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December 11, 2012
 
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You Have Options. It's Time To Discover
Oak Meadow.

With the school year well under way, parents often pause to evaluate their children's education. Is my child thriving? Is he motivated? Is her unique learning style supported?
For families interested in exploring educational alternatives, Oak Meadow offers an exceptional award-winning homeschool curriculum and fully accredited distance learning school (with the option to enroll at any time).

Visit the Oak Meadow Bookstore for a complete selection of PreK-12 curriculum, resources, and craft items. To discuss enrollment, or for free and helpful advice about homeschooling, email info@oakmeadow.com or call to speak with an Oak Meadow Educational Counselor Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm EST at 802-251-7250.
 

Oak Meadow has been fantastic to work with every step of the way. But most importantly, our daughter has thrived. She has learned from wonderful teachers who have enhanced her LIFE -- not just her academics.



Oak Meadow: Helping Families Find the Right Fit

Finding the educational option that best serves your child's strengths and needs can be a challenging task, one filled with questions. Oak Meadow has decades of experience in guiding and supporting families through the learning process. Here are some free tools to help you determine which curriculum is best for your family:

Curriculum Samples: When families have curriculum questions, they generally want to know how a curriculum will meet their child's needs at a specific grade level. The Educational Counselors at Oak Meadow are happy to answer these questions, but they also offer grade-specific sample curriculum online for easy comparison and review. Their K-8 catalog also provides grade overviews that detail the scope and sequence of skills and content in each subject, which can help you identify your curriculum needs and plan your academic year. Their High School catalog includes course suggestions by grade and tips on college admissions.

Free Seasonal Journal: Their journal, Living Education, is an excellent resource for families who are homeschooling or exploring homeschooling options. Past issues have included informative articles on a wide variety of topics, including challenging the advanced student, organizing a home study space, teaching solid writing skills, the value of boredom, and homeschooling multiple children. Read their latest issue on Arts in Education.

Curriculum Checklist:
The educational principles that have guided Oak Meadow curriculum development for over 30 years provide the benchmark for comprehensive, creative homeschooling. Oak Meadow invites you to apply them to your own search:

✔ Involves the whole child

Oak Meadow believes that true education involves more than just the intellect: it engages and integrates every aspect of the child. Many parents intuitively understand that true intelligence arises when children are given opportunities to engage their hands and hearts as well as their heads. Make sure your curriculum includes assignments that ask children not only to read, write, and think, but also to paint, draw, play music, write poetry, and build things. Oak Meadow curriculum encourages balanced and healthy development, and a true flexibility of thinking.

✔ Adapts to each child's unique learning style

There are many ways to learn, and parents and educators know every student is different. Oak Meadow understands this and allows students to demonstrate their mastery of the material in a variety of ways. This emphasis on choice is especially important for families seeking to accommodate unique visual, auditory, or physical learning styles. By integrating lessons across subject disciplines, students engage with assignments in a more meaningful and memorable way. Make sure your curriculum offers a choice of assignments, such as those seen in the curriculum samples offered by Oak Meadow. For example, with Oak Meadow, when studying the rich culture of the Middle Ages in sixth grade, students can chose a project such as studying heraldry and creating their own family coat of arms, designing and making a small tapestry, or writing a song or poem describing the deeds of a chivalrous knight.

✔ Adapts to each family's learning lifestyle

The right homeschooling curriculum for you will not only serve the needs of your child, but also be a good match for your family's values and lifestyle. Oak Meadow's flexible weekly lesson format honors the many ways that homeschooling families live and learn. It is easy to adapt your lesson schedule to accommodate travel, artistic or athletic pursuits, and community activities. Lessons provide many options for assignments, and families are encouraged to adapt the curriculum to create a customized learning experience.

✔ Respects the natural development of children

An understanding of the developmental needs of children is the foundation of Oak Meadow's curriculum. Healthy childhood development is fostered by introducing subjects and skills in a carefully considered sequence. Make sure your curriculum keeps lessons well-grounded in a familiar reality for the young child, with abstract concepts gradually introduced as the student advances through the curriculum. As students progress toward high school, critical thinking and the ability to analyze and synthesize material should be emphasized. Imagination, experimentation, and inquiry should be carefully balanced through the grades in a way that keeps the wonder and excitement of learning alive for all students.

✔ Aligns with rigorous academic standards

Taking into account state standards nationwide, Oak Meadow has developed a curriculum that upholds rigorous standards while maintaining a commitment to a creative, innovative, and child-centered education. Furthermore, students who enroll in their fully accredited school receive the added benefit of having their work guided and evaluated by an experienced teacher, and receiving official school transcripts. For high school students, this can be of particular importance as they delve into complex subject material and prepare for college and career.

Homeschooling with Oak Meadow means you can feel confident that your student is getting a complete education that is infused with creativity, fosters the joy of learning, and helps your student develop into a confident and accomplished independent learner. To discover more about Oak Meadow Curriculum and School, call 802-251-7250 to speak with one of their experienced Educational Counselors. You can also send an email to info@oakmeadow.com, or visit their website at oakmeadow.com.

 


   
 

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