Robinson Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions


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QuestionWhere do I place my child(ren)?AnswerNobody but you can decide where the children fit in. You could just look at the material and start them where they belong according to the work they have been doing. I would not worry much about starting a older child too early in the Curriculum as the book are quite interesting and enjoyable to read.  However you also do not want to run out of time to finish.  Thus an older child should work on mastering the vocabulary from the beginning on as this will make a big difference on SAT exams.

A more objective way of determining their placement in the Read Order is by using the vocabulary flash cards to determine their reading comprehension level. 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. However they should master all the vocabulary words regardless.

To know where to start older children in Saxon Math, you can click here to find the free placement exams.

See Placement and Testing for more.


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Is there a way to assign course grades to subjects?

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Is there a way to assign course grades to high-school subjects to help meet college admission requirements?Answer

Good scores on your SATs are often all you need.  However, you can separate the curriculum books out by subject and add subjects that you think are needed. 

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QuestionHow long will it take to get my Curriculum?AnswerThe Curriculum will arrive 2-3 weeks from when you place your order. It will arrive by Priority Mail from the USPS. If you paid extra for Express delivery you will receive your curriculum within 3-4 business days.

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I installed the 1st CD but I cannot get the other CDs to install?Answer

Once you install the program from Disk 1, you only insert the other CDs when you choose the book you want to read – see the Disk number on the right side of your screen. Our Robinson applicaiton is the best way to view and print the materials on the CDs.  If Windows pops up something when you insert a CD choose, “Take no action” and check mark the box that says, “Do this every time.”


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QuestionHow do you get to the Math and Phonics Flash Cards?AnswerGo to the Vocabulary tab at the top of the screen and then click on the Print Flash Cards tab at the bottom of the screen.

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QuestionMy child has read all the books – what are some more that they could read?Answer

The Sugar Creek Gang Series (30). Laura Ingalls Wilder stories (5). Grandma’s Attic Stories (10). Wilson Rawls: Where the Red Fern Grows (glorious sad ending but very nice story) and Summer of the Monkeys. Also see Teaching Younger Children.


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What is the software support number?Answer

517-546-8780


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Are the CDs ordered by grade?Answer

No. You follow the Read Order as per the Course of Study and are prompted to insert the correct CD when it is needed.  Note: There is a Grade Level book list available to assist you in placing your older child in the Read Order.  See: Grade Level Book List


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Is there a support team for the student when they run across something that they and the parent don’t quite understand? Or is it strictly individual?

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Everything is self-taught once they get beyond learning to read and they know their math facts through the twelves.  The math books, for instance, point to the lesson where a concept was originally taught for each problem.

When our children run into a problem they are convinced they cannot understand, they skip it and come back to it later (after the rest of the lesson is done). If they still don’t get it they come into a separate room (so as not to disturb the other children) and then read the whole problem (and the lesson if necessary) out loud as if they where teaching it to a class.  This gets them over it every time.  Oral learning is a powerful concept explained in full in the Course of Study.  Keep in mind that the value of a problem is in learning how to overcome it.  If someone shows you how to solve a problem the value of that problem as a learning aid is taken away.


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I have had RC for over a year but have only recently begun printing in earnest. Sometimes it prints just fine and other times I have problems. I have gotten an error message several times. Can you tell me what’s happening and what I should do about it?

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Some printers and print drivers are more prone to problems than other as manufacturers try to gain a competitive advantage by pushing the technology envelope.

As a rule, the print drivers that ship on the Microsoft Windows CD are more reliable than those that come with the printer. Thus, if you are having problems, look in you printer manual for information on which other printers your printer is compatible with. Then install the print driver(s) for those printers (My Computer – Printers – Add Printer). Print drivers for earlier models may be simpler, more thoroughly tested, and thus more reliable.

Try a driver from an earlier model of the same line of printers from the Windows CD. That will usually work.

Also, in order to avoid problems while printing, we advise that print spooling be disabled when printing from the Curriculum. With the spooler disabled, pages will print directly to the printer without first being cached on your hard disk by the Print Manager.

To disable spooling, click through the following sequences:

  1. My Computer
  2. Printers
  3. Highlight a printer
  4. From the Menu choose File – Properties
  5. In dialog box click Details tab
  6. Spool Settings…
  7. Click “Print directly to printer” (note: this may be grayed out if your printer is shared).

A more stable operating system such as Windows XP will be far less likely to exhibit spooler problems.


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One of our CD’s has been damaged. How can we get a replacement of that CD?

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It would be helpful if you could check that CD (and any other that might appear to fail) on another computer to be sure it is the CD and and not that particular computer’s CD drive that is failing. Some CD drives lose their tolerance for full CDs and so may work with some CDs but not all.

If the CD is broken or lost you can order a new one at the following link: Technical Support


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I am having problems printing or viewing certain pages from the Course of Study.  Also the books beyond book 400 are not coming up.  The Error Meesage says: “Insert correct Disk” but I have the Disk 1 in the machine.

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You might be using our Version 2.2 software but the Version 2.0 CD Disk 1.  You need to upgrade to Version 2.2.

Sometimes Windows Vista seems to want the software to be run in Windows XP Compatible mode. To set this up you would:

  1. Right click on Robinson Curriculum program
  2. Choose Properties
  3. Click on the Compatibility tab
  4. Choose “Run this program in compatibility mode for:
  5. Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  6. Click OK

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