The other three students are the Sixth and Seventh Graders along with me. I have not had the ability to "keep up" with them. One of my children is gifted and despises repetition and has found this Latin program (Latina Christiana I) to be extremely boring. The other finds it an adequate challenge, although, I sense they, too, could progress much faster than I had planned. I need to make time to get "caught up" because they are going to blow past me and I want to be able to help them. I love learning Latin.
So, a good friend of mine, who is a smarty pants (and I love her for it), gave me some great suggestions for "spicing up" Latin. Is that possible? I thought it was pretty exciting, myself. Here are a few suggestions:
- Start a Latin Journal - give the child a translation assignment each day like "Write what you had for breakfast in Latin." Or, "Write the date in Latin and describe the day's weather."
- Work on Latin translation - Find stories in Latin and work through translating them.
- Get some of the kids' books written in Latin for them to read aloud to the other children.
- Translate some popular current sayings into Latin.
- Translate comics into Latin or vice versa.
I will be doing these as well as exploring Our Latin and Greek Roots with all the kids (as a read aloud.) It's actually a short, seven Unit book exploring the origins of many of our vocabulary words. It will also look at Roman and Greek history, as well.
I'll also be throwing in a study of Gregorian Chant with Lingua Angelica from Memoria Press. I love Gregorian Chant and this program has 4 prayers and 12 hymns for students to translate. Lingua Angelica II has another 12 hymns. I'll be looking for that on the used market.
Those children who are interested will be starting Orberg's Lingua Latina on top of LC I. I'm not sure who will do it (me, and both the older students or just one of them.) We'll start off with Familia Romana and work our way from there. These are Latin texts that need to be translated, but don't require translation. It's called the direct method whereby the child learns the Latin "per se". The text and diagrams are almost self-evident, making the translation quite easy. I think this will be a good challenge for all of us. The kids loved Minimus and have worked their way through translating the entire story by themselves, for fun. I think this will be enjoyable and it was a recommendation from many parents who participate in a Yahoo! Group on Latin Centered Curriculum. If I can find the money, we will also pick up Minimus Secundus. The kids cannot resist Minimus.
Lastly, one of my children has asked me to do a "Latin Club" next year. I don't know how I can say no when I relentlessly remind them how important learning Latin is for their education. Said child came up with a list of things to do at club meetings from doing plays to translating fables. I will have to see how I figure this in with schooling five kids next year (the soon-to-be Four Year Old deserves some preschool time.) I'm not sure it will be of interest to anyone else. We're kind of nerdy about Latin at our house. In fact, the Seventh Grader memorized, "Rident stolidi verba latina" (Fools laugh at Latin language. -Ovid) so he could recite it to his fellow Boy Scout buddies who claimed Latin is a dead language. Maybe someone can translate the following for me: "Foolish mothers push Latin and then regret it when the kids ask for more!"