About Oak Meadow

    Founded in 1975, Oak Meadow provides a flexible, progressive education for independent learners in kindergarten to grade 12.
    At Oak Meadow, we see you as a traveler on a journey of learning—a fellow educator, not just a customer. We’re here for you, we listen to you, and we’ll support and guide you through one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent: how to educate your child.

    Our print-based curriculum can be used independently by homeschoolers, or through enrollment in our teacher-supported distance learning school. Our approach is compassionate and student-centered because we believe that children are sensitive and intelligent and that learning can be joyfully integrated into life.

    Oak Meadow

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    8 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, VT, USA

    The Oak Meadow curriculum provides students and families with an accessible, well-rounded, and academically complete education.

    Each coursebook includes 36-weekly lesson plans, with a variety of assignments, activities, and readings. For the home teacher’s convenience, we’ve included assignment checklists, planners, materials lists, and learning assessment rubrics to track student progress. Many families enjoy the structure of our 36-week lesson plans, and others take advantage of the built-in flexibility of the curriculum design by adding, subtracting, or adjusting the material as needed or desired.

    While Oak Meadow can be used as a comprehensive homeschool curriculum, many families choose to use our materials as their academic foundation and supplement with other educational resources, or they purchase separate courses as part of an eclectic approach.

    What makes Oak Meadow’s curriculum different?

    • Print-Based Materials: Our curriculum is print-based because we believe reading on paper encourages more effective comprehension skills than reading on a digital screen.
    • Relationships: Our curriculum fosters caring relationships between students and home teachers.
    • Artistic Expression: A child needs to have opportunities for artistic expression. The form that this expression takes can vary widely; drawing, painting, music, poetry, woodworking, and more provide this opportunity.
    • Inquiry and Problem Solving: Our curriculum encourages students to engage in authentic inquiry and creative problem solving skills.
      It challenges them to think, explore, experiment, consider divergent views, and integrate knowledge gained in other subject areas.
    • Empathy: Our curriculum helps students develop empathy through exploration of characters in literature, study of the lives of historical figures, practice writing and speaking from diverse points of view, opportunities to consider ethical questions, among others.
    • Hands-On Projects: Our curriculum provides opportunities for experiential learning through hands-on projects, experiments, civic engagement, and more.
    • Self-Reflection: One way students become more independent is by reflecting on how they learn. Every person learns differently, and at a certain age, students can start paying attention to their own learning preferences or style.
    • Understanding: Our curriculum helps students achieve genuine understanding.
    • Communication Skills: Our curriculum helps students improve their communication skills through oral interviews and presentations, debates and group discussions, one-on-one discussions, and persuasive essays.
    • Integrated Approach: Frequently, education focuses on teaching facts; we believe that true education involves more than just the intellect—it engages and integrates every aspect of the human being and is intertwined with daily life.
    • Critical Thinking Skills: Our curriculum encourages students to use critical thinking skills.
    • A World of Ideas: Our curriculum opens up a world of ideas based on a global perspective and local action.

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