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    Sodalitas Special Needs

    Hi all,
    Just checking (especially with my hero Cheryl) to make sure Sodalitas will continue to have a special needs track. Or at least something devoted to us very special mommas.
    While I'm most certain I'll make the trek to KY regardless, I know the highlight of my year will be to have that time with Cheryl and anyone else who can make from our very special place here.
    SusanP in VA

    #2
    Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

    Hello, Susan!

    I hope to assist Jessica (K-8's pickandgrin) with planning a special-needs track again this year at Sodalitas. Sadly, dates were chosen after I had already committed to another classical education conference in Wyoming! However, my plan is to help create SC-Mom-led sessions which could be team taught. After all, this is the way Sodalitas began.

    We just need to coax Anita to Sodalitas, now that her little Clementine Mercy will be older. Then she, Michelle (Colomama), Christine (howiecram), and anyone else who might be willing can lead some amazing sessions. Anyone reading can suggest topics, speakers, and ideas.

    One helpful session from these SC teachers might be called ...
    Making, Teaching from, & Storing Visual/Tactile Aids in Your SC Home School.

    (Someone could create a snappier title.) Among other things, this session could answer the question about those multi-sensory R&S tools and other favorite SC components.


    So, yes, I expect Sodalitas to include a Special-Needs Track. It will be different this year, but possibly even more useful and fun.

    Thanks-
    Cheryl

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      #3
      Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

      Sadly, I am unable to attend this year! A family member is getting married July 9th! It is in NY! We plan to make a vacation out of it and visit Niagra Falls!!
      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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        #4
        Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

        Okay -- guilty admission:

        I have been mentally preparing a session on Gaining Your Vision: Simplifying Your Homeschool and Keeping Yourself Focused since about last Fall

        I would be THRILLED to lead a session. Hubby has volunteered to teach me PowerPoint before next July. <3

        Tentative focus:
        How having children with special needs necessitates the need for the rigorous safe-guarding of our own mental and physical well being; paired with strategies to ensure we are creating the best life for ourselves and our loved ones through good management of time, energy and resources. This session will be, in essence, directed at that homeschooling parent of a special needs child who looks at their schedule, their their lifestyle and their lesson plans and wonders how on earth it will all get done. This session will explore what burnout looks and feels like; how to avoid/manage anxiety and depression in caring for and educating special needs children; and how to be proactive in creating an intentional life instead of an accidental one.

        These include, but are not limited to:
        * Exploring and creating a mission statement for our vision as parent-educators and individuals
        * Simplifying our lives and lifestyles to create freedom for the things that are at the core of our mission
        * Self care, emotional and physical habits to keep ourselves energized, well and focused
        * Healthy, productive and realistic time and priority management strategies to keep life on track
        * Resources, devotional and material suggestions to get on track and stay on track
        * Research bibliography for further study (handouts included in the session)

        If someone wants a particular area within this spectrum covered more in-depth, let me know!
        Last edited by Anita; 01-02-2017, 04:18 PM.
        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

          Perfect! Thank you, Anita.

          Anticipating the question:
          I'll see if we can record this for anyone who misses it.

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            #6
            Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

            Originally posted by Anita View Post
            Okay -- guilty admission:

            I have been mentally preparing a session on Gaining Your Vision: Simplifying Your Homeschool and Keeping Yourself Focused since about last Fall

            I would be THRILLED to lead a session. Hubby has volunteered to teach me PowerPoint before next July. <3

            Tentative focus:
            How having children with special needs necessitates the need for the rigorous safe-guarding of our own mental and physical well being; paired with strategies to ensure we are creating the best life for ourselves and our loved ones through good management of time, energy and resources. This session will be, in essence, directed at that homeschooling parent of a special needs child who looks at their schedule, their their lifestyle and their lesson plans and wonders how on earth it will all get done. This session will explore what burnout looks and feels like; how to avoid/manage anxiety and depression in caring for and educating special needs children; and how to be proactive in creating an intentional life instead of an accidental one.

            These include, but are not limited to:
            * Exploring and creating a mission statement for our vision as parent-educators and individuals
            * Simplifying our lives and lifestyles to create freedom for the things that are at the core of our mission
            * Self care, emotional and physical habits to keep ourselves energized, well and focused
            * Healthy, productive and realistic time and priority management strategies to keep life on track
            * Resources, devotional and material suggestions to get on track and stay on track
            * Research bibliography for further study (handouts included in the session)

            If someone wants a particular area within this spectrum covered more in-depth, let me know!
            Oh my goodness! This sounds so wonderful!
            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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              #7
              Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

              Anita, your session sounds great!

              Cheryl, I feel like the wind has been taken out of my sails upon discovery you won't be at Sodalitas. (Insert sad face with crocodile tears flooding out of it!) Not to make you feel bad or anything.....BUT, this is almost like a ship without a rudder. No no. I get it. We have to share you with others.

              Hugs,
              SusanP

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                #8
                Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                Wait wait, you're coming out to my windswept stretch of the world? My little piece of colorado mountains is an hour south of Laramie. I grocery shop in Wyoming. Haha

                Where in Wyoming?

                I'm not sure we can swing Sodalitas again this year. I would need a roommate to share expenses...
                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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                  #9
                  Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                  Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                  Wait wait, you're coming out to my windswept stretch of the world? My little piece of colorado mountains is an hour south of Laramie. I grocery shop in Wyoming. Haha

                  Where in Wyoming?

                  I'm not sure we can swing Sodalitas again this year. I would need a roommate to share expenses...

                  Cheyenne! But if you need a roomie for Sodalitas, I can vouch for your being easy to get along with. ☺

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                    #10
                    Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                    SOMEONE HAS TO ATTEND! I can't do this alone, y'all!
                    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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                      #11
                      Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                      Maybe I can somehow do both. I just double-checked dates.

                      Sodalitas is Monday/Tuesday. The next conference is Tuesday-Thursday. For the second conference, I could plan my speaking sessions for the latter portion. Hmmm.


                      I LOVED Sodalitas last year. If my daughter Michelle remains stable, maybe we can make this work.

                      We would still want to plan on Anita's session, of course.



                      We'll work on all of this....

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                        #12
                        Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                        Originally posted by SPearson View Post
                        Hi all,
                        Just checking (especially with my hero Cheryl) to make sure Sodalitas will continue to have a special needs track. Or at least something devoted to us very special mommas.
                        While I'm most certain I'll make the trek to KY regardless, I know the highlight of my year will be to have that time with Cheryl and anyone else who can make from our very special place here.
                        SusanP in VA

                        Okay - it is official. We worked this out.

                        I will be there!! I'm very excited about enjoying my home-away-from-home. My car now navigates happily to Louisville on its own.

                        Sodalitas is uniquely warm, intimate, and encouraging. If you have never attended, attend this year. You will love Carol Reynolds. When I first met her, I thought she must have consumed gallons of coffee. Instead, I learned this is her normal energy level. This is a teacher who is passionate about the arts.



                        So ... Susan, plan your trip. Michelle, let me know if you still need a roommate. And Anita, you now have at least one attendee for your fabulous session.

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                          #13
                          Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                          I so wish I could come! BOO!
                          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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                            #14
                            Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                            I'm so excited to watch this unfold, and elated that you will be there Cheryl! <3
                            Michelle, please ask about a roomie here or on the K-8 page. Many moms have had to share rooms/rental cars, etc. to make it work in previous years. I'm sure this year will be no different.

                            A friend also got a fabulous little AirB&B last year at half the cost of a hotel room, so that could be an option as well.
                            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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                              #15
                              Re: Sodalitas Special Needs

                              YAY! I can't believe it was THAT EASY to persuade Cheryl she's no allowed to abandon us! (Thanks Cheryl! HUGS TO YOU! I know I personally need that calming spirit.)

                              I'm almost positive I'll be there. Michelle, I know I'll also be looking for ways to save $ as well....with a roomie. It's just that I asked months back if Mr. Piland had any thoughts of pulling the HS Diploma Students together for a meet/greet/get to know....and it seemed to make perfect sense (to me, as least) that it be done at the same time as Sodalitas. Then again, I don't know if Blake will be accepted. But if MP did something like that for the HS Diploma students, it'd be hard to make 2 trips out to KY this summer, one for me and one for Blake.

                              Well, I'm thankful there are that many months left for all the pieces to fall in line. Oh boy, do we still have a lot of work left on this year's work!

                              Side note: Owen has powered through 90 some lessons of R&S math and tells everyone math is his favorite subject. (I had mentioned in the fall that since he didn't have the R&S 1 last year we are having to double up and crank through all of the first 85 or so fully, along with all the supporting worksheets, to get to the proper place in the lesson plans.)

                              Bye for now,
                              SusanP in VA

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