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. Allison J. says:

    I have already liked Oak Meadow :)

  2. Allison J. says:

    I liked Simple Homeschool :)

  3. Jade says:

    I have a hard time creating my own structure, so love it whenever it’s already done for me.

  4. Kat says:

    I love structure that I can choose to deviate from instead of lack of structure.

  5. Valerie says:

    Its great having structure that can be built upon. Oak Meadow looks like a great resource.

  6. Melissa says:

    I like curriculum that is not so wordy :)

  7. tina says:

    last year was my first year homeschooling & i’m craving a bit more structure this year. i expect this will be freeing for me and i will be able to be creative after that starting point has been established.

  8. Melissa says:

    I liked simple homeschool on FB. Your emails have been a real blessing and really encourage me. We are going into 2nd grade HS this year : )

  9. Kelly says:

    I like a program that is laid out for me but one that I can divert from and return to easily.

  10. nicole says:

    At this moment, just beginning in the homeschooling adventure, I would like to have a curriculum well laid out for me, because from there I can always improvise.

  11. Kelly says:

    I “liked” both of you on Facebook. Can’t believe I haven’t done so before this.

  12. Danielle says:

    I like a mix of a thorough curriculum with room to improvise!

  13. Dawn says:

    I like a structure that allows for life and creativity.

  14. Beth says:

    I like to have a structured curriculum that I can use as a jumping off point. Thanks for your helpful posts!

  15. Annette says:

    I like something in between– it gives me lots of options but I can still go my own way if I want.
    Annette’s latest post: Where have we been?

  16. Heathir says:

    I want something thorough with lots of room to improvise. Who says you can’t have it all?

  17. Annie DeCoteau says:

    To answer your question, when I had just two homeschoolers to teach I really enjoyed doing the lesson plans myself. I could do unit studies and adapt their work to their age level. However, this year I have 4 kids to homeschool: a preschooler, a 1st grader, a 4th grader, and a 7th grader. I am finally going to take the plunge and order Oak Meadow for all of them. It will be expensive for the first couple of years but after that I will certainly get my money’s worth re-using the curriculum. I like that with 4 kids the lesson plans will be done for me and the older kids will be able to help out with the younger kids. I’m looking forward to it!

  18. Annie DeCoteau says:

    I forgot to mention that I also “liked” Oak Meadow and Simple Homeschool on facebook. Now I’ll cross my fingers.

  19. Shannon says:

    I like a curriculum that’s laid out for me. I may not follow exactly, but it keeps me on track during the year.

  20. Annette says:

    Liked you both on Facebook (Annette Fr)
    Annette’s latest post: Where have we been?

  21. Catherine says:

    At this stage of the game, I’d like a curriculum laid out for me. Maybe later on, less.
    Thanks!

  22. Jessica says:

    This will be our first year, so I’m not sure yet. I think I’d like to be able to improvise, but I don’t want to be forced to come up with half the material all the time… so maybe a thorough curriculum that I can depart from when I choose?

  23. Jessica says:

    Liked both Simple Homeschool and Oak Meadow on fb – thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Melanie DeWitt says:

    I’m a single mom with 4 kids. I have used Oak Meadow for Pre K, K, 1st, 2nd and now I can’t afford to buy 3rd grade. I really need this!!! I love the program.

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