April to June were still a challenge for us with homeschooling given that Mom was dealing with severe morning sickness for part of that time and severe pelvic girdle pain after that. However, during that time the Robinson Curriculum enabled our children to continue in their studies with little to no interruption to their education. Here is their progress to the end of June:
- Mathematics — Gentle Giant completed Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra. Spunky had already completed this text. As I reported in an earlier post, she did the first several lessons of the Advanced Algebra text but found that it was becoming rather difficult and frustrating. Since we were nearing the end of the school year, we allowed her to take a short break from math to complete another course. This is not in keeping with the Robinson Curriculum’s advice; however, for us it seemed best to let Spunky’s brain mature a little more before throwing her back into Advanced Algebra. As a result, in June both Gentle Giant and Spunky completed The Fallacy Detective (a logic course). They had already completed The Thinking Toolbox.
- Writing — Understanding Writing by Susan Bradrick. The children completed Unit 7-8, which was a grammar course. The children used Professor Klugimkopf’s Grammar from the Robinson Curriculum and did a lesson and assignment as well as copywork from the King James Bible each day. After completing Unit 7-8, the children also began Unit 9-12. They completed reading The Elements of Style, the section on persuasive writing, and the sections on using a dictionary and thesaurus and style with words, sentences, and paragraphs.
- Keyboarding — the children had previously completed this course. Although keyboarding can always improve with practice, the children surpassed 40 wpm, which is more than enough to earn a high school credit.
- Vocabulary — the children continued to work through the Robinson vocabulary lists. They worked on two lists a week: one a review from the week before and one a new list to be learned.
- Poetry — this was put on hold for the year and will be picked up again next year.
- Reading — includes literature, history, geography, theology, and science — The children worked on the grades 6-8 section of the Robinson Curriculum list based on this list. They easily comprehended what they were reading; however, they did find the Robinson tests challenging.
- Latin — this course was put on the backburner while the children focused on completing French.
- French — The children completed Grade 8 French.
- Westminster Shorter Catechism memorization — this seems to have dropped off a bit in the last few months, but we will be continuing to work on this.
- Personal Devotion — the children continued reading through the King James Bible starting in Genesis. They recorded their insights in their notebooks as they read each day. Gentle Giant is into the New Testament while Spunky is still working through the Old Testament.
- Family time: physical education, art, music, nature study, science — the children worked through some of the activities and labs in Home School Family Fitness and completed a Grade 9 Health course. For music, the children continued their guitar and piano lessons. For science, the children are once again participating in the First LEGO competition and met with their team once a week. They are doing a lot of research on different types of food poisoning.
- Extracurricular activities: Lego robotics competition, guitar, piano, Heidelberg catechism class, playing with friends,etc..
As I said in the last post, the Robinson Curriculum has given us a structure and a method for streamlining our homeschool. We truly do agree with Dr. Robinson that self-teaching is the best method of learning and achieving one’s full potential. While we will be deviating from some of the Robinson Curriculum’s reading selections in high school, we will continue to use the curriculum’s advice as the basis for how our homeschool will operate. This approach has freed Mom up to be a Mom again and has helped instill confidence in our children that they can learn and succeed without needing to have someone hold their hands all the way.