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  • cherylswope
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    Originally posted by CelticaDea View Post
    I'm truly drooling over these levels. My younger one doesn't need it but I may do it just because! Is there a timeline that you are hoping to move forward with other levels? Level C would have been a great fit for my older dd this past year but she's mostly beyond it this year.
    Hi, Katie.

    We hope to catch up with your daughter by this time next year! If all goes as planned, we'll release Levels 1 & 2 in the summer of 2015. We will include skills assessments, so you can evaluate whether Level 1 or 2 might be suitable for her at that time.

    You're not alone in considering the early curriculum packages "just because." New moms, homeschoolers, and preschool teachers appreciate Levels A, B, and C (the readiness levels) for the gentle lessons and good children's books.

    If you have not yet seen this quote, I think you'll appreciate this:


    "So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,

    Go throw your TV set away,

    And in its place you can install

    A lovely bookshelf on the wall."


    - Roald Dahl, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Puffin Books, 1988, p. 148.


    Thanks -
    Cheryl

    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child

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  • CelticaDea
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    I'm truly drooling over these levels. My younger one doesn't need it but I may do it just because! Is there a timline that you are hoping to move forward with other levels? Level C would have been a great fit for my older dd this past year but she's mostly beyond it this year. I'm modifying 1st a lot (it's kind of more like the second half of kindergarten to be honest)

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  • cherylswope
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    A, B, C Book Lists

    For anyone wanting specific book information, please find below the following book lists for Levels A, B, and C of the new Simply Classical Curriculum.


    LEVEL A
    CORE:
    Prayers for Children, ISBN 9780307021069 Random House
    Level A Curriculum Guide, Memoria Press

    READ-ALOUD:
    Jesus Is With Me, Joni Walker, ISBN 9780758606280 Concordia
    Jesus Hears Me, Joni Walker, ISBN 9780758615084 Concordia
    Jesus Knows Me, Joni Walker, ISBN 9780758605078 Concordia
    Big Red Barn, Margaret Wise Brown, ISBN 9780694006243 Harper Collins
    The Best Mouse Cookie, Laura Numeroff, ISBN 9780694012701 Harper Collins
    Little Fur Family, Margaret Wise Brown, ISBN 9780060759605 Harper Collins
    From Head to Toe, Eric Carle, ISBN 9780694013012 Harper Collins
    Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, ISBN 9780694003617 Harper Collins
    Bunny's Noisy Book, Margaret Wise Brown, 9780786807444 Hachette
    Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Bill Martin Jr., ISBN 9780805053883 Macmillan
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill Martin Jr., ISBN 9780805047905 Macmillan
    Numbers Colors Shapes, ISBN 9780312510817 Macmillan
    The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle, ISBN 9780399229190 Penguin
    Good Night, Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann, ISBN 9780399230035 Penguin
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, ISBN 9780723244325 Penguin
    Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, Matthew Van Fleet, ISBN 9780803717596 Penguin
    Flaptastic Shapes, ISBN 9780756652265 Penguin
    ABC Amazing Alphabet Book, Dr. Seuss, ISBN 9780679882817 Random House
    Put Me in the Zoo, Robert Lopshire, ISBN 9780375812156 Random House
    Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb; Al Perkins, ISBN 9780679890485 Random House
    Cars and Trucks From A to Z, Richard Scarry, ISBN 9780679806639 Random House
    My First Counting Book, Lilian Moore, ISBN 9780307020673 Random House
    The Animals' Christmas Eve, Gale Wiersum, ISBN 9780375839238 Random House
    Big Dog � Little Dog, P.D. Eastman, ISBN 9780375822971 Random House
    Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, Dr. Seuss,ISBN 9780679882824, Random House
    My First Real Mother Goose, ISBN 9780439146715 Scholastic
    1 Is One, Tasha Tudor, ISBN 9780689717437 Simon & Schuster


    LEVEL B

    CORE:
    A Child's Garden of Bible Stories, 9780758608581 Concordia
    How Can I Help?, 9780758643476 Concordia
    A Child's Garden of Verses, 9780811841689 Hachette
    My First ABC Book, 9780789499004 Penguin
    Please and Thank You, Richard Scarry 9780394826813 Random House
    Prayer for a Child, Rachel Field 9780020430704 Simon & Schuster
    Bible Pictures to Color Rod & Staff
    Counting With Numbers Rod & Staff
    Adventures With Books Rod & Staff
    Big Thoughts for Little People, 9781414333106 Tyndale
    Alphabet Coloring Book, Memoria Press
    A-Z Craft Book, Memoria Press
    Alphabet Flashcards, Memoria Press
    Numbers Coloring Book, Memoria Press
    Best First Book Ever Richard Scarry, 9780394842509 Random House
    My Big Animal Book, 9780312511074 Macmillan
    My First Body Book, 9780756602796 Penguin
    A Child's Garden of Songs CD, 510503280 House at the Corner
    Back to the Garden CD, 510503290 House at the Corner
    Level B Curriculum Guide, Memoria Press

    READ-ALOUD:
    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, 9780316056960 Hachette
    Harold and the Purple Crayon, 9780062086525 Harper Collins
    Harry the Dirty Dog, 9780060842444 Harper Collins
    Henny Penny, 9780899192253 Houghton Mifflin
    Pancakes for Breakfast, 9780156707688 Houghton Mifflin
    The Little Engine That Could, 9780448457147 Penguin
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 9780399226908 Penguin
    Little Cloud, 9780698118300 Penguin
    Corduroy, 9780670013111 Penguin
    Owl Babies, 978-1564029652 Random House
    The Color Kittens, 9780307021410 Random House
    The Happy Man & His Dump Truck, 9780375855177 Random House
    The Christmas Story, 9780307989130 Random House
    The Poky Little Puppy, 9780375839252 Random House
    Tawny Scrawny Lion, 9780307021687 Random House
    We're Going on a Bear Hunt, 9780689815812 Simon & Schuster
    Drummer Hoff, 9780671662493 Simon & Schuster

    Supplement (Included in Level A):
    Prayers for Children, Eloise Wilkin, 9780307021069 Random House


    LEVEL C

    CORE:
    ABC Bible Verse Book, Deedra Scherm, 9781934789049 STL
    Best Mother Goose Ever, Richard Scarry, 9780307155788 Random House
    Going On Eagerly, 9780739900109, Rod & Staff
    Alphabet Books 1-2, MP
    Numbers Books 1-2, MP
    First Start Reading Book A, MP
    First Start Reading Teacher, MP
    Classical Phonics, MP
    Christian Liberty Reader K, 9781932971132 Christian Liberty Press
    Simply Classical Crafts Book Two, MP
    Animal Alphabet Coloring Book, 9780865450424 Spizzirri Press
    Animals Animals, Eric Carle, 9780698118553 Penguin
    Aesop's Fables, Milo Winter, 9781454909811 Sterling
    Level C Curriculum Guide, MP
    My Scissors Book, MP

    Read-Alouds:
    1 Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss, 9780394800165 Random House
    2 The House That Jack Built, ill. By J.P. Miller, 9780375835308 Random House
    3 Ten Little Rubber Ducks, Eric Carle, 9780060740757 Harper Collins
    4 Curious George, H.A. Rey, 9780395922729 Houghton-Mifflin
    5 Frederick, Leo Lionni, 9780394826141 Random House
    6 My Shadow, Robt. Louis Stevenson, ill. By Glenna Lang, 9781567921083 David Godine
    7 Three Billy Goats Gruff, Paul Galdone, 9780899190358 Houghton-Mifflin
    8 The Little Red Hen, Paul Galdone, 9780899193496 Houghton-Mifflin
    9 Barndance, Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault, 9780805007992 Macmillan
    10 Mr. Pine's Purple House, Leonard Kessler, 9781930900325 Purple House
    11 The Gingerbread Boy, Paul Galdone, 9780899191638 Houghton-Mifflin
    12 In November, Cynthia Rylant, 9780152063429 Houghton-Mifflin
    13 Tikki Tikki Tembo, Retold by Arlene Mosel, 9780312367480 Macmillan
    14 The Little Drummer Boy, Ezra Jack Keats, 9780140567434 Penguin
    15 The Friendly Beasts, Tomie dePaola, 9780698116610 Penguin
    16 Snow, Cynthia Rylant, 9780152053031 Houghton-Mifflin
    17 The Mitten, Jan Brett, 9780399252969 Penguin
    18 Madeline Ludwig, Bemelmans, 9780140564396 Penguin
    19 Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney, 9780763641757 Random House
    20 Officer Buckle and Gloria, Peggy Rathmann, 9780399226168 Penguin
    21 Charlie Needs a Cloak, Tomie dePaola, 9780671664671 Simon & Schuster
    22 Noah's Ark, Barbara Shook, Hazen & Diane Muldrow, 9780307104403 Random House
    23 Never Tease a Weasel, Jean Conder Soule, 9780375872853 Random House
    24 Chester's Way, Kevin Henkes, 9780688154721 Harper Collins
    25 The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown, 9780064430180 Harper Collins
    26 The Golden Egg Book, Margaret Wise Brown, 9780375827174 Random House
    27 The Empty Pot, Demi, 9780805049008 Macmillan
    28 Andy and the Lion, James Daugherty, 9780140502770 Penguin
    29 Around the Year, Tasha Tudor, 9780689828478 Simon & Schuster
    30 One Fine Day, Nonny Hogrogian, 9780020436201 Simon & Schuster
    31 The Quilt Story, Tony Johnston & Tomie dePaola, 9780698113688 Penguin
    32 The Story of Little Babaji, Helen Bannerman, 9780060080938 Harper Collins
    33 The Relatives Came, Cynthia Rylant, 9780689717383 Simon & Schuster
    34 What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?, Steve Jenkins & Robin Page, 9780618256280 Houghton Mifflin

    Supplement (Included in Level A):
    Prayers for Children, Eloise Wilkin, 9780307021069 Random House


    See individual levels for ordering information.


    Thanks-
    Cheryl

    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child

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  • cherylswope
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    Level C

    BethK wrote:
    Thank you Cheryl, the compare and contrast was very helpful! I'm excited that we will be able to use level C in the fall, it seems like it will be a good fit for us.


    Dear Beth,

    Just a quick curriculum note while attending the excellent Memoria Press conference in Louisville:


    Level C is now available for purchase!


    If anyone reading does not yet know which level your child needs, consider the online readiness assessments.

    If you have any further questions about placement, feel free to post here!

    Thanks-
    Cheryl

    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child

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  • bethk
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    Thank you Cheryl, the compare and contrast was very helpful! I'm excited that we will be able to use level C in the fall, it seems like it will be a good fit for us.

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  • cherylswope
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    Originally posted by bethk View Post
    My daughter turns 4 in July, I am wondering if Level C will be out before September? I am trying to decide between Level C and adapting the Junior K program.
    Welcome out of "lurkdom," Beth!

    Yes, Level C is scheduled to appear in just a few weeks. Level C's component parts are in production right now.

    Over the past year, we created all three readiness levels with a view to design & format for summer release. If all goes as planned, you will easily have Level C in time for teaching this fall.


    This comparison & contrast might help:

    Similarities -

    The book selections in MP JrK and Level C are almost identical.
    Both programs include the Memoria Press Alphabet Books and Number Books.
    Both intend to prepare the child for reading, writing, and early arithmetic.
    Both intend to develop a love of stories and a delight in books.
    Both intend to provide a structured, yet gentle introduction to learning.
    Both intend to preserve and enhance the wonder, joy, and playfulness of early childhood.

    Differences -

    1) Level C offers more intentionally integrated subject matter. We recognize the benefits for the special-needs child of cross-teaching with repetition; consequently, the read-alouds, oral language exercises, fine-motor activities, poetry, games, devotions, and even the animal/science lessons correspond clearly to the letter-of-the-week!
    2) Level C provides adapted reading comprehension questions for children whose oral language or reasoning abilities might be limited.
    3) Level C charts include more visual cues. For example, we offer a "focused" alphabet chart with only those letters taught the first semester highlighted in bold to improve attention to detail.
    4) Perhaps surprisingly, Level C adds a more challenging enrichment option in science and animal studies. This is included especially for the older student who loves to absorb facts but whose reading, writing, and math readiness abilities remain at a lower level. (My experiences with my son Michael, an Asperger-type child on the autism spectrum, influenced this addition. His intense inquisitiveness often outpaced a standard curriculum. Many moms with children on the autism spectrum will understand!) This optional 15-20 minute-a-day animal study is also designed to improve sustained attention and interest for any child without requiring a written response.
    5) Level C allows more time for learning recitations and memorizing prayers with a slower progression and fewer items to learn by heart.


    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. If you are willing to elaborate on your daughter's needs & challenges, we can guide you more directly in your decision.

    Either way, your daughter will receive a strong foundation!

    Thanks-
    Cheryl

    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed., with Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith

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  • bethk
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    Level C or Junior K

    My daughter turns 4 in July, I am wondering if Level C will be out before September? I am trying to decide between Level C and adapting the Junior K program.

    Thank you for all your hard work and support, I am a lurker and I find all the advice here very helpful. I also think the Special Needs packages look wonderful!

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  • cherylswope
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    Originally posted by Miah View Post
    Wow, you guys are getting these up fast! This looks so wonderful. It so happens that I already have Do It Carefully and Everywhere We Go, so I think I may buy the 8 week review plans to work on over the summer.
    Thanks, Miah.

    I looked at the 8-week review plans again last night. With 3-4 core books, you could do quite a few of the daily lessons to coordinate with Do It Carefully & Everywhere We Go. Then you could supplement from the library for the read-alouds.

    Of course Tanya is correct. You would not be able to follow the complete program, because the Level B Review plans assume the teacher has everything from Level B! But if you're interested in piecing together such a summer program, let us know.

    If you want something structured for your little "Sprout," it might be worth having the daily plans to do this.


    How is he doing with his new services? Do you like his therapist(s)? Fill us in, if you have time.

    Cheryl

    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed., with Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith

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  • tanya
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    Miah,

    The 8-week review of Level B includes all the books that are in the Level B package. You can't do the Review without the books in the read-aloud set and in the core set for Level B. These two additional books are in addition to the books used throughout the year in Level B.

    Sorry for the confusion. We are working on clarifying this on our website.

    Regards,

    Tanya

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  • Miah
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    Wow, you guys are getting these up fast! This looks so wonderful. It so happens that I already have Do It Carefully and Everywhere We Go, so I think I may buy the 8 week review plans to work on over the summer.

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  • cherylswope
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    Level B

    Level B just became available!


    To preview, find here the Simply Classical Curriculum overview with a new description of Level B.

    Please share this information with friends & special-needs groups.

    Thanks-
    Cheryl


    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child

    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed., with Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith

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  • cherylswope
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    Thanks, Heather.

    Curriculum Packages
    -
    Yes, many of our special-needs children will not learn all skills at one identifiable level, so we hope to offer individualized lesson plans. I appreciate your suggestion of stand-alone guides for some areas, such as Aesop. Great idea.

    Louisville MP Conference -
    Rest assured that the conference workshops will focus, as always, on solutions for your own children's needs. Classroom teachers and homeschoolers will bring questions about children far beyond the readiness levels of the new curriculum!

    Simply Classical (the book) -
    Yes, this will be the reference guide, as your children grow. My own children are similar to yours with vast differences among ability levels in each area.

    I'm looking forward to meeting you in Louisville!

    Cheryl

    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed., with Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith

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  • HeatherB
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    Special Education Curriculum A La Carte?

    The new packages look great, however I'm not sure they will be a fit for my children. I am wondering if any one has considered there being a way to pick components of some of the material...For example, my daughter and son who are the ones with FAS are alike in some needs and different in some. They have already started early reading and are at 1st grade level in math. They do not have fine motor skill problems. They struggle most with listening/language processing and weak memory so I still feel like at this time I may have to continue to design my own curriculum for them (and for my neurotypical son who has some emotional struggles sometimes). I am thankful for your book because it is helping me to do this and I am so thankful for the conference coming up in Louisville (special needs track) because I'm hoping (and praying) it will further equip me to meet their individual needs. My understanding is it won't be solely about the new curriculum and I hope that is still true because my kids' needs are not going to fit neatly with what is offered at this time. I am going to use Aesop this year and wish there was a single guide/book that would help me to use it (particularly with my 10 1/2 year old who is developmentally 3 or 4 in some areas but higher in other areas) in a way to support her memory problems and language processing/auditory processing problems.

    Thank you,

    Heather Brandt

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  • Michelle Barrett
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    Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
    Just a quick note, so you are not surprised. Each level will be most effective with some supplies. You'll receive a supply list in your lesson plans.

    The Level A Supply List is now available online, if you want a head start.

    Thanks -
    Cheryl


    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed., with Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith
    We had almost all of the supplies on hand already, but I did spring for the sandpaper letters and numerals and the triangular crayons and colored pencils. I'd had my eye on the sandpaper letters for a while.

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  • cherylswope
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    Originally posted by Michelle Barrett View Post
    Oh! I just ordered the package. This looks wonderful! I love how each week is based off of the same book. We're going to start as soon as it gets here. This will be wonderful for our SN child and fun for our neurotypical children, both younger and older. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

    Just a quick note, so you are not surprised. Each level will be most effective with some supplies. You'll receive a supply list in your lesson plans.

    The Level A Supply List is now available online, if you want a head start.

    Thanks -
    Cheryl


    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed., with Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith

    Leave a comment:

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