Homeschooling Middle School Boys: What Worked & What Didn’t This Year

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When you hop in the driver’s seat, it’s always a good idea to first glance up at the rearview mirror and adjust it. It needs to be at just the right angle so you can see what’s coming up. Yes, you look behind you to see what’s coming. It’s easy to get fixated on the view through the windshield – what’s ahead?! Where should I go? What turn should I take? Is that a red light or a green light? … Read More

Latin is Brain Exercise – Simply Convivial

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The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being is a collection of the writings about education from Plato to the modern era, the writings that have informed the development of western civilization and classical education. I’m spending rather a long time with Isocrates, but he has so many nuggets! Next week we’ll be on to Socrates, though, I promise. I couldn’t pass up today’s selection, though, because I thought it directly applied to … Read More

How I Use Latin for Children – Simply Convivial

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Being consistent with Latin over the years has been a struggle – one I have not always won. My oldest began Latin for Children Primer A when he was 8 – four years ago – and he’s now 3/4 of the way through Latin for Children Primer B. I’m sure glad Dr. Perrin’s favorite motto is festina lente. My second son is 10 and in his third year of Latin and just wrapping up Latin for Children Primer A. Next … Read More

Free Homeschool Latin Practice Page – and a giveaway! – Simply Convivial

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Once or twice a week, my two Latin students (aged 9 & 11) and I sit down to do Latin together. I hand them a parsing worksheet I’ve made and I have my Henle stack. I work on the next Henle exercise until someone needs help or thinks they’re done (they aren’t done until it’s all correct, so they’re never done when they think they are). After a school year of this (though we’ve definitely missed weeks), I’m through the … Read More

What is the point of learning Latin?

In “How We Homeschool Latin“, I said that there are generally three reasons given for the study of Latin: It helps with vocabulary and thus with high test scores. It helps with logical thinking, because it’s grammar study that actually makes sense. It is the language of Virgil and much of the literature of Christendom, which we should be trying to read in the original. I’ve been reading in classical education circles for over ten years now, and while there … Read More

How We Homeschool Latin

Because we are following the classical model of education in our homeschool, we have added Latin to our average days. I have zero background in Latin and only 2 barely-passed years of Spanish under my belt. Yet, I agreed with the principles of classical education so much that I decided we’d take the practice of Latin on trust and see what happened. There are generally three reasons given for studying Latin: It helps with vocabulary and thus with high test … Read More

Latin, the habit builder – Wednesday with Words – Simply Convivial

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Living a reading life together… Current favorites at our house I’ve been preparing grammar lesson outlines for my writing class that starts this week. I’m using a combination of Our Mother Tongue by Nancy Wilson, The Mother Tongue by Kittridge and adapted and republished by Amy Edwards (I am using the teacher’s manual for lesson content and sentences to use, but not using the student workbooks), and Evan-Moor Paragraph Editing (grades 5 & 6). Can I just say, I love … Read More

Homeschool Day Planning: Latin Lessons – Simply Convivial

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We continue to plug away slowly at Latin, but our momentum picked up in the last few months of this school year, so I’m hoping to build on that and keep it chugging next year. Two years ago I started Hans (now almost-10) in Latin for Children Primer A. Even with our increased momentum the last few months, we ended still in Primer A with 4 lessons to go. This coming year, Hans will wrap up A and move on … Read More

Review: Latin-Centered Curriculum – Simply Convivial

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Originally written in 2009. Campbell’s motto is multum non multa: not quantity, but quality. Campbell explains his philosophy with brevity and clarity, then outlines materials and schedules with grace and flexibility. His premise is that we should study a few great things deeply, rather than study many subjects. His curriculum section then gives the practical details of his pared-down approach. Yes, Latin and classical studies are his unifying force, and he actually does what Dorothy Sayers suggests: he teaches English … Read More