We are homeschooling with a charter and using Oak Meadow. It doesn't line up with state standards and there is pressure to supplement. Do you think it's necessary?
Also, for math sup. do you recommend Math U See or Singapor (or something better)? And what about for reading?
I'm also interested in whether sup. is necessary, as I'll be purchasing the OM1 curriculum in a few months. It seems there are people that feel strongly in BOTH directions "Yes, you must supplement, it's too weak", or "No! It's fine, it is a gentle curriculum that doesn't need supplementing".
I am am using OM1 with my 6 year old this year. If I only did what was in the book she would be bored with the math. She LOVES the idea of the gnomes and incorporates that into the other math stuff we do. She is old enough and capable of doing abstract math, not just with tangibles which is OM1's focus. I am not buying any supplemental material though. I've used math games I find on pinterest and incorporate math where ever I can in everyday life.
Reading - I bought mine second hand which didn't include the early readers. We have a ton of early readers anyway so it's not a big deal. I have been working on sight words which is not touched on in OM1. Once again I've been using free game ideas off the internet. DD1 is a reluctant reader, but she is coming around. I did get scholastic's bob books to help her get started they really helped, but I know there's a lot of kids out there that wouldn't need those.
I would get started without the supplements, then add as individually indicated. Need extra support for a particular aspect of math? Then look online or in books. Same with reading. Reading regular books (at appropriate level of course) is the best practice, and can be based on the child's interest. I used Oak Meadows as a basic foundation one year, but expanded on my child's interests and needs, rather than pre-determined supplements. This is the real strength of home-schooling - that the curriculum can be guided by the child's strengths and challenges, not a package "grade level".
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