Latin for Children A
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: Grades 4–5; 6th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 45–60 min.
Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1: M/W/F 2:15 p.m. ET with Nancy Dayton
Section 2: T/W/Th 3:30 p.m. ET with Amanda Reeves – (Full: Join Waiting List)
Section 3: M/W/F 9:15 a.m. ET with Amanda Reeves
Section 4: M/W/F 11:45 a.m. ET with Amanda Reeves
Section 5: M/W/F 3:30 p.m. ET with Nancy Dayton
Enrollment and Placement
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- 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.
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 2 noun declensions; the first 2 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. As a step beyond just an exposure to the language, this course trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives.
This course is designed to:
- model a discipline of mind that focuses on how the Latin language works
- model pronunciation of Latin words and give students pronunciation practice through imitation
- model for students how to analyze grammatical structure, interpret word form and use, and translate Latin both orally and in writing
- strengthen working memory by “seeing, hearing, and doing” through the use of mnemonic aids (songs, chants), illustrating vocabulary and creating vocabulary flashcards, and writing sentences and short stories using English derivatives, thus improving storage and manipulation of information, and increasing students’ problem-solving skills
- model for students how to use mnemonic aids (songs, chants) and give them practice using these aids
- demonstrate to students the etymology of Latin words and how they are transformed into English derivatives
- give students practice copying texts accurately and reciting text from memory
- expose students to beautiful illustrations as well as images and paintings of ancient Roman culture, and provide exposure to Roman history, culture, and historical figures
This course utilizes Latin for Children Primer A (please note that this course uses the NEW Revised Edition), the first of 3 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.
Note: Classical pronunciation is used in this class.
While the primary text will be Latin for Children Primer A and History Reader, the instructor will be adapting and augmenting the curriculum as she sees best for the learning objectives of the course. Additional materials may include worksheets, in-class games the students will prepare for, and spoken Latin activities. As such, students should be prepared to regularly print PDF files supplied by their teacher well in advance of the class in which they will be used.
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.
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. 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
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
- With Parent Support
- Be able to manage Schoology assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Schoology notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Spelling at grade-level
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- Be able to mark, underline or highlight important words, definitions or concepts within a text being read.
- Be able to read to learn not merely learn to read.
- Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
- Follow along with teacher-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with teacher-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Be prepared to answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer comments, answers and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- Latin for Children Primer A (student edition) NEW Revised Edition, Version 4.0**
- Latin for Children Primer A History Reader NEW Revised Edition, Version 5.0**
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.
While the primary text will be Latin for Children Primer A and History Reader, the instructor will be adapting and augmenting the curriculum as she sees best for the learning objectives of the course. Additional materials may include worksheets, in-class games the students will prepare for, and spoken Latin activities. Students should be prepared to regularly print PDF files supplied by their teacher well in advance of the class in which they will be used.
- 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.
Nancy Dayton comes to Scholé Academy with more than 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of public school and homeschool settings. She earned a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and holds a teaching credential in the state of California. Nancy taught English for ten years in public schools in Northern California. Upon having children, she and her husband decided to educate them at home. Her family embraced the ideals of classical education very early in their journey, and Nancy’s passion has been to promote and support classical education among the homeschool community. She enjoys encouraging parents to strengthen their learning and teaching skills, and she offers Latin, English and history classes for students in her local community. To invest in her own learning, Nancy participates in the CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship Program, honing her own skills and building her understanding of classical education. She strives to live the ideal of scholé-restful learning. In her spare time, Nancy cooks a wide variety of cuisines, especially Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Chinese, and Indian. Her family dotes on their pets that include two dogs and a bunny. She loves living near the ocean on the beautiful Central Coast of California. firstname.lastname@example.org
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, she lives all over the world, splitting her time between the United States, Italy, Brazil, and 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 the last nine years 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. email@example.com
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.
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.
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