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I just finished getting the kids' study assignments done and thought I'd share how I go about it.

First, I cannot plan more than a week because it never seems to work out. Something doesn't get done for one reason or the other. Rarely have we done ALL that I scheduled.

But, I do have a long term plan set. I know what I want us to do and what resources we will use. I set goals as to when I would like them to be done, but nothing is set in stone.

Here are this weeks schedules.
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We are just beginning to use Polished Cornerstones and Plants Grown Up. I am excited about doing these studies.

We are just finishing up our study in 2 Timothy. We used the Know and Grow Series, similar to the Kay Arthur Bible Studies for Kids. We really enjoyed doing the study so I bought a few of Kary Arthur's studies and will do those along with the Polished Cornerstones and Plants Grown Up.

Devotions are done together before we start studies. We read out of our devotion book, right now that is Morning Bells, and pray. We then talk a little if the kids or I have anything on our hearts that pertains to the text read. We are suppose to recite our memory verses, but for some reason we always forget. I think I need to write a check-list. ๐Ÿ™‚

Math is then begun and the kids work independently for about an hour to an hour an a half. Donnie is doing half lessons because his writing is...*cough*...terrible! Right now he is to work on number form (he still writes many of them backwards) and neatness. Neatness includes lining up decimal points and lining up numbers in division and double-digit multiplication problems.

Penmanship/Copywork consists of practicing cursive. This is just the alphabet for now. They also copy their memory verses.

English/Vocabulary - Vocabulary comes from the Robinson Curriculum (RC) list. Each lesson goes for two weeks. The number of words range from 15-25. They are to do about half a week. I have them write the words 3x each and then they are to do the crossword and word finds that are provided. This helps with getting the definitions memorized and the words spelled correctly. After two weeks, I give them a quiz. They also study their words every day.

English really should say, 'writing'. I think I will change that. ๐Ÿ™‚ MaryEllen is doing The Writing Course. She will be finishing up the lessons this week. Then she will be writing for a half hour a day or one sheet of paper, front and back, double-spaced. I will edit for corrections and then she will rewrite only the corrected areas. We will discuss anything she doesn't understand.

Donnie is doing Intermediate Language Lessons. He does a lesson a day.

Silent Reading - The Robinson Curriculum has the kids read for 2 hours each day. I schedule in Bible, a history text, either a biography or like the one they are reading now, From Sea to Shining Sea. I also schedule in a literature text. I have altered the RC book list by adding in some and taking out others.

Latin is extra. If we get to it, great! If not, oh well. I am not going to stress over it.

Bible Study is a little different than devotions because they are studying one area or book. We are just beginning Polished Cornerstones and Plants Grown Up and I will also add a study on Obedience for Donnie this coming week.

Latin and Bible Study are after their Table Time Studies and Reading. They are allowed to have their free time before these are done. I am trying NOT to make Bible Study academic in the sense of it being just another subject to get done. I want the kids to enjoy their time with Jesus and to look forward to it everyday.

Boy, that was a mouth full. You all have a great week.

This is our new audio read! We take about an hour trip every Sunday to see Donโ€™s Mom who is in a nursing home. To make the time pass, we listen to audio books.

Our current one is this 4-part series I found on Christy. It says it is the Juvenile Fiction Series, but either way, we are enjoying the story very much. Right now, Library and Education is selling the CD Set for about $15 each. I have seen them on Amazon for about $22 each, so this is a nice deal.

Other audio books we have enjoyed on our Sunday drives have been:

We have enjoyed the Focus on the Family Radio Dramas and we are looking forward to listening to The Christmas Carol this December.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚