There are Oak Meadow families all around the world. We have students from over 40 countries currently enrolled in our accredited distance learning school, and many more who are using our curriculum independently.
International families wonder about adapting the curriculum based on their country’s history, culture, and climate. In the early grades it is very easy to adapt the curriculum as needed to suit your unique living environment and life situation, and our teachers will work with families to craft a meaningful education for our enrolled students. If you are homeschooling independently, feel free to adapt the lessons and activities to suit your family’s needs. Supplementing our materials with language lessons, a traditional art or craft, or any other cultural enrichment is encouraged.
In grades 5-8, the two most U.S.-centric courses are social studies in grades 5 (U.S. History) and 8 (civics), but it is not that hard to adapt them to your country when using our materials independently. For example, a lesson about U.S. colonial history can be modified to focus on your country’s early history (or when it first became settled by non-indigenous people). A lesson on the U.S. Constitution can be replaced with one in which students research and report on the founding governing documents of their country.
You’ll find you can usually use the lesson framework and make modifications as needed. It may take some time to locate resource materials specific to your country for your child to use but you might be able to get good ideas from your local school district, teachers, department of education, or other homeschoolers.
Enrolled students, however, must follow the curriculum or arrange adaptations individually with their teacher. Families can substitute assignments in the older grades, but not lesson materials. For instance, all 8th graders will learn about the U.S. Articles of Confederation, but when asked to do research, they can learn more about their own country’s historical documents.
If your country uses the metric system, the math curriculum only needs adaptations when working with weights and measures, or when working word problems that use weights and measures. Families can easily change these problems from feet or inches to centimeters, from yards to meters, etc. This would require, again, some work on your part, in either recopying the problems or in just making changes in the text. Most of the math work is solely numeric (with no unit measurements) and will not need modifications.
Digital delivery of all grade levels (including PreK) is available.
The digital curriculum is a replication of our print curricula, and does not include textbooks, novels, or other supplementary materials. Also, the content is not interactive, printable or audio-capable. This option was developed in response to feedback from families who travel or live remotely, or for whom high shipping costs and long delivery times discourage purchase of print materials.