Meet Us & Our Authors

WinterPromise Started as an Idea…

An idea that students of all learning styles, interests, and desires could enjoy an enriching and joyful homeschooling experience all in the same program. This approach has four pillars which are brought together to offer adventures for each and every kind of learner. These four pillars are soaked in key Charlotte Mason principles which are designed to encourage joyful, curious, engaged, and life-long learners.

Pillar #1 – Living Books
Working from the idea that living books communicate powerfully to young minds, we developed a curriculum that is built on living books. What is a living book? A living book is a book written by one author, who is passionate about the topic, and written in a way that is exciting and engaging. Living books are designed to spark the imagination, curiosity, and interest of the reader because of the passion of the author comes through. This was a must for us! We did not want stale reading, and sleepy listeners who could not wait to be done!

Pillar #2 – Learning Together vs. Telling How-To
Charlotte Mason strongly believed that teaching was much more about helping and guiding rather than telling and dictating. Students learn best when they are allowed to discover, immerse, explore and enjoy during the learning process without fear of failure. Thus we have designed a curriculum around the idea that parents and teachers come alongside of the learner and help them discover the truths in front of them, around them, and inside of them. More importantly, they do this in the way that God has made them. This helps us offer to parents the opportunity to do less teaching and more “learning together” with their children. This “Learning Together” method has the additional benefit of requiring almost no preparation for the parent, preserving as many moments as possible for “face-to-face” time with their children. It works for real-life families!

Pillar #3 – Immersive Journaling
The backbone of our curriculum is the immersive journaling experience that we offer our students. Our journals are not just reflection and taking notes, but are unique adventures on every page. No page is the same for students as they match, fill-in, record, observe, deduct, reinforce, and most of all, experience what is in front of them. This allows for students to be graded/assessed based upon their real knowledge without the incessant need for regurgitation. We want our students to be using the knowledge and applying it rather than simply memorizing. WinterPromise lives and breathes students diving into the world they are learning about rather than simply learning for a test. Journaling brings all of this together and offers an important student experience that is missing without it.

Pillar #4 – Exciting Adventures Tailored for You!
Hands-on learning is a must for so many students. Students that find joy in working with their hands, manipulating something physically, and getting involved in the project are often discouraged or joyless if not allowed to dive head-first into the learning. We wanted to make hands-on learning an adventure, but one that was doable! So many families struggle with “busy-work” that does not support the learning but simply adds to the ever-growing to-do list! With WinterPromise you will be given the opportunity to give your hands-on learning students life-giving experiences while also making everything doable. Our guides continue to work hard at ensuring that our “open-and-go” motto is still true while also offering incredible hands-on learning. At the same time we ensure that collaboration, team work, communication, and leadership skills are emphasized as an important part of growth. So, dive into our hands-on adventures knowing that your whole family will benefit from them without the hours of preparation.

We want your child to experience an adventure while they learn. It is our greatest desire to spark joy and curiosity within each student and family that experiences WinterPromise. Regardless of how your child learns, we want them to thrive in an experience not burdened with stale reading, heavy homework, memorization, or the pressure of endless tests. But, a student that is excited to open up their journal, hands-on adventure, collaborative project, living book, independent research project, or conversation and experience an adventure.

Our Authors

There are many contributors to WinterPromise. Much of the writing is done by Kaeryn Brooks, but her husband Don and several other authors all write and contribute to the final product you bring into your family life. life experience working directly with children and young adults in a variety of settings.

Don has been privileged to serve in a number of Christian educational settings as youth pastor and pastor, youth mentor and counselor, teacher, camp ministry leader and more. He has led youth survival and witnessing outings, developed mentoring curriculums, and led after-school children’s programs. He has worked with underprivileged youth in an inner city setting and dealt with the needs of children from both abusive and neglectful homes. He has developed and led several chess clubs and leagues for children and youth alike, served as a chess tournament director for both adults and young people, and established week-long summer chess camps for children. Don has a heart for people-to-people ministry, and this comes across clearly in his work with children and youth who feel he cares about them as individuals.

Kaeryn has also had many years of experience with children and young people in addition to her training. Kaeryn began teaching a class for children when she was just a teen, developing her own curriculum for the class without supervision. She served as a Child Evangelism Fellowship missionary, spending a summer ministering to underprivileged city children. She has led such varied programs as summer camps and schools, youth outreach banquets, children’s drama presentations, and teacher training seminars. She has taught children, young people and adults in a variety of settings. Prior to her work with WinterPromise she wrote dramas and songs for children, Christian teaching resources, short stories, and articles.

When Kaeryn began teaching her own children in a homeschool setting, she tried many curriculums, searching for the one that offered a great family experience and reached all of her children, without being overwhelming. She really wanted something that “fit” her family life, not the other way around!

After years of making do, combining curriculums, and “tweaking,” she earnestly began researching alternative schooling methods and newer educational theories for better ways of reaching her own children. She found that the variety of learning styles reflected in her own family was not well-reached by any one curriculum. Kaeryn’s research led her to believe that an entirely new and integrated way of teaching would yield better results in home instruction for children with varied learning styles.

Based upon what Kaeryn learned, she developed the “Experience” approach and used it with her own children. She then established a school that also used this type of approach. Its success led her to create a homeschool version of this “Experience” curriculum, resulting in WinterPromise Publishing’s themed curriculum packages. The “Experience” approach she created drew upon Charlotte Mason’s ideals of joy in learning, journaling and discovery, but added the great literature, themed units, notebooking, activities, experiments, and alternative media that are key components of other major homeschooling approaches.

By combining all of these components, instead of embracing just one, WinterPromise would offer an entirely new way of homeschooling. A student could have many different “experiences,” and a family could teach to every learning style! This “Experience” approach would offer real-life experiences to students, but would also be largely “open and go” – a joy to use for both parent and student. WinterPromise has grown simply by word of mouth, spreading quickly across the United States and around the world.

WinterPromise also makes use of various other authors and illustrators in some of its publications. Each have years of practical experience with children and often have a special interest or background in homeschooling in particular. Today, WinterPromise continues to make use of the newest methods to help reach children educationally, encouraging a spirit of curiosity and wonder in learning, while offering practical, can-do-it programs that parents feel confident in using, making memories with their children.