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    Simply Classical Journal, Summer Issue

    If you are not yet receiving the Simply Classical Journal, we invite you to subscribe.

    Each Winter & Summer, a new print edition arrives in your mailbox. If you already signed up, look for your Summer issue soon!

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    I was impatient, so I read the whole magazine online! I loved all the articles! Bravo!


    A side note: Did I miss the cursive desk chart in SC3 a year ago, or was that recently added? (I just ordered one!).
    Christine

    (2018-2019)
    DD1 8/23/09 - SC4
    DS2 9/1/11 - SC2
    DD3 2/9/13 - MPK

    Previous Years
    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3)
    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK)
    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others!)

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      #3
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      Arrived today! Loved it! Thanks Cheryl. I really (really!) enjoyed your article on community.

      SusanP

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        Charlotte’s final hours come when it becomes evident that she has saved Wilbur the pig from the dire fate of becoming the Christmas ham. Now people will never again look at him as food — crunchy or otherwise.

        ~“Charlotte’s Web”, a book review by Michelle Swope

        If Michelle gets any cuter, I’m go into eat her. Adorable. And a lovely review, in toto.
        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
        ~Pope St John Paul II

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          I loved these articles. Thanks Cheryl, I was thinking just today about what my sons education would look like if it was led by his interests haha! Probably would be looked upon very positively by our culture but not very good for him!

          Also, thanks Anita. A very honest article you wrote...some really good advice. I really liked how you related stress reducing things to measures taken by emergency services/pilots...now I will take heed of this advice and go to bed!!!
          Sarah

          Aussies from Sydney, Australia
          Miriam 9yo Latina Christiana, Greek Myths, Poppers Penguins, Christian Studies 1, R+S 4 (also IEW Phonetic Zoo, IEW Poetry Memorisation, HWT Cursive)
          Jonny 6.5yo (Special Needs) SC Level 1
          Elissa 3.5yo SC Level B (for preschool)
          Thomas 12 months

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            Catherine’s article on poetry recitation was an “aha!” moment for me. As she described the benefits of doing a more formal recitation, I realized how much this could help C. His OT evaluation unveiled significant core and eye muscle weakness — basically he’s constantly compensating and that’s why he often appears to be holding himself somewhat awkwardly. Thank you, Catherine, for reminding me of the benefits of formal recitation!
            Jennifer


            2018-2019
            DS-14 & DS-15 (MP9 Literature, Novare Intro to Physics, Light to the Nations I (CTP), MPOA for: Latin, Pre-Algebra, Ref/Con
            DS-12 (6M)
            DS-10 (SC3)
            DD-8 (MP2)
            DD-6 (SC2)
            DD-3 (NT using SCB for gradual intro to JrK)

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              Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
              Catherine’s article on poetry recitation was an “aha!” moment for me. As she described the benefits of doing a more formal recitation, I realized how much this could help C. His OT evaluation unveiled significant core and eye muscle weakness — basically he’s constantly compensating and that’s why he often appears to be holding himself somewhat awkwardly. Thank you, Catherine, for reminding me of the benefits of formal recitation!
              You are so welcome! I hope you can find some good opportunities for him to recite. :-)
              Catherine

              2018-19
              DS15, 9th
              DS13, 6th
              DS11, 5th
              DD11, 5th
              DS6, K
              DD3
              DS 10 mos

              Homeschooling 3 with MP
              2 using First Form series in school

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                Originally posted by CatherineS View Post
                You are so welcome! I hope you can find some good opportunities for him to recite. :-)
                Was that you?! Well done! I loved that piece as well. It gave me great inspiration to keep my kids focused on recitation and memory work. Thank you!
                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                ~Pope St John Paul II

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                  Originally posted by Anita View Post
                  Was that you?! Well done! I loved that piece as well. It gave me great inspiration to keep my kids focused on recitation and memory work. Thank you!
                  I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I am passing on your article to several friends. It’s such an important thing to remember. Thanks for sharing your struggles so honestly.
                  Catherine

                  2018-19
                  DS15, 9th
                  DS13, 6th
                  DS11, 5th
                  DD11, 5th
                  DS6, K
                  DD3
                  DS 10 mos

                  Homeschooling 3 with MP
                  2 using First Form series in school

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                    It didn’t occur to me that the article about memorising was written by you, Catherine! That is so great, I loved getting insight into your family. How totally amazing that there are male teachers at your boys’ school learning poetry right alongside them. I have been inspired/challenges to read some poetry lately, perhaps a bit of memory work wouldn’t go astray either.
                    Sarah

                    Aussies from Sydney, Australia
                    Miriam 9yo Latina Christiana, Greek Myths, Poppers Penguins, Christian Studies 1, R+S 4 (also IEW Phonetic Zoo, IEW Poetry Memorisation, HWT Cursive)
                    Jonny 6.5yo (Special Needs) SC Level 1
                    Elissa 3.5yo SC Level B (for preschool)
                    Thomas 12 months

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                      Originally posted by sarahandrew View Post
                      It didn’t occur to me that the article about memorising was written by you, Catherine! That is so great, I loved getting insight into your family. How totally amazing that there are male teachers at your boys’ school learning poetry right alongside them. I have been inspired/challenges to read some poetry lately, perhaps a bit of memory work wouldn’t go astray either.
                      Thank you, Sarah! Yes, it is a unique school. My husband is one of the teachers, and he does a fantastic job of inspiring our kids with his own recitations. He puts me to shame in that regard! But it really is wonderful to memorize, even though it’s harder as an adult. I’m amazed at how much more I understand a poem (or Scripture passage) if I memorize it.
                      Catherine

                      2018-19
                      DS15, 9th
                      DS13, 6th
                      DS11, 5th
                      DD11, 5th
                      DS6, K
                      DD3
                      DS 10 mos

                      Homeschooling 3 with MP
                      2 using First Form series in school

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                        Originally posted by CatherineS View Post
                        Thank you, Sarah! Yes, it is a unique school. My husband is one of the teachers, and he does a fantastic job of inspiring our kids with his own recitations. He puts me to shame in that regard! But it really is wonderful to memorize, even though it’s harder as an adult. I’m amazed at how much more I understand a poem (or Scripture passage) if I memorize it.
                        OT to the OP, but:
                        I have basically thrown out all my devotionals over the years because what works best for me is just writing it down. It’s sort of like Lectio Divina with a pen and paper. I have journal after journal full of nothing but scribed Scripture, Catechism and quotes from Saints. No commentary of my own even makes it into the journals; just transcription. It is THE method for me to pray, memorize, meditate and contemplate all at the same time. In that regard, it is the most efficient use of my spiritual time. I am immensely pleased that my children engage in this practice almost daily in their copy books.
                        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                        ~Pope St John Paul II

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                          Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
                          If you are not yet receiving the Simply Classical Journal, we invite you to subscribe.

                          Each Winter & Summer, a new print edition arrives in your mailbox. If you already signed up, look for your Summer issue soon!
                          Thank you very much for your article titled "A Communal Feast." Although I do not have a special needs child, your article really resonated with me. When I read the following passage, I literally held my hand up and whispered, "Guilty as charged."

                          "Perhaps rather than cost, the real driving force behind curriculum decisions is this: As parents, we don't truly believe we should impose intrinsic standards. We scorn a prepared curriculum, even if it is one brimming with purposeful enculturation, the highest quality teaching resources, and classic literature. We trade this for largely hands-on projects, splashy entertainment, or following the child's lead. When we do this, what is being lost is our communal, cultural birthright-the accumulated wealth of knowledge, beauty, and reason that a curriculum is intended to pass down to a student."

                          And I don't do projects nor do I like anything flashy and I have certainly never been a proponent of child-centered education, but I did eschew prepared curriculum except in a few subjects like math and Latin. I have particularly struggled with grammar and composition for my children. I really do have shelves of half used curriculum! And I often complain of our limited budget. So again, guilty as charged!

                          All that wordiness is my thank you for your article. It hit me like a Mack truck- but in a good, yet kind of twisted way

                          Kelly

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                            Bumping this as we work on assembling our next print issue. If you do not yet subscribe, we encourage you to do so! The Simply Classical Journal is a free magazine to encourage and keep you informed of newly released teaching materials for special needs.

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