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Thank you for sharing Swope family!

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    Thank you for sharing Swope family!

    I just finished a three-day cram of Simply Classical. I had wanted to read it after listening to the 2012 Conference DVD, not because I have Special Needs children necessarily; but because I taught my eldest so poorly in his early years that we're doing much back-tracking now. Also to get a glimpse and understanding of those who are homeschooling a special-needs child (children). I briefly worked in the public school system as a teacher's aid in the Special Needs department and it was difficult for me for a couple of reasons. It seemed like some of what I saw being treated as discipline issues were more from a lack of loving instruction (from the parents, not school personnel). I also couldn't figure out why some kids were in these classes as they appeared to be relatively 'normal' children. At the time I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong, but in contrasting the differences between a Classical Education and Special Education programs today, I understand a little bit now.

    In the early years of homeschooling I had followed the ideas of making school fun and working to a child's particular learning style, as opposed to starting distinctly Classical and modifying where necessary. Also I tried to push a multitude of composition and grammar programs that ended disastrously. I'm more of a concrete-thinker myself, as is my eldest and that has proven to be a struggle with some academics and simply preferring hands-on lessons to working hard academically. For years I tried to provide more hands-on things and avoided (actually shunned) workbooks because they didn't fit his 'learning style'. There were things I recognized in myself and in him as I read this book, such as the orderliness of Latin as a subject, and providing Michael with a 'cubicle-type' work space.

    Though I didn't start out well with my eldest, I am excited to get some of your recommended books to catch up in a couple of areas; and just to better understand this Classical model. Truly, it is never too late to start with a Classical Education!

    Thank you so much Swope family, for sharing your struggles and success! What a blessing to us all!

    I just ordered the book! Looking forward to it!