We’re having an amazing time with Oak Meadow. I will be honest with you, when I first started looking at Oak Meadow, I had no idea if it would work for us. I was hopeful, but you never really know until you’re at home with the curriculum, 8 weeks in, and really elbows deep in it.
I can officially say we’re there. We finished the first trimester, and have started on the second. We’re still loving it. The longer I spend in this curriculum, the more pleased I am with all the intricacies that make up a deceptively simple program.
I am learning that there is a huge difference between gentle, and “light.” And I am learning that gentle works for us.
With Oak Meadow, I don’t have workbooks or textbooks. I have stories. Beautiful stories. Classic stories. Myths, and fables, and fairy tales. Stories with hope, morals, magic, tough choices and important lessons. The curriculum comes with a book of folk tales, but even better, the curriculum empowers me to read, read, read with my kids- anything really, and use that to learn.
In December, I am putting away the folk tales book, and pulling out the christmas picture books, and we won’t miss a beat with our language arts lessons. With Oak Meadow, we read the story, sometimes we illustrate it, we summarize it, we talk about parts of speech, we copy beautiful sentences. I have been taught HOW to teach with these stories, so I am free to adapt as I want as the year progresses.
I really didn’t believe a curriculum could bring me freedom from all the books and expectations and other stressors that weighed me down the first year homeschooling. Of course, I still add in unit studies and other goodies, but I love knowing I don’t have to. My to-do list is simple, and easy for the week, and anything extra is just that…. extra. It’s such a relief.
We’re having a fabulous time, and are keeping on keeping on with Oak Meadow. I’m excited that this is the first December that I haven’t totally wanted to re-vamp what we were doing. I’m perfectly content with our curriculum choices…. which is a wonderful thing to be!
How are you doing this school year? Are you needing a change, or are you happy with your choices?