I don't hear many people talk about this. Does anyone here use it? It seems a lot like Robinson and I'm wondering what the differences are.
I'm looking at this chart http://www.hstreasures.com/A2/A2vsRC.html and wondering if A2 is better than Robinson. Bumping in case anyone has use A2 or has maybe looked into both curricula and can share with me why they chose RC over A2.
The chart is inaccurate. It's similar to Robinson, some say a copy-cat program. I highly prefer Robinson as it has a strong support system (yahoo group and various web pages like Rosegate Harbor) plus a lot of success stories from families who used it. RC has been a huge success so far in our family.
On the yahoo group (RobinsonUsers4Christ), A2 is often asked about by people new to RC. I'm pretty sure when they do a web search, the chart on HS Treasures comes up. If the A2 curriculum is great, then fine, but why the need to compare it to RC?
Here is a post from the yahoo group, as the question comes up often in the group:
<<Accelerated Achievement and the Robinson Curriculum
Hi! Welcome to our group! We hope we can help you find answers! The A2 curriculum is actually explained at the accelerated-achievement home page (not HSTreasures).
Paul Stone is the founder and developer of A2. Here is his biography recording his Mormon mission trip and BYU education after his article “Simplifying Your Homeschooling”:
“Paul Stone served in the Washington, D.C. mission from 1975 to 1977 where his brother, Kyle, was his first companion. At the conclusion of his mission Paul attended BYU, majored in Manufacturing Engineering, and married his wife, Susan. He now works as a research engineer for the Boeing Company. He is the publisher of Accelerated Achievement homeschool curriculum. He has written a math book for A2 curriculum and a book on missionary work called "It's the Spirit that Converts," which is included in the LDS version of A2 Curriculum.”
LDS-NHA Quarterly Bulletin, Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2007, © National LDS Homeschool Association http://lds-nha.org
Paul Stone is the A2 publisher and producer.
The Stones sell two versions of their curriculum. The Mormon (LDS) version includes copywork and Mormon missionary preparation work:
"The LDS version of A2 Curriculum is specifically designed for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The copywork contains several hundred passages from the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price; including Scripture Mastery, the Articles of Faith, and many scriptures of importance to missionaries. It also includes, "It's the Spirit that Converts" a book on missionary preparation. This books (sic) covers spiritual preparation and intellectual preparation."
It is heavily promoted by LDS--Mormon groups and the LDS School of Abraham which will offer a discount (only to Mormons):
It also includes a yahoo support group. However, “All information posted on this web site becomes the property of Accelerated Achievement LLC.” http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AAchievement/
A-2 is a "copycat" curriculum. The Robinson Curriculum actually does include:
Accurate (and current) English grammar books: "Primer" and "Main Course"
written by Dr. Jane Orient
Sentence Building cards
Higher Lessons in English
Vocabulary word building--in fact, the Robinson Curriculum contains 6,400 vocabulary words keyed to the books, plus definitions and words-used-in-a-sentence, as well as a ten-volume vocabulary exercise pages for each list!
Homeschool Treasures, which you quoted, profits from sales of A2, a Mormon company, and attempts to paint Mormon doctrine as Christian:
Their biased review also incorrectly states facts on its comparison chart:
Besides many errors (listed above), it states that the Robinson Curriculum does not include a Course of Study! In actuality, the Robinson Curriculum has a 70-page Course of Study, the heart of the program!
I cannot find anywhere at the A2 homepage that a Course of Study is included. They do not claim that A2 includes a course of study, but Homeschool Treasures says that it does on its incorrect "comparison" page--another error.
A2 is a set of e-texts up to 1921, many of which can be found online. Buyers will have to organize the 800 books into a reasonable course of study and add modern, higher science, math, and history texts, as noted in the FAQ page:
"A2 does not cover higher math, science or history after WWI. We cover all other core subjects. You will need to buy math books from Pre-Algebra on, science books, and a history book covering history after 1922."
A2 is PDF and text files whereas the Robinson Curriculum is scanned-image files. These can be printed to look exactly like the original book. The Robinson Curriculum also includes on-screen reading and printing software. >>
castiron - Yes, what she said!
>>If the A2 curriculum is great, then fine, but why the need to compare it to RC?<
Probably because they are very similar.
>>Homeschool Treasures, which you quoted, profits from sales of A2, <<
I did not know this.
>.I cannot find anywhere at the A2 homepage that a Course of Study is included. They do not claim that A2 includes a course of study, but Homeschool Treasures says that it does on its incorrect "comparison" page--another error.<<
Yes, there is a course of study for A2. It is broken down into grades for people who want that, if that's what you mean by course of study.
>>I cannot find anywhere at the A2 homepage that a Course of Study is included. They do not claim that A2 includes a course of study, but Homeschool Treasures says that it does on its incorrect "comparison" page--another error.<<
What I like about A2 (just what I've seen) is that they are formatted so I can put them on an e-reader. There is no way I could print out the many books they include.
I like the looks of RC. The comparison chart says A2 has more books but now you say that chart is not accurate.
Thanks for the info.
I think A2 does have more books. I guess that could be a perk if you have a really fast reader on your hands. Although I do have that, and I have no problem supplementing the RC list as need be. As for putting books on the e-reader. It's true that A2 would probably be better for that. However, 99% of the RC books are free online. I always just download them to my reader from Gutenburg and other sites. Rosegate Harbour, which has the entire RC booklist in order, also has links directly to all the books. I also love the Rosegate has lists of several other books that are similar to RC books that you can use to supplement (and links to those as well). For the 1% of books that I can't find free online, I do like that I can print the books out and they actually have illustrations and such and look like the original book. :-) Now, one nice perk of A2 is the fact that they have 1 CD instead of 22. I would like that! However, dealing with the 22 CDs really hasn't been any issue for me. I thought it would be much more of a hindrance than it really is.
Maybe ya'll already know this, but you can go to Amazon and get quite a few of the Robinson books for free or cheap as Kindles. jfyi.