Monday, October 17, 2011

Another Homeschool Year - Foreign Language Edition

We (by which I mean Polly & I) began learning Latin when Polly started 3rd grade, two years ago. Philip took a college level class at the same time and I was really looking forward to taking the class with him because I've always wanted to learn Latin.

For several reasons which I will not get into here, I didn't get to take the Latin class with him. But Polly and I kept right on with our own studies. We started with Prima Latina:

We worked through at our own pace. {Read: slowly} This curriculum is designed for parents {teachers} who have little or no Latin background.

We liked it so much that last year we moved on to Latina Christiana I:

We're just about to finish this book and I've already ordered the next set. {Latina Christiana II}

This curriculum allows you to work at your own pace and learn as you go along. It isn't flashy or complicated. It reinforces what the student learns in Grammar and helps boost vocabulary and spelling skills. Polly and I work through the lessons together.

We use games found here, here, and here as review and to break up the lessons. Vocabulary review can get a bit tedious so I'm thankful that someone out there has invented online games (free!) to switch things up.

This curriculum does use Ecclesiastical pronunciation instead of classical. (Which means we get to use the "v" sound instead of the "w") It does have songs and prayers in Latin but nothing - so far - that I would disagree with doctrinally. (As in, we haven't had to sing any songs to Mary or anything like that. If I came across something like that we would skip it.)

I realize this can be a touchy thing among some branches of Christians but I figure the positives outweigh the negatives for us.

Another language curriculum we've added this year is:

The girls were actually given this set as a gift. We got it out this school year and they have absolutely loved it. It is super basic, in that it teaches some elementary vocabulary and uses "repeat after me" type activities. So no conjugating French for our four year old, at least, not yet. Sweet Pea has enjoyed the games so much she actually finished the first two levels before her older sisters.

Eventually we plan to add in more serious French study, probably with the Rosetta Stone curriculum. For now this is fun and it works.

Polly and I were talking about Latin and French just the other day. We were discussing adding Greek, eventually. Probably this set:

She was excited about the idea since she has enjoyed Latin and French so far.

"I could grow up to be a translator," she observed. "If I keep on studying languages."

"That would be pretty neat," I agreed. "Translating books or in a business situation."

"Really, I could be a missionary," she said.

"That too," I said. And I realized: I had been thinking of something glamorous or prestigious for her. She got right to the heart of the matter: learning languages can be fun (it has been for us) and it can be useful (ditto), but most importantly, it can be - and ought to be- used to bring glory to God.

That's my girl: always teaching me.

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1 comment:

Amy said...

I love this post.
Helpful, yes. But I'm not sure there is anything sweeter than a missions-minded child.
Hugs to Polly!

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