What is homeschooling?
A home school is a school in which parents teach their children an academic curriculum at home instead of sending them out to a public or private school.
When teaching a child at home, the first thing to teach a child is study habits and a mental attitude.
This is because study habits will improve your child's grades, make school less stressful, and help your child remember their work while a positive mental attitude can help the children form their beliefs, feelings, values, and dispositions to act in certain ways.
These acts help children extract material from books and use them to their advantage and then help them to do things that develop their understanding. These are more important to homeschooling.
The 3 things RC parents do differently are;
They do this all in the name of being a wife, mom, cook, cleaner, nurse, specialist, and domestic engineers and accountants. They are trying to add another act of teaching I.e wherever they can delegate or alleviate our load why not. Mothers will have 14 subjects and when they hear about another subject they quickly add, thinking their child shouldn't be deprived of that.
This attitude affects the child's assimilation and understanding of the subjects because the time they spend on each subject is sometimes less. For example, a child that spends 10 minutes a day on each subject. You will agree that the child can't really learn much about anything because there's so much to learn at the same time. The mother will even pull her child's hair out trying to develop lessons on all these things. Most of them pick it up because they get burned out trying to do everything at once.
It hurts to see mothers be a jack of all trades and master of none. Hence, completely wiped out homeschooling and they find that this does a better job with very little time so they like to adapt to it and try to work themselves out of that teaching job and there's actually a couple of benefits not just for us but for the children as well.
When parents focus is to be the dispenser of knowledge of information, your child is going to be limited by your limitations. I am convinced that this method allows each child to reach a very high academic level limited only by his own ability and perseverance and diligence, not at all limited by the teachers' abilities or those of other students. So again it's a win-win. With this, your children will not be limited by your limitations and you can alleviate a little bit of that weight on you, Plus your children will develop these amazing study habits that will carry them throughout life and make them independent lifelong learners. That is the goal!
You might be wondering if they do a lot more than that in public school don't you want them to be better off or have a more well-rounded education?
What I mean by focusing on the three r's is that we are not actively teaching things like Science, Geography, Foreign languages, Social studies, and more. Regardless, that doesn't mean that they're not getting it through other means such as the books.
The Robinson curriculum has a very long book list to take you from the very beginning of your education to graduation and in those books we have poetry and social studies and science biology, nature study, animal study, world history are included in the book. But, people sometimes look at the curriculum that was done and they often say, well that's just some books. Where in essence, that's where knowledge is.
Knowledge is not on the video games, it's not the Tv set, it's not in some kind of funny manipulation that they get to play with. Knowledge is in books.
If you look out at the great libraries of western civilization there are at least 500 years of writing out there. And you can pick the best people that have ever written about history, you don't need a guy who just got out of college writing you a history book. If you're studying the civil war why not read the autobiographies of grants and Sherman and the President or the Vice President of the Confederacy and the writings of Lincoln, these guys were there, they were doing it and they write beautifully. -Dr. Robinson
Hence, It isn't necessary to read what some guys who just got out of college once tell you happened in the civil war. You can read about it from the people who fought for it.
Let me reveal not so a secret here, something well known to RC parents is that you can't really learn science subjects like physics and chemistry without the right mathematical foundation to quote. Dr Robinson, from that course of study for these, we have concluded that science and engineering should be limited solely to extracurricular descriptive texts until the child has learned enough mathematics to understand these subjects correctly. This may not take long.
Students in our homeschool finish introductory calculus between the ages of 14 and 16 years. Now I'm actually going to jump in here and throw in a bonus.
Something that RC parents do differently is we're supposed to do school six days a week in a year. Now here in the course of study, Dr. Robinson addresses this saying that very frequently parents have asked him a depressing question. They say something like I hear your children study five or six hours a day, six days a week, and will it be okay if my children study four hours a day for five days a week will that be enough? The answer is that the more you work the more you learn. There is nothing called 'enough' because your child has one brain and one life in optimizing the ability of that brain and the experiences and productivity of that life. How much is then enough!
Let me explain what I meant by consumers; It means spending a lot of money on consumable materials. This might be that it ends up either not being used on the bookshelf or thrown in the trash or maybe you're keeping the bulk of it in case you have to show someone. But they're just worksheets where they're filling in the answer or circling an answer etc.
I don't always think that is the most effective way to go about things and it's also very expensive especially if you have more kids.
However, The Robinson curriculum is 195 k through 12 for the entire family plus the cost of the math books, now you do have to print it out because it's a printable curriculum, so you print out what you need.
Now you see that there's a lot of our homeschool curriculums in the books. They are very nice because they have taken out the things people don't want their children to learn, they often have added some Christian values and Christian thinking to them. This is exactly what the majority of the homeschool movement would like to have added to them. But the academic quality, academic level is still sitting at the level of our public schools instead of going back to what the child is capable of, so rather than buying a third or fourth-grade grammar or writing curriculum, they're reading a lesson and then they're completing a worksheet where they're just circling what's wrong what's out of place or what belongs there they're just getting a notebook. You know from the 99-cent store the dollar tree just a regular spiral notebook and they're writing in it every day a page back and forth of their thoughts whatever they want to write about and that's truly where you will catch any weaknesses and strengths and give them feedback to improve.
So it's very affordable very sustainable and again you're working more on producing a body of work instead of just consuming curriculum year after year every child is capable of learning at the level that was done in the 60s which is about two grade levels above what we have today and probably at least half of our children are capable of learning at the great academic levels of the 30s which is another two great levels above what we have today.
The most important thing is that no single child is allowed to be damaged by what the others can learn. If you can make the knowledge a continuous road that stretches out in front of the child. It gets steeper as the child gets more knowledgeable and has more ability than your child goes down that road at whatever rate his/ her perseverance, knowledge, capability, and how hard the work permits.
If your child is not a fast learner, the child might go down slower even if your child works hard. But if that child is a very quick learner the child will go very fast and the fast students won't be held back by the slow students and the slow students are not feeling bad about themselves because they go as fast as the fast students there aren't any signposts as you must do.
When you have a thing that says this is a fifth-grade curriculum then you want to make everybody happy because you want to sell curriculums by making sure that every student can do that, that means that the good students are being deprived. -Dr. Robinson
So let's recap three things RC parents do differently;
Now, if you're not very familiar with the Robinson curriculum, I have created a free 13-part video series telling you all about it. So I will link that HERE.
I'm sure I've missed things in this list so if you are an RC parent out there let me know in the comments down below what you think that is unique to parents of this methodology that is different from your other homeschooling. Counterparts let me know in the comments below and if you have any questions as well feel free to comment below will answer you as soon as I can.
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