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Working from the idea that literature communicates powerfully to young minds, Winter Promise developed a curriculum that is strongly literature-based. This offers 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. Winter Promise curriculum contains vibrant activity sets in each program. These sets offer activity kits, books, and ideas to help parents introduce a hands-on aspect to the time with their children. The goal being to create family memories and a family culture. Winter Promise offers curricula by Grade, Themed Programs, Language Arts Programs, Notebooking & Timeline Programs, Science Programs and Chess Programs.

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  1. Winter Promise Review by Ashleigh
    Pros: hands-on, beautiful notebooking, living books
    Cons: broad age range
    Grades Used: k/1st

    We’ve used Animal Worlds this year with the young learner’s guide. It’s a beautiful curriculum with many well thought/planned activities. We are half way through it and I have had to tweak it to make it my own. The LA is amazing! My son was half way through the phonics and started reading! I love their phonics program (the Basic phonics) and the animal notebooking pages my son makes for each animal, it’s a great keepsake. We haven’t made all of the animal crafts because some didn’t seem that exciting to us, lots of paper crafts. We ended up scrapping the Take a Walk books as they are way over my 6 year old’s head at this stage. He will listen to the One Small Square books for about 5-10 minutes. He has loved the family read alouds. I do feel like it’s a little choppy, I wish that it were a little more cohesive in it’s layout of when the animal of the week is presented, which is often NOT the first day of the week. There is an animal height chart that’s included and you put the animal of the week on there to compare all the animals—so cute!! The Bible portion is pretty weak, if you took out the Bible devotional which you only read once a week, it could be secular, which if that’s what you want, this may be for you! I personally want a stronger Bible curriculum. I have added in my own Bible memorization etc, which is extra work for me. I think this is an excellent science curriculum and will keep it for later on when my boys are older to revisit! You can teach much older children with this curriculum! The nature journal is great! And the dioramas too, we still haven’t done those. I will be switching to My Father’s World, but I will be buying many of the WP exclusives to supplement, as I believe they are superior in this area, hands down to any other curriculum out there! I just wish overall that it were more cohesive and had more of a Biblical foundation…then I would stick around for 1st grade.

  2. Winter Promise Review by Ada H
    Pros: Living Book History, very hands on
    Cons: Can be too much material - costly
    Grades Used: 5th

    We are using WP this year and overall we love it. I had to give myself permission to take longer than the 4 day plan that WP provides. I finally figured out that I don’t have to do all the hands on projects ideas that WP provides. I do love all the projects but I was a little overwhelmed at first. One thing that WP did that I think was a mistake is that they put too wide a grade spread with the Ancient History Quest. They go from 4th to 8th and I really feel that either it will be too hard at the lower level or too easy at the higher. Either way they should tighten up the levels. I really love all the living books and how WP has put it together – overall an awesome curriculum with great insights about the ancient world. I learned a lot too! I will do this curriculum again but next time I will buy WP’s guide and buy or borrow the books separate because although I don’t think they overcharged for the books – the delivery was so delayed and in quite a few packages and I needed to keep calling to check on it. We plan on doing the Middle Ages next year and the activities look like a blast.

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