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Working from the idea that literature communicates powerfully to young minds, WinterPromise 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. WinterPromise 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. WinterPromise offers curricula by Grade, Themed Programs, Language Arts Programs, Notebooking & Timeline Programs, Science Programs and Chess Programs.

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  1. WinterPromise Review by Ariel
    Pros: N/A
    Cons: Horrible customer service

    Grades Used: N/A

    I want to start by saying I have never gotten the chance to use their curriculum, but I do feel pretty familiar with the ethics (or lack) of the company. I ordered a curriculum (costing 172.00) on January 8, 2019. By February 8th I had received nothing and the site showed my order as processing. I emailed the company twice and my attempts to contact them were ignored. On my third email I got a response saying they were having bad weather but the curriculum would be shipped that week… By the same time the next week my order was still showing processing. I contacted them again and asked for a refund so that I could move forward and purchase a different curriculum. I received an email from the owner, Don, apologizing and telling me again about the weather. I told him I was sorry about the weather, but I needed to move forward with my son’s education and they had already wasted a month of my time (when the weather was not extreme). He said he would refund my order, and then proceeded to send me ebooks that I didn’t ask for. I emailed a week later asking about when I would be refunded and he told me within the next 2 days I would see my refund… 2 days later I was refunded 47.83…. When the curriculum I ordered was 172.00. By this time I was done with the run around and told my husband what was going on. I am a SAHM, and he handles the finances so I told him basically we had been ripped off when we are already living on one income. My husband called them and Don literally REFUSED TO SPEAK TO MY HUSBAND and used an employee as a go between. Still no progress on the refund, but I want to make sure no other families have to go through this experience! Please be cautious when ordering from WinterPromise.

  2. WinterPromise Review by Carla
    Pros: Abundant material that covers all subjects
    Cons: Organizing the materials once you first receive them can be a tad overwhelming bc there's a lot

    Grades Used: 1st grade

    I love Winter Promise. The complete grade packages come with pretty much everything you need. Super easy to use. Teacher’s guide is awesome. It did take me a little while to set up the materials in a way that I felt like was organized. I set it up so that all I needed to do was open up my guide and had everything I needed for that week behind the “weekly” lesson plan sheet. I felt like that was the easiest way to do it….. this way I wasn’t taking time every morning gathering the materials.
    I really loved all the materials they include in the complete grade packages. The website is so easy to use. The customer service is AWESOME and so accommodating. I highly recommend this company.

  3. WinterPromise Review by Kendra
    Pros: Engaging, Living Books, Wide Age Range, Digital
    Cons: Non-Resale on Some items

    Grades Used: 2-7

    We discovered Winter Promise a few years ago when we were in a bit of a homeschooling slump. I’d never heard of the curriculum before & was a little nervous about trying something new, but boy what a wonderful year we had!

    All up we’ve used a half dozen different themes: Animal Worlds, Sea & Sky, All American 1, Quest for The Ancient World, Children Around The World & now Quest for Middle Ages. We’ve even used a few science themes: Jiggle Jostle Jolt & Human Body & Forensic Science, & Language Arts: 4 & 6.

    My kids really enjoy their Winter Promise themes & getting to choose which projects they’ll tackle each week. There are many, so we don’t generally attempt them all, rather let the children each pick one that really hits a note with them. I especially love the notebooking pages the kids create & the amazing Timeline System that stores all of those wonderful pages. It’s not only fun for them to share with family, it gives us substantial work to show our state moderator.

    Winter Promise has recently gone digital which is a wonderful thing for our family as we live overseas & international shipping has gotten quite pricey. We can still print out all our material, or look at it on the computer or other e-devices. It also means if you have multiple children in your home you are granted permission to print what you need for them!

    While I don’t find it a downside for our family, I feel it fair to mention that you can’t, obviously, resell digital items. However, they do permit resale of the hard copied items from 2014 forward.

  4. WinterPromise 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.

  5. WinterPromise 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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