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Will the Simply Classical Curriculum become Customizable?

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    Will the Simply Classical Curriculum become Customizable?

    I guess the title says it all, LOL. My sons skills and abilities are all over the place so he doesn't fit well into any one level. He needs a much lower level for his social/emotional development, language skills, and fine/gross motor skills than he does for his cognitive skills. He is currently in Level B (which has been such a blessing!!) but has continued on in his previous phonics and math because he is way ahead of the phonics and math in Level B. It's worked out well because the phonics and math activities give him a non-threatening/stressful (because he has already mastered it cognitively) way to work on his fine motor skills. We will continue into Level C doing the same (continuing with our own phonics and math) and had planned to continue into Level 1. However, after looking through all the samples of Level 1, it seems to have less of the enrichment (that has been so beneficial for him) and much more time spent on phonics and math (which are behind his level). So, after doing much comparing between SC Level 1 and the regular K, I've decided to switch him to the K Read-Aloud Program with the Science and Enrichment Set so he can have more enrichment and continue with our own phonics and math.

    Now, for us, being able to customize the phonics and math wouldn't help because I don't use the programs that MP uses (I like what we are using and they work well for my son so I am not going to switch). However, even if I did use the phonics and math MP uses, I would still be unable to continue in the Simply Classical curriculum because his skills are scattered over several different levels. If we used MP's phonics and math selections, being able to customize the levels would give us the ability to continue using it. I'm sure my son is not the only child like this. I'm speaking up because even though making it customizable wouldn't help us, I think there are many others that it would help. And, you asked for suggestions :-)

    I also think it would be helpful for ALL levels of Simply Classical to be customizable, not starting in Level 1 (like how customization doesn't start until K in the regular core). Our special needs kids can have such a range of skill levels that we really need to be able to customize every level. As they are currently, I'd not be able to use any of the Simply Classical levels without adding my own phonics and math (even if I used MP's programs) because they are so far behind his ability in the level he needs for his other skills/development.

    Thank you for listening
    Last edited by Cheryl in CA; 03-20-2015, 12:00 PM.
    Cheryl, mom to:

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    #2
    Yes, for all of the reasons you mentioned, we are working on this! Eventually SC customization will be available online.

    For now we offer many resources as Individual Items, so you may select as much or as little as your child needs. This might help.

    Some might want to obtain only a Curriculum Guide at the desired level, so the desired suggestions & activities could be incorporated into your own program.

    Customization might begin with Level B, because Level A's lesson plans are so thoroughly integrated into read-alouds and within each content area. Even so, I'll include the Number books for Level A below.

    For anyone interested in customizing key areas of alphabet/phonics or numbers/math within SC Readiness B, SC Readiness C, and SC1, the following resources could be moved up or down as needed:


    Alphabet/Phonics/Reading

    B –

    My First ABC Book

    Alphabet Coloring Book

    Simply Classical A to Z Crafts

    Alphabet Flash Cards




    C –

    Alphabet Book One

    Alphabet Book Two

    First Start Reading Book A

    FSR Teacher Manual




    1 –

    Phonics from A to Z

    First Start Reading A, B, C, D

    FSR Teacher Manual

    Classical Phonics

    Core Phonics K

    Core Phonics 1

    Primary Phonics Readers (Red & Blue)

    American Language Series: Fun in the Sun, Scamp & Tramp, Soft & White




    Numbers/Arithmetic

    A –

    1 is One

    Numbers, Colors, Shapes

    My First Counting Book




    B –

    Numbers Coloring Book

    Counting with Numbers

    Adventures with Books




    C –

    Numbers Book One

    Numbers Book Two

    Going on Eagerly




    1 –

    Best Counting Book Ever

    Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic Part One (Book and Workbook)

    Rod & Staff Arithmetic Part One Practice Sheets

    Rod & Staff Arithmetic Teacher Manual



    Of course you can always substitute higher levels of reading & math from MP or elsewhere while retaining the simplified literature, writing, recitation, and enrichment components of the SC Curriculum packages, if this better suits your child's needs.


    Thanks-
    Cheryl


    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child


    Simply Classical Curriculum
    - more levels (with customization) to come

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      #3
      Originally posted by Cheryl in CA View Post
      .... He needs a much lower level for his social/emotional development, language skills, and fine/gross motor skills than he does for his cognitive skills. He is currently in Level B (which has been such a blessing!!) but has continued on in his previous phonics and math because he is way ahead of the phonics and math in Level B. It's worked out well because the phonics and math activities give him a non-threatening/stressful (because he has already mastered it cognitively) way to work on his fine motor skills. We will continue into Level C doing the same (continuing with our own phonics and math) and had planned to continue into Level 1. However, after looking through all the samples of Level 1, it seems to have less of the enrichment (that has been so beneficial for him) and much more time spent on phonics and math (which are behind his level). So, after doing much comparing between SC Level 1 and the regular K, I've decided to switch him to the K Read-Aloud Program with the Science and Enrichment Set so he can have more enrichment and continue with our own phonics and math.

      ...

      Just some quick thoughts -

      When the time comes, you might find more enrichment in Level 1 than it seems. Much of the language, fine-motor, & social-emotional instruction is integrated into SC Copybook I, Story Bible, art, music, science, literature (stories & poetry), prayers, later recitations, & My Nature Journal. All of these will be separate from phonics/math and are often integrated by theme.

      This might not be clear from the Week 1 sample. (To save space, we placed most of the above in a single "box.") The phonics/math activities required much space to describe, but they do not dominate the day as much as it might appear. Given your desire to boost your son's oral language, fine-motor, and social-emotional instruction, you still might find some of the Level 1 resources or plans helpful. And by then, we will have made more progress on customizing!

      Thanks-
      Cheryl

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        #4
        Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
        Just some quick thoughts -

        When the time comes, you might find more enrichment in Level 1 than it seems. Much of the language, fine-motor, & social-emotional instruction is integrated into SC Copybook I, Story Bible, art, music, science, literature (stories & poetry), prayers, later recitations, & My Nature Journal. All of these will be separate from phonics/math and are often integrated by theme.

        This might not be clear from the Week 1 sample. (To save space, we placed most of the above in a single "box.") The phonics/math activities required much space to describe, but they do not dominate the day as much as it might appear. Given your desire to boost your son's oral language, fine-motor, and social-emotional instruction, you still might find some of the Level 1 resources or plans helpful. And by then, we will have made more progress on customizing!

        Thanks-
        Cheryl
        Cheryl, I'm so glad to read that it will become customizable!! I am also glad to hear that there is more language, fine-motor, and social-emotional instruction in Level 1 than there appears in the sample! I will admit that I was disappointed when I saw the sample because it seemed that much of the time would be spent on things that we weren't using, and most of what is taught in the bottom box in Week 1 is Bible related and I use separate Bible materials (my son responds much more to flannelgraph, and we don't use materials that have pictures of Jesus in it). Would it be possible to add a couple more weeks to the sample? I'd love to get a better idea what is covered for those areas for more than just the first week so I will know if it would be worth it for me to buy the Lesson Plans and books it uses for those areas. We would still use the K Read-Aloud Program with the Science and Enrichment Set because that is an area of strength (I'm currently adding more literature to the SC Lesson Plans), but if there is enough language, fine-motor, and social-emotional instruction I would eagerly buy the Level 1 Lesson Plans so we could continue to work on those.

        Thank you!
        Cheryl
        Cheryl, mom to:

        ds 24, graduated
        ds 23, graduated
        dd 15, 9th Grade
        dd 12, 6th Grade
        ds 10, 4nd Grade

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          #5
          Might you order the lesson plans for Level 1 and look them over? If they are not helpful, there is a money-back guarantee. If shipping is an issue, I own Level 1 and can provide some of the information from the lesson plans that might assist you as you decide
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          “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.”
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            #6
            Originally posted by Anita View Post
            Might you order the lesson plans for Level 1 and look them over? If they are not helpful, there is a money-back guarantee. If shipping is an issue, I own Level 1 and can provide some of the information from the lesson plans that might assist you as you decide
            Thank you for telling me; I didn't know that! I was hoping to make a decision before ordering so I could wait for the next special to order since I don't need it right now, and I don't want to have to pay for return shipping if it isn't what I need. If they aren't able to add another week or two to the sample, I'll probably go ahead and do that. I do hope they are able to add at least another week to the lesson plan sample, because the first week is often not the best indication of what the rest of the year is like. I really appreciate your offer, but I'm a very visual person and really need to see it in print.
            Cheryl, mom to:

            ds 24, graduated
            ds 23, graduated
            dd 15, 9th Grade
            dd 12, 6th Grade
            ds 10, 4nd Grade

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              #7
              Originally posted by Cheryl in CA View Post
              Cheryl, I'm so glad to read that it will become customizable!! I am also glad to hear that there is more language, fine-motor, and social-emotional instruction in Level 1 than there appears in the sample! I will admit that I was disappointed when I saw the sample because it seemed that much of the time would be spent on things that we weren't using, and most of what is taught in the bottom box in Week 1 is Bible related and I use separate Bible materials (my son responds much more to flannelgraph, and we don't use materials that have pictures of Jesus in it). Would it be possible to add a couple more weeks to the sample? I'd love to get a better idea what is covered for those areas for more than just the first week so I will know if it would be worth it for me to buy the Lesson Plans and books it uses for those areas. We would still use the K Read-Aloud Program with the Science and Enrichment Set because that is an area of strength (I'm currently adding more literature to the SC Lesson Plans), but if there is enough language, fine-motor, and social-emotional instruction I would eagerly buy the Level 1 Lesson Plans so we could continue to work on those.

              Thank you!
              Cheryl

              Level 1 Enrichment uniquely focuses on foundational classical Christian education with targeted modifications & learning strategies for the challenged learner. We intentionally integrate the content to assist comprehension, language, and memory.

              For Level 1, you plan to substitute in these areas:
              1) a different phonics program for FSR/Core Phonics/ALS - (FSR includes phonics/reading/printing, Core Phonics includes writing)
              2) a different arithmetic program for R&S arithmetic, and also
              3) a different Christian studies for Story Bible/SC Copybook/Recitations/Sacred Art - (these link to themed oral & written language, working memory, science/art/music/history/literature)

              If you intended only to substitute reading/writing/arithmetic, SC Level 1 might still help you. However, given all of the above substitutions, whether the MP office can post additional lessons or not, I think you would be left with a skeleton program.


              For the year following Level C, you might be better served by designing your own curriculum "a la carte," as you mentioned. As you know, you can do much with the K Read-Alouds and K Science & Enrichment, just as you planned.

              You can even add (or design) a simple literature-based writing program to coordinate your studies, address written expression, & assist comprehension.


              I do appreciate the feedback. We are only beginning. As we continue looking at needed resources, perhaps we could create a stand-alone resource for such situations in the future.

              Thanks-
              Cheryl



              Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child


              Simply Classical Curriculum - classical Christian education for children with special needs - more resources to come

              cherylswope.com

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                #8
                Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
                Level 1 Enrichment uniquely focuses on foundational classical Christian education with targeted modifications & learning strategies for the challenged learner. We intentionally integrate the content to assist comprehension and memory.

                For Level 1, you plan to substitute in these areas:
                1) a different phonics program for FSR - (FSR includes phonics/reading/printing)
                2) a different arithmetic program for R&S arithmetic, and also
                3) a different Christian studies for Story Bible/SC Copybook/Recitations - (these link to themed oral & written language, working memory, science/art/music/history/literature)

                If you intended only to substitute reading/writing/arithmetic, SC Level 1 might still help you. However, given all of the above substitutions, whether the MP office can post additional lessons or not, I think you would be left with a skeleton program.


                For the year following Level C, you might be better served by designing your own curriculum "a la carte," as you mentioned. As you know, you can do much with the K Read-Alouds and K Science & Enrichment, just as you planned.

                You can even add (or design) a simple literature-based writing program to coordinate your studies, address written expression, & assist comprehension.


                I do appreciate the feedback. We are only beginning. As we continue looking at needed resources, perhaps we could create a stand-alone resource for such situations in the future.

                Thank you -
                Cheryl



                Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child


                Simply Classical Curriculum - classical Christian education for children with special needs - more resources to come

                cherylswope.com
                Hi Cheryl,

                Thank you so much for all your advice! Those were my thoughts when I looked at the sample. Even though I'm disappointed (I would love to have been able to use Level 1 to some extent), it's good to know that my first impressions were correct. I will order the copybook and integrate it with what I am using. We will be continuing with recitation where Level C leaves off as well as adding The Baptist Children's Catechism (a simplified version of the Baptist Catechism) and memory verses, and I'll coordinate them with the copybook too.

                Thanks so much
                Cheryl
                Cheryl, mom to:

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                ds 23, graduated
                dd 15, 9th Grade
                dd 12, 6th Grade
                ds 10, 4nd Grade

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