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!
By far the biggest question I get from moms is :
“How do you implement the curriculum on a daily basis?”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
- The Happy Housewife Back to Homeschool Lunch Ideas
- Dee-Construction’s Two Ideas For Homeschool Lunch
- The Homeschool Classroom: Do-It-Yourself Lunch Ideas
- Simple Homeschool: 4 Ways To Simplify Home School Meals
- The Christian Homekeeper: Homeschool Lunches
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).
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).
And, finally, some homeschool humor:
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!