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    Absolutely love Simply Classical but need some help!!

    Hello,

    I was introduced to Simply Classical because I listened to some presentations Cheryl gave at the Special Needs Conference in Orlando. I have been reading the book and cannot put it down! I haven't been this excited about homeschooling in a long time. It came at a perfect time as we have just recently started some different therapies and are going to see more specialists.

    I really love Mp and the ease of use it appears to have. I just need some help picking out curriculum.

    I have six children and my oldest is 9. She really doesn't have any issues, except speech for the r and th sounds. She has been doing Sonlight and just finished the first cycle of World History so I was thinking putting her in the accelerated 3rd grade so she could learn some American History. She also has dyslexia, but it doesn't seem to hinder her very much, except in her writing.

    My twins who are 8 are my kiddos who are struggling the most. They were just diagnosed with severe auditory processing disorder, but it was strongly suggested to get a psycho-educational evaluation to check for other issues as well. That appt is in July and I am also looking to having them assessed for autism because they also have a lot of sensory issues and behavior issues. They are now reading small books, mostly cvc books. In math, they are doing math- u-see and are in Alpha. My first thought would be to put them in the Simply Classical level 1. I am really trying to build up their confidence right now. They are aware that learning is a struggle for them and they are starting to get frustrated their 5 year old sister is quickly catching up to them. They have started OT and ST. They also have dyslexia.

    I have a 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son who love to do school and like to be included with the big kids. I was thinking they could tag along with the Simply Classical level 1, but buy them the additional K resources for just them to do, like the cutting and enrichment. My reason for combining and not getting them their own program is because I have a one year old who gets sick very easily and had surgery to get ear tubes and is having surgery on a clogged tear duct next month. The poor little guy just needs a lot of attention so I don't want to overwhelm myself with too many levels.

    Please give me your feedback on my plan. Sorry for writing a book.

    Cheryl, thank you so much for your beautiful book!! I am so inspired and cannot wait to teach all my children about the beauty and truth in the world. I am hoping to also embrace it myself. I have become so overwhelmed lately that school has become drudgery and I really want to have joy back in my home during school. I am Lutheran as well, and have joined the forums on ccle.org and hope to glean wisdom from them as well. I also purchased your daughter's poetry book and am reading it with my 9 year old. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    Last edited by JBelknap; 03-26-2015, 11:57 AM.

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    Originally posted by JBelknap View Post
    Hello,

    I was introduced to Simply Classical because I listened to some presentations Cheryl gave at the Special Needs Conference in Orlando. I have been reading the book and cannot put it down! I haven't been this excited about homeschooling in a long time. It came at a perfect time as we have just recently started some different therapies and are going to see more specialists.

    I really love Mp and the ease of use it appears to have. I just need some help picking out curriculum.

    I have six children and my oldest is 9. She really doesn't have any issues, except speech for the r and th sounds. She has been doing Sonlight and just finished the first cycle of World History so I was thinking putting her in the accelerated 3rd grade so she could learn some American History. She also has dyslexia, but it doesn't seem to hinder her very much, except in her writing.

    My twins who are 8 are my kiddos who are struggling the most. They were just diagnosed with severe auditory processing disorder, but it was strongly suggested to get a psycho-educational evaluation to check for other issues as well. That appt is in July and I am also looking to having them assessed for autism because they also have a lot of sensory issues and behavior issues. They are now reading small books, mostly cvc books. In math, they are doing math- u-see and are in Alpha. My first thought would be to put them in the Simply Classical level 1. I am really trying to build up their confidence right now. They are aware that learning is a struggle for them and they are starting to get frustrated their 5 year old sister is quickly catching up to them. They have started OT and ST. They also have dyslexia.

    I have a 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son who love to do school and like to be included with the big kids. I was thinking they could tag along with the Simply Classical level 1, but buy them the additional K resources for just them to do, like the cutting and enrichment. My reason for combining and not getting them their own program is because I have a one year old who gets sick very easily and had surgery to get ear tubes and is having surgery on a clogged tear duct next month. The poor little guy just needs a lot of attention so I don't want to overwhelm myself with too many levels.

    Please give me your feedback on my plan. Sorry for writing a book.

    Cheryl, thank you so much for your beautiful book!! I am so inspired and cannot wait to teach all my children about the beauty and truth in the world. I am hoping to also embrace it myself. I have become so overwhelmed lately that school has become drudgery and I really want to have joy back in my home during school. I am Lutheran as well, and have joined the forums on ccle.org and hope to glean wisdom from them as well. I also purchased your daughter's poetry book and am reading it with my 9 year old. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


    Thank you very much. Welcome!

    And yes, this sounds like a good plan.

    I certainly understand the need to combine children! Because their skill levels overlap, this seems very workable. A few suggestions:

    -Your 8-year-old twins are already reading small CVC books, so you will want to continue having them read aloud brief periods every day. You can simply use the readers in Level 1 (or your own readers) for this. Just introduce them a little earlier than we do in the Level 1 lesson plans. Even so, it will not hinder them to begin FSR at the beginning. With the writing component, this will help solidify the phonics sounds and CVC words they already know. This will also give them a systematic context for progressing in their reading skills.

    -If your 5yo is ready to read, she might benefit from the same phonics/reading/printing materials in SC Level 1. However, you might want to teach her separately to minimize comparisons in ability.

    -You will want to have your 3yo work puzzles, play, read books, or nap while you teach phonics/reading/printing. Even though he may be interested, this portion will be above his level. He can certainly join in the discussions for Science & Enrichment and other areas!


    Thanks again. And my Michelle thanks you too. Like your youngest, she is often ill. She had to stay home from her volunteering the past few days. This will cheer her.

    Cheryl


    Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child

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

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