  9. I just liked you both on facebook!
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  10. I like having a complete curriculum as a resource that I can follow when needed, but deviate from when inspired.

  11. I’ve liked you both on Facebook :)
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  12. I like it all laid out with some room to improvise.

  13. marta suarez says:

    No. I think we teach our children how we learn and how we connect different things in life. By having room for improvisation, you have room for creative development.

  14. marta suarez says:

    Here is my follow up. I FB “like” them both and really like them too.

  15. Honestly – I like something that lays it out for me. As much as I like the idea of going off on my own, I prefer to have a detailed, specific curriculum to use as a jumping off point.

  16. Jessica R. says:

    I love a structured curriculum with the option of having some creative freedom within the lessons. Wonderful company and fingers crossed!

  17. Jonette Vaughan says:

    I love having it all layed out for me. Much easier for me and helps my confidence that I am following a laid out path. I have liked both Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on facebook!

  18. I like a curriculum that’s laid out for me, but still gives me room to improvised (when motivated)!

  19. nice giveaway! never have used a curriculum yet,a looser structure appeals to me more, though.

  20. I like a little bit of both–I like the option of everything being laid out but I also like have the option of extending their learning if I’d like. Some days as a parent I want it all mapped out & sometimes I just want to go with the wind :)

  21. I like both of your fb pages ;)

  22. This will be my first year home schooling. I am looking forward to using a complete curriculum (Oak Meadow First Grade). I can’t really answer the question the way it was asked, but I wanted a curriculum that had everything laid out for me. Plus, I know a family who used OM K-12 and I would be pleased if my children grow up like theirs.

  23. This will be my first year homeschooling with a set curriculum. It is also the first year I am feeling confident in my decision to homeschool. And guess what we are using….Oak Meadow. At first glance I thought I might need to supplement but after reviewing the years we are doing( kindergarten and grade 6) I decided to trust the curriculum. I think they have a lot to offer the homeschooler and why reinvent the wheel.

  24. I’ve had the joy of staying at home with our 3, 6, & 9 year olds for their life-learning journey! This is the first year I’m considering a curriculum to spark some inspiration and new ideas, so one that allows us to improvise will work best in our family :) Oak Meadows is at the top of my list for options I’m considering. I’d also love to hear anyone else’s ideas!

  25. Andrea H says:

    I’m thinking I would like a little bit of both. Enough information for me to know what I need to do, but yet flexible enough to let life happen as well.

  26. I now ‘like’ OM & Simple Homeschool :)

  27. I love a fully laid out curriculum, but sometimes, we change it up a bit, and add our own spin on it. Thanks for this chance.

  28. I love it when I can follow a complete plan with a curriculum and only some personal add ons

  29. Kimberly F says:

    I like a curriculum that is laid out for those times that I need it but flexible for the times that I don’t. Our homeschooling needs change with our moods and activities so the needs of the curriculum changes as well.

  30. like oak meadow and simple homeschool on facebook

  31. i like it when everything is already planned out for me – but that doesn’t mean that i don’t imrovise from time to time.

  32. Stephanie Williams says:

    Liked you on facebook

  33. Honestly, I am new enough to homeschooling, that I am not sure which I prefer yet. But I think it is going to be having everything planned out for me. Which is NOT what I would have expected. But I am sure I will improvise from time to time. Thanks for the chance to win – I would LOVE to give Oak Meadow a try!

  34. I like either kind of curriculum. I really like the kind where the child can read their own directions as well, so if they can learn without me hovering, they can or if they need additional direction, they can do that as well. As always, I get to check to see if they understood or if I need to explain more clearly if questions were answered incorrectly.

  35. I just “liked” both U and Oakmeadow on FB! TY for this opportunity!

  36. Nicole Mountain says:

    I have liked both the pages. Thanks for giving away such an invaluable gift. You can never put a price tag on a child’s education, but this is an incredible act of love that you are doing for a child…

  37. I like stuff layed out for me. I have always put together my own curriculum, but I have my oldest going into “middle school” age next year and am looking at something more defined for her. As far as flexibility, I think most programs allow that. Thanks for the chance to win a curriculum package!

  38. Liked both facebook pages! :)

  39. This is actually a pretty hard question for me. I like having things laid out for me in curriculum and guesstimate when we will be done with the school year, but I also enjoy the freedom of unit studies and we can go and go with a theme like ‘dragons’ or ‘Egypt’. I guess I enjoy a hybrid of both, the security of the laid out curriculums as a guide line and the freedom to toss it if we get ‘off track.

    Hmm…too wishy washy? Maybe but accurate. ;P
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  40. As I have not homeschooled yet (looking into it), I would like a little of both. Some structure to make sure I am headed in the correct direction but with some flexibility so I can infuse the knowledge that I know.

  41. also liked you on facebook, but I liked you :)
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  42. Jolene in Michigan says:

    I’m going to be homeschooling for the first times this year – a 5th grader, 1st grader, and a Preschooler, plus a 2 1/2 yr. old- and frankly, I feel I need some organized curriculum to get myfeet wet, THEN maybe later, I’ll feel comfortable enough to improvise. I’d love to win a complete curriculum!

  43. Jolene in Michigan says:

    “Liked” you both on FB! Would love to win!

  44. Debbie Citta says:

    Looks like a great curriculum…would LOVE to try it!

  45. Debbie Citta says:

    I “Liked” your FB page and “Joined” Oak Meadows FB page…ready to WIN!!! :)

  46. I am very interested in Oak Meadow for many reasons. I loved what you mentioned, about this cirricullum teaching the whole child… Heart, head and hands. That comment actually made MY heart skip a beat! This is the home school experience that I am praying for. I was the “drill servant” homeschooler last year and vow to never be, again! Like anything we live and learn… I, especially, like the nature study and creative learning opportunities presented by Oak Meadow. This seems to be a very natural learning option for the home setting. I would love to present our lessons in a more peaceful manner and feel a sense of presence in each moment. We would be so grateful to do a 180 in homeschooling, because of Oak Meadow Cirricullum.

  47. Christina Erickson says:

    I like having things laid out for me as much as possible. I am just not very creative, but I love it when I have ideas laid out before me and I can pick and choose what I want to do

  48. Christina Erickson says:

    I just like both on FB :)

  49. I like to think that I could follow a curriculum that was laid out for me, but when it comes down to it I love lots of great ideas and a guideline (which OM is amazing for!), but need lots of wiggle room!

  50. I “liked” OM and Simple homeschool. Thanks for the chances!!