Elementary (K-4)

Because young children learn naturally through imitation and action, our elementary, or kindergarten through grade 4, curriculum features lots of healthy activity and movement. We provide lessons rich in experiential learning, actively engaging the student’s mind, body, and imagination. Your children will experience a multisensory education as they explore letters, numbers, color, song, rhythm, and verse while learning about themselves and the world around them.

2 Ways to Use Our Curriculum

Enrollment

For parents who choose to enroll in Oak Meadow, the parent is the primary teacher for the child, and the Oak Meadow teacher serves to support the parent in the teaching process. Your teacher reviews your child’s work on a regular basis and completes written assessments. These periodic narrative evaluations become part of your child’s official cumulative record maintained in the Oak Meadow office. Your teacher can also suggest additional activities and readings and help you adjust the curriculum to your child’s individual needs and interests.

Or

Independent Use

The home teacher can follow the 36-weekly lesson plans for a comprehensive experience, or adjust the curriculum to fit your child’s individual needs, interests, and skill level. Parents who are homeschooling for the first time are often eager to learn as much as they can to ensure the success of their homeschooling journey. To support this learning process for both parent and child, we offer two important books that many parents find helpful to read before the first lessons begin: The Heart of Learning and the Oak Meadow Guide to Teaching the Early Grades.

Elementary (K-4)

Curriculum Overview

Our Preschool curriculum is creative and imaginative, and introduces your family to the fundamental principles of learning. You and your child will engage in morning circle activities, singing, fingerplay, sand and water play, nature walks, bedtime rituals, and storytelling as you establish rhythms for learning that will benefit your child throughout the schooling years. (Note: Enrollment option is not available for Pre-K.)

Oak Meadow’s Kindergarten curriculum reflects the openhearted and imaginative way that young children meet the world.

Language Arts & Social Studies
  • Uppercase letters A-N
  • Letter sounds & shapes
  • Stories, poetry, & song
Science
  • Nature through the five senses
  • Falling leaves & special trees
  • Animals: similarities & differences
  • Plant growth: seeds & sprouts
  • Weather: seasonal changes
Math
  • Numbers 1-6
  • Geometric shapes
  • Pattern recognition
  • Opposites
  • Comparing quantities

 

Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Activities include crayon drawing, watercolor painting, sewing, baking, nature crafts, collage, crafts from recycled materials, carpentry, model building, and working with clay.

Music & Movement

Yearlong: Activities include making and playing homemade instruments, reciting poetry, singing, finger plays, dancing, playing catch and other kinesthetic games.

Health

Our yearlong health curriculum for grades K-3, Healthy Living from the Start (optional purchase for independent users), explores relevant child-development topics such as nutrition, the growing body, hygiene, community, emotions, and safety.

Language Arts & Social Studies
  • Uppercase letters O-Z
  • Stories, poetry, songs
  • Family history
  • Letter sounds & shapes
  • Emotions
  • Local community
Science
  • Stars & constellations
  • Animal behavior
  • Pet/animal care
  • Plant growth
  • Weather: seasonal activities
Math
  • Numbers 7-10
  • Sorting & grouping
  • Sequencing & counting
  • Geometric shapes
  • Comparisons & patterns
Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Activities include crayon drawing, watercolor painting, sewing, baking, nature crafts, collage, crafts from recycled materials, carpentry, model building, and working with clay.

Music & Movement

Yearlong: Activities include making and playing homemade instruments, reciting poetry, singing, finger plays, dancing, playing catch and other kinesthetic games.

Oak Meadow’s lively and engaging First Grade curriculum will help you guide your child toward solid reading and math skills while encouraging an active, inquisitive mind.

Language Arts
  • Upper- and lowercase letters
  • Long & short vowels
  • Fairy tales & poetry
  • Word families
  • Printing words
  • Phonics
Social Studies
  • Classic fairy tales
  • Daily & monthly cycles
  • Yearly calendar
  • Local, regional, & world maps
  • Exploring one’s own community
Science
  • Phases of the Moon
  • Life cycle of the seed
  • Cloud formations
  • Observing the natural world
  • Deciduous & coniferous trees
  • Animals: behavior, tracks, hibernation
  • Erosion
  • Sorting & classifying
Math
  • Four processes
  • Ordinal numbers
  • 2, 5, 10 times tables
  • Translating story problems into equations
  • Missing numbers
  • Mental math
  • Counting & sorting
  • Form drawing
Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Activities include knitting, maintaining a seasonal display, wet paper watercolor painting, nature crafts, and creative sand and water play.

Music & Movement

Yearlong: In addition to singing and movement exercises, students learn how to play the recorder. Instructions and simple songs are included in Oak Meadow’s Beginning Recorder (optional purchase for independent learners).

Health

Our yearlong health curriculum for grades K-3, Healthy Living from the Start (optional purchase for independent users), explores relevant child-development topics such as nutrition, the growing body, hygiene, community, emotions, and safety.

Language Arts
  • Printing words
  • Independent reading
  • Writing out sentences
  • Consonant blends
  • Word games
  • Fairy tales
Social Studies
  • Making purchases
  • Growing food
  • Rules & playing fair
  • Family jobs
  • Respect
  • Diversity
Science
  • Arctic & Antarctica
  • Growing indoor plants
  • Pond life
  • Forest life
  • Bird activity
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Weather observations
Math
  • Odd & even
  • Number bonds
  • Multistep problems
  • 3 times table
  • Explaining math processes
  • Mental math
Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Activities include knitting, maintaining a seasonal display, wet paper watercolor painting, nature crafts, and creative sand and water play.

Music & Movement

Yearlong: In addition to singing and movement exercises, students learn how to play the recorder. Instructions and simple songs are included in Oak Meadow’s Beginning Recorder (optional purchase for independent learners).

Oak Meadow’s Second Grade curriculum expands on your child’s natural intelligence and growing confidence as a reader and writer.

Language Arts
  • Independent reading
  • Writing & reading own writing
  • Consonant blends & word families
  • Poetry
  • Fables & other classic stories
  • Summarizing
Social Studies
  • Folklore of Ancient China
  • Ancient Mali & Sundiata
  • Ancient Celts
  • Family customs & traditions
  • Parts of the map
  • African geography
  • Continentals
Science
  • The five senses
  • Animals close up
  • Natural rhythms
  • Identifying trees
  • Nature stories
  • Animal characteristics
  • Life of bees
  • Animal homes & habitats
Math
  • Four processes
  • Vertical format
  • Missing numbers
  • Writing numbers in expanded forms
  • Carrying in addition
  • Place value
Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Students explore color through watercolor painting and crayon drawings as they illustrate the many stories and poems presented in language arts. Crafts activities help develop fine-motor coordination and focus. Activities include crocheting a scarf, working with clay, and completing crafts from Oak Meadow’s Crafts for the Early Grades (optional purchase for independent users).

Music

Yearlong: Students continue to develop their recorder playing skills by learning several new notes and mastering simple songs.

Health

Our yearlong health curriculum for grades K-3, Healthy Living from the Start (optional purchase for independent users), explores relevant child-development topics such as nutrition, the growing body, hygiene, community, emotions, and safety.

Language Arts
  • Animal stories & fables
  • Letter sounds & preparation for spelling rules
  • Independent reading
  • Summarizing
  • Vowel combinations
  • Vowel & consonant combinations
  • Increased writing output
Social Studies
  • Community resources
  • Using money & making choices
  • Bartering
  • Value of kindness
  • Honesty
  • Aesop’s Fables & tall tales
  • Inspiring individuals: Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony
Science
  • Vertebrates & invertebrates
  • Animal tracks
  • Food chain
  • Interdependence
  • Communication
  • Scientific research
  • Life of a frog
Math
  • Times tables up to 10
  • Borrowing & subtraction
  • Greater than, less than
  • Number bonds up to 20
  • Multistep problems
  • Multistep mental math
Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Students explore color through watercolor painting and crayon drawings as they illustrate the many stories and poems presented in language arts. Crafts activities help develop fine-motor coordination and focus. Activities include crocheting a scarf, working with clay, and completing crafts from Oak Meadow’s Crafts for the Early Grades (optional purchase for independent users).

Music

Yearlong: Students continue to develop their recorder playing skills by learning several new notes and mastering simple songs.

The challenging and practical tasks of Oak Meadow’s Third Grade curriculum encourage new skills and awareness through observation, precision, imagination, and creativity.

Language Arts
  • Form drawing & cursive handwriting
  • Read-aloud skills
  • Basic grammar: sentences, parts of speech, punctuation
  • Simple spelling rules
  • Folk tales & classic literature
  • Cursive handwriting
  • Read aloud with fluency
Social Studies
  • Ancient Hebrew & Phoenician cultures
  • Ancient Kush civilization
  • Ancient alphabets
  • Native American creation stories
  • Maps of familiar places
  • Basic world geography
Science
  • Earth’s revolution around the Sun
  • The phases of the Moon
  • Plants & oxygen
  • The water cycle
  • Weather patterns & phenomena
  • Seasonal changes
  • Global climate zones
Math
  • Borrowing & carrying
  • Place value
  • Time
  • Weights & measures
  • Money
  • Carrying in multiplication
Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Students explore color through watercolor painting and crayon drawing as they illustrate the many stories and poems presented in language arts. Crafts activities help develop fine-motor coordination and focus. Activities include crocheting a scarf, working with clay, and completing crafts from Oak Meadow’s Crafts for the Early Grades (optional purchase for independent users).

Music

Yearlong: Students continue to develop their recorder skills by learning several new notes and mastering simple songs.

Health

Our yearlong health curriculum for grades K-3, Healthy Living from the Start (optional purchase for independent users), explores relevant child-development topics such as nutrition, the growing body, hygiene, community, emotions, and safety.

Language Arts
  • Simple spelling rules & spelling quizzes
  • Poetry & classic literature
  • Cursive handwriting
  • Read aloud with fluency
  • Write summaries
  • Review basic grammar: sentences, parts of speech, punctuation
  • Simple spelling rules & spelling tests
  • Poetry, folk tales, & classic literature
Social Studies
  • The marketplace
  • Natural & human resources
  • Specialization & trade
  • Purpose of laws
  • Laws in ancient cultures
  • American government
  • Declaration of Independence
Science
  • Tree study
  • Photosynthesis
  • Earthquakes & volcanoes
  • Erosion
  • Ocean & freshwater biomes
  • Extinction
Math
  • Times tables
  • Geometry
  • Division with remainders
  • Roman numerals
  • Mental math
Arts & Crafts

Yearlong: Students explore color through watercolor painting and crayon drawing as they illustrate the many stories and poems presented in language arts. Crafts activities help develop fine-motor coordination and focus. Activities include crocheting a scarf, working with clay, and completing crafts from Oak Meadow’s Crafts for the Early Grades (optional purchase for independent users).

Music

Yearlong: Students continue to develop their recorder skills by learning several new notes and mastering simple songs.

Oak Meadow’s Fourth Grade curriculum reflects the awakening intellect and independence of fourth graders.

Language Arts
  • Grammar: parts of speech, basic punctuation, dialogue punctuation
  • Spelling words & quizzes
  • Three- and five-sentence paragraphs
  • Researching skills: note taking, drafts
  • Daily journal entries
  • Classic literature: Stuart Little, The Search for Delicious
  • Reading, writing, & reciting poetry
Social Studies
  • Topography observation & model
  • Permanent & migrating animals
  • Native American research paper
  • Model of Native American village
  • State geography & landforms
  • State symbol, flag, & bird
  • State history
Science
  • Geometry & patterns in nature
  • Seed study
  • Seed sprouting
  • Nutrition
  • Basic cell structure
  • Animals & humans: Treasury for Children
Math
  • Review multiplication tables 0-12
  • Greater than, less than, equal to
  • Review carrying & borrowing
  • Division with & without remainders
  • Story problems
  • Skip counting, patterns, & sequences
  • Weights & measures
  • Two-digit multiplication
Art

Yearlong: Students learn the seven laws of drawing perspective. Each law is explored in depth and students gain ample practice in using the various techniques including tonal drawing, foreshortening, overlapping, and shading.

Music

Yearlong: Students continue learning to play an instrument. Oak Meadow’s Recorder Duets (optional purchase for independent users) is offered to students interested in taking their recorder playing further. Opportunities and suggestions are provided for holding recitals and performances.

Language Arts
  • Vocabulary words
  • Daily journal entries
  • Classic literature: Heidi, Rachel’s Journey
  • Grammar review
  • Spelling words & quizzes
  • Reading & writing short stories
  • Learning reflection
  • Daily journal entries
  • Classic literature: The Trumpet of the Swan; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Social Studies
  • Squatters & settlers
  • State research project
  • Pioneer life
  • The California Gold Rush
  • Stagecoaches
  • The Pony Express
  • Transcontinental Railroad
Science
  • Research project on animal behavior
  • Beavers: The Sign of the Beaver
  • Solar system
  • Planet research project
  • Measuring altitude
  • Longitude & latitude
Math
  • Introduction to fractions
  • Adding & subtracting fractions
  • Adding & subtracting with money
  • Rounding & estimating
  • Long division
  • Dividing by 10s
  • Mixed numbers
  • Improper & equivalent fractions
  • Multiplying by 100s
Art

Yearlong: Students learn the seven laws of drawing perspective. Each law is explored in depth and students gain ample practice in using the various techniques including tonal drawing, foreshortening, overlapping, and shading.

Music

Yearlong: Students continue learning to play an instrument. Oak Meadow’s Recorder Duets (optional purchase for independent users) is offered to students interested in taking their recorder playing further. Opportunities and suggestions are provided for holding recitals and performances.

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