five things for friday: homeschool edition

five things for friday: homeschool edition

We have used the Robinson Curriculum for the past six years in our homeschool, and we really like it.  I have been getting a lot of questions lately regarding it.  I wonder if I should start an online LDS Robinson Curriculum group?  It might be nice to see how other LDS families use the curriculum.

Anyway, there isn’t much to it, so that’s probably why it’s not as popular as other methods (which, by the way, can work just as well).  That’s why I like it.  While I have occasional bouts of romantic ideals, in reality, I have learned over the years to be a little more pragmatic in my approach to educating my children.  Robinson Curriculum has been lovely precisely because it is very simple.

So, here are five things that have to do with education, specifically with self-learning.  Hope you enjoy them!

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By far the biggest question I get from moms is :

“How do you implement the curriculum on a daily basis?”

Studying

They read through the course of study that Dr. Robinson has written and come away not really getting it.  I had to read it through for about two weeks before I finally “got” it.  I think it’s because it is so simple.  I was just looking for something more complicated and showy, I guess.  So, while I won’t take the time to do an in-depth post on how our particular family does that here, I will send you to visit these people (virtually, anyway!), and you can read what they have to say!

  • Rosegate Harbour : This is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to learn more about this curriculum, and as an added bonus, the author of this site is LDS.  It has been a great resource for me.  Even if you are not homeschooling or using the curriculum, the list of free books and where to get them is a treasure!
  • Riverwillow: One family’s well-documented and in-depth review of the Robinson Curriculum.
  • Grammar and Spelling Books: These are the books contained on the CDs in the Robinson Curriculum, but I have loved them so much, I ordered the hard copies!
  • Robinson Curriculum Facebook Group : And, this is a great place to look at what other questions and answers people have about the curriculum.

And, finally the official website for the Robinson Curriculum is here.

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I recently posted how much I love nature study as part of a homeschool curriculum.  Because of this, I have added some books recommended by those who follow the Charlotte Mason Method of home education.  I have really enjoyed many of them, my favorite is the Handbook of Nature Study.

One Of Our Many Copies

Here is the Ambleside Online/Robinson Curriculum booklist, which incorporates many Charlotte Mason friendly books.  It is MS Word format.

And, I couldn’t not mention all of this without mentioning the wonderful blog “Handbook of Nature Study.”  It’s amazing.

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Reading for fun is a huge part of how we learn in our school.  We love older serial books like the Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, Rover Boys, Dotty Dimple and others.  But, I have to admit, I am at a complete loss when it comes to post 1930′s books.  Oh, I have found a few that I like, but in general, I don’t have time to sift through all the horrible grammar (Magic Treehouse, anyone?  Ugh.) and really limited vocabulary.

Lucky for me, I have an amazing friend who has been homeschooling for almost 20 years, and she is great at finding more modern books that are good, clean fun, and grammatically correct.  Her name is Michelle, and her Great Reads for Childrenis a must-follow on Pinterest!

Michelle’s Great Reads For Children

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I May Forgo Lunch In Lieu of Afternoon Tea

Dr. Robinson, being a widower and a busy scientist, decided early on to forego lunch as a meal at home.  He and the children (mostly boys), ate a huge breakfast and dinner, but no formal lunch was served.  I have often wished I could implement this system, but I haven’t been able to do it.  Perhaps when the children are older they can stick to raw fruits and veggies at lunch hour, and I won’t have to come up with anything.   Until then, it is sometimes nice to get lunch ideas, because we have to come up with something on a daily basis.

My favorite is baked poatoes with toppings–I can put them in the slow roaster in the morning and they are ready at lunchtime.

Here are some great posts on homeschool lunch ideas:

After reading the last two articles, I think I may reinstitute tea time.  I had forgotten about tea. When we lived in Australia, morning and afternoon tea were part of life, and I really enjoyed it (but did not drink the actual tea, unless it was herbal tea).

Easy Lunchbox Ideas From Homeschool Madness

I know that it seems time consuming, but when I am not pregnant, I do like to make lunches ahead bento box style.  It seems the children like to eat them when they are in the lunchbox with dividers.  Homeschooling Ideas has a great article on this (without getting too crazy like making cucumbers into dragons, or fruit in the shapes of famous sculptures or anything). Homeschool Madness also has lots of examples of Easy Lunchbox ideas (we have Easy Lunchboxes for each of the children at our home).

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And, finally, some homeschool humor:

Kinda' Funny...

And, of course, the Messy Mondays “Seven Lies About Homeschoolers” is funny both to homeschooled people and public schooled people alike, I think:

The Homeschool Chick is a lighthearted look at homeschooling, and very uplifting!  Check out her post titled “The Rise and Fall of a Homeschool Mother”.  Smockity Frocks is funny and full of really great information!

7 Comments

  1. Great stuff! I still want to find out more about how Robinson curriculum works for YOUR family if you ever feel inclined and have the time to share. ( : For example, do you do any extras besides the basic stuff in his curriculum? Music lessons, foreign language, geography, etc. Do you just add that stuff in if and when it feels right for a particular child? I think this Robinson guy really has something there when he explains that if you have a solid foundation in the basics, you can learn many other things quickly on your own.

    Lunch is the bane of my existence! That’s where I’ve let the kids eat less healthy stuff because I just didn’t want to deal with fixing anything better. I’ve been working on that in the past year. I love having some links with ideas for lunches. Brilliant!

    Lastly, I’ve got a question about books with “poor grammar.” What do YOU mean by poor grammar? I can’t think of any books I’ve read that had poor grammar unless it was on purpose as the characters spoke that way. Am I just missing something- or do you mean that you want to avoid books in which the language is too simplified? I recently read the 1st Boxcar Children book to my girls and I wanted to scream the whole time because the language was so simple and BORING! Though I wouldn’t mind having one of my kids read it when they are just starting to read chapter books I guess because I don’t want them to get too frustrated right off the bat. I do think it’s sad that most books these days have such simplistic language and sentence structure. I was telling a friend the other day about how much I enjoyed Les Miserables and she explained how the sentences were just so complicated that it was hard for her to get through. It made me think about how rarely we read such books these days to the point we are almost handicapped and unable to read them! (Though part of it may come from being a busy mom of small children and living on a lack of sleep. I can’t read anything too complicated for about 6 months after having a baby!) I love the books you’ve pinned from that lady on Pinterest! Great finds!

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  2. Love, LOVE The Great Brain Series! They are SO funny (and the kid really is so smart-it blows me away!). I really like to read these and then the first 3 books or so of Little Britches. They are a great foil for TGB–a really good way to compare and contrast too little boys growing up around the same time and how they behaved (one was selfish; the other really tried to help the family out).
    We implemented Robinson Curriculum in January and are slowly seeing some progress. I really like it. I think the only thing I have a hard time wrapping my brain around is how to help the children really memorize the math facts with out helping them…any ideas there, Misty? I’ve been meaning to email you about your thoughts on that portion. I had high hopes of beginning the saxon math this summer but just can’t see it happening.
    Okay, back to books! I bought the entire series of Magic Treehouse books for my children, initially because the brother and sister were actually friends
    (shocking for a modern book!) and they dealt with different parts of history. About two years ago I packed them all away–the dumbed down language just started ticking me off!
    I’ll have to check out your friend’s pinterest–if I ever join pinterest. I tried to join a few months ago, was put on a waiting list (which frustrated my pregnant self) and when they finally issued an invite I realized that you had to have FB or twitter. I HATE FB!!! It ticked me off so I haven’t been back, lol. Such is the pregnant brain…

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    • Oh, I just clicked on her list. (I didn’t know I could even look without an account–yes I am computer illiterate, but husband is not and that is what really matters!) It is a good list! I’ve read most of them on it–these are the books I grew up with and have read to my children. I’ve had a hard time finding anything pre 1930′s, hehe. ALthough I believe Lucy Maud Montgomery is and her books weren’t on the list. I love the Anne of Green Gables series, Emily of New Moon, ect. I grew up reading them repeatedly. The only book on her list that I didn’t like is The Island of the Blue Dolphins. As an adult, I had a really hard time getting over the little brother’s being killed and eaten by the wild dogs on the island, leaving her entirely alone. It was traumatic for me, and I think it would be for some/most/many children to read that. Just my .02$
      Stepping away from book lists…

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      • L. M. Montgomery didn’t write Island of the Blue Dolphins. That was written by Scott O’Dell. All her books are wonderful, although her personal journals might be a bit heavy for younger readers. She dealt with depression her entire life, eventually killing herself (which was a family secret until a few years ago). It is surprising since her books are full of hope and all that is good in life.

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  3. This has nothing to do with homeschooling, but I really enjoy having a large lunch. I’ve read that our bodies digest most effectively between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, so eating a big lunch and smaller breakfasts and dinners is a good weight management technique. To each his own, of course.

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  4. Love everything you’ve shared. Thanks for being so inspiring. :)

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  5. I LOVE the idea of a LDS Robinson Group on Facebook. I just discovered RC and really, really love it. Your blog has been an absolutely amazing resource in getting me started. Thank you for all your insight!

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