Latin for Children A
Term: Yearlong 2018–19, September 4–May 24
Target Grade Levels: Grades 4–5; 6th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 45-60 min.
Course Sections (Choose One)
Section 1: M/W/F 10:30 a.m. EST with Mrs. Chilbert
Section 2: M/W/F 1 p.m. EST with Mrs. Weaver
Section 3: T/Th/F 1 p.m. EST with Ms. Scheidegger
Students in this course will enjoy a clear introduction to Latin grammar and reading that will also delight them and cultivate in them the wonder of language. Students study the first two noun declensions; the first two verb conjugations; the present, imperfect, and future tenses; other parts of speech (adjectives, prepositions, and adverbs); and learn to read and translate basic Latin sentences. They also acquire a Latin vocabulary of 240 words and learn many English words derived from Latin. This course utilizes Latin for Children Primer A (NEW Revised Edition), the first of three texts in the Latin for Children series.
Since 2001, the award-winning Latin for Children curriculum has been and continues to be a strong, inviting, and creative program designed to introduce grammar school students to Latin. It incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style. As a step beyond just an exposure to the language, this course trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way. For a closer look at the texts used in this course, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: Latin for Children Primer A and Latin for Children Primer A History Reader.
Schedule: This course is designed with young learners’ brains in mind! The course meets three times per week for 45-60 minutes, affording adequate instructional time while keeping on-screen sessions to a healthy duration for our youngest learners.
- This course is designed as an introductory Latin course; no prior Latin instruction is required or expected.
- The course is geared toward rising 4th–5th graders. Rising 6th graders are welcome; we encourage rising 7th graders to consider our Upper School Latin 1 course. When considering whether this course is a good fit for your student, please keep in mind that in addition to readiness for the course content, students should be developmentally prepared to engage in a 4th- to 5th-grade corporate learning environment as well as the online classroom dynamic.
- Students should be comfortable reading fluently and writing independently (and legibly!) by hand.
- It is recommended (though not required) that students have at least a preliminary understanding of the basics of English grammar. This entails knowing how to recognize the following parts of speech: noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, preposition. A familiarity with the basic functionality of the following parts of a sentence is also helpful: subject, direct object, object of the preposition.
- Students should be prepared to study 2–3 times per week outside of class time.
- If your student is outside the target grade range for this class, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us.
- Latin for Children Primer A (student edition) NEW Revised Edition, Version 4.0**
- Latin for Children Primer A History Reader
Please note: MP3 versions of the Latin for Children Primer A chants will be provided to the students enrolled in this course at no charge.
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
**The new revised edition is required for this course. Older versions of the student edition and answer key are not compatible with the course. (Note: The content of the history reader has not changed.)
- Latin for Children Primer A Activity Book
This activity book accompanies Latin for Children Primer A, following the textbook chapter by chapter to supplement and enhance the practice of Latin vocabulary and grammar. With the activities, students will sail around the world, find their way out of dungeon mazes, rescue captive Latin words from an evil wizard, “week out” the wrong crossword puzzle questions . . . and more! The activity book is optional for this online class.
- Latin for Children Primer A Answer Key
The Latin for Children Primer A Answer Key features actual, full-size pages from Latin for Children Primer A, with answers to quizzes, exercises, and worksheets in bold print. The answer key is optional for this online class.
HeadventureLand.com is our premier classical education practice site. As students are learning Latin, logic, and other classical subjects, they often don’t get enough opportunities outside the classroom to put their skills to use. With a creative, engaging environment such as Headventure Land, we believe that students will enjoy practicing and strengthening their skills without the need for prompting. HeadventureLand.com has a free Lite Zone as well as a more extensive Full Zone corresponding to Latin for Children Primer A.
Monica Chilbert was classically educated at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA. She went on to earn her BA in philosophy from The Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester at the University of Oxford studying Aristotle’s Metaphysics and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and falling in love with England. Monica has always been a language-lover, but it wasn’t until she took a year of Koine Greek in college that she decided to pursue a career in learning and teaching languages. Monica went on to teach literature, writing, grammar, and Latin at Trivium Preparatory Academy, a classical school in Arizona, for several years. This will be her second year teaching Latin with Scholé Academy. She is overjoyed for the opportunity to share her own enthusiasm for the order and complexity of language with her students. Monica lives near Philadelphia with her husband, their son, and their Australian shepherd-border collie mix.
Margaret Weaver holds a BS in education from Lock Haven University. She has nearly 22 years of experience as an educator, having begun her career as a private reading and math tutor. For the past 13 years Mrs. Weaver, through her company, Stand Firm Educational Service, has been dedicated to work with local home school families as a teacher, consultant, course of study coordinator, and evaluator. She began her journey toward classical education when she took on the responsibility of educating her own children. Under the tutelage of Peter and Laurie Brown of Lancaster Center of Classical Studies Mrs. Weaver added to her love of languages Latin and Greek. She is continuing her own classical studies as a student of Classical Academic Press ClassicalU. She looks forward to continuing to bring her love of learning to the live, online classroom as she guides her students on their Latin journey!
Allison Scheidegger earned her BA in literature with a minor in classics from Patrick Henry College. She served two years as a Latin teacher for Providence Preparatory Academy, a Scholé Community in Northern Virginia. After thereby discovering that she loved teaching languages, Allison dove into the world of online teaching. In all her experiences tutoring and teaching Latin, Allison’s favorite part has been showing students the wonders of Latin. Allison has always loved taking things apart to find out how they work, and then putting them back together to be used anew. Language is the most exciting example of such functional beauty, so it makes sense that one of her favorite pastimes is learning and teaching languages. Whether through the concise beauty of an ablative absolute or the fun of using complementary infinitives, Allison hopes to infect her students with awe at God’s amazing gift of language. She wants to give students the tools to understand, appreciate, and creatively employ language.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Scanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.
Please Note: This recording is a sample of Latin for Children A with Mrs. Margaret Weaver.
from Classical Academic Press