Latin for Children A

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 4–5; 6th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 45–60 min.
Price: $595.00

Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1:
M/W/F 9:15 a.m. ET with Ms. Reeves
Section 2: M/W/F 10:30 a.m. ET with Mrs. Weaver
Section 3: T/W/Th 2:15 p.m. ET with Ms. Reeves
Section 4: M/T/Th 4:45 p.m. ET with Ms. Weaver

New Placement Process: Click to Read
To help ensure students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires most students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. The following students will be required to submit placement evaluations: 
  • students who are new to Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
  • students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success 
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Assistant to the Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student. 
 
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
 
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course. 
  • If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

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 (please note that this course uses the 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 3 times per week for 45-60 minutes, affording adequate instructional time while keeping on-screen sessions to a healthy duration for our youngest learners.

Syllabus: Click here to view the syllabus for 2019-2020.

Placement: Please read about our new process above.

  • 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.

 

“I am blown away by how well this course has been conducted and how well my kids are staying on top of their work AND they love it!” —Scholé Academy Latin for Children A Parent

 

*Required Texts:

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, answer key, and history reader are not compatible with the course.

Optional Resources:

  • 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
    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.

 

Amanda Reeves has a BA in Greek and Latin from Stanford University, where she received recognition in her department for both her enthusiasm for the classical world as well as her excellence in scholarship. After finishing her degree, she spent a year living abroad in Rome, Italy, designing and facilitating short-term study-abroad programs for students studying Latin through the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. Currently, Amanda is back in Italy serving at Rome Baptist Church as a ministry intern. She enjoys keeping her interest in the ancient world current by working with elementary, middle, and high school Latin students. Having learned Latin online herself, Amanda is passionate about distance learning and enjoys integrating traditional grammar and translation methods with spoken Latin to produce the best educational experience for her students. She has taught and tutored Latin online for the last seven years and particularly enjoys seeing how each unique student’s personality shapes the learning environment. When she is not exploring the many corners of Rome, she spends her time waxing poetic about the Parthenon Marbles and Stanford football, always with a strong cup of coffee in hand. areeves@scholeacademy.com

 

Margaret Weaver holds a BS in education from Lock Haven University. She has nearly 23 years of experience as an educator, having begun her career as a private reading and math tutor. For the past 14 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. Wanting to understand the Bible more clearly inspired her to study Latin. 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’s ClassicalU. As an educator she enthusiastically brings writing, grammar, and Latin into conversation with each other. Mrs. Weaver is looking forward to continuing to bring her love of learning to the live, online classroom as she guides her students on their own classical journeys! mweaver@scholeacademy.com

 

 

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend 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.

Red checkmarkHigh-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 a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: 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.

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