The Path Less Traveled

It was, in a way, like reading the Gospel for the first time. Suddenly, I had hope. Someone had been where I was and had succeeded. I cried. I was relieved beyond measure. This could be done! But the question remained: How? Thankfully, Memoria Press
took the spark of Cheryl Swope’s extraordinary teaching experience with her own special-needs children and created the Simply Classical Curriculum.  [Read More]

Review: My Thankfulness Journals

There are oh so many reasons why its a good idea to keep a thankfulness journal! For starters, scripture commands us to thank the Lord again and again. It helps guard our hearts from discontentment or envy, and reminds us of the many reasons we have to be joyful.

— “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good.” Psalm 136a
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Review: Simply Classical Curriculum

This is our family’s fourteenth year of homeschooling.  Our fifth child has Down Syndrome and is twelve years old.  We are so grateful to have found Memoria Press’s special needs series.  Last year we did Simply Classical Level B and it helped our son become more acquainted with academic work, reciting and listening.  This year we are so excited to be able to follow a schedule without becoming discouraged as in past years.

Up until now  I would piece together a mish-mash of materials and activities, which would vary drastically according to my energy levels and his tolerance.  We have hope finally that our son can feel proud to join his siblings in school work that is his level and he is really working!  Perhaps most importantly he will be able to grow in good habits of learning.

We promote this program to anyone with children who have special needs.  It is just wonderful to have the practical format for skills and goals along with lesson plans that are easy to follow and allow for adding other special learning tools and therapy.

Thank you VERY much for helping many special needs students including our son!


Veteran Homeschool Mom

Book Review: Eternal Treasures

Teaching Your Child at Home acquaints you with dozens of friends you never knew you had.  The honest wisdom found in the book’s family reflections includes tips and inspiration, affirmation and encouragement all greatly welcomed in lonely moments of self doubt that can accompany the joys of home education. With support and admonishment, these new friends call you to repentance and home to the cross.
This new book distinguishes itself with a uniquely Lutheran perspective and approach to home education including memorization and study of our hymnody, catechism, and Scripture along with ideas for celebrating the church year. Churches and friends of homeschoolers will grow in understanding of why parents choose home education, its unique advantages, and how to support the homeschooling families in your congregation. Those new to home education will find practical support for getting started including curriculum planning, selection, and resources along with helpful thoughts regarding daily routines, organization, and record keeping. Seasoned families will inevitably smile in delight of the familiarity of the homeschool experience while gaining a renewed encouragement from fellow classical Lutheran homeschoolers.
Eternal Treasures is a book for all Christians who seek to fortify their children, mind and soul, from the attacks of the devil, by keeping them mindfully wrapped in their baptismal robe of forgiveness and faith in Christ Jesus.
Homeschooling mother, LCMS, Sarah Koehneke

Homeschooling mother, Elaine

Your book and curriculum have been part of an answer to prayer.”  Our son is 14. He has low-functioning autism, is non-verbal, has auditory processing disorder, has involuntary muscle spasms, sensory integration disorder, and sleep disorder.

I was very excited last year to find the book Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child. I read this very excitedly!

I have been using Level A of the Simply Classical Curriculum with my son since last September. He loves to look at books….

Two years ago my son had hit puberty. I was so discouraged and ready to put him in public school…. I talk to my son about Jesus, daily. I take seriously the Deut. 6:4-9 passage about teaching him about our faith. I talk to him about pictures on our walls and wherever I see them, including at church. Music is a major part of our lives. I love to sing!  Read more

To help him understand, I take pictures of things, especially food, which is highly motivational for him. I create albums from which he can make choices. I make other picture albums to prepare him if we are going out somewhere, and we use pictures to explain the activities of school. Although some days end in tears (mine), God comforts me, as I teach my son. I love Psalm 139.*

Thank you for your book. I loved reading about your two precious children. It encouraged me so much!”

Before a word is on my tongue
You, Lord, know it completely. 
Psalm 139:4

Homeschooling mother, Kim

But the curriculum is the gentle approach to early learning we need right now. It compliments my own educational preferences developed over the years (I already had so many of the books!), fits well with Nathaniel’s therapies, and offers an easy weekly layout for his day nurse and I to share. Thank you.

I stumbled upon the Simply Classical Curriculum last fall and purchased the teacher’s manual for level A for our little Nathaniel. He was placed with us through foster care in 2013. With his adoption finalized, he is 28 months now.

Nathaniel has a tracheostomy and is g-tube dependent. He has only a pinhead opening between his upper airway and lungs (congenital), heart defects, deformed hand, global delays, sensory issues… I could on and on. He came to us with a very poor prognosis. At 8 months he could hold his head up. Many days the focus was just on staying alive. His care is demanding enough that we still get 16 hours a day of private duty nursing.  Read more

When we got involved with foster care, I was very firm that I wasn’t going to homeschool. With our last one at home, a sophomore, 20+ years of homeschooling is … a lot, as you know. Starting over with a baby was enough of a leap of faith!

But Nathaniel has done amazing. As his second birthday approached last November, I decided to take a peek at what is out there for preschool. That was when I found your material. I just wanted to thank you for the product.

Homeschooling mother, Jen

With Simply Classical Curriculum Level 1, “my twins have come farther this year than any other.” 

Homeschooling mother of three with special needs, Christine

“Improved oral reading, drawing, painting, writing, and confidence – I am impressed how far my daughter has come in just 5 weeks of Simply Classical Level 2!

Review: Simply Classical Curriculum Level 2

This curriculum is a beautiful, gentle approach for a beginning writer. My boys will learn to recognize parts of sentences, simple capitalization and punctuation rules. An added bonus? Comprehension and a bit more practice with handwriting.

Homeschooling mom, Anita:

We are working in Level C with our 6-year-old son and things are going GREAT…. His verbal output, processing, temperament, fine motor, organizational thinking, understanding, ability, PEACE and ENTHUSIASM have soared. We have a different child now. He is making actual conversation! (!!!!!)

For a child who could not speak until his fifth birthday, he is making AMAZING progress. He LOVES recitation, is incredibly good at retention of rote material and loves to “show off” what he knows. Very eager to please, learn and discover.

We absolutely LOVE IT and are seeing so much excitement, improvement, willingness to learn, and comprehension open up for him. Not enough good things to say. It has been such a blessing to find this curriculum. Total answer to prayer.   Read more

Every homeschooling parent has the overwhelming responsibility to educate their children, whose formation relies primarily upon their guidance, but much more so with a special needs family. These factors raised my stress to a level that was, frankly, beginning to become unmanageable. I needed “school in a box”; guided and developed by someone who had gone before me and knew what it was like to educate a struggling learner and who had developed a curriculum that anticipated their unique challenges. But all the “school in a box” programs I’d researched were not a good fit for the beautiful, rich, quality education my husband and I want for our children.

My son is six and a half, but did not begin speaking until a little after his fifth birthday. He has been examined by four specialists and a world-renowned speech pathologist. The “determination” is a bit of a mystery. He does not have autism, is physically healthy as a horse with no detectable genetic or physical anomalies. Yet his struggle with speech is similar to a child with classic developmental apraxia of speech but his comprehension is about the level of a two year old. He has a photographic memory; is very detail-oriented and quite bright; affectionate; funny; empathetic; great strength and gross motor skills, etc., etc….. But trying to piece together something for his “kindergarten” year had been a BEAR. Memoria seems to have thought of eveything — SO, SO GRATEFUL.

W’s fine motor has improved greatly with daily, gentle, slow and steady, printing practice and he even likes to use scissors now — something I could NOT get him to do before. The thing I have found that worked for W in the very beginning was to take the lesson plans for Level C and break them up into two days — sometimes three — depending on his mood, energy, strengths and weaknesses. That way we could cover all the material required, but at his pace. He (and I!) needed to get the feel and rhythm of how the curriculum flows (and, with his little brother and sister joining us, I needed to figure out how to teach him with “an audience”!)

Now that we have been “doing school” for a bit, we are finally able to cover all the ground needed in one “school day” (about two to two-and-a-half hours). But it took us a bit to work up to this as we got the hang of everything.

Do you know what a MIRACLE this feels like to me and to our family? Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly did not think these words would be coming out of my mouth this time last year. I was trying to do homeschool by myself, piecemeal, and we were making progress… But there were so many “holes” I didn’t know how to fill in his learning that I was overwhelmed. This curriculum has been a true answer to prayer. Not enough good things to say, truly. Thank you!

Spearfish Classical Christian School

“We utilize the Memoria Press Preschool Curriculum. It is a modified Cheryl Swope’s Simply Classical Curriculum and is a great way to give preschoolers a gentle introduction to school… [more]

Redeemer Classical Christian School

“Cheryl Swope, author of Simply Classical, states

‘Classical education is a return to a pedagogy that helps children to appreciate learning, think well, and cultivate a godly character. Classical educators believe that an educated person with a well-formed mind will be equipped for any station in life and any chosen career. After a student has received a foundational education, the student can specialize as needed.’ (94)

In all its levels, programs, and teaching, Redeemer Classical Christian School… [Read more]

Changing Lives

Now YOU can teach your child step by step with daily lesson plans and beautiful books at home! The Simply Classical Curriculum provides all of the plans and books you need for an entire year. Compare this to the cost of private special schools. With free online assessments, you’ll know exactly where to begin. In this six-minute video, you will meet a student of the Simply Classical Curriculum. (The full story is found here.) Notice this little boy’s distracted, parroting communication at the beginning of the program. Witness his changed demeanor, as he begins to learn. Thanks to Memoria Press, the lives of this young man and his family have been changed forever. Experience this change for yourself at ClassicalSpecialNeeds.com.

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