Mothering’s Back to Homeschool Guide 2016: Enter to Win from Oak Meadow!

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Sponsored by Oak Meadow – flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten through high school. Look for a giveaway of Oak Meadow’s curriculum at the bottom of this post!

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Whether you’re new to the home school journey, or are preparing to begin another year, Mothering has resources to help. We’ve gathered together some of our most useful articles to help you get off on the right foot his year.

How to Get Started with Homeschooling in 5 Simple Steps

New to homeschooling? We’ve compiled 5 simple steps to help you get started. Click on any section for information, resource suggestions and advice — or read the entire article here.

1. Know the Laws 

2. Find Support

3. Consider Your Style

4. Research Curriculum Options

5. Set Reasonable Goals

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Educational Resources

There are so many resources online for homeschooling parents we couldn’t possibly list them all, but we’ve collected some great suggestions for you to get started with.

4 Curriculum Options That Will Help You Teach With Confidence 

7 Professional Teaching Books That are Perfect for Homeschoolers

20 Free Online Learning Resources for Homeschoolers

10 Safe, Educational Websites for Elementary Kids

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Help from Oak Meadow

Oak Meadow has long been one of Mothering’s favorite home education options. They offer a complete homeschool curriculum that can be used independently or by enrolling in their distance learning school. They’ve been kind enough to sponsor this year’s guide and provide some great articles to help you on your journey.

Transitioning from School to Homeschool

What About Socialization?

Establishing Rhythms, Routines and Rituals for Success

Enrolled or Independent? Learn More About Oak Meadow’s Home Education Options

Whether you’re new to homeschooling or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find lots more helpful articles on the Oak Meadow blog and in their free educational journal, Living Education.

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Unique Ideas for Teaching and Learning at Home

There are many ways to dive into the joys of learning with your children and give them the confidence they need to succeed. Here are some unique ideas for engaging your kids in the world around them.

Homeschooling Inspiration: Make Chocolate Play Dough!

Homeschool Inspiration: Make Recycled Crayons in Fun Shapes and Colors!

Don’t Sit Still: Carolina Blatt-Gross Talks About Creative Education

10 Easy Art Projects for Kids

Audio Book Are a Great Way to Educate Kids: Here’s Where to Find Them

Boredom Can Be Beneficial: Helping Kids Build Confidence Through Unstructured Time

16 Ways to Give Kids the Confidence They Need to Shape the World

Learning While We Cook: How Preparing Meals Educates Children

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Advice and Stories from Real Homeschooling Families

Wondering what it’s like to be a homeschooling parent? These personal stories offer real experiences and advice from the trenches.

Homeschooling? Relax: Here’s Why

Why Do We Homeschool? I’ll Tell You

5 Surprising Truths I’ve Learned as a Homeschooling Mom

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Finding Help from Other Homeschooling Parents

Sometimes, help from other homeschooling parents is exactly what the doctor ordered. Here are some tips for creating real community, and places where you can find live support right now.

How a Journal Helped My Kids Learn to Read and Saved My Homeschool Career

5 Tips for Creating Real Community From a Once Lonely Mom

Learning at Home and Beyond in the Mothering Community

Mothering’s Unschooling Forum

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Oak Meadow Giveaway

This Giveaway Has Ended.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to Oak Meadow for donating the prize. The randomly selected winner is Gandharvika S!! Congrats, you will be contacted by email. 


 

Enter to win a complete homeschooling curriculum package to kick off the back to homeschool season!

Live Your Learning with Oak Meadow!

Is school interfering with your child’s education? It’s not too late to make a change! Try Oak Meadow’s flexible, progressive homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12, or enroll in their teacher-supported distance learning school. You can start anytime during the year.

– K-8 is student-centered, nature-based, playful, hands-on

– High School offers challenging courses, life experience credit, dual enrollment, college counseling

NEW at Oak Meadow

Foundations in Independent Learning: A practical and inspiring online teacher training program designed for parents and teachers who support independent learners.

Prize:

A complete homeschool curriculum package, choice of PreK to grade 8 (value: $125-$570). Curriculum packages include a full year’s worth of engaging assignments, creative projects, and flexible weekly lesson plans.

To Enter:

1) If you haven’t already, please consider liking Oak Meadow on Facebook and becoming a fan of Mothering on our Facebook page. Then leave a comment on this post to enter. (scroll to the bottom of the page for the comment section.)

2) For a second entry, please share this post with friends and leave a second comment.

Good luck!

Rules:

Limited to 2 entries per person, one comment per entry, except where prohibited. Winner will be selected from all qualifying entries on Aug 12th.


386 thoughts on “Mothering’s Back to Homeschool Guide 2016: Enter to Win from Oak Meadow!”

  1. We homeschool with Oak Meadow (OM) because we don’t agree with the way Common Core Standards are being implemented in our public schools. As a parent and Doctor of Education, I feel that I am well-equipped to teach my children, using the methods that appeal to their individual learning styles, visual-spatial and kinesthetic (both which are not accommodated for in the traditional classroom setting, but are addressed by OM). In addition, I can provide them with the one-on-one attention and direct instruction needed to help them with their developmental delay and ADHD. Thank you for this giveaway!

  2. I liked Oak Meadow and shared this post on Facebook! My fingers are crossed for a 5th grade curriculum! Thank you for a second entry in this giveaway!

  3. We like homeschooling because it enables our children to learn at their pace and utilize they strengths to strengthen their weaknesses.

  4. We LOVE Oak Meadow and have been homeschooling for a couple years now without their curriculum….but I keep peeking at it….and wondering…..;)

  5. Hi,
    I would love to take the journey with my daughter through homeschooling with Oak Meadow. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I’ve been wanting to use Oak Meadow for several years, unfortunately we have to go with the thin out the library and explore the creeks method of homeschooling for now.

  7. We love Oak Meadow! We would love to have 3rd grade. We cannot afford to buy it this year due to finacial hardship.

  8. Will like and share, thanks so much! Just getting started this year for real. Last year’s trial with my youngers worked great. We love homeschooling!

  9. Liked! We are in our fourth year of home educating in the UK and am coveting all the wonderful resources available in the US.

  10. We love incorporating nature into our home schooling. Oak Meadow is so creative, easy going and perfectly paced for little minds. I hope we win a set.

  11. Would love to win this for my daughter as she will be entering kindergarten next year, I used some of your curriculum for my eldest when she was in middle school. Thank you!

  12. I would love to win the curriculum. We are starting the pre k curriculum end of the month. Would love to be able to get the Kindergarten curriculum as well!

  13. Just liked both pages! My husband and I were both homeschooled, and are just starting the journey with our children. We would love to win your beautiful curriculum!

  14. What a wonderful curriculum! My Mom used this one with my brothers and I, and now I am looking ahead thinking about it for my own 2 year old. Happy to see Oak Meadow only seems to be improving with time.

  15. I’m so excited to start using the kindergarten curriculum I purchased several months ago! I plan to homeschool for first grade and beyond! Would love to win the first grade curriculum. I’ve heard great things about oak meadow.????????

  16. Oak Meadow has a wonderful outlook and method of homeschooling, it speaks to my soul :-) we are looking forward to our first full year of Oak Meadow, starting next week!!!

  17. As a mother of 4 children, one with Adhd and one with special needs, this is such a wonderful giveaway to help with curriculum. Thank you!

  18. Could use something Positive amongst all the latest tradgedy. The loss of family and resources is going to force us back to public school! ???? thanks for the chance to dream & win!

  19. What an awesome opportunity for someone to win this homeschooling package. I really like the ways they present their teaching techniques. Would love to try these out. Thank you.

  20. We loved doing the kindergarten curriculum last year, and are looking forward to continuing in grade 1 with Oak Meadow

  21. I “liked” Mothering and Oak Meadow Facebook pages years ago, which is how I found out about this giveaway.

    I’m homeschooling my first grader. Excited for the coming year!

  22. I’ve been in love with Oak Meadow for a while but am unable to purchase it because my currency makes it impossível! I’d love to be able to use it with my girls!

  23. I’m about to give birth to my 5th child, and my 8yo isn’t getting a good education in public school, so I’ve decided to homeschool him. He will be doing 3rd grade. I’m going to stay home for a year to breastfeed and my Husband is doing school full-time, so winning a curriculum would be a tremendous blessing! Thank you for this opportunity! :-)

  24. Fingers crossed!
    We would LOVE to win this AMAZING curriculum!
    I feel so fortunate to be able to homeschool my girls. What a blessing this would be for our family.

  25. I would love to be entered for the contest. We loved Oak Meadow curriculum for kindergarten and 1st grade for my son!

  26. Thanks for an awesome competition! This sounds great. I am in South Africa and am going to homeschool my two little boys.

  27. I love the childhood-friendly, thoughtful beauty of Oak Meadow’s curriculum. Thank you for this generous giveaway, and a chance to win. I already like both Mothering and Oak Meadow on Facebook. :)

  28. I would love to win a pre-k or kinder curriculum for my 3yo. She would love it and needs something of her own to do. I homeschool her big brother already.

  29. I’m about to start grade 1 with my oldest this fall and it will be my first experience with homeschooling! So far I love oak meadows curriculum and look forward to exploring it this year with my daughter. Winning grade two for next year would be a huge financial help!

  30. When I first started homeschooling I bought the Oak Meadow Kindergarten curriculum, my kids are all older now, I’d love the chance to see what Oak Meadow has for the older grades.

  31. Last year I drove thirty minutes each way twice a day to take my middle schooler to a very small public school. I have been wondering if homeschool might be easier. I have even thought about just having her take the GED and getting it over with…

  32. What a great opportunity! Oak meadow would be a welcome curriculum in our homeschool! Such a generous giveaway.

    Thanks for the comprehensive article, Mothering!

  33. thank you for this opportunity for parents to learn! Yes you can teach your children- you taught them to hold their bottles, begin feeding solid foods, communicate with first words, identify colors and shapes – all the best first steps. engaging them in the world around them.. everyday a learning experience, and you parent facilitate it! Keep up the good work! Bless!

  34. I’ve been a mothering fan for 11 years and an Oak Meadow fan for 6! Thanks a bunch for supporting and encouraging “alternatives”… Or more like a return to the natural

  35. I would love to receive the Oak Meadow curriculum! My husband and I are planning to homeschool both of our children. Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

  36. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to all! Have been following Oak Meadow for the past three years on Facebook.

  37. We are in our third year of homeschooling. I have wanted to try Oak Meadow ever since I heard about it recently. This would be such an appreciated opportunity!

  38. Would love to use Oak Meadow for my first grader’s first year of homeschooling! It sounds like it would be a great fit for him.

  39. Oak Meadow Alum! ???? I was a student at the school k-2 and absolutely loved it. The sense of community is unmatched. I have since gone on to receive my BS in Early Ed and work as a private nanny. I would love to extend the curriculum to all the children I care for.

  40. I’ve wanted to use Oak Meadow with my little homeschoolers, but haven’t been able to afford it. What a great opportunity! Crossing my fingers.

  41. We are new to homeschool this year! Would love this curriculum to help me and my 4th grader on our homeschool journey! Praying we get this :)

  42. Several families in our homeschool group use Oak Meadow, as does my daughter’s once-a-week enrichment class. I received a packet several months ago from OM, but have yet to actually order from it. Perhaps winning the curriculum is just what I need to move forward with this exceptional curriculum! :). My child just started first grade and we really enjoy the one-to-one teacher child ratio, as well has her being able to learn at her own pace, in her own learning style, using her own interests, in a hands-on experienced based and natural way. Thank you for this chance to win!

  43. Several families in our homeschool group use Oak Meadow, as does my daughter’s once-a-week enrichment class. I received a packet several months ago from OM, but have yet to actually order from it. Perhaps winning this Guide is just what I need to move forward with this exceptional curriculum! :). My child just started first grade and we really enjoy the one-to-one teacher child ratio, as well has her being able to learn at her own pace, in her own learning style, using her own interests, in a hands-on experienced base and natural way. Thank you for this chance to win!

  44. Several families in our homeschool group use Oak Meadow, as does my daughter’s once-a-week enrichment class. I received a packet several months ago from OM, but have yet to actually order from it. Perhaps winning the OM HS GUIDE is just what I need to move forward with this exceptional curriculum! :). My child just started first grade and we really enjoy the one-to-one teacher child ratio, as well has her being able to learn at her own pace, in her own learning style, using her own interests, in a hands-on experienced base and natural way. Thank you for this chance to win!

  45. This will be our first year homeschooling, though we’ve been considering it for many years now. I’ll definitely be researching Oak Meadow!

  46. We would love to win this curriculum. We love Oak Meadow. I have a son starting homestudy and this would be perfect!

  47. I would love to get the kindergarten curriculum for my son. My sister used Oak Meadow with both her children and she loved it. Good luck everyone :)

  48. This giveaway had ended. Thank you to everyone who entered and to Oak Meadow for donating the prize. The randomly selected winner is Gandharvika S!! Congrats, you will be contacted by email.

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