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.