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Frequently Asked Questions
 • Will this Curriculum work for my children if they have already started with another one?...
 • What is the Scholarship Program?...
 • Is there a demo available? ...
 • What are the computer requirements?...
 • Will I need a computer for each child?...
 • Do I have to buy the whole set of Saxon Math books at one time?...
 • Can I buy the CDs for just one grade?...
 • Can I buy the Saxon Math answer books alone since I already have the book?...
 • Do I need the latest version of the Saxon Math books?...
 • Is there a money back guarantee?...
 • Can I view the books on the computer?...
 • Can the Curriculum be used as a supplement?...
 • How long will it take to get my Curriculum?...
 • Where do I start my older child?...
 • How well does the Robinson Curriculum prepare students for college and do I need a diploma?...
 • My child scores very high and is gifted....
 • I am new to homeschooling....
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Question Will this Curriculum work for my children if they have already started with another one? Answer Yes it will work just fine. It may take more time to transition into the self-teaching methodology, depending on their background, than if they started with the Robinson Curriculum to begin with.

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Question What is the Scholarship Program? Answer The scholarship program is paid for by those who pay full price. You may direct further questions about the scholarship program to OISM at 2251 Dick George Rd., Cave Junction OR 97523.

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Question Is there a demo available? Answer No. This is one way we keep the price low.

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Question What are the computer requirements? Answer For Windows: System Requirements - Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 - CD-ROM or DVD drive
- 5.5 MB of disk space
- Printer (See Printing Recommendations)

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Question Will I need a computer for each child? Answer No you do not. It only takes one to print out the materials.

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Question Do I have to buy the whole set of Saxon Math books at one time? Answer You may buy as many or as few as you like. The discount will still apply.

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Question Can I buy the CDs for just one grade? Answer No, it is a complete set of CDs and we cannot separate it.

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Question Can I buy the Saxon Math answer books alone since I already have the book? Answer No, we can't do that. We purchased them in sets ourselves.

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Question Do I need the latest version of the Saxon Math books? Answer No, the versions are virtually the same. However we do recommend the hard cover Student Textbooks with matching Answer keys as these can be used across multiple children.


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Question Is there a money back guarantee? Answer

We have a no return policy to help keep the cost down. We would rather people read the information we offer than purchase the Curriculum without knowing what they are getting.

We do stand behind our product and will replace any defective CDs. We also offer free technical support for the software.


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Question Can I view the books on the computer? Answer Yes, there is very good on screen reading software (the best of any software of which we are aware) but we recommend you print out the materials since we recommend the children do not look at the computer for extended periods of time. The resolution on current computer screens is about 1/6 that of paper and the contrast ratio is about 1/3 that of paper. This severely retards both reading speed and comprehension.

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Question Can the Curriculum be used as a supplement? Answer It can be used to great profit as a supplement since it is such a rich resource of materials. However, to get the greatest benefit from the Curriculum it should be used full time if possible.

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Question How long will it take to get my Curriculum? Answer The Curriculum will arrive 2-3 weeks from when you place your order. It will arrive by Priority Mail from the USPS.

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Question Where do I start my older child? Answer Dr. Robinson has created a curriculum or educational program that truly is not based on "grades." The student/child is advancing through a series of math books, writing daily, studying, and reading a course of chosen literature at an individual pace. The literature to be read is put in an order from simple to advanced levels and you can choose where to begin by using your own judgement as you view the books on the screen, based on your knowledge of your child's age and reading ability. I would not worry about starting an older child too early in the reading selections as most of the books are enjoyable and worth reading at any age. A more objective way of placing the student is by using the vocabulary flash cards to determine their reading comprehension level. Each book in the core read order has a corresponding vocabulary. Choose a place in the read order and if they do 80% or better on the first pass through the vocabulary flash cards (Words and Definitions) they can skip ahead in their reading. If they get less than 80% correct you should skip back. Keep on testing till you find their level. (They should master all the vocabulary words regardless of where they start.) For Math, Saxon Publishers have available math placement tests. Or, if you have them available, use the tests that come with each textbook. See Placement and Testing for more.


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Question How well does the Robinson Curriculum prepare students for college and do I need a diploma? Answer The Robinson Curriculum is specially designed to prepare students for the SAT - a standardized nationwide test administered by the College Board (not to be mistaken with the SAT Achievement test which does not give you any credit). The Saxon Math and the RC Vocabulary section do an excellent job for SAT prep. For further credit they can take the Adanced Placement Exams for the college they are attending in order to test out of credit courses. This reduces the time and money required to get their degree. 3 of the Robinson children have done all this with great results. They only need a GED if they are going into something that does not require college but does need a "High School" diploma. A transcript generally does you no good. It is the SAT scores that matter. Any other paper is not important except in unusual cases.

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Question My child scores very high and is gifted. Would this Curriculum be appropriate (he loves computers too)? Answer The Curriculum has a lot of "headroom" for the gifted student. The science aspect of the Curriculum has optional elements that will stretch the limits of the most exceptional student. The Vocabulary and Exams are especially geared toward preparing the student for the SAT. Note that the Curriculum is mostly paper based for the student. They do not sit in front of the computer to use this Curriculum. The most valuable aspect of the Curriculum is the Course of Study documents (of which the Robinson Story is a part). The section on Oral Learning is invaluable and unique.

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I am new to homeschooling. How do I get started?

Here is what I would suggest:

1. Read as much of our website as you can. Listen to the Robinson Audio - Video as well.

2. Join the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. (see www.hslda.org)

3. Try out the Robinson Forum and see how others are doing it.

4. See our page on where to start an older child at: Where to Start an Older Child.

5. Look up homeschool groups in your area: Regional Associations - Local Homeschool Groups


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More FAQ's

For more frequently asked questions see: Frequently Asked Questions from the Support section.



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