How should I plan out each day?
Come along and see! Let’s take a look at what your day might look like using our program, “American Crossings 1.”
(Of course, we must add a quick “sticky note” here! You see, with WinterPromise, you will find that each program is slightly different, with its own “va-voom” fun learning avenues. Here, we’ll take a look at a fairly representative program, but keep in mind that each program will offer you a little bit different experience. We think this adds to the attraction of completing our program year after year. Though WinterPromise always brings you the same multi-dimensional “Experience Approach” learning, it will always feel like a fresh program!)
As you look at the day’s resources and activities, keep in mind that WinterPromise offers many different kinds of learning resources and tools, so your family can tailor the program to your own needs. In fact, you can tailor the program so each student focuses on the parts of the program that really connect with their learning style! Wow!
Let’s look at an example of this “tailoring” Suppose that one of your students is a hands-on learner while another loves art and yet another loves to write. As a family you can complete many of the learning opportunities, then allow each child to focus as they learn best. Your hands-on student can complete more activities independently, while your art lover is more creative with their notebook, and your writer tackles written projects for their notebook or spends extra time on their language arts creative writing assignments. At the same time, they can do a little less in areas that just don’t connect with them. We offer everything you need to have a variety of memory-making moments!
Starting with History Books, you’ll dive into your day. Today you’ll read through a lesson on “Colonial Beginnings” from the Time Travelers text, then discover colonial “Tools and Gadgets,” enjoying all the photographs of tools used by merchants and tradesmen.
Adventure Reading Books are easy to complete right during your morning reading time together, or before or after nap time, or even right before bed. Today you’ll take time as a family to enjoy hearing about Sam Collier’s amazing tale of Jamestown in “Blood on the River.”
Picture Study today will have your student working on John Trumbull’s painting, “General George Washington Resigning His Commission.” After taking a few minutes to quietly look at this beautiful American picture, your student will read background information provided in the “Early American Painters Picture Studies” resource.
Activities and Projects fit right in after some reading. Today you’ll work on a Time Travelers activity, making a replica of Jamestown. Take a look at the completed model below.
Geography finds your student working independently to learn more about this week’s state, Rhode Island. Your
student will be able to choose a “Trail Blazing” activity, and decides to learn more about Rhode Island inventor Samuel Slater, who created the spinning jenny and revolutionized textile industry. Your student will also learn the state capital with a fun memory device from “Kids Learn America.”
Map Work for today is to work on coloring in the “Mitchell Map.” You can see the map, already colored and completed to the right.
Timeline Building & Notebooking is not happening today, although you’ll make sure your “Mitchell Map” is filed in your “Timelines in History.” You can look forward to gluing timeline figures into your notebook tomorrow.
Language Arts is designed for most students to complete fairly independently, and many parents choose for their students to complete this during the early afternoon.
Math is purchased as separate programs, either from us or another vendor, and can be worked in the early afternoon.
Science is also purchased separately, and many parents find they love doing science on their “5th” day, as their themed programs are completed in just four days a week.
Bible Study can easily take place at the dinner table or right before bed. You’ll be learning a little more about a
famous American and a character quality he exemplifies that God would like for you to build into your life.
Additional Resources Suggestions can fit in anywhere during your week. A relaxing way to pull Dad into today’s studies might be by watching a DVD you’ve borrowed from the local library for use this week, entitled “Save Our History: Secrets of Jamestown.” This DVD is suggested in your guide, and takes you “right there” to see how excavations there shed light on life in this first permanent settlement.