Oak Meadow’s Beginnings

Our Founder

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Lawrence Williams, EdD has decades of educational experience and has taught students from first graders to doctoral students. Trained as a Waldorf teacher in 1973, he was a class teacher in the Garden City, NY Waldorf School. He received his Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1990, with a dissertation on creativity and homeschooling. Lawrence is the author of numerous articles, books, and curriculum materials published by Oak Meadow.

 

Our History

Early-Oak-Meadow-founders-and-studentsLawrence and Bonnie Williams started Oak Meadow in 1975 when their own four children were young. With a dedicated group of parents and teachers, they opened a day school based upon a simple philosophy: Children are sensitive and intelligent, and learning should be enjoyable. For years everyone learned together, and the children developed creatively and intellectually.

After three years, the property Oak Meadow was leasing was sold to a developer, and the school community suddenly found itself without a building for the school. Lawrence and Bonnie began homeschooling their own children and developed homeschooling courses for parents and children based upon the same philosophy that had worked successfully in the day school. Their homeschooling approach was simple and natural, yet it proved to be very effective: give children a safe, nurturing environment; provide creative activities for head, hands, and heart; offer each student respect and time to unfold naturally. Parents followed this approach and found that it worked, and they told other parents.

For nearly 40 years, Oak Meadow has expanded considerably. Our homeschooling courses for preschool through high school are now used worldwide by thousands of families, and our original philosophy hasn’t changed. We believe that homeschooling can play a significant role in creating a better world by helping children become strong, creative, independent human beings. We are honored to be a part of the thriving homeschooling movement and to have been involved in the education of thousands of students from around the world.

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