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5 October 4:00 am
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This is a product review of/for Oak Meadow. First, some interesting, general info about Oak Meadow:

  • Oak Meadow is a fully accredited distance learning school that meets rigorous academic standards.
  • Oak Meadow offers curriculum that is print-based by design to reinforce solid reading comprehension and study skills. Technology is thoughtfully integrated through the grade levels.
  • Oak Meadow has a distinguished faculty
  • Oak Meadow has friendly, experienced educational counselors that support your homeschooling journey every step of the way, whether you are enrolled or use the curriculum on your own.
  • Since 1975, tens of thousands of families have used Oak Meadow. Their curriculum has been used in 39 states and 36 countries, and up to 600 students enroll each year.

I was asked to review their High School Integrated Health & Fitness Syllabus.

The Integrated Health & Fitness Syllabus develops a foundation in anatomy and physiology and includes a fitness component that fulfills one-half of the Oak Meadow yearly physical education requirement. The Syllabus includes chapters on:

  • What Is Health
  • Introduction to Anatomy, Skeletal and Muscular Systems
  • Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • Fitness
  • Emotional Health and Personality
  • Stress
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Digesting and Urinary Systems
  • Immune System
  • Reproductive System
  • A Dietary assessment
  • Carbohydrates and an Introduction to Food
  • Fats
  • Protein and the Evolution of the Modern Diet
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • And much, much more
  • There are chapters on the Reproductive System, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Conception and Parenting, and Sexuality

In addition to the Syllabus, the course requires reading from the following (included) books:

  • Health: Making Life Choices by Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2011
  • Human Anatomy Coloring Book, by Margaret Matt, 1982
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey, M.D., 2008
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan, 2009

Also, pages 207-214 of the Syllabus contain a list of additional books that might be of interest.

To take this course, students must also get a heart rate monitor (HRM), which is not included in the course materials

The course requires students to read, research, answer questions (short answers), complete activities (projects and exercises), and write essays/research papers. There are no tests for this course.

What I like about this class:

  • The course teaches information that is valuable for life, and the materials are worth keeping long after the course is completed
  • The course is very thorough
  • Students are encouraged to research and make conclusions from their research
  • Students are encouraged to question what they are learning – the course realizes that conflicting info exists on these topics
  • Physical activity is stressed throughout
  • A Teacher’s Manual is available

If you’re interested in Oak Meadow, but your kids aren’t in high school, you can read a Fifth Grade Oak Meadow product review here.

You can learn about Oak Meadow here.

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