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    Sodalitas Special Needs

    This is the working schedule from the lovely Jessica P (pickandgrin):

    Sodalitas Schedule 2016

    Note two changes:

    Thursday 8:45-9:30 a.m.
    Thursday morning after Jessica's Welcome 8:15-8:45, our SN "track" will offer a small group gathering for SN Introductions 8:45-9:30.

    This will give everyone an early opportunity to meet, introduce by real name/forum name, remind each other of details, such as how many children, diagnoses, and needs. If time permits during this session, you can indicate which areas you would most like to be addressed during our SN sessions. All of this will allow you to connect with fellow SN moms for the remainder of the conference. (Maybe we can place the SC logo's heart on our nametags.)

    Of course, Sodalitas is fluid, so anyone who would prefer to hear Sarah Kaye's inspiring Heroic Minute during this time may do so.


    Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    I will be attending the Louis Markos plenary, so our SN session will begin at 2 on Friday. Anyone who wants to attend the 1:30 Multiple Cores or Solo Child may do this at that time. Many choices!



    I'm very much looking forward to having 3-dimensional, rather than typed, conversations.

    Thanks-
    Cheryl

    #2
    Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

    So excited!
    Married to DH for 13 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

    DS10- Simply Classical 4 / Grade 3 Classic Core,
    DD8- Grade 2 Classic Core,
    DD 6- Classic Core Kindergarten

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      #3
      Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

      Thank you, Cheryl. I so appreciate the time you put into everything you do here on the Forum, with the curriculum and what you'll be doing at the Sodalitas gathering.

      I went ahead and booked myself to come! I'm beyond excited! Just an fyi, for years and years I've prayed to God to provide a support system, a network, an accountability. I've posted on ALL of the local homeschool Yahoo groups over and over searching for SN help and literally there's been no one all these years. It's been me 100% trying to figure everything out on my own. I've become trained as a parent provider in various neurodevelopmental therapies since logistics and finances prevented me from having my son in all the weekly therapies he needs.

      I did read your book when it first came out and then reread it 2 more times. I just pulled it off the shelf again in anticipation for this new journey we are about to embark upon and was surprised at how marked up and weathered it look! HA!

      I know it might be too hard to throw this out there re: the schedule at Sodalitas, but there are concurrent sessions that are quite important for me on Friday. One is your talk about developing compassion in SN kids and the other is where I can get some specific help and answers from some of the MP upper school curriculum and OA folks. I'm not sure how to straddle myself between those 2 important sessions.

      Blessings and so looking forward to meeting you. I have spent every day since coming home from HEAV pouring over the conversational histories on this forum that relate to my questions, pouring back over your book AND, most importantly, pouring over the various SC levels. I really don't want any gaps for my just-turned 11 year old SN son. While it would be overkill to take him back to SC Level C or Level 1 there are things from those previous levels he's lacking. My biggest concern is that I'll be back at this piecemealing thing I've already been doing and then flounder. Yet it wouldn't be wise necessarily to buy all the guidebooks for those different levels to pick and choose. I perhaps that's my best approach? I hope you don't mind if I email you.

      Susan in VA

      DS #1 (14) - will be placed somewhere between 8th and 9th, Algebra 1, Henle 1 (Units 6-beyond), Accelerated CC from beginning
      DS#2 (11) - still figuring out where he fits in SC material

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        #4
        Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

        Originally posted by SPearson View Post
        Thank you, Cheryl. I so appreciate the time you put into everything you do here on the Forum, with the curriculum and what you'll be doing at the Sodalitas gathering.

        I went ahead and booked myself to come! I'm beyond excited! Just an fyi, for years and years I've prayed to God to provide a support system, a network, an accountability. I've posted on ALL of the local homeschool Yahoo groups over and over searching for SN help and literally there's been no one all these years. It's been me 100% trying to figure everything out on my own. I've become trained as a parent provider in various neurodevelopmental therapies since logistics and finances prevented me from having my son in all the weekly therapies he needs.

        I did read your book when it first came out and then reread it 2 more times. I just pulled it off the shelf again in anticipation for this new journey we are about to embark upon and was surprised at how marked up and weathered it look! HA!

        I know it might be too hard to throw this out there re: the schedule at Sodalitas, but there are concurrent sessions that are quite important for me on Friday. One is your talk about developing compassion in SN kids and the other is where I can get some specific help and answers from some of the MP upper school curriculum and OA folks. I'm not sure how to straddle myself between those 2 important sessions.

        Blessings and so looking forward to meeting you. I have spent every day since coming home from HEAV pouring over the conversational histories on this forum that relate to my questions, pouring back over your book AND, most importantly, pouring over the various SC levels. I really don't want any gaps for my just-turned 11 year old SN son. While it would be overkill to take him back to SC Level C or Level 1 there are things from those previous levels he's lacking. My biggest concern is that I'll be back at this piecemealing thing I've already been doing and then flounder. Yet it wouldn't be wise necessarily to buy all the guidebooks for those different levels to pick and choose. I perhaps that's my best approach? I hope you don't mind if I email you.

        Susan in VA

        DS #1 (14) - will be placed somewhere between 8th and 9th, Algebra 1, Henle 1 (Units 6-beyond), Accelerated CC from beginning
        DS#2 (11) - still figuring out where he fits in SC material
        It's so good to have you here, Susan. No wonder you feel so at home here -- your journey has been difficult. (I can certainly relate!)

        What you describe with "little gaps" is similar to what almost every other posting mom here has described. We all sort of want to mash the resources of all the SC levels together to give our kids all of it! But that's not realistic for many reasons. What you might want to do is order a few of the individual lesson plans in the area your child most struggles with and teach a bit from those. For me, it was (and is) especially important that my children hear and see good literature (books and poetry) and that they engage the selections. But these selections have to be level-appropriate. For my oldest, that meant a full year of working at SC Level 1 or MPK and supplementing with SC Level A or B readalouds with comprehension questions. It worked incredibly well to increase his enjoyment, engagement, comprehension and answering skills. So you might try that -- that is, starting your child on their appropriate SC Level but supplementing with one extra SC plan. Way better than "piecemeal"!
        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

        “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.”
        ~Pope St John Paul II

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          #5
          Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

          Thanks for the update Cheryl! I am beyond ready for this "retreat"! :-) I think I am highly interested in Sarah's heroic minute, but if it is similar to her talk last year, I know I would love to get to the introductions! (I did not attend last year, but I did purchase the videos) We've talked a lot about the heroic minute on the forum, so I probably have the gist. She's an inspiring speaker!

          The last 3 weeks for us have been almost unbearable, but we'll survive. The short version of the story is we have had perpetual problems with our roof and siding blowing off, almost every time there is a little storm. We decided to just replace it all after we were told by 5 companies that they were initially installed poorly. (our home is only 13 year olds, but the company who built these homes was notorious for shotty work. We thought we were buying a home built by a different builder, but misunderstood - we bought the home over a weekend when we flew in from CA - so) IT took awhile to find a contractor and the figure out of insurance was going to pay or not. So, we finally booked someone and the first day was great. He was here at 7 am and things looked great. However, 2 of his guys decided they did not like the height of our roof and refused to work...so we were left with one guy and his girlfriend! They have had some personal issues with their child and so they show up, but only for 1/2 day sometimes and sometimes not at all. We are on week 4 of this project, and it should have been done in 1, maybe 2 tops. Our home is "naked" at the moment and while naked it stormed one night (roof held up well!!) but it POURED in our home...through some of the windows. It turns out they were merely set in the window, taped and siding put around them. So, now we are in the middle of pulling every window out and putting it back and sealing it. FUN! ...and then the straw that broke the camels back, unrelated to the other things, the ceiling fell in below our master bath. (a super leaky drain in the shower, so now the master bath, hallway and downstairs bath will be getting a remodel!!!!). Also, before all this began, we took on our neighbors for the summer, so we are adjusting to having them here for long days along with the interruptions with the work (having to take down curtains and then take time to wash the windows while they were out).

          So, I will be there, but at the top of my stress load! :-)


          A few positives: When the neighbors started coming, I decided to take the opportunity to wake my children at the same time every day so they could have breakfast before the other kids arrived. We held the schedule for 2 solid weeks, but my oldest was out of control and clearly overtired. I decided to just let her sleep. The first day she was SOO much better, but asked to be awake before the other kids got there (5 min to be exact!). We gave her my digital alarm clock and WOW - what a difference that is making in her sleep/wake/getting ready. She is waking up a minute or so before the alarm, so I think we finally hit her natural biorhythm. Additionally, at bedtime I can say "you can read until such and such time" and she does an she is asleep within 15 min.....So WIN on that one!

          The 11 year old that comes is actually quite helpful, and she seems to enjoy doing things. (I have yet to "assign" her anything, but she volunteers for a lot!)

          The trouble issues are my son. He is behaving like he behaves when we have been on vacation for too long. He is having a difficult time settling down at night and is not sleeping enough. The results are his behaviors are off the rails. My husband and I are discussing strategies and it seems we need to separate everyone at bedtime and just let him be alone in his room for a REALLY long time before bedtime. It's working because everyone is getting 10-20 min of individual time with a parent, they aren't tackling one another, or running all over the house. We were hoping for more of a "family" time, but they start bouncing off the walls and can't calm down. This works, so we'll go with it!

          I'm also learning with him that the obvious consistency is key. The biggest headache every.single.day was getting ready in the morning. I put up some picture cards with the schedule. He fought me every.single.day for 2 weeks. It is still a bit of a struggle, but it is getting done and much more efficiently. A weakness for me is that I expect to see "change" overnight. It was an eye opener to see how long it really takes with him. (my daughters tend to get on board after about 3 days)

          I am a box checker, to the detriment of other things. I don't stop and smell the roses enough or take the time to enjoy the beauty that is already here in my children. I took your suggestion and listed everything on our dry erase board and the 11 year old commented immediately. "I like the checklist" All 5 checked the list and repeated what was left and how we were going to get to the next check. One of those involved cleaning up the kids rooms that had gotten out of control. It took us an hour and a half. We finished! We rewarded ourselves when we were done, we moved on to the next thing. It was a great day! I've tried cleaning schedules, but with my husband having rotating days off, it is hard to stick to. A "loop" schedule is working much better.

          I have the level C manual in my hands and fall in love it more and more every time I read it and know even the soon to be 7 year old will enjoy and benefit, but looking to figure out how we'll manage both C and Level 2 together.

          I printed out the first 2 weeks of Level 2(I was going to pick up at conference but it turns out shipping was cheaper! I just hope they arrive at home before I get there!!) and already have some questions as well and hope to get them answered at the "retreat"!
          Last edited by howiecram; 06-26-2016, 11:43 AM.
          Christine

          (2019/2020)
          DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
          DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
          DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

          Previous Years
          DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
          DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
          DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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            #6
            Most updated schedule!

            Just popping over to provide the most updated schedule.

            Please note quite a few of the "big activities" (Wednesday night opening, continental breakfasts, lunches, Thurs night Sup and Shop time, Louis Markos' talks) will be taking place in Cooke Hall. The rest of the time we'll be in the HLS Primary Building. There will be signs for parking and lots of friendly faces to help you find the correct spot! We've launched a communication thread on the K-8 board to keep everyone up to date. I've also sent two newsletters directly to email addresses of registrants. If you've not received one, please drop me a private message and I'll get you a copy!

            Thanks, friends!
            Jessica
            Festina lentē,
            Jessica P

            SY2019-2020 · 8th MP Year
            @ Home, HLN, & MPOA
            S · 10th, MPOA Henle 3
            D · 8th
            D · 5th
            S · 2nd

            Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School

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              #7
              Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

              Oh my goodness Christine! The construction problems sound terrible. Glad you will be able to get away from them for a few days next week I have just put everything on a loop. Our schedule makes full school days each day impossible, so I put all our subjects on a loop. We will open with prayers, recitation, and a brief morning time (basically religion studies) every day and then pick up where we left off the day before. I need to create one for housework. Homemaking is not my strong suit.

              Susan P, I also am doing one level while supplementing with another. We will be doing SC 1, then SC 2 with 2nd grade math. My son has fine motor delays and hates coloring and drawing with a passion, so we are working through the Rod and Staff preschool books from Level C. Slowly and surely. So up a level in math, down a level in fine motor skills.
              Susan

              2018-2019
              A (10) - Barton, R&S math 3, SC 3
              C (9) - Barton, R&S math 2, SC 3
              G (5) - Simply Classical C

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                #8
                Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                Originally posted by SPearson View Post
                Thank you, Cheryl. I so appreciate the time you put into everything you do here on the Forum, with the curriculum and what you'll be doing at the Sodalitas gathering.

                I went ahead and booked myself to come! I'm beyond excited! Just an fyi, for years and years I've prayed to God to provide a support system, a network, an accountability. I've posted on ALL of the local homeschool Yahoo groups over and over searching for SN help and literally there's been no one all these years. It's been me 100% trying to figure everything out on my own. I've become trained as a parent provider in various neurodevelopmental therapies since logistics and finances prevented me from having my son in all the weekly therapies he needs.

                I did read your book when it first came out and then reread it 2 more times. I just pulled it off the shelf again in anticipation for this new journey we are about to embark upon and was surprised at how marked up and weathered it look! HA!

                I know it might be too hard to throw this out there re: the schedule at Sodalitas, but there are concurrent sessions that are quite important for me on Friday. One is your talk about developing compassion in SN kids and the other is where I can get some specific help and answers from some of the MP upper school curriculum and OA folks. I'm not sure how to straddle myself between those 2 important sessions....

                Thank you, Susan. We're excited with you!

                Regarding the two sessions: I can connect you to a recorded version of mine, if you choose the other. We presented a version of "Softening Hearts: Nurturing Empathy in the Challenged Child" at the SN Homeschooling conference in Orlando. They charge $4 or $5 for their own recording (audio only), but it is available, if you need this option.

                You can always decide on Friday, after you see which child needs the greater emphasis of your remaining time.


                And you are very welcome. My daughter Michelle is especially pleased to see how her small story is reaching so far.


                Cheryl


                Simply Classical - the book

                ClassicalSpecialNeeds.com - the Simply Classical Curriculum

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                  #9
                  Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                  you are very welcome. My daughter Michelle is especially pleased to see how her small story is reaching so far.
                  Mustard seeds, two mites of the widow, a little leaven, a small candle, a few loaves and a couple of fish... Christ smiles at our gifts and extends them to feed the multitude, no?
                  Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                  Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                  Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                  Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                  “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.”
                  ~Pope St John Paul II

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                    #10
                    Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                    Yes, except for the little leaven. I think we're supposed to avoid that.

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                      #11
                      Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                      Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
                      Yes, except for the little leaven. I think we're supposed to avoid that.
                      Yeah -- not a *perfect* analogy! (Although I've been guilty of "leaven" a few times in my life!)
                      ☺️
                      Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                      Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                      Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                      Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                      “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.”
                      ~Pope St John Paul II

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                        #12
                        Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                        That's ok. You're still the official Queen of Metaphors!

                        And thanks for the anti-piecemeal ideas. Very good.


                        Time to make lunch and get to work here.


                        Have a good afternoon, all -

                        Cheryl

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                          #13
                          Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                          Oh, I wish I could go!! Maybe next year... Will there be any way to get transcripts or audios of the talks if you can't attend?
                          Catherine

                          2019-20
                          DS16, 10th
                          DS13, 7th
                          DS11, 6th
                          DD11, 6th
                          DS7, 1st
                          DD4, JrK
                          DS 17 mos

                          Homeschooling 4 with MP
                          2 in classical school

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                            #14
                            Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                            Hi, Catherine.

                            We'll post links to any audio and video recordings when they become available.

                            For now, you can view Sodalitas 2015 sessions here. (No special needs track, but all are worthwhile homeschooling sessions!)

                            In December 2015, six hours of summer webinars on "Classical Education and Special Needs" became available through Memoria Press. Originally hosted by WTM, these can now be viewed here: Part One here, Part Two here.


                            You might also enjoy various -- mostly free -- Interviews & Sessions collected here: cherylswope.com, visit the bio tab.


                            That should keep you busy!

                            I wish you could attend too. I hope you can make it next year.


                            Thanks-
                            Cheryl

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                              #15
                              Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                              Oh cool! Thanks for all the links!
                              Catherine

                              2019-20
                              DS16, 10th
                              DS13, 7th
                              DS11, 6th
                              DD11, 6th
                              DS7, 1st
                              DD4, JrK
                              DS 17 mos

                              Homeschooling 4 with MP
                              2 in classical school

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