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    Bring Learning Home

    Discover a new path to learning! Oak Meadow offers flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum for K-12, or enrollment in our fully accredited distance learning school.


    • K-4 is child-centered, experiential, playful, nature-based
    • 5-8 encourages increased student autonomy, intellectual engagement
    • High School offers challenging academic courses, options to earn credit, college counseling
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    Save Mother's Day to Memorial Day! (May 14- May 29)
    20% off in Oak Meadow Bookstore 10% off new enrollments

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    For this month's giveaway, Oak Meadow is offering a lucky SHS member a chance to win a complete homeschool curriculum package for the grade of your choice (K-8). Retail Value $475 to $595

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    Introducing Junior Rangers for Homeschool

    You would think summer itself would be enough to get us out of our homeschool “rut,” but sometimes we can still sink back into the same old routines when the days get long. One creative way our family has learned to bring some true pizzazz to our summer - - both at home and on vacation - - is by taking part in the Junior Rangers. With a motto like “Explore, Learn, and Protect!” the Junior Rangers program is an absolutely perfect complement to home education for kids up to age 12.

    The other great news is that there are multiple types of Junior Ranger programs, so you can seek out ones that most closely align to your child’s interests. There are Junior Ranger opportunities in our National and State Parks and many historic sites. There are also Junior Forest Rangers for those fascinated by our National Forests. Some of our National Monuments have Junior Ranger opportunities, too. There are even Junior Ranger camps for those interested in really immersing themselves in nature for a week or more.

    Earning Junior Ranger Badges

    When you visit any park in the U.S. that participates in the Junior Ranger program, your kids have the opportunity to complete a specific set of activities there and earn a related Junior Ranger patch, or badge. As soon as you can, find the park’s ranger outpost or office and get your activity workbook. Activities might include going on a hike, completing some pages in the workbook, sitting in on a ranger talk, or just observing the wildlife in the park.

    Once your child has completed the required activities, he or she will bring their completed booklet back to the ranger who will “swear them in” as official Junior Rangers of that park and provide them with their earned patch or badge. As you can imagine, your homeschooler will be pretty proud of this honor and will want to display it somewhere unique. (I’ve heard that some families buy dedicated Junior Ranger backpacks and either stick or sew ...

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