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We are starting a brand new series called Winter Promise Wednesdays!  We would LOVE to be able to show-off YOUR families using Winter Promise in your homeschool. Today we are blessed to have a guest post from Jennifer, who has a blog dedicated to their Winter Promise adventures!  Thank you so much for sharing your family with us, Jennifer! 

There’s something special about a homeschool company which fits so well with your family that you keep coming back.  For our family, Winter Promise is that company.  It all started when our oldest son was entering first grade.  We had a FABULOUS year, using WinterPromise’s Animals and Their Worlds theme program along with the first grade Language Arts, which today is called Stories to Short Chapters and features all WinterPromise written readers.



We were excited to dive right into American Story 1 for second grade.  It was so fun and exciting that it inspired our homeschool drama of the year, in which our boy played King Ferdinand to his cousins’ Columbus and Queen Isabella.  We also completed Language Arts 2 from WinterPromise, which today is called Readers to Real Books.  Our science program was World Around Me, which has proved to be a family favorite as well.

The following year was our first year for two full time students.  Middle son joined in the fun, working on Animals and Their Worlds with Language Arts Basic K, which is now titled Letters to Little Words.  Eldest son went on to American Story 2 and completed the new LA3 from Winterpromise, featuring Scout the Dog.  It was a full and exciting year, including the baking of gingerbread men from the resource Last Safe House.

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Our fourth year of WinterPromise studies was a lovely mishmash of Adventures in the Sea and Sky, with Younger Learner Guide and Hideaways in History!  It was one of my favorite years, but both programs were SO full that we ended up saving some of the resources for later.  By this time, we had added another little boy to our family, so it was a great joy to watch him scampering in and out of the Hideaway structures.

 

 WinterPromise has become part of our homeschooling culture.  The joy of side by side learning and sharing is one I would not trade for anything.

 

Every year, we are excited to find new field trips which bring our studies alive!  Anything from a local interactive Jamestown experience, to Georgia mounds built by Native Americans, to an Air Force Museum or Kentucky Down Under- we take great joy in following our studies into the real world.






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In our program Animals and Their Worlds, children choose a tree to study for the year, as the seasons change!!

Charlotte Mason and Winter Promise would both agree that children & nature should always go together!

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We’ve been homeschooling for 7 years now!! {That’s hard for me to believe!} and we’ve been fairly relaxed, very eclectic, reading lots of good books, doing lots of wonderful unit studies. And we just finished 2 wonderful years of American History where I mostly pulled everything together myself.

The truth is, I enjoy pulling everything together myself. I’m a former teacher, I’m a researcher by nature, I love looking for the perfect craft to go with the perfect lesson plan, etc. But, I gotta tell you, it’s a LOT of work. Searching Pinterest for days on in can be exhausting. ha!

I also gotta tell you that I have looked at LOTS of curriculum programs before. I have looked. And looked. And looked. Even in searching for World History stuff, I looked allllll over the place. I came *this* close to purchasing another major program at a recent conference but just didn’t have  100% peace about it.

Then, I came home, looked at the Winter Promise samples and was hooked. WHERE have you been my whole life, Winter Promise? 🙂

Here are the specific items that drew me in to this program:

  • assignment sheets ALREADY PREPARED for the girls for the entire year! I have already printed and put into a 3-ring binder for my girls, and my teacher guide is 1 weekly sheet also and I have those printed and in a binder also. (I might opt to spend a little more and get the print version next time. It is a LOT of pages and I ran out of ink halfway through printing and had to wait and order online. Cost might have actually evened out, not sure.) 
  • an independent reading schedule to coordinate with the history – plus comprehension questions for each book!! So excited about the “independent learning” opportunities for my girls this year – this is an area I have felt lacking in the past.
  • On the girls assignment sheets there are boxes for me to add in math, science, anything else I want to add for them.
  • list of recommended videos to coordinate with the schedule for the year – and bonus!! Several of them are offered for free on amazon prime, which we already have a membership for!
  • awesome notebooking pages, already found & done for me, for the whole year
  • “missions” or projects EACH WEEK for Hannah to choose from and complete independently
  • Links in the teacher’s guide to videos and online places for us to search out to add to our studies
  • many of the same titles to be read through the year as other world history programs
  • reading from BOTH Story of the World AND Mystery of History (I’ve always struggled to choose just one!) The schedule is already all written out for us
  • 4 day week plans through the year
  • very updated looking teacher guide, notebooking & worksheets to go along with everything (I know this is silly, but some of the samples I looked at online were so ancient looking!)

Winter Promise is a great blend of Charlotte Mason, quality literature, experience & activity based, and notebooking. I’m excited about all these great things that I love coming together in one place without having to piecemeal this year.

I can’t wait to get started!

Would YOU like to share on your blog about using Winter Promise in your home? What you love about it? Specific projects you’ve done? We’d love to have you join us! Please fill out this form and we will be in touch!  Winter Promise Bloggers Interest Form

Candace blogs at His Mercy is New and homeschools her 3 children in beautiful East TN. 

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Climb into the Crow’s Nest and Become a Pirate!

The new Pirate Pack will guide you on your way!  This fun pack is a part of WinterPromise’s “Adventures in the Sea and Sky” program, and is just one of the fun topics students love to delve into during this amazing year-long program.  So just what will your favorite ruffian discover about pirates in this awesome pack?

They’ll Read About:
Pirate Raids and Making a Pirate Living
Pirate Victories & Dreadful Scare Tactics
The Golden Age of Pirates
Pirate Entertainment & Discipline
Famous Pirates and Privateers

They’ll Have Fun with Pirate Activities:
Dress Like a Pirate
Raise the Jolly Roger
Make Battle Swords and Hook Arms
Create Sea Maps & Log Books
Outfit the Captain’s Quarters
Design Loot & Haul Containers

They’ll Play Pirate Games:
Pirate Attack Game
Fortune Mapping
Pirate Hoard
Treasure Ship Ho!

So — How About Trying a Micro-Study on Pirate Dress?
It’s taken from the Pirate Pack.  Click on the link below to download it and transform into a Pirate!

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Click this link to download this FREE Pirate Dress Study!

Go here to purchase the full Pirate Journaling Pack.

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Did you know WinterPromise offers world history for young students?  You’ll find it in our “Hideaways in History” program.

This program offers a variety of easy-to-use resources for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade.
Here’s what parents using this program can expect:

– Daily scheduling of everything you need to do in an easy, one-page format – in the Hideaways in History Guide
– Reading about history with the help of three mischief-prone insect friends – in the “Let’s Hideaway in History” Text
– Making a weekly historical “hideaway” inspired by the time-tested “tent” fun – in the book “Hole Up in a Homemade Hideaway”
– Additional fun and low- or no-prep history activities – from the book “On-the-Spot History Fun”
– Easy notebooking for students who aren’t really reading – from the “Make-Your-Own” Hideaway Book
– Weekly Bible memorization and learning program – from “Hiding God’s Word in My Heart”
– Other Resources that give you:  skills practice in phonics, math and more, science content, illustrated history text

Want to See the “Hideaways in History” Program for Yourself?
Download the Free Mini-Study on Rome by Clicking the Link Below!

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Look at Hideaways in History on our website. 

Purchase Hideaways in History here. 

Just what does WinterPromise mean when they say they offer the “Experience Approach”?  By that we mean that WinterPromise is just brimming with experiences:  learning experiences, real-life experiences, and more.  What are examples of these kinds of experiences?  Here’s a sampling to show you what we mean:

Learning Experiences:
Creating a 3-D Lewis & Clark Map
Comparing How Grassland Grazers Choose Their Food
Designing a Temple Wall for an Egyptian Ruler

Natural Experiences:
Taking a Noun Walk
Measuring the Length of Dinosaurs
Journaling the Life of a Tree for a Year

Real-Life Experiences:
Examining an Ancient Stele like an Archaeologist
Looking through Homesteading Records like a Geneaologist
Creating a Crime Scene Drawing like a Crime Scene Investigator

Online Experiences:
Taking a Virtual Tour of a Castle
Following the Timeline of Viking Invasions
Visiting an Archaeological Dig in Real Time

Creative Experiences:
Preparing an Industrial Revolution Exhibition
Building Your Own Great Wall
Outfitting a Pirate Captain’s Quarters

Notebooking Experiences:
Assembling a Customized Looseleaf Notebook
Adding Field Trip Pages and Your Own Creations
Completing Interactive Notebook Pages on History & Science

This is just a sampling of the kind of “Experiences” that WinterPromise offers to parents.  Each one has an educational focus, not busy work.  Together with interactive notebook pages, and DVD suggestions you’ll love, parents will find there is something for everyone in our family-oriented packages.  The experiences WP offers are based on the Multiple Intelligences, and each scheduled activity appeals to one or more of these learning avenues that connect with a certain type of learner.  No matter how many different kinds of learners are in your family, there are plenty of experiences just right for them!

THAT’S the “Experience” Approach at Work in WinterPromise!

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Children Around the World is one of WinterPromise’s most popular programs — and it recently added a lot of great new resources!  Resources like specially formatted ebooks to enhance each country study, and fun resources like Native Costume Stand-Ups and Country Doodle Placemats.  Parents also love the easy to digest book, “Children of Many Lands,” in which they learn about the history and geography of 3o countries, together with neat information on its traditions, celebrations, cities, landmarks, and more.

Then there are the “you-can-do-it,” easy activities WP has included to introduce your family to the “flavor” of each country.  Great recipes, fun to try games, traditional activities, plus crafts or real-life experiences — these all round out the ready-to-do activities WP has put together for you, to make this program as easy as can be.

To add real meaning and depth to this program, WP offers information on the lives of children, not only in their everyday lives around the world, but also in other settings.  It allows students to see how kids in other parts of the world long for simple things like clean water, a school to attend, enough food to eat, or even just to stay healthy.  It gives kids a chance to do some neat volunteer activities and look at how much they themselves are blessed.

But the heart of this program really is the huge notebooking resource.  WP’s “Travel Diary” for this program includes text on the notable landmarks of each country, its flag and a country map, special finish-it-yourself native costume pages, intriguing mysteries or facts on natural places or manmade cities, castles, towers, or ruins, and so much more!  The Travel Diary runs more than 300 pages long to keep students completing a lot of interactive work and having a blast!

If this wets your appetite for finding out more about this fantastic culture and geography program, you’ll want to enjoy a free download of a study of Great Britain excerpted from this program.  It is below, along with a link to check out Children of Many Lands at winterpromise’s website, www.winterpromise.com

Head Here to Check Out Children of Many Lands Yourself!
http://www.winterpromise.com/children_world.html

Click on the Link Below to Download the FREE Great Britain Study!
It takes awhile to download, because it is 100 pages long!

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Read more about Children Around the World on our website here. 

Purchase any of the Children Around the World curriculum here.