YOUR STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Maybe you know what this is like, where all the kids are doing their own curriculum, maybe they're doing six to seven subjects each? Everybody needs Mom, and you need a change for your sanity's sake. So what do you do? Cue the Robinson curriculum.
Let's talk about implementing the Robinson curriculum step by step. From the very beginning, let's start with step one.
You've made the decision that this is the direction you want to go. Perhaps you're a burnt-out homeschool mom, and you just want to scale it down to focus on the 3 R's. You want to give them a really great foundation, instead of trying to do too many subjects with too little time. Perhaps you're just beginning your homeschool journey, and you know this is the way you want to go. Whatever your reasons are, they are the right ones.
Step 1 is ordering:
If you are purchasing the CDs set, you will automatically be enrolled in the online version free for the first two years. If you already have a CD disc set, then you can sign up for the online version for $36 a year. The online version is absolutely worth it because you get so many extra bonuses that are not included on the CDs. For example a music program, and science monographs. If you're in a state that requires a detailed educational plan, then the online version will give you more resources.
Besides the curriculum, you will need to purchase the Saxon Math books you need. Placement Test can be found here and you can also get 20% discount through the Robinson Curriculum ordering page. I also highly recommend my Saxon Math Support products. Please keep in mind the Robinson Curriculum does not recommend ALL Saxon Titles. For more information on which books to order look at the pull down menu under Saxon Math Text Books.
The Henty Books- are optional. They are high quality, historical fiction. You can purchase the online access with the Henty Collection included or purchase a hard copy of them on your own HERE.
Now that you have the curriculum, it's time to start printing!
Since we will be printing a lot of materials, one of the recommended printers is the Epson 2750. It is both cartridge-less and very ink efficient!
You will want to purchase some basic schools supplies such as paper, pencils and maybe graph paper. You can check out my support products that can replace notebooks with a more RC friendly approach.
Since you will be printing lots of books, you might want to invest in some simple book binding equipment. For more information on my favorite, easy, way to bind books, click HERE.
For some other recommendations you can check out my favorites HERE.
I recommend you first print the Robinson Curriculum course of study, where it talks about the self-study method, the books, and much more. I believe this course of study is worth the price of the whole curriculum. The wisdom from Dr. Robinson and how he implemented this, is priceless. I re-read it every year. I read it again just to re-focus on the process, the end goal and the method.
If you have younger children learning how to read and/or memorizing their math facts, I highly recommend my FREE printables to keep track of their progress.
You can print all the phonics flashcards and math flashcards, but I highly favor the time saving, durable, ones you can purchase on the RC website. You can also purchase my system guide as a companion to memorizing math facts, if you feel you need more guidance.
Another thing that I like to print is the penmanship pages, they have cursive, and manuscript. Honestly, it's tempting to print all the bonuses because they are so great! If you have a child interested in music, printing "Read, Write, and Play Music" is a must-print I printed the read, write, and play music.
If you have older children, I highly recommend printing the Professor K. Grammar and Spelling books. This is the grammar and spelling program that comes included in the Robinson curriculum, and I made a video on it HERE.
the very beginning, step by step
Alright, we did the planning, we did the printing, now we're ready to actually implement it in our day.
Let's start with the child who's already reading and writing, what would that look like? First, they would do their Saxon Math for two hours a day or one lesson, or ff it gets really challenging, maybe half a lesson a day. After their lesson(s), they will correct themselves. They should score less than a 3% error rate and fix their errors. If they get more errors then that, then the parent might want them in addition to fixing all their errors, to re-do the lesson the next day to strengthen their comprehension on the math concept. There are three typical types of errors and an easy way to reduce careless and computational errors is with my Saxon Math workbook and Error Graphing Book.
After that is the writing component, they typically write about a page front and back. You can start with copy work, maybe dictation, a few sentences, a paragraph, then they work their way up to an essay. After they write their essay, they hand it to you, and you correct it, and then they rewrite it, that's it for writing! For my essay writing support book, click HERE.
After that they can then work on vocabulary and spelling, and there's not a dogmatic way to approach this. It's up to your family how you want to do it. After that, is the final component-reading!
RC recommends they read about you two hours a day; people like to do five minutes per age of the child or ten minutes per year maxing out at 120 min for a 12 year old and up. It's up to you, but typically the goal, is two hours a day. Some people use all that time on RC books only, some people do half of the time on an RC book, half of the time on another book that they pick out, or parents pick out, that's up to you. However, they need to read quality literature.
Some other things that you might want to work on are the Professor K. Grammar book for a short time with the exercises replacing the daily essay. The Professor K. Spelling book also recommends that you do a spelling list per day, however most children pick up on spelling with their daily reading and writing.
Your afternoons are really free to pursue your interest. Is it playing piano? Is it exercise, sports or whatever activities you want to be involved in, you have your afternoons free for that.
How do you start? What do you do? What does that implementation process look like? Start the day with math, they can work on their flashcards, memorizing their math facts and move on to the recommended Saxon books after all the math facts are memorized.
There is a numbers penmanship worksheet under the penmanship in the program, so you can print that out and have them practice writing numbers.
And after that, you focus on teaching them how to read. You can use whatever method you'd like; the Robinson curriculum does have in the bonus section, Alpha Phonics. That's a great resource to teach a child how to read. They also provide you with some phonics flashcards that you can use. If you would like to save time and make the phonic flashcards durable, you can purchase ready made ones from the RC website for only $20! I also have a guide I have created to go along with them found in the RC bonus section. This is going to be the most parent intensive part obviously, but this is the most crucial step.
Once they are a strong reader, and have their math facts memorized, they can really thrive with this self-taught curriculum. After that you can practice writing, you can print the penmanship pages then you want to start with some copy work or dictation, slowly get them writing a few words at a time. From there encourage a few sentences at a time, then gradually to paragraphs, and then from paragraphs eventually the student needs to work up to the daily essays.
To me this curriculum feels like such a relief, such a burden lifted off me. It's simple, yet effective. I'm sure you will feel the way, once you get the confidence, If you think I don't know if my child can do this, I don't know if they can really work on their own, I don't know if they can really correct their own work. I encourage you to watch the video by Dr. Robinson, where he explains the curriculum.
I also offer a limited amount of coaching spots every month for parents that need a little more guidance. You can click below for more information on coaching.