(Phoenix, AZ, USA)
Product: Robinson Curriculum
Subject: History, Science, Reading
Levels Used: 1st through 5th grade
Dates Used: 2003 - 2008
Likes: This is to be used as a complete curriculum. The children learn their phonics and then start reading. They even include flash cards that you can print for math and phonics. Also included are a bible, dictionary, and encyclopedia.
You are given the books on 22 disks. They can be read on the computer, but they are meant to be printed. You can bind the books or put them into a 3 ring binder.
I love that the books are mainly from the early 1900's. These books tell history as it was, meaning they are not politically correct. Since the books are so old, the language is a little different than how books are written today. This is good in that the children are learning new words or different ways in which words are used from today.
Some of the books have tests and vocabulary that you can print up and use.
I have used the books as a supplement as I personally need to know that my granddaughters are learning more or less what others their age are learning. Therefore, I just choose some of the books to use. We only read one extra book together at a time.
Dislikes: I get discouraged when my printer doesn't print the books correctly. I see this as a waste of paper and ink.
This does not include math, other than flash cards. They expect the children to memorize the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division cards while they are mixed up. Once all are memorized, the children are to start on Saxon, I think 4/5 or 5/6.
The children are expected to do all the work on their own. They read the books and do the tests by themselves. You can grade, but they are to learn from they mistakes and figure the problems out themselves (This includes math). They figure the children will spend 2 hours a day on math and 3 hours on reading.