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    #16
    Re: SC2/SCC update!

    Originally posted by howiecram View Post
    I'm not sure how/where to reply to the conversation between Michelle (Colomama) and Cheryl!

    Cheryl, I appreciate what you do share about your son, because it is so encouraging, knowing where you were, and where you are now.
    Yes, sorry about that, Christine. We became rather sidetracked from your original post. I'm glad you jumped in.

    As for my Michael.... At 6'2", yes, he is still here, something I take for granted but shouldn't. At all. Michael has been brought to such a contented place in his life. I am very thankful for this.

    Like Catherine said for her son, the church has played a great role. Someone always seems to reach out to him. In our present congregation, the aging head usher decided young Michael should become permanent usher. So yesterday at church, Michael dressed in a white shirt, tie, and khakis, because he takes the role as weekly communion usher and acolyte so seriously. I love that.

    He does not mind my sharing that he tried working in the community, and this worked well under the right person. However, when his wonderfully supportive museum director left to pursue her Ph.D., he needed more supervision than the remaining staff could provide. Now he works at an impressive business filled with others "just like me," he says: our local sheltered workshop. They provide efficient, hard work for him. He likes that he is building muscles making wood palettes, assembly-line boxes, and whatever tasks they have him do that day. He loves his lunch breaks with "the guys" who have become his friends. They play challenger sports together, so they see each other outside of work too. Best of all, at least for me, he smiles when he tells me he enjoys the unusual "mindlessness" of the work, because he has never had so much time to think. He says his education gives him much to ponder, as he works. He still reads widely, so my fear that he might experience regression in such a setting seems unfounded.

    Thanks, Christine, first for not asking (very thoughtful) and for asking (equally thoughtful). Both made me remember where we've been, and what we have now.

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      #17
      Re: SC2/SCC update!

      So I must admit that I misplaced my 'At the Farm' book for SC2. I refused to buy a replacement, knowing it's here somewhere.

      So I punted last week and found some games about r controlled vowells. My boy had fun and the 5 year old tagged along. But, he hasn't really been reading. I broke out the trusty Hooked on Phonics and he worked through their r controlled section. But, hmmm, not much reading. He didn't seem to mind. Haha

      Today we worked through the schedule and he asked why 'reading' wasn't checked off. I explained the missing book conundrum and my refusal to buy a new one. He laughed and wandered off. Then, suddenly appeared with 'F is for Football' and asked if he could read it instead.

      Seriously, asked if he could read! What?!? Where is my son?

      I explained it might be too challenging and steered him towards Little Bear. No. He insisted on this football book. Seizing the moment, I agreed and ran towards the couch. He struggled through the book, but perservered. He read a page, I read a page, sometimes two. But, he did it. And he just beamed. And then just wandered off to throw the football in the yard like it was no big deal.

      This is huge! With all of his behavioral struggles and his trigger anger, he stuck with this book and perservered. No fits, no thrashing, no crying.

      This curriculum has done it. It gives us a list to follow, he knows the daily expectations. And it slowly builds his skills. The steady successful steps build his confidence.

      Kudos to Cheryl Swope and her MP team!
      Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

      DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
      DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
      DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

      We've completed:
      Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
      Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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        #18
        Re: SC2/SCC update!

        Originally posted by Colomama View Post
        So I must admit that I misplaced my 'At the Farm' book for SC2. I refused to buy a replacement, knowing it's here somewhere.

        So I punted last week and found some games about r controlled vowells. My boy had fun and the 5 year old tagged along. But, he hasn't really been reading. I broke out the trusty Hooked on Phonics and he worked through their r controlled section. But, hmmm, not much reading. He didn't seem to mind. Haha

        Today we worked through the schedule and he asked why 'reading' wasn't checked off. I explained the missing book conundrum and my refusal to buy a new one. He laughed and wandered off. Then, suddenly appeared with 'F is for Football' and asked if he could read it instead.

        Seriously, asked if he could read! What?!? Where is my son?

        I explained it might be too challenging and steered him towards Little Bear. No. He insisted on this football book. Seizing the moment, I agreed and ran towards the couch. He struggled through the book, but perservered. He read a page, I read a page, sometimes two. But, he did it. And he just beamed. And then just wandered off to throw the football in the yard like it was no big deal.

        This is huge! With all of his behavioral struggles and his trigger anger, he stuck with this book and perservered. No fits, no thrashing, no crying.

        This curriculum has done it. It gives us a list to follow, he knows the daily expectations. And it slowly builds his skills. The steady successful steps build his confidence.

        Kudos to Cheryl Swope and her MP team!

        Yes! In all honesty, I'm still lamenting a tad that we are not doing MP1 this year. However, the speed of the curriculum is spot on for my child! I've even tucked away the MP1 enrichment, I was determined to work in somehow. Did you know there was geography in the reading curriculum? (Fish and Chips!). I mean, in its pieces it may appear that those "extra" subjects are lacking, but as a whole, she's done a FABULOUS job making it all be there. The important stuff is clearly the focus, of course.
        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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          Re: SC2/SCC update!

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          This kid is wild about fishing. He was delighted with the spelling word 'fish' in week 5. Complete with full food chain sketched on his spelling page. Haha. And yes we did the delve deeply of eating Fish and Chips that week too.

          I found the blasted Farm book tucked into my MP level 1 box in the attic. I too, looked longingly at my full set of MP 1 enrichment. Ah, well. All in do time. There's two more younger ones coming along.

          Thought you and Cheryl might enjoy his fish. Haha
          Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

          DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
          DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
          DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

          We've completed:
          Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
          Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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            #20
            Re: SC2/SCC update!

            Originally posted by Colomama View Post
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            This kid is wild about fishing. He was delighted with the spelling word 'fish' in week 5. Complete with full food chain sketched on his spelling page. Haha. And yes we did the delve deeply of eating Fish and Chips that week too.

            I found the blasted Farm book tucked into my MP level 1 box in the attic. I too, looked longingly at my full set of MP 1 enrichment. Ah, well. All in do time. There's two more younger ones coming along.

            Thought you and Cheryl might enjoy his fish. Haha
            Me too! I love the fish! Will have to show my daughter, the Artist -- she'll want to replicate that one, for sure.
            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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              #21
              Re: SC2/SCC update!

              Originally posted by Colomama View Post
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              This kid is wild about fishing. He was delighted with the spelling word 'fish' in week 5. Complete with full food chain sketched on his spelling page. Haha. And yes we did the delve deeply of eating Fish and Chips that week too.

              I found the blasted Farm book tucked into my MP level 1 box in the attic. I too, looked longingly at my full set of MP 1 enrichment. Ah, well. All in do time. There's two more younger ones coming along.

              Thought you and Cheryl might enjoy his fish. Haha
              Oh, how fun!!! I love it!
              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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                #22
                Re: SC2/SCC update!

                Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                So I must admit that I misplaced my 'At the Farm' book for SC2. I refused to buy a replacement, knowing it's here somewhere.

                So I punted last week and found some games about r controlled vowells. My boy had fun and the 5 year old tagged along. But, he hasn't really been reading. I broke out the trusty Hooked on Phonics and he worked through their r controlled section. But, hmmm, not much reading. He didn't seem to mind. Haha

                Today we worked through the schedule and he asked why 'reading' wasn't checked off. I explained the missing book conundrum and my refusal to buy a new one. He laughed and wandered off. Then, suddenly appeared with 'F is for Football' and asked if he could read it instead.

                Seriously, asked if he could read! What?!? Where is my son?

                I explained it might be too challenging and steered him towards Little Bear. No. He insisted on this football book. Seizing the moment, I agreed and ran towards the couch. He struggled through the book, but persevered. He read a page, I read a page, sometimes two. But, he did it. And he just beamed. And then just wandered off to throw the football in the yard like it was no big deal.

                This is huge! With all of his behavioral struggles and his trigger anger, he stuck with this book and persevered. No fits, no thrashing, no crying.

                This curriculum has done it. It gives us a list to follow, he knows the daily expectations. And it slowly builds his skills. The steady successful steps build his confidence....

                This made me cry for quite a while. Thank you so much for sharing this, and for writing it so well.

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                  #23
                  Re: SC2/SCC update!

                  Originally posted by Colomama View Post
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                  This kid is wild about fishing. He was delighted with the spelling word 'fish' in week 5. Complete with full food chain sketched on his spelling page. Haha. And yes we did the delve deeply of eating Fish and Chips that week too.

                  I found the blasted Farm book tucked into my MP level 1 box in the attic. I too, looked longingly at my full set of MP 1 enrichment. Ah, well. All in do time. There's two more younger ones coming along.

                  Thought you and Cheryl might enjoy his fish. Haha

                  I do like his fish-eating food chain. What a great "boy" drawing.

                  Illustrated spelling!


                  I'm glad you lost At the Farm, so you could have the amazing reading moment, but also glad you found it again, so he can continue!

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