Oak Meadow is Waldorf-inspired, so it's intentionally more geared to the heart than to the intellect, especially for the early years in order to preserve the magical, believing time of childhood. This is rooted in Steiner philosophies that children are not to be hurried, that we are not growing "cubicle drones" but citizens of the world who are creative and whole people - not just minds competing in a material world. Many people are uncomfortable with Waldorf education because it doesn't seem "meaty" enough, and mostly, because children learn to read later. Parents fear their kids aren't competing.
I've been very happy with Waldorf education and with Oak Meadow. My son taught himself to read and write at age 4. He's very academically oriented, and Oak Meadow doesn't interfere with this. He's just learned all of the countries and rivers in the world as part of the geography lesson. So, why am I doing the letters with him when he can read? It's partially method as well as content, and I'm also a believer in not hurrying children. Oak Meadow is very nurturing, and using it has made our home more harmonious and our lives richer and more beautiful. Often, my son will read the fairy tales to our baby. He's learning Spanish and German too. I realize that I could follow a more-accelerated program with him - something core knowledge like maybe, which would probably make his grandparents and some friends more comfortable - but that's not the right fit for us.
If it doesn't feel right, then it probably isn't. I trust other parents to know in their hearts what works best for their own families and children. I'm very happy that I stumbled into Waldorf education, and I do thank the Utne Reader and Mothering for that as I wouldn't have heard of it otherwise. I've also personally experienced that Waldorf Education is a very natural outgrowth of attachment parenting and natural family living. Most of the children we've met through the local Waldorf school's outreach program have experienced extended nursing, the family bed, and childlead play. It's nice for me as I feel some sense of community. I also find this approach to education and to life very whole and hopeful. Some people criticize it as being crunchy and earthy. That's fine - we all have our own ideas. Before I had children, I probably wouldn't have been into Oak Meadow or Waldorf or homeschooling at all. I was an academic and an engineer, but my children have changed me and my life. Yippee!!!