What order should families do the programs in?
We have included here what we call the “perfect” WinterPromise sequence, although for homeschool families, there’s usually no such thing. For one thing, most homeschool families have several students, and thus choosing an order for the programs they complete is linked closely to their mix of students. This “mix” of grades and abilities rarely results in the “perfect” anything, but for families wishing to know what an ideal sequence would look like, here it is!
This sequence is the “Customary Theme Order,” the one most parents prefer, as students can complete most of our
programs during their school years with this order. We’ve included suggestions below the list on how to create a
sequence for your family!
This is our most popular theme “order.”
Journeys of Imagination (Pre-K Reading Together Theme)
I’m Ready to Learn (Pre-School Skills Program – Can be Combined with Journeys of Imagination)
Hideaways in History (K-2nd World History Program)
Animals & Their Worlds (K-4th Animal & Habitat Study)
American Story 1 (K-7th Early American History Program)
American Story 2 (1st – 8th Later American History Program)
Children Around the World (2nd – 7th World Culture Program)
Quest for the Ancient World Middler Version (4th – 8th Grade Ancient World Program)
Quest for the Middle Ages Middler Version (4th 8th Grade Middle Ages Program)
Adventures in the Sea and Sky (2nd – 9th World History Program)
Quest for the Ancient World Sr High (9th – 12th)
Quest for the Middle Ages Sr High (9th – 12th)
(If you’d rather repeat history in cycles, hit the “back” button, and click on “Can I Repeat History Themes in a Four-Year Cycle” for some great information. )
Creating a Sequence for Your Family
In deciding upon a sequence for your family, it is best to start with a program that is in-between your students’ ages and plan to adjust the program as needed for their ages. The programs are designed to be flexible in their appeal to different ages, and they can be made easier for younger students by not completing as many of the assignments or moving at a slower pace, perhaps even making the program last two years instead of one. On the other hand, the programs can be made more difficult by upping the level of performance on the assignments, adding extra reading, or requiring more of the assignments to be completed.
It is, generally, easier to add more to a program than to try to make a program easier — so if you are torn between two options, it may be better to go with the easier of the two choices. In other words, if you have a Pre-K 4-year old, a Kindergarten student, and a third grader, the best choice would probably be to go with Animals & Their Worlds or Hideaways in History, and plan to make up your own reading list for your third grader with his language arts. You can always add more difficult assignments by taking the ideas in your guidebook and requiring more.