Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Latin Club Week 10

This is a class report for week 10 of my Latin class at Homeschool Out of the Box co-op. Our textbook is Latin for Children Level A from Classical Academic Press.

Meet and greet. I collected homework and we took the quiz.

Songs. We sang our usual songs and all of Adeste Fideles. We are going to learn one more song, next week. We took a vote on whether we should learn another song in Latin like Dona Nobis Pacem or another song about Latin, like She Will Be Latin and Ballad of the Latin Verbs. Interestingly, all of the boys voted for learning another song about Latin and all of the verbs voted to learn another song in Latin. I found that fascinating! We may have to learn two new songs. :)

Translation: We have been working on translating Adeste Fideles, and while a few virtuous children had done the assignment, there were many who had not. We realized that every single person in the class had participated in the science fair the day before, so we forgave ourselves and took the same assignment for next week.

Here's the breakdown again:

Ben: En grege relicto, humiles ad cunas
Nicholas: Vocati pastores approperant:
Stephen: Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus.

Benny: Aeterni Parentis splendorem aeternum
Sarah: Velatum sub carne videbimus:
Shira: Deum infantem pannis involutum.

Stamp: Today's stamp was the second declension neuter noun endings, and in spite of the excitement over the science fair and everyone's heavy weekend of glue-sticking and graph-preparing, everybody got it perfectly again! These children are becoming excellent at performing under pressure!

Virgil: This week, those who could correctly perform the first two lines of the Aeneid with the proper posture and expression got their first memorization sticker. Surprise! It was everybody! We do not recite Virgil as if it is a grocery list or instructions on how to fold pants. We sit up straight, shoulders back, and define our right to rule the world. We were in Troy and we were AWESOME. Now we're in Lavinia and we're AWESOME. We're Romans and we have every right to be here, to rule you, and we take no crap. That's our posture and delivery on the Aeneid and I will accept nothing less than truly stentorian diction.

Homework: Chapter 10 is a review chapter so there will be no quiz. There *will* be a surprise chant. I told the children that I was determined to keep it an absolute surprise, but that it started with S and rhymed with "room." So, they came to their own conclusions and I'm sure I will shock the shoes off them next week with the "sum" chant. Be ready. The assignment I want to collect next week is the huge, enormous, monstrous, insane crossword in the activity book for chapter 10. If they can get on the outside of that, we will play Hot Seat all day long.

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