Five years ago this month, Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child (Memoria Press, 2013) was published. In the book we told our twins’ story to let people know that a classical education can benefit any child who can learn! We provided charts, schedules, book lists, tips, stories, and plenty of encouragement. I hoped only that the book would help someone.
In five years, the book has sparked a full line of teaching materials for children with special needs. Now homeschooling families, tutors, classrooms, and schools can teach from the Simply Classical Curriculum. Our free Simply Classical online forum provides a community where families support one another. We have a closed FB page (Memoria Press Simply Classical Families) and my public FB page, Cheryl Swope Author where people can connect.
Most recently, we launched a free magazine, the Simply Classical Journal. We invite all to subscribe for heartwarming, thought-provoking articles and the news about latest teaching resources. Currently the magazine comes to your door twice a year.
Our latest teaching resource, Myself & Others, a social skills program, assists anyone — parent, grandparent, teacher — in teaching manners and social awareness through children’s literature. Designed for ages 4-13, each level is taught over 14 weeks. (Perfect for summer.)
I am thankful for my local friends, the beautiful ladies in the photo who surprised me with a celebration of my first book, Simply Classical, five years ago.
Today I am also thankful to our thousands of readers — teachers, special educators, schools, classical educators, parents, school administrators, university programs — and especially to our families of children with special needs who have responded so warmly to the book and to the Simply Classical Curriculum.
We now announce with great joy that our work on an updated, revised, expanded second edition of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child has begun. We will announce when it becomes available.
Thank you all!