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Combining The Robinson Curriculum With Charlotte Mason Methods

Forbidden Fruit by George A. Reid, 1889

I’ve received some hits on this blog from people looking for ways to combine the Robinson Curriculum with a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling.  Here is what my family does:

We start our day with Family Worship.  This includes prayer, scripture reading, memory verses, singing from the psalter, and catechism.  This covers Bible, Scripture Memory, and Hymn Study from a Charlotte Mason perspective.

Next, we do one brief subject as a family.  We keep things brief because my little ones have small attention spans and cannot do more as a group.  Each day we do one of the following subjects:

  • Character/Personal Development:  We read a story that emphasizes some aspect of good character
  • Puzzle/Map Drills:  We put together a puzzle of the continents or Canada or the world, or we locate places on a map or find coordinates using longitude and latitude, etc.
  • Nature Study: We read from something nature-related and then go outside to observe it in nature.  Or we just go outside and explore.
  • Folk Songs:  We sing O Canada and one or more folk songs.  Usually the kids play while we listen to these songs.
  • Picture/Artist Study and Art: We look at a painting by a famous artist and then do some art or handicrafts if the kids are interested.  Usually they do tons of arts and crafts on their own time.

At some time during the day, we also try to go outside to play and do some Physed-type activity.  We teach Life Skills on the go as they come up in our daily lives.  Composer Study is done during meals or playtimes when we can listen to classical music while doing other activities.

After our family time and while my little ones nap, the older kids do their individual schoolwork.  This consists of:

  • Bible: We learn about Christian history, doctrine, Bible stories, etc.  We usually discuss these but don’t require full narrations.
  • Math: We do one chapter of Life of Fred a day à la Robinson Curriculum.
  • English: Depending on the child, this can include Poetry, Grammar, Copywork, Dictation, Literature, Typing, Read Alouds, and Writing (either written narrations or other assignments).  For my children’s ages, the Robinson Curriculum suggests copywork as its writing component and this is included with Charlotte Mason methods. Literature may be chosen from the Robinson Curriculum or other sources.
  • History and Geography: The kids read from assigned books and do oral or written narrations of what they have learned.  They also make Timelines or complete Maps related to their work.  Books may be chosen from the Robinson Curriculum or other sources.  Shakespeare and Plutarch are also included as readings.
  • Science: The kids read from assigned books and do oral or written narrations of what they have learned.  Books may be chosen from the Robinson Curriculum or other sources.
  • Foreign Language: Delightful does a short French lesson and Feisty works on phonics.

That is how we combine the two methods.  Do you use the Robinson Curriculum with another method?  If so, leave a comment as to how you do so!

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