Latin's Not So Tough!

By the author of Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!, this introduction to Latin begins gently, so even the youngest elementary students can start. Level One is similar to Level One of the Greek, teaching the 24 letters of the Latin alphabet, along with their sounds with and without the macron, and the sounds of vowel and consonant combinations. The workbook has fun activity pages, including matching and fill in the blank. Level Two teaches 50 Latin words to lay the foundation of the study of Latin grammar beginning in Level Three. It reviews the alphabet, diphthongs and special consonants from Level I, then introduces the student to the reading and writing of Latin words. Level 3 applies the vocabulary learned so far to the translation of simple Latin sentences. Noun and verb inflections are introduced. Begin this level in upper elementary or junior high. Level 4 reviews alphabet, vocabulary and grammar. Students continue to read and write in Latin sentences as they learn five declensions and four conjugations (present active indicative); these are reinforced with a variety of activities and continuing sentence translation. In addition, question words, principal parts, macrons, syllables, and accents are studied. Level 5 begins with a review of pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar (especially conjugation and declension) taught in Levels 1 through 4. In Level 6, students learn all about infinitives, personal pronouns, cardinal and ordinal numerals, additional special case uses, the passive voice, imperfect and future tenses, and (as always) additional words to expand their vocabulary.

New material is heavily focused on new vocabulary and adjectives (singular and plural of the following cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative). Prepositions and adverbs are also introduced. The student is often asked to translate sentences from and into Latin.


In terms of "sectarian" content: Levels 1-4 are "fine" and can be used without difficulties by the charter schools. Level 5 has one small section - a translation from Gideon in the Septuagent that is problematic for some schools. This is info is per Karen Mohs (author).

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