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Simply Classical A Beautiful Education for any Child


Simply Classical
A Beautiful Education for any Child
Cheryl Swope
Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith

This revolutionary new book guides parents and teachers in implementing the beauty of a classical education with special-needs and struggling students. Cheryl is an advocate of classical Christian education for special-needs students. The love of history, music, literature, and Latin instilled in her own children has created in Cheryl the desire to share the message that classical education offers benefits to any child.

  • Increase your child’s academic success
  • Restore your child’s love of learning
  • Regain confidence to teach any child
  • Renew your vision of hope for your special-needs child
  • Receive help navigating the daunting process of receiving a diagnosis
  • Learn how to modify existing resources for your child’s needs
  • Find simple strategies any parent or teacher can implement immediately
  • Appreciate a spiritual context for bringing truth, goodness, and beauty to any child

Cheryl Swope, M.Ed. has home-schooled her 18-year-old adopted special-needs twins from their infancy with classical Christian education. She holds a lifetime K-12 state teaching certificate in the areas of Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She has worked with special-needs children, youth, and adults for over thirty years.

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Rev. J. Bart Day
Executive Director of National Mission
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
  • Cheryl Swope’s new book is perhaps the best story of classical education ever written. This book will take classical education from the perceived ivory towers of academia into the real life of all people, especially those uniquely blessed with learning disabilities. Here is classical education at its very best, an education that nurtures each soul on purity, truth, and beauty: castitate, veritate, et pulchritudine animam enutriens.
The Rev. Stephen W. Kieser
The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education
  • Cheryl Swope’s book is exactly what the title suggests, “simply beautiful.”  She has woven together a tapestry of personal narrative; an apologetic for classical Christian education and home schooling; and resources for anyone wishing to pursue the trivium with the simplest and most challenged children.  Cheryl understands the nature of fallen humanity, Christ’s accomplished plan of saving mankind, and the beautiful service an education saturated in Christian catechesis and the liberal arts has on any child.  She carefully articulates what is lacking in progressive education and asserts an education that pursues what is the true, the good, and the beautiful.  Her book is a timely contribution to those pursuing home education as well as formal education with children who have special learning needs.
Dr. E. Christian Kopff
University of Colorado, Boulder
Author of The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition
  • Cheryl Swope’s Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child gives a clear and practical introduction to Classical Christian education and its significance for children with physical and cognitive disabilities from Helen Keller to her own daughter, Michelle. The reader will be excited by the ideas and deeply moved by her story.
Kathryn Green
Southeast Missouri NAMI – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • The theory of classical education is that children become educated and responsible adults who improve their lives and the world around them. Cheryl Swope’s Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child is a well-written, well-researched book which reminds readers that all children deserve a valuable education, even those with special needs. This wonderful work instructs parents and educators, so children who receive a classical education can be surrounded with daily opportunities to learn, even as they remember that the greatest gift they can give is to serve those around them.




Dr. Gene Edward Veith

Provost and Professor of Literature, Patrick Henry College

Author of Classical Education, Family Vocation, Reading Between the Lines, God at Work

Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education

Dr. Veith’s Book Review of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child:

“This book shows how classical education can enrich the lives of special-needs children. The value of this book, though, goes far beyond that particular purpose. It is, in fact, one of the best treatments of classical education—for anyone, at any level—that I have ever read.” from the Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith


Martin Cothran

Editor of The Classical Teacher

Author of Traditional Logic I and II, Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle

  • Cheryl Swope ostensibly writes about special education, but she also makes one of the clearest and most compelling cases for classical education in print. I commend this book to parents and teachers of special-needs children, but also to anyone who desires a greater understanding of classical Christian education. All children, even academically-challenged students, are human beings, and they deserve an education commensurate with that fact. While current special education doctrine favors compromising on content, Cheryl proposes only to moderate its measure. If a child cannot accommodate the amount or depth of knowledge of most children, it is not less, but more important that what they learn be of the highest quality. She implicitly understands St. Thomas Aquinas’ principle that the slightest knowledge of the greatest things is greater than the greatest knowledge of the slightest things.


Joanna Hensley

Latin Teacher, Scholars Academy

Homeschooling Mother of a Special-Needs Child

  • As a classical educator, I have seen what classical education can do for my students; however, as a mother of a special-needs child, I was initially unsure whether this education was right for my own son. Cheryl Swope has convinced me that classical education truly is a beautiful education for every child. This book is a treasury of inspirational stories and practical advice. I am already seeing her ideas bear fruit in our home.


Cheryl Lowe

Author of

Latina Christiana, First Form Latin, Classical Phonics Highlands Latin School

Memoria Press

  • A classical education is like climbing a mountain, each child benefiting from whatever vistas he or she attains in that upward journey. Cheryl Swope shows us that the special-needs child needs and benefits from the uplifting vision of a classical education as much if not more than those without learning challenges. Simply Classical gives encouragement and real help for all parents who do not want to settle for second best for their special-needs child. In doing so she has advanced the cause of classical Christian education by confounding its critics who claim it is only for the elite.


From the Author, in response to questions we are receiving …

Who Will Benefit From This Book?


    • Parents of special-needs children, whether the needs are mild and common, or more severe and complex – Some may not have heard of “classical education,” but they want the best possible education for their children. Others may be well-versed in classical education, but they wonder whether their special-needs children can benefit. This book was written especially for you.
    • Anyone interested in a straightforward explanation of classical Christian education –  Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child offers an accessible description of classical education and its implementation.
    • Teachers of struggling students — Whether in a tutorial setting, classroom, cottage school setting, home school, teachers of special-needs students will find encouragement, strategies, and resources in this book.
    • Families who wish to homeschool their special-needs children – Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child offers support and recommendations from toddlerhood through high school.
    • Parents or teachers who wonder whether a specific child might need further assessment – You will receive suggestions on informal and formal evaluations with screenings, charts, and tips for navigating the diagnostic process.
    • Classical school headmasters and teachers who know they are not meeting the educational needs of some struggling students — Find support in these pages for bringing classical education to special-needs students, rather than ask such students not to return! Schools may wish to better integrate these students into classical classrooms or design a “school within a school” in which smaller classrooms, perhaps K-3 and 4-8, provide a much slower pace overall. With strategies, resources, and methods suggested in this book, struggling students can continue to receive a classical education.
    • Anyone already engaged in the excellent pursuit of bringing classical Christian education to any child – This book is intended to encourage, inspire, and assist classroom teachers, homeschoolers, university professors, classical publishers, headmasters, and more.



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