What Is It?
Oak Meadow is an accredited distance learning program which offers curriculum programs for grades K-12. Children who enroll will work with a licensed educator. Evaluations will be given to your child periodically and transcripts will be kept for future use. Parents can enroll their children for a full or half-year. Full-year enrollment costs around $1,600 while a half-year is $950. Courses for high school children are around $875 per course for a year or $525 per class for a half-year.
Parents who choose to teach the curriculum themselves can purchase the materials at a significantly lower cost. Children who are not enrolled will receive access to 36 weekly lessons in each subject area. Online lessons may be printed out or completed online and used in a homeschool program. Price varies depending upon which materials are ordered.
Oak Meadow is a combination of an art and standard based curriculum. While it promotes various learning styles, it also integrates visual and performing arts into a lot of instruction. I love the way it incorporates all the senses into the lessons. For example, when teaching kindergarten students letters the curriculum introduces three letters at a time. Children are encouraged to take a walk around the neighborhood and find these letters in signs or billboards. They also look for the letters around the room and in magazines and books. Next, they are instructed to make bread and form the dough out of the letters that were learned that day. Using beeswax crayons children will then practice writing their letters. Songs and poems are also used to teach letters. An art activity follows using tactile materials to create a letter collage. Sample lessons and reviews can be found below in the reference section of this article.
A science activity involves taking the child to the park or other natural setting and allowing them to feel the tree bark, gather leaves and other materials. Sort the leaves by certain attributes, use the leaves to create letters, numbers or a piece of artwork.
Oak Meadow strives to provide children with a language-rich environment by using traditional stories, fairy tales, poems and songs. The use of puppets, drama and storytelling is prevalent in all of Oak Meadow teaching curriculum. Math is made fun through games, crafts and storytelling. After reading a story about gnomes children will be instructed to sort and count jewels. When learning multiplication children march around the room singing a song to help them memorize multiplication facts. This curriculum truly does accommodate all learning styles across the curricula.