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Reflections on Robinson, Month Three

November went just as well as September and October, although toward the end of the month we had to make some changes to our schedule.  This was due to our discovery that a new addition to our family is on the way and I have been way too nauseous and fatigued to keep up with everything we were originally doing.  So as of right now, the children are doing the basic Robinson Curriculum Monday to Thursday (math, writing, reading, and vocabulary)  and Saturday (math) and then keyboarding, poetry, and languages on Fridays.  This will temporarily slow down our progress in languages, but not to any degree that can’t be made up once I am more functional again.  The children have continued to thrive using the Robinson Curriculum and have learned a lot to date.  Here is a summary of what they have achieved:

  1. Mathematics — Both children are now studying Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra.  Spunky tells me this text is challenging but not too impossible, which is a good thing.  The children generally do one or two lessons a day depending on their length.  We are using the Fred’s Home Companion for this text, so the children are following the instructions in that and doing all of the assigned questions.  Gentle Giant is about halfway through the text and Spunky is about three quarters through the text.
  2. WritingUnderstanding Writing by Susan Bradrick — we have now completed Unit 6.  The children are working through Unit 7-8, which is a grammar course.  The children are using Professor Klugimkopf’s Grammar from the Robinson Curriculum and do a lesson and assignment as well as copywork from the King James Bible each day.
  3. Keyboarding — the children are continuing to work diligently at improving their typing speed and accuracy.  They are now only doing keyboarding on Fridays, but since they type some of their writing assignments during the week, they also get practice with their typing during those times.
  4. Vocabulary — the children are working through the Robinson vocabulary lists.  They work on two lists a week: one a review from the week before and one a new list to be learned.
  5. Poetry — the children have each memorized several poems and are continuing to work through the dialectic section of the Harp & Laurel Wreath.
  6. Reading — includes literature, history, geography, theology, and science — The children are at about books 39 and 50 on the Robinson Curriculum list.  They are easily comprehending what they are reading; however, they do find the Robinson tests challenging.
  7. Latin — Both children are working on this course on Fridays for the time being.  They are both progressing very well.  On days when I am not so nauseated, we do languages also.
  8. French — Both children are working on this course on Fridays for the time being.  They are both progressing well.  On days when I am not so nauseated, we do languages also.
  9. Westminster Shorter Catechism memorization — the children are still working on Holly Dutton‘s second CD.
  10. Personal Devotion — the children have been reading through the King James Bible starting in Genesis.  They have been recording their insights in their notebooks as they read each day.
  11. Family time: physical education, art, music, nature study, science — For the time being, physed and art are occurring at the children’s direction.   For music, we have been listening to the works of various classical composers in addition to taking guitar and piano lessons.  For science, we continue to study Lyrical Life Science 3: The Human Body.
  12. Extracurricular activities: Lego robotics competition (completed December 4), guitar, piano, Heidelberg catechism class, playing with friends.

I have no complaints at this time about anything in our curriculum.  I like the flexibility of the Robinson Curriculum in that I can do the basic bare bones of the curriculum and not have to worry that my children are “missing” anything.  The extras like languages can be re-integrated later when I am able to assist the children more with their work.  As well, although we have slowed down on the languages progress, the children have the opportunity at this time to learn life skills such as helping with cooking and cleaning and character traits like compassion.  In the long run, this type of learning will benefit the children as much or even more than “academic” learning.  Now here’s to hoping the morning sickness ends soon…


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