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Foreign Language | Latin
Grade School Beginning Latin, Part One

Register for this fun course to build a love for future Latin studies. We’ll embark on a captivating journey through ancient Rome as well as delve into the world of Latin through interactive activities and assignments, mastering basic speaking and reading skills. Join us as we explore Ecclesiastical pronunciations and unveil the wonders of the Latin language and culture, guiding young minds toward linguistic excellence and historical appreciation.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 3rd to 5th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Latin


Students will be introduced to basic Latin speaking and reading skills through fun activities and homework assignments. By the end of the semester, students will be able to read a short Latin passage about the Map of the Roman Empire, answer simple comprehension questions in Latin, and sustain a 5-minute practiced conversation. This course will prepare students for beginning middle school Latin with any Latin curriculum. We will explore mainly Ecclesiastical pronunciations.


Week 1: Introduction and Choosing Roman Names

Week 2: Conversational Latin

Week 3: Map of the Roman Empire: Vocabulary

Week 4: Map of the Roman Empire: Genders of nouns

Week 5: Map of the Roman Empire: Ubi est?

Week 6: Review

Week 7: Map of the Roman Empire: Singular vs. Plural, Part 1 (Fem.)

Week 8: Map of the Roman Empire: Singular vs. Plural, Part 2 (Masc.)

Week 9: Map of the Roman Empire: Singular vs. Plural, Part 3 (Neut.)

Week 10: More Conversational Latin and How to play Simon Says

Week 11: Numeri et Litterae (Numbers and Letters)

Week 12: Practice Latin Interview, Final Exam: reading a short text in Latin

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Course materials: Lingua Latina Book 1: Familia Romana by Hans Orberg, ISBN 13: 9781585104208. This book is used for multiple years of grade school Latin and need only be purchased once. Students may purchase a used copy through bookfinder.com.

A working microphone is required for this course. Starting on the first day of class, 60 blank flashcards for vocabulary words and terms must be available to the student. Some means of taking pictures of flashcards and uploading them to the course page will be required (this can be as simple as using a mobile phone). A downloadable map will be provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Students will be expected to spend 10-15 minutes every school day either making or studying vocabulary flashcards. Example flashcards and pronunciation videos will be provided by the instructor. Additionally, students will teach and practice basic conversational skills with parents (or knowledgeable siblings) and complete one review assignment for an average of 30 minutes once per week before class. Once per semester, students will submit a creative project.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Mondays, September 16 to December 9, 2024. (No class Nov. 25)

Starting Time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

Duration per class: 30 minutes

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