Latin

Latin Hack 3: Prepositions

Hayden Latin

Prepositions.  We just memorize the Ablative ones.  The rest are accusative. Here’s the memory device: In Grammy’s downstairs closet is a body builder in a speedo.  We see his ABS. He’s going to demonstrate the ablative prepositions. He’s IN the closet Then he’s OUT OF the closet. Then he’s BY the chair that sits outside […]

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Latin Hack 2: Gender & i-stems

Hayden Latin

Once the kids are acquainted with the basic charts, the workbooks move on to irregulars. For this, we use targeted memory tricks.  We find that having the accumulated irregular gender nouns, i-stems, and ablative prepositions memorized is super-helpful. My kids can’t reason it out every time. We learn the reasons, but we don’t USE them […]

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Latin Hack 1: Charts

Hayden Latin

My kids do great with vocabulary, but they have a hard time USING Latin rules. Over time, we’ve changed translating into a more concrete decoder-ring type experience. We still learn the rules and how to find verb stems, but we don’t really USE that to conjugate. First, we learn the “-ere Chart”: Every verb has 3 parts: […]

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Latin Hacks: Verbs

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I stumbled upon a “hack” while teaching my kids that I just have to share.  It may not continue to be useful, but it’s been super-helpful so far. I tell them that every Latin verb has three parts:  what, when, and who. It’s exactly backwards from how we would say it in English. “He will […]

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Digital Flashcards: Latin, Geography, Phonograms

3GRD

Have you heard of “spaced repetition”?  It’s practicing words you don’t know at intervals.  I made decks for Beginning Latin I, II, and Fundamentals I on memrise.com.  The advantage of that site is that the material is cumulative and you have control over adding new words.  The child can practice daily, only the words he […]

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Memory System Box

3GRD

Since we have dyslexia and dysgraphia in kids 2, 3 respectively, I have had to use a lot of alternative curriculum. I keep little pieces of what works for our methodology. This memory box is dreaded and loved. You can tell where I got it from (All About Spelling). It catches all the material that […]

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A Peek Inside: Latina Christiana I

5GRD

  Latina Christiana is our fifth grade program.  I find the CD’s and teacher’s manual indispensible.  My son does most of the work on his own, but I check it daily.   Each weekly lesson is only one page spread, but for us, that’s plenty.  The work is less memory and more translating.  The child […]

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A Peek Inside: Prima Latina

3GRD

Prima Latina is our 4th grade Latin program.  It’s a step up from the Latin root memorization from last year, but it’s still basically memorization.  My auditory son did fantastic using the CD’s every day, but my daughter prefers to do it all in writing.  She listens to the lesson on Monday and does the workbook […]

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A Peek Inside: 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns

1GRD

I have yet to see another collection of Catholic hymns that is this complete.  It comes with all of the hymns for three years of curriculum, so it’s very worth the price.  If you read music, having the notes is helpful, but regardless, you need the words.  Each year the child listens to the music […]

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Recitation (shhhhh, Catechism) Printables

1GRD

    I have been asked for these a lot, so here they are!  If someone with authority complains, I’ll have to take them down.  They contain all the poems we use for K-4th (there are a few added and removed from the MODG list, sorry!), the catechism questions (some adapted), dates, states and capitals, […]

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English From the Roots Up Resources

3GRD

English from the Roots Up is a great program.  However, for my visual-spatial learner, it’s a little on the colorless-side.  These cards are not meant to replace the originals.  I don’t include any information about whether it’s Latin or Greek, and I don’t have all the example words using the root.  These are just so […]

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A Peek Inside “English from the Roots Up”

3GRD

Dorothy Sayers says in her essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, that learning Latin cuts the work of learning any other subject in half. She’s not kidding.  Even with the fifty or so roots my third grader knows, his grasp of science and math terms is so much stronger.  I can’t imagine how easy studying […]

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