Paper Marbling

This craft activity is taken from Oak Meadow’s 6th Grade Ancient Civilizations Curriculum.  Paper marbling, an activity in our 6th Grade Ancient Civilizations course, is a beautiful craft activity that unleashes your child’s creativity. Use this handmade paper to frame your student’s work; or you can marble envelopes along with sheets of writing paper to

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New MLA Guidelines for Citing Sources

When writing a research report or an essay, it’s important that you know the rules and guidelines for writing a bibliography, using images, or using quotations from research sources. Oak Meadow students are asked to use the MLA style of creating and formatting citations. Quick Guide to MLA Citations In 2016, the Modern Language Association

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Oak Meadow and Waldorf

by Lawrence Williams, EdD, Oak Meadow president and co-founder Click to view a PDF version of this article Since its inception, Oak Meadow has been strongly influenced by Waldorf education. In 1973, I spent a year training as a Waldorf teacher, and it was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. When Oak

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I didn’t think I wanted to homeschool at first…

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Amy Tudor. You can follow her homeschooling adventures on Instagram at amy.tudor and find her articles in Taproot magazine. We’re thrilled to have her share her homeschooling story. Homeschooling never appealed to me. We live in a remote Vermont forest with very few other children nearby. My

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Knitting Suggestions

Rhythmic handwork is part of Oak Meadow’s coursework for grades one through three. For this post, K-8 Oak Meadow teachers teamed up to offer some suggestions and simple alternatives that will help to meet the “heart” of handwork, specifically in teaching the technique of knitting. Meg Minehan: My suggestions are to first try finger knitting, the

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The Benefit of Traditional Tales – Part Two

“I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream.” – Sleeping Beauty Fairy tales and other traditional stories offer children many chances to witness the struggle of “good” versus “evil.” By introducing this in oral story form, children can connect with the parts that are important for their individual development at that point in time.

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The Benefit of Traditional Tales – Part One

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”  ― Albert Einstein Fairy tales and other traditional stories are an essential part of childhood development, which is why they have lived on for centuries as a rich oral tradition and have remained

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Guidelines for Home Teachers

Oak Meadow founders, Bonnie and Lawrence Williams, believe that in order to manifest a child’s education successfully, certain guidelines must be followed. Here are detailed homeschooling guidelines for helping in the teaching process. Clear a physical as well as psychological space:  Your student should do their schoolwork in a particular spot that is well-stocked with

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10 Reasons Why Oak Meadow May Be the Perfect Fit for You

What are you looking for in a home learning program? Would Oak Meadow be a good match for your family? See if any of the following points resonate with you: 1. Being actively involved in your child’s learning feels right to you. You appreciate your child as an individual and enjoy spending time with them.

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Thoughts on Perfectionism

By Leslie Ann Daniels, Oak Meadow teacher My Oak Meadow colleagues and I often receive inquiries from home teachers regarding their child’s desire for perfectionism and the many frustrations that accompany this need. Working with children who display perfectionist tendencies can be quite challenging, so it is a valuable issue to address. What Is a

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