I previously posted a copy of Joyful Light Education’s popular Robinson Curriculum reading list. This list puts the Robinson reading selections in order of approximate grade level.
A friend of mine recently asked me if I was concerned that my children are working “below” grade level because I started them near the beginning of the curriculum. I answered that I was not concerned because older books tend to use a higher level of vocabulary and have a more complicated sentence structure. My view was that the children would benefit from getting used to a different, older style of writing and to Robinson’s testing method with “easier” materials. That said, the lower level Robinson books are not easy reading. Case in point: my children read “Fifty Famous Stories Retold” by James Baldwin. On Joyful Light’s reading list, this is listed as a “Grade 2” book. However, the book is also sold at Amazon, which states the book is intended for an age 9-12 reading level. What is therefore considered “Grade 2” by Joyful Light is considered approximately “Grades 3-7” by Amazon. Given this, anyone considering using the Robinson Curriculum should have no concerns about the program’s difficulty level because it is definitely not “easy.”