The Robinson self-teaching methodology teaches your children to become independent learners.
If you have any questions about the curriculum please call.
(517) 546-8780

  An Outstanding Resource
Homeschool Curriculum Excellence
Robinson Audio - Video
Superb Educational Results
Complete 12-Year Education
Four Keys to Learning
Independent of Parent Skills
Curriculum Contents List
Math, Phonics, Course of Study
What Our Customers Say
Frequently Asked Questions
  Ordering
Order by Internet: Easy/Secure
Order by Phone: 517-546-8780
Order by Mail: Order Form
Saxon Math Order Form
RC Upgrade from 2.0 to 2.2
  The Robinson Story
More Than A Fighting Chance
Homeschooling Problems/Needs
A Tragedy and a New Beginning
How the Robinson Children Fare
Rules and Procedures
More Rules and Procedures
Common Questions & Concerns
Social Skills and Thinking
Current Status and More
  The Independent Learner
Teach them to Teach Themselves
Learn to Think Scientifically
Taking Away the Crutches
Children Learn by Example
Multiculturalism and Curricula
Motivation by Excellence
The Study of Science
The Future of Homeschooling
Teaching Government Right
College Preparation
Science Taken Seriously
  Ann's Corner
Teaching Younger Children
The McGuffey Readers
Keeping Organized
A Diet Without Sugar
About Essays
  RC Communications
Robinson Forums
Logo Info & Brochures
Contact Info
  RC Support
Technical Support
Where to Start Older Children
Online Application Guide
Printer Recommendations
What about Printing Books
Frequently Asked Questions
  Helpful Links
Resources
Articles
Our Children Use the Robinson Curriculum

Speech/Print Friendly - Brochure Version of this web site.

   
Robinson Homeschool Curriculum
What about Printing Books
 • Some Ideas
 • What will this cost? How much time will it take?

TopPreviousNext

Some Ideas

First of all, remember that you will be spreading this out over quite a number of years. Of course, if you are beginning with older children the printing will be much heavier to begin with. But still, print books as needed and children can share much of the same reading - as great literature is great literature at any age. The read order is as flexible as you need it to be. Presently out 5th year, 3rd year and 1st year 'students' are all reading the Pony Rider books.

To save costs, browse your local used book sales for some of the titles - often the great oldies go for under $1.00. You'll find others worth owning as well.

The public library still has some of the original classics (such as Alcott's lengthy books, Little Women, Little Men) that you could borrow rather than print.

One advantage to printing your own 'old' books is being able to enlarge the print, especially valuable for younger eyes. Another advantage is that the books you print and put in binders are more 'user friendly' than the old and aging copies one can purchase. Binders don't suffer if left open, and individual pages that have been damaged can be reprinted and inserted back in. Books that you own are also more likely to be reread and you can't acquire library fines for them!

Printing for the First\Second Year

Let's look, for instance, as you asked, specifically at what the printing requirements might be for a first year student. If a child is progressing slowly it will be first and second year.

I have listed the books previously, under the section Teaching Younger Children: Literature for the first year that you will find in the Robinson Curriculum. There is a total of 28 books plus Penmanship Practice pages. This is a total of 5,214 pages.

Dr. Robinson has also included two of Josephine Pollard's history books (in one syllable words) early in the reading list and if you were to include these in the first year the book total would be 30, the page total would be 5,509.


TopPreviousNext

What will this cost? How much time will it take?

Well...this will depend to a great extent on your printers capabilities and where you purchase paper and ink (see Printing Recommendations) - we estimate our costs to be about 1 cent a page (not including the cost of the printer). To print all 30 of the first year books it cost us $110.30. Binders can be found at real discounts once you have your 'eye out' for them. So far, our first 50 binders have cost from $0 .00 to $1.00 a piece. (See: http://www.binding.com/binding.cfm for more professional type binding equipment. They have binding machines that start at only $60.00 and will bind up to two inches thick.) Our shelving is brackets and boards (painted white) in a 'user friendly' basement.

Does this seem formidable? At this 'stage' of reading (1st year), I think it is absolutely possible to use the library to the maximum if printing costs are a hindrance. If you don't own the McGuffey Readers already be sure to print these out as well as the Josephine Pollard books. Using your own careful discretion you could make a reading list for your youngster. Be sure to gradually increase the level of difficulty (vocabulary and length of story) and include fiction and non-fiction (children's bibliography is probably your best resource. Books Children Love, A Guide to the Best Children's Literature by Elizabeth Wilson is our best used one.

When a child is 6 years old, the focus is to get them to read, to love reading, and to increase their ability to read. Then they can move forward in their quest to learn more and more and more.

In conclusion, the assumption, regardless of age, is always... the best literature available. And, I believe, the books offered in the curriculum are a large part of why our children have come to love reading.



Copyright 2012 © Arnold Jagt         www.robinsoncurriculum.com         T O   T H E   T O P