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We are a homeschooling family since the kids were tots. We have mainly eclectic in our studies trying to find our groove. I love the Charlotte Mason, classical and Ruth Beechick styles of education. We have implemented them all, but last year we settled on the Robinson Curriculum.

Here is a synopsis of what you will find in our home.

Our 3r's come from the Robinson Curriculum.

Math ('rithmetic) is Saxon. I started both kids in Saxon 54. MaryEllen is already in Saxon 65 and Donnie is finishing up Saxon 54. They both have done real well with Saxon. The Robinson's way is to have them read the lesson and do all the problems. If they get stuck, they are to go back to the lesson where the concept was taught and reread it and study the problem until they understand it. After they finish their lesson, they are to correct their work. (I do this) They then go back and redo the ones they missed.

Both have surprised me in how they have learned division, fractions, probability and percents on their own! They have hit a few bumps along the way, but it hasn't taken much for them to get over them.


Writing is a combination of things. We started out continuing with our Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL), but have now decided to go more 'robinsons'. I gave my LLATL to my sister and now I am having MaryEllen work on The Writing Course while Donnie is doing copywork and a few lessons here and there from Intermediate Language Lessons.

The Writing Course was developed by a fellow Robinson user who has used it with his own children. MaryEllen has taken to it very well. She listens to the lesson on the laptop and then does the assigned work given to her by Mr. Lybrand. I then check it and we discuss it.

The course is 20 lessons, but these lessons are principles that are then used everyday in her writing. He suggests going through the course every sememster, which we will do.


Reading is also a combination of things. We are not doing the Robinson List per se. I have added a number of titles and taken out a few titles.

I have the kids alternate between a literature selection and a biography.

For the biographies, we are using The Sower Series.

The literature selections come from the Robinson Book List and other books I find. Most have come from The Keepers Of The Faith and the public domain. I also am having Donnie read The Sugar Creek Gang Series. Not all are required, but he and MaryEllen enjoy reading these even during free reading time.

Our Extra Tie-Ins

We do add in a few extra things such as Latin and Bible. I will elaborate in another post. 🙂