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Has anyone used them?<br><br>
What can you tell me about them?<br><br>
My hubby is concerned that we will pay a lot of money only to receive their "books" which turn out to be pamphlets... How substantial is the material they provide?<br><br>
How real and available is the teacher support?<br><br>
Any info would be appreciated.<br><br>
Thank you all so much!
 

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You can view their online curriculum samples at<br><a href="http://www.oakmeadow.com/curriculum/samples.htm" target="_blank">http://www.oakmeadow.com/curriculum/samples.htm</a><br><br>
We've enjoyed OM but see its limitations. It provides a flexible structure up to 3rd grade, but it can get repetitive--my kids didn't always want to draw a picture about a story and write about it, but then they dislike writing and one dislikes drawing. Sometimes there are not a lot of detailed suggestions for activities. The folk tales, etc. that are included and the beautiful, gentle tone were enjoyed by all. But starting in the upper grades--4 and beyond--there is more reading, more structured activities, etc. Our problem is that we often want to go off on a tangent and do our own thing--semi-unschoolers--and then we don't really follow OM. Still, there is some comfort in having a structure to refer back to. We haven't bought the math but use something else.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Has anyone used them?<br><br>
What can you tell me about them?<br><br>
My hubby is concerned that we will pay a lot of money only to receive their "books" which turn out to be pamphlets... How substantial is the material they provide?<br><br>
How real and available is the teacher support?<br><br>
Any info would be appreciated.<br><br>
Thank you all so much!</div>
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I have Oak meadow seven. You get a school years worth of actual books the same as you would buy from a book store. The Science, English, History, and Math texts actual thick books. You can buy the teachers manual but I have not used it that much. I don't know that much about the earlier grades, but from the web site and catalog I would go a grade level up with my 5 year old. what grade level are looking at?
 

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Oh, oops, I should have put a teeny bit of backround here...<br><br>
I am looking for a good deal of structure for my High Functioning Autistic 13 year old for 8th grade. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good info to include in my post huh? I tried a mostly unschooling approach with him this year and it was a pretty big flop. He was in tears at times wanting to go back to public school so at least he would have clear expectations to not meet... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Yeah, so we spent yesterday coming up with the plan of a structured, teacher supported curriculum for him and we are currently leaning toward Oak Meadows for him... but we are looking for info from people who have used them to make sure they are, in my hubby's words, "legit." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I did see the sample curriculums and thought they were great, my hubby was concerned that the OM text-type books might be skinny little pamphlets aka a huge rip off. He is cynical like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I am going to call their again today and try to clarify a few things.<br><br>
Has anyone used the program they provide? I mean the whole teacher support and, I am guessing, grades? We are thinking of actually enrolling and ending the nightmare of having to get permission from the local superintendent.
 

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We have the 5th grade, but we didn't last beyond the first few lessons -- turns out my son hates structure!<br><br>
Still, it's not a rip-off. I chose it because it was structured, but not as much as, say, Calvert School. IMO, though, if you're looking for a LOT of structure -- Calvert is probably the way to go. OM is a good way to ease into structure -- it's not too overwhelming. Be prepared to do hands-on activities as well.<br><br>
You might want to start off with online enrollment. I believe the lessons are nearly identical, but you pay by the month. That way, you can stop if it's not working for you; wish we had done that!<br><br><a href="http://www.oakmeadow.com/curriculum/online.htm" target="_blank">http://www.oakmeadow.com/curriculum/online.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.oakmeadow.com/curriculum/demo_select.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.oakmeadow.com/curriculum/demo_select.cfm</a> (samples of online curriculum)
 

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I used OM for a year with my kids. It wasn't a rip-off....the books are hefty and are actually a bit <b>too</b> busy for our family.
 

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we are going to be using OM K and 2nd grade this fall and I just got our materials. So far I love it! And you get alot of books/materials for your money. I am quite impressed. For us it looks like it will be the perfect fit, I wanted to use an unschooling approach but needed some kind of guide because my older boys are autistic. So I didn't want to just let them have complete say over what they learn (as you probably know they tend to take interest in one area and get a bit obsessive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and need a little help to take interest in other things). I think the relaxed environment and their being able to draw pictures and write on blank paper vs lined paper is going to help alot. And I think the story books are wonderful and the teachers books and craft guides are loaded with great ideas.<br><br>
Really I dont think you can go wrong with OM, if you buy it and never use it it still would serve as a great resource for ideas and teaching methods <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I used oak meadow for several years-the last yr was OM 9. my son went into public high school this year by choice and was ahead in english-and is really right on target. The only thing I did was try to get it used when I could. I bought what I could afford from the company-but many of the text books for the older grades are much cheaper used and the guides still match up to the text if you get the same textbook.<br><br>
I really enjoyed the kindergarten and 1st but we moved through it at about 1 1/2 weeks for one of their weeks. It does remind you to include time for things like art,nature and music daily. That was my favorite thing about it. you can find the k guides used fairly often at vegsource.com look on the left hand menu for homeschooling and go to the swap boards.
 

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gargirl, i would check out <a href="http://www.homeschoolreviews.com" target="_blank">www.homeschoolreviews.com</a><br><br>
these are reviews posted by other homeschool moms who have purchased and used the curriculum. this may save you from investing into expensive curriculum that your son ends up hating. i personally use unit studies that are very hands-on but still structured. my curriculum is free too....much cheaper!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">)
 

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thank you all for the input. This is REALLY helpful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We used it for 6th grade. There were definitely NOT pamphlets. They were actual textbooks- just softcover ones. It is very hands on and good for kids who like to do a lot of projects.
 

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We are using OM-K, and we love it. From what I've heard, the advanced grades are pretty competitive academically. They format the lessons in week-long blocks, so you can fill in what you want to do on which day, which allows you flexibility while giving you structure. At least in OMK, each lesson has activities that relate to several learning styles - listening, writing, drawing, moving, etc. I like this because we can choose the activities that will work for us. The books themselves are pretty substantial. Our syllabus is over an inch thick, and we also have a story book, 2 teachers manuals and a craft book. And that's just for K!<br><br>
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mom to dd (5 1/2), ds (almost 3!) and #3 due in June
 

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we used OM6 this year and have OM7 for next year<br><br>
prior to this, we created our own curriculum<br><br>
I really like the science and history/English. The math is good--but not very challenging and when you get to Alegbra, they are using other texts anyhow --Saxon, which we didn't like.<br><br>
But...I LOVE that ds has his choice of assignments each week. He gets to choose if he is in the mood to write or draw.<br><br>
The readings are a bit fluffy--he could handle heavier stuff...but I haven't been able to pull off supplementing the text readings <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
I have yet to figure out how so many of you can get homeschooling done with little ones in the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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