Thursday, October 01, 2009
Latin Club Week 4
This is a class report for week 4 of my Latin class at Homeschool Out of the Box co-op. Our textbook is Latin for Children Level A.
Meet and greet. I collected homework and we took the quiz.
Chants. We took turns leading the chants from chapter 1, chapter 2, and chapter 3.
Songs. We worked on our song "She Will Be Latin." This song was particularly relevant today because our chant for a stamp was the mensa chant, our favorite first declension noun.
Games: We played a game where we sent the first declension noun "mensa" around the room, with each person saying one form of the noun. This was very challenging! We're going to continue working on this until we get it very very fast and automatic. Having a person "be" the ablative singular, or "be" the accusative plural, helps us visualize the information and also .
Stamps. Today was the first time anyone had difficulty with the assigned chant, and several children did. If your child feels unprepared on any given day, it's fine to opt out of trying for the stamp. The way I present it is to say "Would anyone like to try for the stamp today?" If at any point you find yourself falling behind in the book, please don't stress. The most important things are the chants. If you listen to the CD a lot, play games with the chants, and repeat them every day, they should be fine!
Memory Work: I passed out copies of the opening to the Aeneid, the invocation to the Muse, in Latin and English. The chapter maxim for chapter 3 is the first three words, and now we have the first dozen lines. The work we're doing is very rules and lists oriented, and I would like them to see some Latin "in action" in the context of this epic poem. Please do not stress about memorizing this at home; we will play with it in class.
Assignments. Great job on the assignments and quizzes! Please remember to send a page to turn in with your kids each week, either from the activity book or the primer. Of course, there is no penalty for not turning in homework.