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The Curriculum We Use:
At the Bootstraps house we are a dedicated Robinson Curriculum family.
My journey in home schooling was rough at first. I wanted to incorporate nearly EVERYTHING I found into our home school! I wanted my kids to get a well-rounded education, and throw all kinds of subjects in that might interest them.
I got really burned out really fast, trying to pursue so many different avenues and ideas! Exhausted and confused, I turned to the internet for help in our home school.
I found Montessori, Charlotte Mason, K-12 etc… and each program lacked in a certain way that I couldn’t easily define.
I found The Robinson Curriculum
on Youtube, and the video I watched from the creator, (Dr. Art Robinson) resonated with me immediately!
I believe that learning requires a certain amount of dicipline and personal responsibility. Actually, life requires these traits, and this SELF TAUGHT curriculum is built upon these principles of dicipline and responsibility.
Watch Dr. Art Robinson explain how his program was borne from necessity for a minimalist home school…
The Robinson Curriculum Freed US!
Immediately, I loved the simplicity that this curriculum offered to my family!
I agree with so much of the core values in this home school style, because this is a “teach for mastery” type of learning system, with an emphasis on reading, writing and math.
RC goes at the CHILD’S PACE, which I found is substantially faster compared to the public school structure of learning/ testing.
We benefit from this in many ways…
- First, we are continuously building on what we have already covered, which means the boys never forget the basics.
- Second, it allows the kids to feel positive and accomplished with their work, because they are never held back to practice at the pace of slower children in class.
- Third, when one of my kiddos does struggle with a certain concept, they have the freedom to re-read the material and practice a little extra, without feeling like they’ll be left behind!
- Fourth, since we home school year-round, they will be ahead of their peers by months or years compared to k-12 public education!
- Fifth, (and most importantly) RC makes our schedule flexible so we can explore and travel together without hauling around A TON of materials.
- Finally, our ENTIRE school day ranges from 2-3 hours TOTAL. This leaves plenty of time for travel, play and chores (for the kids AND mommy too!)
See Our Actual School Day Schedule
This is a Self- Taught Program!
I no longer waste hours and hours of time each day reading from books, making flash cards and giving lectures!
I used to sit with my son and explain every math problem, every science concept… I would sit for hours! Both us would be tired, frustrated and defeated at the end of each LONG day. It just wasn’t working.
How Did I Learn to Implement This Curriculum?
When I stumbled upon Art Robinson’s explanation of the program from long ago, a channel was recommended for this curriculum also, and it covers EVERY ASPECT of how to start!
Karen Rodriguez from Our House Home School on YouTube has been my mentor when it comes to our home school journey.
She truly leaves no stone unturned when it comes to RC- which she uses to home school her many children in a reasonable amount of time each day as a stay at home parent.
If Dr. Robinson’s video captured your interest, you’ll love Our House! Please check her out, and if you have questions, Karen responds extremely fast! So don’t hesitate!
How Does The Robinson Curriculum Work?
RC is collection of CD’s that you can purchase through the Robinson Curriculum Website. I was lucky enough to find my set on ebay!
The CD’s contain EVERYTHING you need to get started right away!
The curriculum is a reading and math curriculum FIRST. You will begin with the RC book list and vocabulary for each book, found on the CD’s and ready to print!
We order some of our books from Amazon, but all of the books are printable, right from the CD’s, and Karen will teach you how to bind them on the Our House Channel!
You can also take “field trips” weekly to your local library to source curriculum books FOR FREE! Library time makes our school days more exciting, and it allows me to work on the blog, finish paperwork and plan our travel, all while the kiddos are reading or listening to story time.
Get a Sample of the Reading List
Probably the best aspect of RC are the classical and historic books that my children absorb daily!
Get a sample of the book list to see if RC is the right fit for your student.
CD’s? Why can’t you download the curriculum and materials?
I must admit, the Robinson Curriculum is a bit outdated in it’s user format, even for me! But, please trust me that the content is superior to any other curriculum I have found on the market! AND, RC costs a TINY FRACTION of what you’ll pay for other K-12 curriculums on the market!
Your Investment In RC
I am a single mom. I try do do everything I can within a very limited budget for my kids.
I consider RC a bargain, because almost the entire K-12 material is on the one- time CD purchase. Other curriculums require a substantial investment each school year, and then each semester for high school aged kids!
The books required that are NOT included in the CD’s are the math books and later, science texts.
I will be transparent here- I purchased my math textbooks from eBay to start. As I began our RC journey, I couldn’t know if my child would thrive in the new math texts, or if they would be a source of frustration like the other math tools we tried.
I sincerely wouldn’t recommend this curriculum if the math element didn’t hit the mark with all of us!
That being said, my son fully embraced Saxon 54. I am embarrassed to say that I struggled hardcore with math in public school. It was NOT my subject. Saxon 54 Math is so easy to follow, I’m enjoying re-learning the subject myself as my boys progress!
Based on Historical Education Practices
The Robinson Curriculum is based on the learning styles of old. This means that young children do not study 5-8 subjects in a given school day!
The foundation of RC rests on the child’s reading, writing, and vocabulary skills FIRST.
Foundational math is also essential. The premise is, that a student can not fully grasp scientific concepts until a proper foundation of math is established.
REAL science is explained with complex mathematical understanding, and therefore is not introduced until later.
NOTE** I really like this because I believe real science cannot be corrupted with politics. Science, (including physics) is explained by unbiased math.
History is VERY important to me, as a conservative constitutionalist. I love RC because the reading list (from childhood to teenager) encorporates early American literature, biographies and autobiographies.
By the time history becomes a subject of focus for the kids, they already have a firm grasp of early American life and history told by those who lived it! (NOT from a third-person perspective or opinion.)
Learn More About The Robinson Curriculum
Since using RC, my childrens’ interest has grown beyond what I had imagined for our humble home school
There Has Never Been a Better Time to Home School
I hope I have encouraged you to consider The Robinson Curriculum for your home school. There truly is a wealth of information and support out there for home schooling families!
Whether you’re concerned about the transition to home school from public education, or are ready to start your toddler with home education, PLEASE reach out to me and let me know how I can help!
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