Beginning Latin I & II: Teacher’s Helpers

in By Book, Hayden Latin

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Beginning Latin 1 Helper pdf

BeginningLatin II Helper pdf

BLII Cheat Sheet & BLI pdf  and EXCEL

This post has two printables: Teacher’s Helper and Cheat Sheet. Above you see a sample of the cheat sheet for BLII. I can’t spell stereotype, apparently. Rather than correct it, I gave you the excel version too. Another note, as you progress in Fundamentals I, that section gets more words. Even though their endings are otherwise, “mother”  and “Mary” are female. “Leader” and “soldier” are male. We use that section to reduce the memory load.

Below is the first section of the teacher’s helper.  I list which weeks have new vocab AND which days have new teaching. If you need to review how something is done, this is the sheet that will give you Lesson # and Day for the original explanation.

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My favorite part, though, is the TEST PREP. I went through and found the exercises that mimic what the child will see on the quiz. As the year winds on, sometimes we get lost in the material and those tests come out of left field. And if they screw up on a test, now you know what exercises to drill. 

The second section is a quick vocabulary list. I note in the first section which weeks add new words.  It’s worth nothing that with the exception of the word “non”, no new vocabulary words appear on the test the same week they’re introduced. They all delay one week before quizzing.

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After the vocabulary, I made a drill chart.  This is the material that needs to be memorized or reviewed. However, this format doesn’t work for me. My people take a LONG time.

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So, I made a weekly drill sheet like the one I have for Abeka K. See below.

All NEW skills are in normal font.  Skills 2 weeks old or more are in small font. Every week is 100% cumulative. That means if you’re on Week 10 already, just IGNORE the weeks of drill before that. Start where you are in the syllabus and check the small font items to see if your kid has any holes.  Then keep moving forward!

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How I use it

  1. Read the whole document, noting where skills appear, change, or move to small font.
  2. Do your assignment for the day from the syllabus.
  3. Look over the skills list for the week.
  4. Review a few things you think need practice.
  5. Check them off.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren June 5, 2017

This is wonderful. We are wrapping up the last couple of weeks of BLI, and I am starting to feel very frustrated at the content, and the lack of hand-holding for a Latin newbie like me. We’ve gotten in over our heads. I came looking to see if you had created some helps and OF COURSE you have. But tell me if you have made what I am looking for: something that keeps in summary form a breakdown of the meaning of the more complex forms of things: ablative, accusative, dative. I feel like I need a summary description to refer back to on a regular basis when both my kids and I forget…it’s really hard to flip back in the book and find where that content is taught. I see you’ve made these really great memory-hook guides for these things, but I think what I’m looking for is a few steps behind that. You haven’t possibly made something like what I’m describing, have you?


2 Lauren June 5, 2017

I think I found what I am looking for, on the third page of your BLI cheat sheet. I think I can build on this for what I need: a bit more explanation with some examples, but this is a good place to start, and I think I can go back in the book and do some studying and fill in some gaps. Anyway. Thanks again for making all these resources!


3 Jenny May 1, 2017

Do you use both Beginning Latin 1 and English From the Roots Up for 3rd grade?
Thank you for all the work you put into your blog! You truly help many of us moms!


4 admin June 7, 2017

No, did I make a mistake? BLI is 4th grade.


5 Jenny June 9, 2017

Hi. I’m a bit confused. I am looking at the 3rd grade Syllabus and it has 2 options for Latin: English from the Roots Up OR Beginning Latin 1. I was wondering if you choose one or do both? Thank you so much!


6 Mary March 7, 2017

I love how you put things in such nice order! Very helpful. I’m keeping this for future reference.


7 admin March 8, 2017

Thank you!


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