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 liked Oak Meadow and Simple Home School on Facebook. Your sight has been so helpful to me already, and I’m a pretty new follower :)

  2. Sarah Miller-Kramer says:

    I like a curriculum that allows me some wiggle room. The structure helps me and the kids stay focused, but we do a fair amount of impov in our daily routine.

  3. Sarah Miller-Kramer says:

    I like Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on Facebook! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  4. I prefer wiggle room in my curriculum. I have 4 children and know first hand that each learns differently. As a result I like to be able to improvise so that I can adapt to their unique learning style and interests so that the material becomes relevant to them.

  5. I definitely prefer a curriculum that lays things out for me, and I learned this the hard way. I still have the freedom to be flexible, but it gives me a good starting point, and an understanding of what would be an appropriate amount of daily/weekly work, as I can easily overwhelm myself and my daughter. I will pay someone else to do the lion’s share of the planning. Every time.

  6. I “liked” both on facebook

  7. Lisa Lindsey says:

    We would love to try the Oak Meadow curriculum!

  8. Hi
    I have a 4 year old son and a 9 month old daughter. We’re just starting out on this homeschooling adventure. I would prefer a more rigid curriculum to have a base to work from. If I know what the year should look like in every detail I can then choose the follow it completely or add or subtract to get what works for us. I feel that if the curriculum is too loose to start. Then you are forced to follow everything that’s there and fill in the blanks.

  9. I “liked” Oak Meadow and “Simple Homeschool!” :)

  10. I liked oak meadow and simple homeschool on Facebook I hope we win!

  11. I prefer a thorough curriculum because you can always adjust and change. It is harder for me to be creative and come up with the ideas myself.

  12. Went and made sure Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool are liked on FB!!! We are beginning a preschool co-op this fall and are just getting into all the different curriculum!!

  13. We are just starting our adventures in homeschooling. I think that a more structured curriculum would benefit us, especially early on.

  14. I don’t know which I prefer. In principle I like being able to improvise & figure my own way, so to speak, but since we are just starting out a large part of me likes the idea of having my every day planned out for me so I get it “right.” …
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  15. And I like you & Oak Meadow on FB. Have forever, I think. :)

    Thanks for the chance! xo
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  16. I’m looking into homeschool for the first time for my pre-k aged son so I’m not exactly sure what I like and don’t like yet. But, I was/am the girl who likes to color in between the lines and I think at the beginning, I would need something with good structure. Oak Meadow is one of my top 3 favs in curriculum. :)

  17. I have ‘like’d Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on facebook. :)

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Considering this is our first time (officially) homeschooling, I think a complete curriculum would best serve us for this school year. I full-well expect to change things up a bit, but I would just like to have some measure of staying “on track.”

  19. This curriculum has been fantastic for my kids (and wife). I love that it lays everything out but is flexible at the same time. My daughter is starting her 2nd year with Oak Meadow next week!!

  20. I like having a curriculum that I can supplement. I prefer one that gives me the option of following a set script, or improvising using the basic concepts it presents in a lesson.
    Monica’s latest post: Using Photo Books to Supplement Your Child’s Education {Giveaway}

  21. i have always wanted to try oak meadow! i compile my own curriculum, but am interested in trying a preset one. i just have not found the right one.

  22. i have friended oak meadow.
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  23. Kim Smith says:

    I LOVE how Oak Meadow lays it all out. This makes it easier for my family to include and enjoy various activities as I do not have to spend time planning. It is also great that it all appears the same so my different age group kids feel like they are ‘doing the same thing’. It also allows other people, grandma, dad, etc to jump in and do a project or 2.

  24. i liked simple homeschool
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  25. I think I’d prefer one that laid everything out, then I’d just pick what I want from it. I’ve looked at the Oak Meadow curriculum a few times, and it looks like we’d enjoy it.
    Tamara’s latest post: Magic in the Everyday

  26. We also ‘Liked’ Simple Homeshool and Oak Meadow on Facebook. :)
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  27. Leslie Howard says:

    I like a lot of room to improvise because too often curriculums turn into something contrived to just have something to do instead of something fresh and real.

  28. Leslie Howard says:

    I liked Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on facebook. Thanks!

  29. I am just starting to explore homeschooling for our 4 year old so I think a complete curriculum would be really helpful and I love what I’ve seen from this company!

  30. I liked both sites on fb!

  31. Personally, I enjoy learning more about a particular topic or making it my own so-to-speak, but I get frustrated when there is only the skeleton if I am lucky and I am spending hours putting together the curriculum not allowing me the time to add the extra details! So, yes, I am looking for a complete package.

  32. Just checked out both FB sites. Would love to win the curriculum – would have trouble deciding which year for which of my girls!

  33. Would love to win this for my daughter. It will be the first year of homeschooling, so we prefer a packaged curriculum. I will be looking into this one , Thanks.

  34. Elizabeth says:

    I like a curriculum that gives options. For some subjects or at certain times, having it all laid out can be a good thing. At other times or for other kids, it’s good to be able to pick and choose which lessons or activities to focus on, and which to let go. I’ve researched so many different curricula over the past year, and keep coming back to Oak Meadow. It combines thorough academics with creativity and flexibility in a way other comprehensives do not. I hope I win!

  35. I like a balance – lots of suggestions, but room to do what works. Some weeks we do a lot of extras, other weeks we stick to the basics. I think this flexibility is especially important when educating younger children.
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  36. I prefer a thorough curriculum but I want to branch out and put together one when I will be teaching both of my sons.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    Since I’ve already “liked” both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on Facebook, I went on and commented on both pages. Thanks for being one of my favorite blogs!

  38. Amy Fletcher says:

    I like a thoroughly laid out curriculum that I can ALSO be flexibly with and do some improvising and supplementing! :-D

  39. Amy Fletcher says:

    I “like” both the SH and the OM FB pages. :-) Thanks!!!

  40. I prefer to use curriculum more as inspiration and a guide rather than a hard set plan. I love Oak Meadow and plan to utilize their curriculum in the future. This year my twins are kindergarten age and I am not ready to formally start their studies.

  41. My eldest is 3 1/2, and even though kindergarten seems ages away, I know now is the time to start thinking through thoughts for schooling. I lean more towards the “unschooling” approach to learning, but my son seems to thrive on structure. The Oak Meadow curriculum seems to be a good balance between the two.

  42. I like a curriculum that has room to improvise.
    Oak Meadow has some wonderful ideas. I’m reading their “Heart of Learning” and enjoying it very much.
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

  43. I would love to use a full curriculum but with 3 children I can’t afford it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. I just found Oak Meadow last night and I’m hoping to go with their curriculum! I am new to homeschooling, but am looking for a program that has all the info I need, yet allows me to add in more art, music and fun! : ) Cross my fingers! Thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Having homeschooled 3 of 4 kiddos for 7 years, I much prefer having it all laid out for me. I still add in my own touches but am much less stressed when I don’t have to do all the planning. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  46. I liked Simple Homeschool on Facebook! : ) Fingers crossed!

  47. I prefer to have a very set plan with my son who just finished second grade. He has to have an exact schedule. My daughter is more organic and free, so for her I have a general plan and add in things (crafts, etc) that she may be in the mood for. She will be doing pre-K this year.

  48. I liked both on facebook!

  49. I like having it all laid out with some wiggle room when needed.

  50. Allison J. says:

    I really like to have it all laid out for me just in case I get lazy and don’t have other things planned.


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