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    Fpea sn 2016

    Have you heard about this conference?


    FPEA Special Needs Conference 2016


    EVERY session is for homeschoolers of children with special needs. The resort setting is beautiful, the breakfast buffet includes fresh salmon, and palm trees in November are especially enticing! If you can manage a get-away, come join me.


    For most of this conference, I will be in the booth, just waiting to hear people's stories, brainstorm teaching strategies, and let people see (often for the first time), the new SC Curriculum options.

    I love this conference. Unlike mega-conventions, the smaller, low-sensory-overload gathering allows for plenty of time to visit, rest, and explore.


    Some of you remember Kelly, my Missouri friend from our special-needs sessions at Sodalitas. An in-the-trenches homeschooler whose son has autism and "more," she will be with me in the booth the entire time. Like most homeschoolers, she will be more than ready to visit with grown-ups. Some of you may remember this post & photo about Kelly's son a while ago. Bring concerns, questions, or just enjoy this almost mid-year get-away.



    If you want to share conference information with anyone who might be interested, below is an updated bio (finally!) that can be cut & pasted in part or whole, if it would be helpful anywhere.

    If you plan to come, please let me know ahead of time, or introduce yourself at the booth.

    Thanks-
    Cheryl





    Simply Classical Curriculum, Memoria Press

    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed. is an author, speaker, and curriculum designer. She and her husband homeschooled their adopted twins (both with autism, learning disabilities, and mental illness) from the children’s infancy through high school. The children’s love of history, literature, and Latin confirmed to Cheryl the benefits of a classical education for any child.

    With a master’s degree in special education, lifetime K-12 state teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, Cheryl has tutored, taught in early childhood classrooms and private special school programs, helped implement an innovative inclusion program among twelve elementary schools in a public school district, has spoken at her state’s Council for Exceptional Children Conference, led I.E.P. meetings, and conducted psychoeducational assessments on behalf of children with special needs.

    Author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child (Memoria Press, 2013), Cheryl is the creator with Memoria Press of the Simply Classical Curriculum voted #1 in Special Needs (OldSchoolhouse Magazine) the year it released. In recent years, Cheryl has spoken at conferences in Wyoming, California, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and in her home state of Missouri. She has authored and edited five books, including the most recent Eternal Treasures: Teaching Your Child at Home.

    Cheryl serves as writer for The Classical Teacher, editor of the Classical Lutheran Education Journal, and lifetime board member of a classical education consortium, ccle.org.

    She lives with her husband of more than 25 years, along with their adult twins Michael and Michelle, in a rural wooded neighborhood where they can swim in the lakes, grow kale in the garden beds, and stargaze on blankets in the open fields.


    ClassicalSpecialNeeds.com -- Blending therapeutic learning strategies with beautiful books.

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    I'd seen this and waffled about attending.

    My 4th grader is a very eager-to-please Aspie and my 6th is a chronically ill kiddo (dysautonomia, supraventricular tachycardia, suspected EGiD and mitochondrial disorder - lots of weakness, fatigue, brain fog, etc. All of this happening to my bright, articulate child with perfectionist tendencies!) Do you think this would be a good conference? I saw a few workshops/speakers that looked interesting but I'm not sure if it would be worth the flight/hotel to go. Wait, seeing Jim Weiss in person might actually be worth all of that. *LOL*

    In your opinion, do the speakers and workshops really give helpful, meaningful advice/options/ideas? I've been burned early in my career as a homeschooling mama by SN workshops that sort of glossed over the issues I faced and focused more on reluctant learners or ADD. I don't mean to sound like some sort of pessimist or know-it-all...but I want to spend my money and time wisely. If this is really worthwhile, I may try to go.
    Mary

    DD14 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek
    DS12 - 7th core
    DD8 - Still finishing 1st core at her own happy pace :-)

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      Hi, Mary.

      Yours is not the question of either a pessimist or a know-it-all! Getting away for a conference, especially when you have children with special needs is no easy feat, so you're just trying to avoid wasting money and time on "fluff" sessions irrelevant to your children's needs. I understand.

      Have you had time to look at the speakers? I would start there. If you see even one or two of interest to you, it might be worthwhile. And, yes, Jim Weiss in person is a delightful adventure that will not always be possible to enjoy!



      Look at speaker websites to see if anything resonates for you.

      At a glance, it seems that some of these might apply to your situation:

      http://fpea.com/events/13756/11-18-2...oyous-connecti

      http://fpea.com/events/13756/11-18-2...euro-developme

      http://fpea.com/events/13756/11-18-2...ulti-sensory-a

      http://fpea.com/events/13756/11-18-2...ow-do-i-gradua

      And the writing or spelling session, or both, by Andrew Pudewa, ... or just spending more one-on-one time with Andrew talking about your own children, if you would like to do this. The small venue allows plenty of time for this.



      That's a start. See what you think. Also, I invite you to come to our session to share three real, struggling, heartwarming faces and stories within that seemingly pedantic topic of classical education with special needs. I know you have your own story to tell, so I think you will appreciate that session.


      Of course, as in any conference, plan to avoid attending any and all sessions you could just as easily teach! Some will be for "newbies" to special needs or to homeschooling generally. Others will focus more on parenting styles or skills, or might be from entirely different pedagogical camps. You're too experienced and too intelligent to wander aimlessly into any session at ANY conference, no matter where it is held, so just outline ahead of time the sessions you want to hear. (Similarly, avoid any exhibitors that seem oblivious to your own child's needs and your own expertise or, worse, that offer quick "cures" for your child. This happens at nearly any conference and can be unsettling, if not infuriating!)


      There is another option that we frugal, highly dedicated moms sometimes miss at conferences. Thinking we must dutifully, even painfully, attend every session every hour, we forget to enjoy our getaway!

      If you find a handful of sessions you want to attend, attend those. Then grab a cup of tea or coffee or a Floridian smoothie, and visit with Kelly and me at the MP booth. Kelly will love you. You will have much in common. We can be your classical-special-needs, like-minded oasis.

      Or create your own in-service sessions by taking time to read that stack of books on intensive special-needs interventions (or just good literature) that you never get to read ... poolside or in the quiet of your room. Join us for meals, if you can. (Not those hiding-the-hotdog-behind-the-booth meals, but our real ones.) I would love that.


      All of this is to say that I hope you can make it! Often just meeting and watching these families is a sort of in-person support group for me. Insightful conversations can occur spontaneously before or after sessions, or at meals, or at the booths. Those are the moments you cannot plan. Seeing hundreds of devoted homeschooling families -- all with at least one child who has significant special needs -- is somehow very encouraging in itself.

      So is a warm Florida breeze in the middle of November.


      Let me know what you decide --

      Cheryl

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        Are you kidding? Instead of quietly drinking tea and reading, I'd be trying to sneak off to Disney World. *cracks up laughing*

        There are a few sessions I'd really like to attend. TJ Schmidt, Kirk Martin and Jim Weiss being just a few - and on the list you provided. I'm glad to know I'm on the right track!

        I'll talk this over with the husband tonight. Since it's 93 degrees in Texas right now the warm Florida breeze is not as enticing to me; however, perhaps they'll have a cold snap and then I'd be TOTALLY in!
        Mary

        DD14 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek
        DS12 - 7th core
        DD8 - Still finishing 1st core at her own happy pace :-)

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          A combination of some great topics including this gem that made me laugh out loud, "The strong willed child : are you saving for bail or college" and the fact that its 30 degrees and snowing makes me pine for this conference.

          Probably can't spring it financially, but would love to come!
          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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            *sigh* Some day I will not be breastfeeding AND will have the money and time to attend all these wonderful conferences, right? Right about the same time I'm done homeschooling and no longer need them, probably, huh? LOL :P

            Until then, I will content myself with the thought that I am planning my upcoming summer around (hopefully) getting to attend Sodalitas!! Yay!

            Have a smoothie for Mary and I (it was 92 here in Oklahoma today). You deserve it for all your wonderful work--your book Simply Classical changed our (homeschooling) lives!!!
            Orthodox Momma to 6: 16, 14, 11, 7, 2, 7mo
            Have used or currently using: K, 2, 4A, 5A, 8M + high school Christian Studies, Novare IP, Henle I

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              Im saving my money, energy, enthusiasm (and kitchen passes) for Sodalitas next Summer. Nursing a baby, trying to get time away and not knowing this conference was coming -- can't swing it. *But the schedule looks like a veritable buffet of deliciousness.* I SO WISH I could be there.

              I assume the talks will be available on audio at some point?
              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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                Sodalitas: good call! No sifting required.



                Yes, I assume talks will be available. This is the set of talks from last year.

                Sorry for the short notice. Their planning for this conference was a little delayed this year, it seemed. We just confirmed our presence last week!

                And thank you, "mommahawk". We'll toast all of you back home.



                But now, back to work on SC 3: Literature, Latin, & Liberty....

                Have a good teaching day!

                Cheryl

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                  Originally posted by cherylswope View Post

                  Sorry for the short notice. Their planning for this conference was a little delayed this year, it seemed. We just confirmed our presence last week!
                  Ah, this makes me feel better. We've been radio silent after a week at the Mayo Clinic and I kept kicking myself for not having planned to attend this one! Like Anita, after talking it over with the hubs (who is sending me to CiRCE's winter conference as a Christmas gift AND has insisted that Sodalitas happen in 2017 AND is funding not one but two Mayo Clinic trips), we decided the prudent choice would be to sit this one out. I wish there were some way to get the word out earlier, as SN moms generally need even more time to plan for events like this. Not angry, just thinking out loud.

                  MommaHawk! I drive through OK en route to MN. If you have a baby you need (*NEED*) me to hold on my way back to Mayo in December, just say the word.
                  Mary

                  DD14 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek
                  DS12 - 7th core
                  DD8 - Still finishing 1st core at her own happy pace :-)

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                    Originally posted by OrthodoxHandmaiden View Post

                    MommaHawk! I drive through OK en route to MN. If you have a baby you need (*NEED*) me to hold on my way back to Mayo in December, just say the word.
                    Anytime! We have friends that have to go up to Mayo yearly, and it's always a bit of an ordeal for them. If you ever need a respite from driving, y'all are always welcome to take a load off or spend the night here in Stillwater!

                    -Heather
                    Orthodox Momma to 6: 16, 14, 11, 7, 2, 7mo
                    Have used or currently using: K, 2, 4A, 5A, 8M + high school Christian Studies, Novare IP, Henle I

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                      Cheryl,
                      I'd LOVE to do this conference down in Orlando. But I've maxed my hubby out already several times this year with all my Feuerstein training (which required him to be around to help with kiddos), going to Carol Brown's Equipping Minds conference in April AND spontaneously heading to Louisville for Sodalitas in July. And now I'm about to book a trip back home to California with my oldest to celebrate his birthday.

                      But now I'm hooked on MP's Sodalitas and, for sure, need to make that happen next summer. Does anyone know the dates? I'd also really love to do the January conference in Louisville that Mary is going to. I think I saw some post by Sarah Kaye that she thought the travel and drive from VA over there to Louisville could be a bit sketchy in the middle of winter. I mean, that time of January is the riskiest there is for making plans to get to a conference. Hmmm....wonder how to swing it? Cheryl, will you be at the Circe conference in Louisville in January?

                      Thankful to have this wonderful and amazing supportive group of mommas here. You bless me.

                      SusanP

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                        I will not be attending the January gathering, but only because of other out-of-town commitments in Jan/Feb.

                        Here is the Sodalitas 2017 information!

                        Thanks-
                        Cheryl

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                          This conference sounds so amazing! I would love to meet you since you have been such an incredible help, Cheryl. We also use Sarah Janisse Brown's dyslexia series for fun work for Clara, and Sarah would be great to see. Andrew Pudewa created the writing program that my oldest is doing this year (she is in Classical Conversations Essentials (not the whole thing, just the writing/grammar CC classes) so she can have more friends at a minimal cost of only around $500 for 24 weeks and a writing curriculum that does not follow the classical model . . . but I digress. We have so many Jim Weiss CDs for car rides, and have been listening to the Story of the World for the past few years. Oh, and Colleen Kessler founded Raising Poppies, which has many helpful ideas for my oldest (who is currently teaching Clara spelling of animals names, including rabbit, moose and wolverine - yes, Clara is in Simply Classical 1!). I cannot imagine a better conference to combine gifted and special needs students, therefore covering both of my kids! I will ask my husband. It is really close to where his parents and my parents live, too, so if he can get off work we will try to do our Florida trip early. Crossing my fingers!
                          JeJe Greer
                          Mom to:
                          Stella (6M in 2018-2019)
                          Clara (SC3 in 2018-2019)

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                            Jeje,

                            Were you able to make this happen?


                            Mary (OrthodoxH), for future reference, they have held this conference annually the weekend before Thanksgiving weekend. If they continue this pattern, you can mark your calendar for next year....



                            To anyone planning to attend this year, please introduce yourselves at the MP booth, #302. The convention hall is smaller than most. You'll find us.

                            My daughter always helps me pack, and we already have my bags by my closet, ready to fill. She is a little concerned, however, about my ability to navigate the ipad/Square that MP sent me. I overheard her telling my husband, "I'm really not so sure about Mom and that ipad...."


                            Here is the final schedule.

                            Thanks-
                            Cheryl

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                              Originally posted by cherylswope View Post


                              Mary (OrthodoxH), for future reference, they have held this conference annually the weekend before Thanksgiving weekend. If they continue this pattern, you can mark your calendar for next year....
                              Good to know. Of course, DH is nervous because he knows I'm going to try to piggyback a Disney trip off of this conference. Is it weird to go to the MK without kids?
                              Mary

                              DD14 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek
                              DS12 - 7th core
                              DD8 - Still finishing 1st core at her own happy pace :-)

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