It all started with a conversation with a friend’s mother in law in the late spring. We weren’t talking about curriculums or home schooling even and honestly, I can’t remember what exactly we were talking about. I do know that that conversation sparked an urge to looking into home school curriculums.
The next few nights I did some online research. All the curriculums I was seeing looked terrible! I didn’t want to replicate school at home! While I was sitting thinking I must be crazy to consider a home school curriculum I had a phone call with a friend and she suggested I look into the Oak Meadows curriculum.
I was hesitant at first glance at the Oak Meadows site since every other curriculum I looked at was so wrong for us but was quickly drawn into the overview for each grade. It seemed fun and gentle. It’s nature based and open to different learning styles. Was it too good to be true?
I searched out reviews and the only negative reviews I could find were that this curriculum isn’t structured enough! That’s perfect for us, especially coming from using an unschooling approach up until now.
Why do we want a curriculum after never using one before? Unschooling has been good for us but I’ve noticed that Lily seemed to want more and we didn’t really know how to get “more” without some help.
Last year Cam and I spent a lot of time focused on finishing our house so we could move and we weren’t as active outside or with the kids as we usually are. I think every week I wrote to our Self Design Learning Consultant that we’d kind of been ignoring the kids and that I didn’t know what they were up to. I don’t want to discount the time they spent entertaining themselves (often in the forest) while we were working on the house but I know I was feeling a bit disconnected from them at that time.
Before moving forward with the Oak Meadows curriculum I wanted to talk to my Learning Consultant and my kids. My LC didn’t think I was as crazy as I worried I was and suggested I give it a go, so long as I was open to giving it up if it didn’t work and she reminded me that it wouldn’t be a failure if we decided to not continue. My kids heard about the various topics and projects in the curriculum overview and were excited about how it sounded.
We bought the curriculum and you know what? We love it! It’s the “more” we wanted and needed and we still work on it at our own pace and inclination.