Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oak Meadow 3: A First Look

I got the 1998 syllabus of Oak Meadow 3 today. We will be starting this in January but having it on hand now will allow me to sketch out the rest of our school year which runs June to May.

It is excellent. I really like the topics and it will be easy to blend more traditional Waldorf topics into the blank spots of Oak Meadow.

How are we going to do this?

For the grammar sections there are no stories to read so we are going to do Old Testament stories to go with them.

There is a lot of time spent on your city and county history. We probably only have about a month's worth of material for that so we will fill out the rest of the 12 week period with a unit on farms and another on housing.

The syllabus is set up different from the 2000 OM2 syllabus. They have the weekly schedules and then they have all the material to teach the subjects in the back divided by subject.

What does it cover?

Language arts--reading classic children's books together, child reads aloud and silently, spelling (American Heritage Word Frequency Study), basic grammar (complete sentence, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs), poetry and writing poems, and folk tales and writing stories.

Social studies--time from clocks to seasons, making maps from home to community, different communities (rural, urban, suburban), occupations, ethnic groups, city and county history. (we are adding in farms/farming and housing.)

Science--sun and moon, water cycle, atmosphere, weather, climate, terrain, trees, plants, jungles, desert, Arctic, earthquake/volcano, caves, rocks, water, animals and plants.

Math--multiplication tables (includes pictures of patterns), borrow and give away, temperature, roman numerals, multiplication with carrying, place value to 1,000,000, shapes, bar graphs, weight and measurement, and division with remainders.

Arts & crafts--cooking, making greeting cards, form drawing, clay, paper marbling, book binding, and carpentry.

It looks like a pretty solid and fun curriculum And I think my daughter will love doing the activities.

1 comment:

Robyn said...

Looks fun! Sometimes an all-inclusive curriculum is tempting! I'm such a rebel though... I'd change everything! :-) Looks like a great plan!


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