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He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

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    He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

    I am floored that we are finally there! And so proud!
    Despite it being one of our worst illness winters in a long time ds just finished the last stanza of Horatius at the bridge today!

    It is not 'perfect' ...he has some lingering trouble with article swapping and with his speech issues he is not always really crisp in his articulation and he can't really make eye contact with the audience/camera every time but he knows the poem. Sometimes he gets a bit... lost for minute in his head but finds his way quickly back and corrects himself and gets on track. Unfortunately timing wise he is getting braces on today which may cause a bit more "mush mouth" during his recitation. But his struggles aside I think it is a huge accomplishment. All those stanzas he was so afraid of at the beginning of the year...he knows them and more importantly he loves the poem. He is super proud of himself too. We have seen so much growth with expression and speech working on it.

    He wants to practice for another week then we have a date with his uncle to record him with a better quality camera than our old laptop. Only we are not sure where/how do we upload/send it? We are very much not tech savy.

    He wants to submit it but is worried it "wont be good enough" as he is self conscious of his speech but I told him others would be glad to see his hard work and none of us do things perfectly.

    Anyhow I once again wanted to thank you for your encouragement last year to give it a try even with his challenges...I am so glad we did.
    DD - Graduated!
    DS - core 12 with remediation/support
    DD - core 9 with remediation/support
    DS - core 7 with remediation/support

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    Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

    Originally posted by MaggieAnnie View Post
    I am floored that we are finally there! And so proud!
    Despite it being one of our worst illness winters in a long time ds just finished the last stanza of Horatius at the bridge today!

    It is not 'perfect' ...he has some lingering trouble with article swapping and with his speech issues he is not always really crisp in his articulation and he can't really make eye contact with the audience/camera every time but he knows the poem. Sometimes he gets a bit... lost for minute in his head but finds his way quickly back and corrects himself and gets on track. Unfortunately timing wise he is getting braces on today which may cause a bit more "mush mouth" during his recitation. But his struggles aside I think it is a huge accomplishment. All those stanzas he was so afraid of at the beginning of the year...he knows them and more importantly he loves the poem. He is super proud of himself too. We have seen so much growth with expression and speech working on it.

    He wants to practice for another week then we have a date with his uncle to record him with a better quality camera than our old laptop. Only we are not sure where/how do we upload/send it? We are very much not tech savy.

    He wants to submit it but is worried it "wont be good enough" as he is self conscious of his speech but I told him others would be glad to see his hard work and none of us do things perfectly.

    Anyhow I once again wanted to thank you for your encouragement last year to give it a try even with his challenges...I am so glad we did.

    Congratulations!!!

    This is so inspiring. Please tell him to record the video as soon as he can, now that he has mastered it to the best of his ability. We want to see his accomplishment!

    If it makes him feel more relaxed, you can tell him that he might receive "Honorable Mention," rather than a full Horatio medal, if truly necessary, but he WILL be recognized by Memoria Press. Just as importantly, his hard work WILL encourage other challenged students who cannot always be "perfect" in speech, processing, or delivery.


    [[Re the tech question -
    If you can manage to attach the video or link here to our forum, the MP tech specialists can either turn it into a vimeo or make the needed requests to accomplish this. If you cannot figure out how to attach the video or link, contact me [email protected], and we will connect you to personal tech support!]]


    Proud of both of you. Please tell him that his accomplishment of perseverance is just impressive and encouraging as his accomplishment of memory, so we want to see how he persevered through the entire work.


    Made my day.

    Cheryl

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      Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

      For anyone who missed it --

      Last year about this time, we featured another young man, Sloan, in this previous post - Horatius & Autism:


      "How about this mental discipline for improving concentration, attention, and working memory within the context of classical studies? After much study, this young man with autism just earned the prestigious Winston Churchill Award!

      With permission from his mother, here he is ...

      Sloan recites Horatius at the Bridge

      He becomes more expressive around 12:38 and again at 16:00.


      A personal note -
      My son watched this with me. When nervous or excited, my Michael talks really fast, with autistic prosody, often unintelligibly. As Michael watched the video, he smiled broadly, as if with friendly recognition. Michael had studied the ballad, but it was more than this. He asked me, "Can you understand him?"

      "Not really," I admitted.

      Michael said proudly, "I can!!"




      If your middle-school or high-school student would like to attempt this formidable feat, see the Horatius at the Bridge Set.


      Congratulations, Sloan! You inspire us.


      Cheryl



      Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child
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        Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

        Congratulations, MaggieAnnie!

        Originally posted by MaggieAnnie View Post
        He wants to practice for another week then we have a date with his uncle to record him with a better quality camera than our old laptop. Only we are not sure where/how do we upload/send it? We are very much not tech savy.
        Besides what Cheryl suggested for submitting a video, other ways include posting a private video on Vimeo or Youtube and sending us the link, or even burning the video to a DVD and mailing it to us.

        Originally posted by MaggieAnnie View Post
        He wants to submit it but is worried it "wont be good enough" as he is self conscious of his speech but I told him others would be glad to see his hard work and none of us do things perfectly.
        As Cheryl said, we are all so proud of him and very excited to see and hear his recitation. If he's willing to share, we'd love to watch!
        Last edited by Michael; 05-12-2017, 05:18 PM.

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          Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

          We will definitely be sending Sloan a medal, pin, and Winston Churchill cert as soon as we have his video and have watched it. We will also put it on our website if Sloan would like that. You all can talk it over and let us know. Who knows who else it might inspire! This is a great accomplishment that requires dedication and perseverance. If you can memorize a 70 stanza poem with archaic language, who knows what else you can accomplish? Bravo, Sloan!

          You can also send it to Dropbox.

          Tanya

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            Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

            Hi, Tanya.

            Just a quick clarification --

            Sloan was another young man who mastered the epic poem and shared his accomplishment last year.

            We are eagerly awaiting the video of MaggieAnnie's son.

            Thanks for the submission tips, Michael & Tanya.

            We will include this as a planned option in our upper level SC coursework.

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              Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

              This is amazing! Such hard work, fortitude, courage and -- as Cheryl said -- perseverance. Love, love, love this. Please keep us posted on how to view. Our family would be so happy to watch.

              Congratulations!
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                Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

                Sorry, MaggieAnnie! I was using my phone in a convention center to answer posts, and I generally mess them up when I don't have a big screen. (I'm old.) Anyway, everything I said still stands even though your son's name isn't Sloan! Thanks for bailing me out, Cheryl!

                Tanya

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                  Re: He did it! How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old!

                  Ha Tanya at least you try to use the phone! I don't even have a phone with screen...I just can't with my eyes.

                  I appreciate everyone's support it is definitely been a up and down year with us seeing so much growth but also really seeing some gaps with peers grow wider...this project has been so meaningful for him...he really connected with the scene of Horatius swimming across the river and not drowning...succeeding where he should have failed...overcoming all the odds...as I said before he has really come to love this poem.

                  Poor ds getting the braces ended up being super traumatic late friday afternoon then the entire top half of them fell off one after the other Friday evening! So even more stress. Of course this morning they had an emergency and are all closed until wed... sigh. Poor kiddo is struggling to overcome the anxiety of it all on top the pain of it so we had to push back the recording from Wed to next week.

                  Hopefully he will be feeling better by then! We went set up an account and with luck we will figure it all out.

                  Of course now he is asking me if I can find a t-shirt with a bridge on it to wear...

                  Cheryl It is exciting to hear you will include it as an option down the road in upper levels of SC.
                  It is certainly been a learning curve figure out how to best serve ds while adapting various books for our needs. It is heartening to see MP embrace and encourage parents whose kids are not in sync with the usual path but still deserve a beautiful education...all your hard work will make lives so much easier for those who follow, thank you for that!

                  Once we get it worked out we will come back and share links.
                  DD - Graduated!
                  DS - core 12 with remediation/support
                  DD - core 9 with remediation/support
                  DS - core 7 with remediation/support

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