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From "Sandbox to Socrates"

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    From "Sandbox to Socrates"

    I just found this lovely account of Kate, a little girl with Down Syndrome.

    Kate's mother is one of the very first to teach with our new classical curriculum for special-needs children.

    She writes this:


    "...The final, and the most beautiful, piece to the puzzle for Kate’s early preschool education is the new Simply Classical curriculum from Memoria Press. Hearkening back to the *quote from Martin Cothran, and based on her book, Cheryl Swope is designing classical curriculum for special needs children. We have begun working through the first level with Kate this summer.

    We start each day with a prayer from the beautiful Little Golden Book Prayers for Children. When we talk about the baby birds and mama bird on the page, Kate practices her speech and her signing. From there, each day includes basic calendar activities (days of the week and weather), counting and alphabet recitation, as well as beginning memory work from Scripture. We then read the book of the week.

    Cheryl Swope has chosen wonderful books from authors including Beatrix Potter, Richard Scarry, Eric Carle, and Margaret Wise Brown, among others. Because these are board books, they are perfect for little hands and allow Kate to practice her fine motor skills by turning the pages for me.

    Fine and gross motor, oral language, and other therapies are wrapped into the weekly readings. We practice making a pointing finger to count objects; we jump, squat down, and push strollers to act out parts of a story; we discuss feelings and learn empathy while learning to read emotions on the faces of the characters.

    Cheryl Swope has taken those skills that need explicit instruction and woven them beautifully into activities springing out of the books we are reading. She has captured special needs preschool and bottled it inside something true, good, and beautiful."

    *If a child cannot accommodate the amount or depth of knowledge of most children, it is not less, but more important that what he learns be of the highest quality. Martin Cothran



    This little girl and others like her are the reason we all work so hard on the curriculum packages, even if our own children are beyond the age for them!

    The writer mentions me by name, but you know that these curriculum packages have been a team effort for well over a year. Thank you to ALL who contributed to the creation of Levels A, B, and C.


    Read Kate's story with photos.


    Cheryl

    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
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