Foundations for Latin for Children B
This course is designed as a transitional course for students intending to enter Latin for Children B in autumn 2023. In it, we will be reviewing five foundational concepts from Latin for Children A: 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs, 1st and 2nd declension nouns, 1st and 2nd declension adjectives, irregular and compound verbs, and prepositional phrases. The course will give students an opportunity to further solidify the foundation they have set in their studies thus far in preparation for more advanced coursework.
For students who completed Latin for Children A at Scholé Academy, this course will be a delightful review of familiar grammar and vocabulary. It will reactivate their language learning brains after time away with engaging discussions, fun activities, and fresh insights. For students who struggled with elements of Latin for Children A but still want to advance in their language studies, this course provides an opportunity for remedial work to shore any gaps in their understanding before introduction of new material in the fall. For students who are new to the Latin for Children program or Scholé Academy entirely, this course will provide a hinge between their previous Latin studies and their entrance into the lower school Latin sequence. This course will ease their transition in the fall, allowing them to connect material between programs and integrate themselves into the Scholé Academy classroom ahead of time.
Required Course Materials:
PDF of exercises and resources supplied by instructor prior to the first class
Latin for Children Primer A (Student Edition) Revised 4.0 Text
Amanda Reeves, Lower School Lead Latin Instructor, 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. She currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, but as an avid traveler, can more times than not be found in Italy, Brazil, or anywhere else she thinks would be interesting to get to know. It is one of the great joys of her life to pass along her enthusiasm for Latin to her elementary, middle, and high school 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 over a decade and particularly enjoys seeing how each unique student’s personality shapes the learning environment. When she is not exploring the world, she spends her time waxing poetic about the Parthenon Marbles and Stanford football, always with a strong cup of coffee in hand. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: 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.
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 a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps 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.
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