I was so excited to be able to do a review on this very popular curriculum. I have
actually used bits and pieces of Oak Meadow over the past three years but it
was nice to see the whole thing and how it fits together.
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2 books that are a must for the K-3rd grade are the Home Teachers Manual & The Heart of Learning.
The HTM explains how to get started and gives a peek into the main components of the early
grades like- form drawing, singing, drawing, storytelling, knitting & recorder. I loved the criteria
sheet for each section that was helpful in answering questions.
The HOL was a developmental guide about the nature of children, self-observation, how to bond
with your child, the 7-year cycles, relationships and early learning. This is a very useful tool for
those just getting started to give them a good foundation of how they with this curriculum will
let your child unfold.
This 36 week lesson plan is a gentle, heart-centered approach using fairy tales, artistic
expression and integrating “school” for this age into everyday life. It encourages the teachers
(moms) to strive to unfold the potential within themselves as they grow into their new role.
This is a very thorough package that includes the syllabus which is your guide that houses all the
lessons. It give all the instructions you need starting with main lesson books and how to create a
daily rhythm. In the back are verses, songs and fingerplays as a resource.
Teaching the alphabet is the primary focus of this Kindergarten Language Arts. Details on how
to do this through stories and drawings are very specific. The Fairy Tale Book includes all the
stories needed and are a collection of Beatrix Potter stories, and other tales your young child
The major work of Math in this Kindergarten is helping the child understand the qualities of
numbers. The syllabus lays out your daily lessons complete with recipes, activities, stories,
drawings and movement exercises.
Science is introduced by imaginative stories and experiences.
If you are looking for a totally “done for you” curriculum- this is it! You can follow each daily
lesson which includes Circle time, morning main lesson, language arts, creative play, and
alternates science, and math. Music, movement and crafts are also covered and there is a
separate “First Book of Crafts” which helps the child with refinement of movement in the
Also included is a Wee Sing CD & Song Book giving the opportunity for the child to express
through the hands and body and voice. And done for you songs for mom!
Oak Meadow has a health book called “Growing, growing, Strong” that can be used as a
supplement for states that require Health as a subject.
Overall, this is an amazing packed curriculum full of all you would need for kindergarten.
First Grade Review:
If you used the Kindergarten curriculum than the progression to First Grade will be seamless as
it follows the same format- easy for you mom!
This syllabus has some similar foundational beginnings to set the stage on how to get the most
from the guidebook (and your daily lessons).
The Rhythm of the Day section is detailed, for example:
Circle: 15 min
Main Lesson: 45 min reading & writing
Free time, Lunch, Afternoon lesson, imitation activities, and creative play.
For anyone with strict state regulation this is an ideal curriculum as language arts is done daily
and math 3x per week, science 2x per week. (It is not set up in main lesson blocks)
Language Arts focus is on building a foundation for later work in reading. This introduces 2
letters per week through the 1st Grade Fairy Tale book.
This is what I used for my girls in first grade. I find these fairy tales a bit milder than some of
the Grimm’s and it is why I chose it. Each story incorporates the letter and has a drawing for
your child to put into their main lesson book.
Math emphasis is on understanding the 4 processes- addition, subtraction, multiplication and
division. Again, presented through stories and pictures and movement. There are many
examples and pictures shown- which I find a big help for a visual person like myself.
Social Studies is incorporated through the Language Arts stories and bedtime nature stories
where the child experiences the rhythm cycles of nature, festivals, and holidays which helps with
Science is again through a lot of nature and observation and creating a nature notebook.
Singing is continues and now Recorder is added. Beginner recorder book is included and is very
helpful. I used all the recorder books and still do!
Crafting and handwork and covered as knitting is introduced and seasonal tables suggested for
the home. Movement exercises are sprinkled throughout the lesson.
This curriculum is set up on a 36-week plan with 3 semesters. Each semester has a forward
that explains the goals for those weeks and ways for the teacher to bring those ideas.
This is a very complete and done for you curriculum with all the art components included. It is
great for those who are regulated by state restrictions and need main subjects everyday or
week. It also allows flexibility for a homeschool teacher to add in other projects, pieces or just
their own ‘flair”. (This is what I did) By having the main foundation, you are free to add those
Oak Meadow also has extensive email & phone support for those who have purchased
curriculum as well as a fully accredited school which provides the ongoing guidance and support
of an expert faculty.
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