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Beads and Buttons Tutorial and Oakmeadow Giveaway!

 Beads and buttons are fun to make, especially by children who love hands-on learning, but clay can also be used to explore any academic subject.  Here are just a few ideas to get your imagination started:

- Create letter and number shapes for alphabet and math learning.

- Sculpt bird heads when studying how bird beaks are shaped differently fo rdifferent purposes.

- Make a model of a Mesopotamian ziggurat, a Mayan temple, an adobe dwelling, or an Egyptian pyramid.

Enjoy this craft from Clay Fun, an Oak Meadow original publication, which is part of our Second Grade curriculum.





Oak Meadow Curriculum and School has generously offered a complete homeschooling curriculum package for one grade of your choice (preschool through 8th grade). That’s a value of $120-$420! Simply visit Oak Meadow’s latest issue of Living Education, a quarterly journal that inspires and informs home learning with strategies, tips, and crafts.

Leave a comment here with feedback and/or suggestions for future issues and you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway! We will pick one lucky Living Crafts winner on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012.

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 6, 2012 09:50 AM | 369 Comments

369 Responses to “Beads and Buttons Tutorial and Oakmeadow Giveaway!”

  1. andrea says:

    thank you for all… always inspiring. Happy holidays!

  2. Vicki says:

    I love the idea of art integrated into all aspects of life and growth and not just isolated in “art class”. All classes should be art classes.Great issue.

  3. Jennifer says:

    What wonderful inspiration! Would love to have a year of OM for my son!

  4. Tiffy says:

    It would bring great cheer to be gifted your curriculum!


  5. Suzie says:

    As a new homeschooler next year and with three little ones, the opportunity to try your creative and loving curriculum would be amazing!!

  6. Stephanie Van Blunk says:

    Am going to miss this magazine very much-the oak meadow curriculum would really be amazing to win! Thank you for a great magazine.

  7. christa franke says:

    I love all the amazing offers you seem to have!

  8. Dinonut says:

    Thank you for this opportunity. I love the idea of involving all the intelligences and modes of learning. What inspiration to include art and crafting to reinforce and extend learning!

  9. Danielle B says:

    Love the suggestions you have on your site…my daughter and I are very much looking forward to making the clay beads and are hopeful we could win a year’s curriculum!

  10. Kelley says:

    Would love to read something about different styles of doll hair!

  11. Bella M says:

    Another Oak Meadow DREAM!!!!!!!!! Wish come true.

  12. Kathryn says:

    I would also love to see something about creating a successful homeschooling space or little things that can help to make it a better experience. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. This would be so great. We’ve started using this curriculum and could like to use it for another grade… great giveaway. Thank you!
    And for a suggestion… I’m always inspired by what you share, so anything is a great idea for us!

  14. Liz says:

    This is a great idea. I have clay we bought the other day to make dreidals. Now we can put it to more use! !!

  15. annalouiza says:

    Such sweetness during the time of year when we forget…

  16. Courteney says:

    I always get a jolt of excitement when I see an email from Living Crafts. I’d love some more crafts for 10 – 12 yr olds to do by themselves.
    A year of Oak Meadow would be a prayer answered with the demise of my daughter’s class at our local waldorf school.
    Merry Christmas

  17. Emma says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to use Oak Meadow curriculum, it would be amazing to draw on such an amazing and enriching syllabus for our family.

  18. Cindi says:

    This is the best curriculum out there. I used Oak Meadow for my own children who are now grown (21 and 25), and would love to win this for my daughter who is now homeschooling my grandsons!

  19. Gigi Butterworth says:

    I love the Oak Meadow curriculum. What a wonderful way to nourish a child. The crafts are a great way to learn.

  20. I love using clay with children, how about a clay pit next to the sandbox?
    Thanks for your blog, I miss the Magazine

  21. Awesome. I love your journal, as always…can’t think of a suggestion – you have already covered so much in the issues! Keep up the good work!

  22. Stephanie says:

    Wow! What a fun project.

  23. Inna says:

    Wonderful! thank you for the inspiration and happy holidays!

  24. Julia M. says:

    As others have mentioned, I would love to see examples of homeschooling ‘classrooms’. I would also like to see an article on what other’s daily and weekly schedules are like. I would love to win a year of Oak Meadow. Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. Charlotte Erickson says:

    For future issues, It would be fun to see ideas of how one could honor the seasons as a way of connecting children with what is living in the earth cycles.

    Perhaps for the Fall there could be an section on making butter and home made bread, sauerkraut, spiced apple sauce, the value of having back yard chicken, making pumpkin pies from pumpkins, bird house building, and more.

    I think also an section on the value of baking with children and the natural way it brings meaning to math through measurement would be great.

    I love the stories about children of different ages. It would be neat to offer a space for children in the program to connect with each other through an invite only facebook group , so student from all over could connect with other kids going through a similar process.

    All the best and thank you for your amazing work

  26. Maria says:

    Thanks for all the inspiring posts!

  27. Michele says:

    Thanks for the great idea. We can’t wait to make buttons!!

  28. Elvira says:

    Love the buttons. Will make it with kindergarten children.

  29. Michelle says:

    I hope your blog continues even as I grieve your one-of-a-kind magazine. I will miss it so very much. I think this is the place to leave a comment to be entered into the Oak Meadow Free curriculum give-away. Oak Meadow is right in my own town and I have yet to purchase from there due to financial constraints. We are currently homeschooling a 3rd grader and I wold love t to check out Oak Meadow’s 4th grade. Thanks again for all the work you have done and for keeping in touch!

  30. Kelly V. says:

    Love the focus on arts in education and all of the inspiring ideas for nurturing our children.

  31. Mommatrish says:

    I loooooove oak meadow!! ;)

  32. mamajen says:

    We love Oak Meadow. With 4 little ones, we struggle with rhythm and momentum the most. Would love to read more about ideas on those subjects.

  33. Amy says:

    Thank you for the opportunity. I’m excited to review your materials and for the chance to win!

  34. Gianna says:

    I’d love cooking/baking tutorials.

  35. Shelly says:

    I will keep all my copies of Living Craft magazine for everafter. I loved and looked forward to each one. Thank you for still being here in Blog form!
    We have had to leave Waldorf School for homeschool and we would love help with curriculum…. Count us in!

  36. Erin Grover says:

    I need to find a great homeschool curriculum for next year.

  37. Kim Lyons says:

    Love OM and would love to be able to win the tutoring. Glad to have found your blog and will definitely be back. Thanks for the great ideas.

  38. Shelley says:

    I have been looking at Oak Meadow as I begin the path of homeschooling and the stories, process and activities resonate with my and my philosophy. I would love an opportunity to have a surprise Christmas gift. :)

  39. agnes jose says:

    I am at my 8months pregnancy now but we’ve been thinking to do homeschooling for our kid later on…it’s great that you have this super generous giveaway! Oak Meadow is so inspiring!

  40. Aimee C says:

    I really enjoyed reading the articles about art in this issue. Art is so important to a child’s development, but it’s so often overlooked!

  41. Stephanie E. says:

    I really enjoyed the article written by Ms. Younce about the heart of art and needing time to let art unfold.

    I would love the opportunity to experience Oak Meadow with my twins. Fingers crossed.

  42. Michelle Wade says:

    Oak Meadow looks perfect for my grandson. I’d love to surprise his mother with this wonderful gift.

  43. Ann says:

    I love the magical wand tutorial!

  44. David says:

    Thanks for the generous offer. My children attend a waldorf school but I know some folks who could use a curriculum.

  45. luann says:

    this would fit my family perfectly at this time!

  46. Sage Otterson says:

    What a great thing! Oak Meadows curriculum guides are wonderful. We have used them in the past to great success. Full of wonder and interesting projects and courses!

  47. Katie Black says:

    Loved the article on creativity, born with or not. I was always artistic; my husband logical & a numbers guy. Today, he’s making art and shows in a local gallery!! You never know when someone’s artistic ability will surface!!

  48. Elizabeth says:

    We are loving our OM kindergarten experience and have been enjoying Living Crafts for a few years now!

  49. Kristi says:

    I would love to see a creative geography project added to a future issue! Thanks for an opportunity to win!!

  50. Sayra says:

    I would love the curriculum! Second grade…seriously we’re going to go for it.

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