J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: Sample LDS Based Robinson Curriculum Plans

These samples will hopefully give you some ideas and a guide for what you can do with the Robinson Curriculum. It doesn’t have to be expensive or expansive to be the curriculum Heavenly Father has in mind. 

In fact, it is often surprising at how simplified and basic our curriculum needs truly are!  This list doesn’t include things like music, geography, or languages.  Based on Dr. Robinson’s proven method, we don’t do that for formal school.  Those subjects are pursued during the children’s free time.

Below are sample plans for ages 0-8, ages 8-12, ages 12-16, and ages 16-18.

Sample Curriculum Plan For Ages 0-8

 

Reading: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Book for Teaching Reading:

After the child has gone through the reading book, we always follow up with this book, no matter how easy the beginning is for the child:

This could be used exclusively, but it is a bit overwhelming for some beginning readers.

After this, children can begin reading from any combination of reading lists, in addition to the Book of Mormon every day :

 Math: 0 minutes to 1 hour

Writing: 5 minutes to 30 minutes

Unstructured Learning / Play

  • Everyone participates in morning family devotional, where we sing Primary songs, hymns, and share scripture stories, etcetera.  We also do “Sharing Time” each day, with the younger children having a class, then the older.  This is mostly a discussion or songs…very short, usually only 10-15 minutes.
  • Children play pretend, flat chested dolls, plain Legos (not branded, ie Star Wars, Bionicle, etc), Lincoln Logs, blocks, pretend food/kitchen things.  Toys we don’t have because they are distracting: Barbie, Star Wars, video games (even educational), anything from McDonald”s Happy Meals, toys with batteries, “fad” toys, toys based on movies/tv shows.
  • Children do “chores” as play–working alongside mother (set the table, help to vacuum or sweep, etc).
  • Hymns/Primary songs are played throughout the day.
  • Everyone participates in hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities.  There should ALWAYS be time for observing nature, daily if possible (and this doesn”t have to be structured…they can just stare at a bug or rocks, or eat dirt or whatever).
  • Often, the younger children will peek over the shoulders of the older children as they are reading or doing their other work.
  • Older siblings and parents should read to younger siblings.
  • We often learn about history, art, science, social studies and geography through our day to day living and discussions–this is not something we plan as part of the curriculum, but we have a globe, maps, books, picture books, and some (very few) time to watch educational videos about these subjects.  This is just for fun at this point, though.

Recommended Board Games:

  • Hiss
  • Blink
  • Match of the Penguins
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Don’t Break the Ice
  • Qwirkle
  • Ravensburger’s Labyrinth
  • Othello
  • Uno

 

Sample Curriculum Plan For Ages 8-12

 

 

Reading: 2 Hours

We read specifically from the Robinson Curriculum List for one hour per day.  For the other hour, the children can choose from other books in our library.  Some suggestions for “relaxing reading” can come from the following lists:

So, each day includes:

  • One Hour of Required Reading from Robinson Curriculum
  • One Hour of Relaxing Reading from Various Sources/Home Library
  • Informal discussion of books on reading list in the evening

Math: 1 1/2 to 2 Hours

  • Saxon Math

Depending on the student, they each do a 1/2 lesson or whole lesson per day and check and correct their work (this generally takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on age).

Writing: 1 Hour

  • If still needed, make copywork using EFI Educational Fonts (we use Getty-Dubay) and MS Word (scripture mastery, Articles of Faith, scriptures from Primary, etcetera)
  • Personal Journal every day
  • Assign essays on topics from the Bible Dictionary, True to the Faith, Primary manuals, Gospel Principles, etcetera.

Vocabulary Packets: 1/2 Hour

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Robinson Vocabulary

Tuesday/Thursday: Scripture/Church Reading Vocabulary (A vocabulary packet prepared by myself, or the children just choose 2-4 words (depending on age) from their scripture reading to work on.

To learn more about Vocabulary Packets, see ‘Vocabulary Word Maps’ and Step 7 of ‘Implementing The Robinson Curriculum‘.

Unstructured Learning / Play

  • Everyone participates in morning family devotional, where we sing Primary songs, hymns, and share scripture stories, etcetera. We also do “Sharing Time” each day, with the younger children having a class, then the older. This is mostly a discussion or songs…very short, usually only 10-15 minutes.
  • Children play plain Legos (not branded, ie Star Wars, Bionicle, etc), Lincoln Logs, etcetera. Toys NOT to have: Barbie, Star Wars, video games (even educational), anything from McDonald’s Happy Meals, toys with batteries, “fad” toys, toys based on movies/tv shows.
  • Children do assigned work around the home to help the family
  • Hymns/Primary songs are played throughout the day.
  • Everyone participates in hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities. There should ALWAYS be time for observing nature, daily if possible (and this doesn’t have to be structured…they can just stare at a bug or rocks, or eat dirt or whatever).
  • Older siblings read to younger siblings and participate each day in a few minutes of babysitting or caring for a younger sibling (mom tries not to interfere unless absolutely necessary)
  • We often learn about history, art, science, social studies and geography through our day to day living and discussions–this is not something we plan as part of the curriculum, but we have a globe, maps, books, picture books, and lots of nature study books.
  • Games ( Out of the Box Games, Battleship, Othello, Monopoly, Boggle, Rumis, Blokus, Blink, Ziggity, chess, Hold to the Rod, guessing games, etcetera) Games to stay away from: branded games (ie, Star Wars Monopoly), games with DVDs, electronic or battery operated games, gambling type games, etc.)

 

Sample Curriculum Plan For Ages 12-16

 

 

Reading: 2 Hours

We read from the Robinson Curriculum Reading List for required reading and other booklists or our home library for relaxing reading.  Some reading lists that are good:

So, each day includes:

  • One Hour of Required Reading from Robinson Curriculum
  • One Hour of Relaxing Reading from Various Sources/Home Library
  • Informal discussion of books on reading list in the evening

Math: 2 Hours

  • Saxon Math

Depending on the student, they each do a 1/2 lesson, a whole lesson, or up to two lessons per day and check and correct their work.

Writing: 1 Hour

  • Personal Journal every day
  • One page essays
  • Occasional research papers
  • Study from “The Writer’s Reference” and the Robinson Curriculum Grammar and Spelling Books

Vocabulary: 1/2 Hour

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Robinson Vocabulary using the computer flash cards on the CDs.

Tuesday/Thursday: Scripture/Church Reading Vocabulary: Students compile a list of 20 words at a time that they don’t know and look up in the thesaurus and dictionary and test themselves on it.  Usually they study 5 words per day.

Personal Growth and Service: 1 Hour

Students at this age take time each day for personal growth and service.  They choose from some of the following options:

  • Study from Preach My Gospel
  • Temple service, family history work, and Family Search Indexing volunteer work
  • Focused study on finding student”s personal, pre-ordained mission, prepare for and receive patriarchal blessing
  • Use books and other resources for whatever subjects student needs to study–the curriculum for other subjects is really based on each student: ie, if student is interested in aviation, find the best books on the subject, if the student likes biology, get college texts to study biology, etcetera.

 

Sample Curriculum Plan For Ages 16-18

 

 

Reading: 2 Hours

Read from Robinson Curriculum advanced book list and/or college courses taken online.

Writing: 1 Hour

  • Personal Journal every day
  • Essays
  • Assigned writing from college coursework

Vocabulary: 15 minutes

Review flashcards on Robinson CDs.

Personal Growth and Service: 1 Hour

Students at this age take time each day for personal growth and service.  They choose from some of the following options:

  • Study from Preach My Gospel
  • Temple service, family history work, and Family Search Indexing volunteer work
  • Patriarchal Blessing Study
  • College coursework in subjects in which students have shown interest
  • Part-time job to save for mission

Other posts in this series...

  1. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: LDS Trace and Color For Beginning Readers (January 7, 2013)
  2. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: A Study of Faith in One Semester (January 7, 2013)
  3. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: Trace and Write LDS Prophets and Apostles (January 8, 2013)
  4. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: LDS Classical Education Booklist (January 8, 2013)
  5. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: Sample LDS Based Robinson Curriculum Plans (January 9, 2013)
  6. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: Pre-Creative Writing Worksheets (January 9, 2013)
  7. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: Book of Mormon Vocabulary Samples, Sample Vocabulary Packet, and Writing Ideas (January 10, 2013)
  8. J and M Ranch Free Curriculum Resources: General Conference Talk Quizzes/Study Guides, Ideas, and Copywork (January 10, 2013)
  9. Making The Gospel The Center of Your Homeschool Curriculum (Plus A List of Resources) (January 11, 2013)

7 Comments

  1. I am getting ‘i need to log in’ when I click on the LDS author list. Not sure what to do.

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    • The link should work now!

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  2. Since you do the vocab map instead of the flash cards, how many word maps do you have your kids do? Each vocab map tends to take a bit of time. Especially for slower writers.

    Thanks so much for sharing your detailed schedule with us!

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  3. Shaie, I usually have them do two to four depending on how fast they go.

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  4. Hi Misty,
    I was wondering what type of “Sharing Time” do you do with the older children?

    Thank you,
    Jen

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  5. Hey, I’ve been looking all over for a copy of “Teaching children to read with the Book of Mormon.” Where can I find an affordable copy?

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    • I have not been able to find one! I would suggest Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

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