Latin for Children B
Term: Yearlong 2018–19, September 4–May 24
Target Grade Levels: Grades 5–6; 7th 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 Ms. Scheidegger
Section 2: T/Th/F 2:15 p.m. EST with Ms. Scheidegger
Students in the Latin for Children B course continue their study of Latin grammar and reading while also continuing to enjoy the delight of studying the Latin language. Students go on to study the third noun declension and the third and fourth verb conjugations; the past, present, and future tenses; and all remaining parts of speech (pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, adverbs, and conjunctions). During the course of the year, students begin to read and translate basic Latin paragraphs, putting their knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary to work! They also acquire a Latin vocabulary of another 240 words and learn many English words derived from these Latin words.
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 B and Latin for Children Primer B History Reader. Please note: this course will used the NEW Revised Edition of Latin for Children Primer B.
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 class is designed for students who have successfully completed Latin for Children A, as it builds on the cumulative foundation of vocabulary and grammar concepts established in this first year of the series.
- The course is geared toward rising 5th–6th graders. Rising 7th graders are welcome in Latin for Children B, though they may also wish to consider our Upper School Latin 1 course, which progresses at a faster and more challenging pace.
- 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 5th- to 6th-grade corporate learning environment. If your student is outside the target grade range for this class, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us.
- Scholé Academy administers placement exams in order to get to know each student and find the best learning environment for him or her, as we seek to educate our students well and wisely. Students should print and complete the LFCB placement exam to confirm proper placement in this course. Please ask students to write neatly and clearly on the exam (or note paper), making sure each answer is clearly labeled and legible. The test should be completed independently, without help from outside sources (including notes, text, parents, tutors, etc.). This exam is a tool used to help our instructors get to know their students–perfection is not expected! If you have any questions about the exam content, you are welcome to reach out to the Chair of our Latin department, Mr. Eddie Kotynski at firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed placement test should be scanned (no photographs, please!) and emailed to Mr. Kotynski, who will respond with placement confirmation. Please note that registration is not finalized until the student has submitted a placement exam and received confirmation of proper placement from Mr. Kotynski or the course instructor. Download the LFCB placement exam here.
“The interaction of the [Latin for Children B] class turned Latin from something that she had to do, which she usually did last, into something that she wanted to do, and now does before her other schoolwork. I no longer have to cajole or press her to study her Latin. What a godsend! Thank you!” —Scholé Academy Latin for Children B Parent
- Latin for Children Primer B (student edition) NEW Revised Edition, Version 4.0**
- Latin for Children Primer B History Reader
Please note: MP3 versions of the Latin for Children Primer B 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.
**Classical Academic Press released a NEW Revised Edition of this text in May 2018. The new revised edition (Version 4.0) 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 B Activity Book
This activity book accompanies Latin for Children Primer B, 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 B Answer Key
The Latin for Children Primer B Answer Key features actual, full-size pages from Latin for Children Primer B, with answers to quizzes, exercises, and worksheets in bold print. The answer key is optional for this online class.
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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