Does your homeschooler enjoy Charlotte Mason type learning with interesting books and captivating hands on activities? If so, you’ll want to check out Winter Promise! Here’s a glimpse of our day using this curriculum.
My 10 year old is a kinestetic learner. She retains information through active engagement (narration) and doing activities instead of just reading about them.
Winter Promise has proven to be a great fit for her!
On a given day, we grab our ‘command center’, known as the premade Winter Promise schedule, for American Crossings. Listed are all the books and activities planned out for that week.
This week is all about The First Americans. After opening our school day with a selection on unity from Christian Character Traits, we move through the rest of the readings: “What is an Explorer” from Time Travelers, Native Homes, Early American Picture Studies, and Kids Learn America.
Then my daughter has some quiet time to read on her own. This week, it’s Naya Nuki. Afterwards she narrates what she’s read back to me.
Sprinkled throughout the week are many hands-on activites. The parent and student are free to pick and chose which activities work best. This week the choices are: Spice Cookies, Knot Typing, Create a Captain’s Log, Ptolemaic Map, “5 Reasons for Exploration” and Make a Ship’s Flag.
Curiosity lead us to try knot tying. We attempted the Sheepshank, Stopper, and Bolin. What we discovered is that it must be much easier using rope and not yarn! Our hats go off to mariners!
My daughter decided on the French Fleur De Lis for her ship’s flag and colored it accordingly.
“5 Reasons for Exploration” is much like the usual lapbook element where information and answers to question are recorded on pre-cut and pre-folded papers. This will be tucked away into a folder until the end of this unit when we will either assembly a lapbook or create our own Ship’s Log notebook.
I regret to inform my readers that the spice cookies didn’t last long enough for pictures. That’s what happens when mom leaves them to cool in the kitchen and decides to grab a quick shower!
Looking to the weeks ahead, I know that preparation will be a breeze. The schedule and any necessary activities pages will be printed off the computer, plus any needed items for those activities will be gathered. Next week marks the start of our State’s Notebook and Timeline.
I invite you all to check back in a few weeks as I’ll be blogging about the remainder of Unit 1!