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    #16
    Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

    Dear Cheryl Swope and Memoria Forum Family,
    I missed this conference! I recently found Cheryl's site. I have been looking for help for special needs and homeschooling for so long. I have just discovered classical education and it has been a wonderful fit for our family! I am going to buy your book, A Beautiful Education, today! I was wondering is there any way I can access the info from the conference? Did you guys record the sessions?

    Also, do you have any advice for starting the classical method with older children?

    Thank you!

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      #17
      Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

      Originally posted by dcwsimpson View Post
      Dear Cheryl Swope and Memoria Forum Family,
      I missed this conference! I recently found Cheryl's site. I have been looking for help for special needs and homeschooling for so long. I have just discovered classical education and it has been a wonderful fit for our family! I am going to buy your book, A Beautiful Education, today! I was wondering is there any way I can access the info from the conference? Did you guys record the sessions?

      Also, do you have any advice for starting the classical method with older children?

      Thank you!
      Welcome! A couple quick answers:

      We are recording many of the sessions. Look for more details in the coming weeks on when they will be available.

      Attendees will be posting their reflections on the conference and sharing what they learned in this thread: http://forum.memoriapress.com/showth...and-Discussion
      Michael
      Memoria Press

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        #18
        Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

        Originally posted by dcwsimpson View Post
        Dear Cheryl Swope and Memoria Forum Family,
        I missed this conference! I recently found Cheryl's site. I have been looking for help for special needs and homeschooling for so long. I have just discovered classical education and it has been a wonderful fit for our family! I am going to buy your book, A Beautiful Education, today! I was wondering is there any way I can access the info from the conference? Did you guys record the sessions?

        Also, do you have any advice for starting the classical method with older children?

        Thank you!

        Welcome! Plenary sessions were recorded, as Michded indicated. Our more personal, small-group special needs conversations were not. However, we would be happy to help here, if we can.

        For older students, we recommend following these steps:

        1. Solidify any missing foundational skills in the areas of reading (decoding, fluency), spelling, writing, and arithmetic.

        You can accomplish this with MP resources, SC (Simply Classical) resources, or your own favorite programs. We can help, if you want a sounding board on this.

        2. Begin Latin. Look at the options on the MP website. Feel free to ask questions about placement if you need to.

        3. Look at the MP Classical Studies. Begin wirh Greek myths and build from there. The progression is carefully planned. Your older student may be able to work more quickly than indicated for lower levels, especially if you conduct these lessons orally. Utilize rhe guides for teaching vocabulary and leading discussions.


        Feel free to follow up --


        Cheryl

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          #19
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          Just a note of thanks to all who were able to come to our Special Needs sessions: You made our gatherings memorable and worthwhile. Thank you.

          To those who could not attend, we learned these things about our attending forum friends:

          Colomama could be a model. Seriously. Natural, healthy Colorado beauty. Key words: intelligence, tenacity. This is a person who gets things accomplished with her students. (Btw, Colomama, I thought of this later, but was sidetracked during that conversation and forgot to say this: You may not need private assessment right now, unless you want to pursue this. Do not worry about this. You're seeing good progress, you have a good teaching plan, and you're doing really well. You certainly have the freedom to defer private assessments, if you want. No pressure there at all. Your son may never need a diagnosis; he may only need your good teaching!)

          Sfhargett -- so good to have you there. Susan (sfhargett) has the same serious approach to education in person as in her posts. "Gravitas" is my word for her. Very helpful input, good questions, and dedication by example. Thank you.


          Christine (howiecram) -- resilience and spunk. This is the mom who made sure her daughter KNEW those FSR books before moving on, no matter how hard she had to work, and who managed to obtain such a thorough neuropsych exam that she now knows her daughter. All in one year. I so admire your hard work and devotion, Christine. None of this is easy. And all this amidst massive home repairs! In person, Christine is like a mom/friend/teddy bear, all rolled into one. ☺


          We met many non-forum friends too. Consistently in our SN sessions:

          --Kelly, my own friend and traveling companion from Missouri. Her words: concern and hope. Very concerned about her youngest, 11, with autism, she will now be pursuing evaluations for the suspected "something more" going on. Yet she has hope. She even offered hope to others, I am told, in the large group session before the Closing.

          --Danielle -- a very quiet but tough mom who has advocated for her very bright 16yo son on the autism spectrum, and now he will receive the services he needs before college.

          --Lynnette, a southern mama of many children ranging from 8-26, whose Alabama drawl gently slowed our otherwise animated conversations! Her son has CP, yet she is excitedly beginning cursive wirh him this year. Very fun to see this mom's seasoned joy. My words to describe her: experience and wisdom.


          Finally, SusanP from our forum. In person, she is fun-loving and lovely, yet bolts at the sight of a camera. (If you see a FB photo of someone hiding behind our classroom door, laughing in spite of herself, ... that's Susan.) My words for her: love and warmth.


          I cannot express how wonderful, delightful, and encouraging it was to meet and spend time with all of you.


          To all of our forum friends who could not attend: you were missed. Look for recordings ... after the hospitable MP staff cleans up after all of us, fills orders, and has time to post those recordings.



          Until next year, we'll keep the conversations going here.

          Thanks-
          Cheryl

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            #20
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            Thank you so much Cheryl for being there for us! I have many thoughts, but overwhelmed at the moment to write them coherently! :-) I'm so glad I was able to get away for a few days! My parents were wonderful with the children. My son had a bit of a rough time (he didn't sleep), but I still don't regret it one bit! My Dad wondered if we shouldn't have his blood sugar checked! hmm...Yes, I feel like I have a handle on my daughter. It doesn't mean we will do it perfect every.day, but we will do it! My son is next in line, I guess to "figure out".


            I really felt a sense of peace, thank you!
            Christine

            (2018-2019)
            DD1 8/23/09 - SC4
            DS2 9/1/11 - SC2
            DD3 2/9/13 - MPK

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

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              #21
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              Cheryl,

              I want to publicly thank you for all you did to make the SG a rich experience for everyone who crossed your path. I know how difficult it is for you to leave your kiddos, and we at MP are filled with gratitude at your willingness to come support us and the homeschoolers we serve. I have heard nothing but praise for you and your participation at the Gathering. It would not have been the same without you, and we thank you from our hearts. Your impact over the course of two days will continue to light the path for those lucky enough to have spent time with you!

              Tanya

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                #22
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                I have many more thoughts than this, but I enjoyed the conference and special needs sessions enormously. Cheryl, you were very helpful, as were SusanP, Colomama, and Howiecran. I really enjoyed spending time with you ladies. It is so reassuring to be physically present with mothers who are walking this same path with their children, who face similar challenges and have similar goals.

                On the long drive home on Saturday I was just overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude and peace of mind. I often question myself, what I am doing, if I'm doing enough, doing it well enough, etc. I was struck with a sense of confidence in what I am doing and why I am doing it. Not that I am sufficient unto myself, but that I really do have the tools that I need to succeed; for my children to succeed. It will take creative planning, dedication, and so much self-discipline. (Self-discipline is my biggest weakness at the moment). But it truly is achievable. I am sure in the knowledge that I am doing what God wants me to be doing.
                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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                  #23
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                  Originally posted by tanya View Post
                  Cheryl,

                  I want to publicly thank you for all you did to make the SG a rich experience for everyone who crossed your path. I know how difficult it is for you to leave your kiddos, and we at MP are filled with gratitude at your willingness to come support us and the homeschoolers we serve. I have heard nothing but praise for you and your participation at the Gathering. It would not have been the same without you, and we thank you from our hearts. Your impact over the course of two days will continue to light the path for those lucky enough to have spent time with you!

                  Tanya

                  You are very welcome.

                  Thank YOU, Tanya -- and Jessica -- for bringing us all together.


                  Please let us know as soon as you determine the dates for next year.

                  Thanks-
                  Cheryl

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                    #24
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                    Hi everyone! I was sitting at the computer late last night and composed a not-too-lengthy reply to this thread about my time at Sodalitas and then, when I went to post it, the system told me I wasn't logged on (even though I had been) and I lost everything I wrote. And it just happened again this morning as I attempted to post a reply to what Anita had written in the "burnout" thread. UGH!

                    So I'm being quick here. Just wanted to say "hi" and "thank you" (THANK YOU!) so much for all you ladies did to support my brief time at Sodalitas.....all my ponderings, assessing where to put my younger son, all my analyzing and over-analyzing, etc. I did come home with an "almost peace" about what I'll be doing with him (MP 1st grade) and the fact that those materials will support him where he is at right now, that "sweet spot" Cheryl writes about, given his weak areas.

                    Cheryl, I'm humbled and without the proper words to share my gratitude to ALL you've done to support my journey homeschooling my special needs son, beginning several years ago when I first read your book. What a joy and honor to meet with you in person. You have such a calming presence about you, both in your spirit and your voice. Thank you for all you do to "give" in spite of the challenges you've faced. I mean this with all my being: You are one of my great heroes of the faith, a true GIANT in the classical education renewal movement. And I know your peers think the same of you from one-on-one conversations I've had over the past few years at the MP booth at HEAV, at the Circe conference, etc. Be encouraged in knowing your work is impacting lives on a level you might not even realize.

                    I came home with thoughts bigger than words....and this idea of "coming home" keeps mulling over in my mind. We have recently experienced two other significant "coming home" experiences in both our faith and in our move to a small town. And now I'm wondering if this is that 3rd "coming home" that completes the bigger picture of what the good Lord has been doing in our lives. A coming home to a well-ordered, formative, classical education for both boys, not just the older.

                    Much love and biggest of hugs to you amazing, beautiful, mommas,

                    Susan P

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                      #25
                      Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                      Thank you so much, Susan.

                      With your MP 1, just remember you have a safety net of SC 2 Spelling & SC 2 Writing, if you need it.


                      A quick tip for typing/posting:

                      When all appears lost and it seems that you are no longer logged in, just calmly enter your name and password. Wait a moment. Your post will appear, because all will refresh.


                      (Anita will find a life metaphor here, I'm quite certain!)


                      Thanks-
                      Cheryl

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                        #26
                        Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                        Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
                        Thank you so much, Susan.

                        With your MP 1, just remember you have a safety net of SC 2 Spelling & SC 2 Writing, if you need it.


                        A quick tip for typing/posting:

                        When all appears lost and it seems that you are no longer logged in, just calmly enter your name and password. Wait a moment. Your post will appear, because all will refresh.


                        (Anita will find a life metaphor here, I'm quite certain!)


                        Thanks-
                        Cheryl
                        I need to update my signature line to reflect my "job" here on the boards: cheerleader and metaphor-maker. Preferably a tag line that's clever and could fit on a tee shirt for Sodalitas next year.
                        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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                          #27
                          Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                          Yes, thanks Cheryl. When I was near running out of time on Friday afternoon and I think you were tied up with other meetings and so forth, I was still pouring over SC2, MP1 and MP2, specifically the spelling. Michelle ended up helping me and we went through all the pages in the SC2 spelling and my son does know those and already spells all those fine. So then I held up MP1 vs. MP2 and saw some gaps that MP1 would cover. However, I'll probably use the SC2 writing to help solidify the sentence writing mastery.

                          But now I'm noticing that SC2 uses Core Phonics 2 and 3. And then MP1 has a picture here on the website that shows Core Phonics 2 and 3 but the 3 isn't listed below in the detailed listing of what's in the core package. So now I'm confused! Also I've had to look all over online for sample pages of those Core Skills Phonics books (since I failed to take the time last week to pour over those) and the 2 will definitely be too easy my little guy. Just looked at a sample on Christianbook.com But oh well. Like I said he's all over the place. But, then again, those remind me of Explode the Code and remember how I told you he worked through all the levels of Explode the Code from 1 thru mid-way into 7 over the course of about 9 months or so? And I see similarities b/w Explode the Code and these Core Skils Phonics.

                          Susan P

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                            #28
                            Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                            Originally posted by SPearson View Post
                            Yes, thanks Cheryl. When I was near running out of time on Friday afternoon and I think you were tied up with other meetings and so forth, I was still pouring over SC2, MP1 and MP2, specifically the spelling. Michelle ended up helping me and we went through all the pages in the SC2 spelling and my son does know those and already spells all those fine. So then I held up MP1 vs. MP2 and saw some gaps that MP1 would cover. However, I'll probably use the SC2 writing to help solidify the sentence writing mastery.

                            But now I'm noticing that SC2 uses Core Phonics 2 and 3. And then MP1 has a picture here on the website that shows Core Phonics 2 and 3 but the 3 isn't listed below in the detailed listing of what's in the core package. So now I'm confused! Also I've had to look all over online for sample pages of those Core Skills Phonics books (since I failed to take the time last week to pour over those) and the 2 will definitely be too easy my little guy. Just looked at a sample on Christianbook.com But oh well. Like I said he's all over the place. But, then again, those remind me of Explode the Code and remember how I told you he worked through all the levels of Explode the Code from 1 thru mid-way into 7 over the course of about 9 months or so? And I see similarities b/w Explode the Code and these Core Skils Phonics.

                            Susan P
                            Core Skills 3 used to be in 1st grade, but we took it out. Apparently we forgot to remove it from the image, though! We'll get that fixed. Thanks!
                            Michael
                            Memoria Press

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                              #29
                              Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                              Actually, we moved Core Skills 3 to Second Grade. Also, we don't use all the pages only the ones to solidify some phonograms covered in the spelling.

                              Michelle T

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                                #30
                                Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                                Susan,

                                No wonder you were confused!


                                Thanks, Michael & Michelle. (Sounds very familiar. Just realized how often I say THAT in any given day!)

                                Let us know if you need to tweak anything, Susan.


                                Thanks-
                                Cheryl

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