Thursday, November 05, 2009

Latin Club Week 9

This is a class report for week 9 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.

Translation: This week we worked on the third verse of Adeste Fideles. We discussed some of the difficulties of translating poetry -- this explains why our English verses do not match up to our Latin verses. The kids divided up the lines and are going to work on translating specific sections of the song. I'm not sure if they know which lines are assigned to which children, and honestly I'm not sure I do either. Here's the breakdown as I recall it:

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.

I'd like them to figure out what the words are, and whether they're nouns, verbs, adjectives etc based on the endings, if possible.

Stamp: Today's stamp was the second declension neuter nouns, the donum chant. Everybody got it perfectly! Very exciting!

Hot Seat: We had a hot seat upset today! One of our hot seat champions was incinerated in a surprise burst of flame, and was caught by his sister in the race for who can acquire the most hot seat survival stickers. What will happen next week?!?

Virgil: We practiced the first two lines of Virgil with correct pronunciations. We also discussed and practice the extreme importance of reciting Virgil with the appropriate tone of voice. We do not recite the Aeneid while slouching and thinking about our birthdays. We recite the Aeneid as if we intent to found a civilization. The assignment is to memorize the first two lines for next week.

Homework: Please do chapter 9 in the primer and activity book and be ready for that second declension neuter noun endings chant!

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