Elementary Homeschool Curriculum-Oak Meadow -

When my daughter was a young one, she was all about exploring... Making things, asking lots of questions, wondering "why's" and eager to learn new things.

Sometimes she would take her World Book encyclopedia to bed with her for hours and read about penguins, the life cycle of frogs or rats, her first essay topic ever, lol.

So when we were looking for a curriculum in the elementary years, I wanted something that would nurture her explorative spirit. We found that in Oak Meadow, a project-based, creative hands-on homeschool curriculum for preK - 12.

Have you heard of them?

We started using it in 5th grade, then continued with it through high school for some subjects.

Oak Meadow Homeschool Curriculum

Oak Meadow (OM) strives to meet the child where she is: head, hands, and heart.  

It still follows rigorous academic standards and is also developmentally based.

I loved its gentle, yet complete approach to academics as well as it's efforts to make it interesting to the fifth grader's experience.

Oak Meadow is very adaptable, and all the planning is done for you. You can make it as structured as you want or as relaxed as you desire.  We did both.

No need to do the research to find the science experiment, project or book that your student needs.

It is all put together for you in weekly suggested lesson plans.  That saved me a lot of time with preparations. Yet we could adapt them or change them up as much as we wanted to.

Oak Meadow Publications was originally developed by Lawrence Williams, EdD, who had an extensive educational background, including training as a Waldorf teacher.

It is like Waldorf in it's gentle approach and  focus on hands-on, creative learning.

However, it is NOT strictly Waldorf at all, and has NO connection to Steiner theosophy.  It is secular in it's approach.

Oak Meadow has been revised many times over the years, to stay current and is aligned to state standards.  It incorporates art and hand arts, like knitting, weaving, etc into it's lessons with it's project-based learning approach, along with projects for English history, geography and science.

My daughter loved it's style.

Oak Meadow offers curricula for preK through high school.  I picked 5th grade today, to give you an idea of what they do for elementary.

Oak Meadow 5

Oak Meadow 5 includes social studies, English, science and math.  This program can be purchased all together as a package, or bought separately.  The English and social studies was integrated into one course for 5th grade, all in one book.

OM comes with easy-to-follow instructions with hands-on learning throughout each subject.

What is included in Oak Meadow Fifth Grade?
  1. US History/English 5 syllabus  - with 9 literature books to go along with both
  2. Science 5 - with an Environmental Science focus
  3. Math 5 - which is quite similar to Saxon Math.
  4. Oak Meadow Teacher's Manual for reference
  5. Optional art and crafts supply kit or list of what to get

Click here to read more about Oak Meadow 5 in my detailed review, including how we used in our homeschool with our 2e daughter, who had SPD and some ADHD issues.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her 2e college senior, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh schoolcollegegifted/2e and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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