I had never heard of Oak Meadow when I first learned of this review. Oak Meadow provides complete curriculum packages with an additional option of distance learning with professional teachers to assist the learning process and an option for online materials(grades K – 8). Oak Meadow covers from Kindergarten through high school and even offers guidance counseling for the high school years! Now that is impressive. Not to mention it is an Internationally Accredited College Preparatory Program with expert faculty.
The moment I opened the package of Oak Meadow’s 6th grade curriculum, my 11 year old saw the book about Greek Mythology and poof, it was gone. Later that night I caught her still reading it well after bedtime by the light of a cell phone.
When I talked to her and her 12 year old sister the next day, the 12 year old said “Oh, no, were we not supposed to read it?” I assured her that it is wonderful they are so excited about it! So we can hardly wait to get to the Ancient Greek part.
Equally exciting was my 10 year old boy’s reaction to the Robin Hood novel. He is not the most enthusiastic reader yet this curriculum has already struck interest with three different children. My seven year old daughter also sits in and listens as we read and discuss the history part. She is not doing all the assignments along with her older siblings but she is definitely soaking up some knowledge. The texts flow very nicely and have natural pauses to verify understanding. We have just begun but we are all big fans.
I love the hands on assignments right from the beginning. Day one – creating the map of Africa, Asia and Europe.
Then day two begins the wonderful photographs to go along with the reading. One thing I wish they had were captions to go along with the photographs so I could know exactly what it is.
Excellent writing assignment right off the bat which caused my girls to really use their brains and test out their paragraph writing. This is one area I have really desired more structure with, so I am delighted at the writing assignments.
It never ceases to amaze me how the “right” curriculum for a particular child can make such a huge impact. It is the end of May – the school year is winding down (all though we do light school through the summer anyway). But my 11 year old has been burnt out and uninterested for a couple months. She acts as if things are WAY too hard for her – when I know they are not. Well, Oak Meadow’s 6th grade curriculum has made a night/day change in her. Although the writing assignment at first seemed difficult to her, she did it beautifully without grumbling. In fact, she has completed all of her assignments each day and has even said “It is fun.” I am so grateful to find something that works so well for her.
Alright, it has been a few weeks and here is the breakdown on Oak Meadow‘s 6th grade currciulum. The website offers pretty extensive sample pages to get a feel for the lessons. You can also check out the overview to get a grasp of all the topics covered in the various subjects.
- Ancient Civilizations and English - we LOVE it!
- One of the best parts is that it combines, history, art, English, vocabulary, spelling and writing into one single lesson. My just starting 6th grader LOVES it! By having it all combined she does not feel as though she is doing a ton of school and it is presented in a more fun, hands on procedure.
- The plan is laid out wonderfully – with daily assignments and projects.
- The projects are fun like create a toga, make a model of a Roman village, make a recipe or do an art project. There are several options as well to accommodate for different children’s interests. But each project requires the child to apply the things they have learned.
- There is even a report in lesson 20 to be completed by lesson 24. The curriculum really gets the child to think and apply the lessons and offers additional books to read and projects to complete.
- In the back of this book is an English manual to assist with the language arts and writing assignments. It covers grammar rules, parts of speech, paragraphs, outlining, bibliographies and more. Not only does it include definitions but also examples.
- Basic Life Science – Great photos included in the lessons but again, some do not have captions.
- Each lesson has some reading, projects and test questions. But there are only five test questions so it is not at all overwhelming.
- The projects again are fun and hands on with plenty of options – for example making a jello cell model! There are also lists of additional resources for each unit for further study.
- Math – complete one lesson per week with either a review or test at the end.
- The tests and reviews cover the new material covered and previous things learned for reinforcement. Although the topics covered seem pretty standard for sixth grade (exactly what my older daughter was been doing in 6th grade virtual school) the lessons do not have a lot of practice problems.
- There are practice sheets to reiterate the lessons but it is a lot lighter work load than the other math curriculum we have been using for my fifth grader. Not that she is complaining!
- Teacher’s Manual – It is so convenient – it offers all the definitions for the vocabulary to help a busy homeschool mom, explanations for the assignments and answer keys.
Oak Meadow even offers the craft kit to go along with the curriculum so you will always have everything you need. You can also purchase the items from the craft kit and all of curriculum as individual items or the set. You can also easily download the catalog to see the items offered for each grade. And don’t forget to like them on facebook!
*Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary Oak Meadow 6th grade curriculum package for the purpose of facilitating my review. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions expressed herein are unbiased and not influenced by the developing company or its affiliates in any way.*