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    Salve, Maters! Our Latin studies got off to a great start today with Introductions and the first part of Chapter 1 in our Latin Alive curriculum. We discussed the dedication to studying that is required for learning Latin as well as memorization techniques for the upcoming vocabulary lists. (Please ask your students to share their plans for studying and memorization techniques with you to help solidify their plan in their minds.) We are beginning with a rather “soft start”, so to speak, for the first couple of weeks and so Latin will not take as long as will become the usual. I encouraged them to use these next couple of weeks to organize themselves and work on creating good scheduling and study habits so when we really “get down to business” they aren’t scrambling to figure out how to study their Latin! 🙂  Each of your students wrote down their assignments for the week but I’ll list them here too! Chapter 1 sections 1 & 2, and copy work: copy charts on pages 2 & 3 at least three times each day they do school work. Please let me know if you have any questions!
    #2036
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    Jr. High Latin
    This morning we continued our study of Chapter 1 in Latin Alive Book 1. We watched the remainder of the video for Chapter 1, pausing on several occasions to review what the lecturer had to say. We also practiced a few of each of the exercises assigned for this week so that everyone had a “feel” for what the homework exercises are asking for. I tried to gently remind them that it is imperative that they are active listeners while we are working together in class and encouraged them to jot down some notes during the video.
    Homework: Chapter 1 sections 3, 4, & 5. Charts: Charts on pages 4 & 5 with emphasis on the diphthong chart on page 5 (they need to have memorized the diphthongs). The homework should all be completed (written) in their Latin notebook.

    #2056
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    Jr. High Latin
    This morning we worked on Chapter 2 in Latin Alive Book 1. We watched the video for Chapter 2, pausing again on several occasions to review what the lecturer had to say. I asked them to make a few notes in their books as well. (I am trying to encourage more note taking while the video is playing.)

    Homework: Chapter 2- all exercises. Charts: vocabulary chart at the beginning of Ch. 2. Memorize all vocabulary for chapter 2. Bring one topic of the homework for discussion (question, problem, idea, something surprising or interesting). Bring a $1 bill to class on Monday. The homework should all be completed (written) in their Latin notebook.

    #2073
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    Jr. High Latin
    This morning we worked on Chapter 3 in Latin Alive Book 1. We watched the video for Chapter 3, pausing again on several occasions to review what the lecturer had to say. (And also to poke a little bit of fun at the dated quality of the video. Anything for a laugh!

    Homework: We missed Luke today!! Chapter 3- all exercises. Charts: vocabulary chart at the beginning of Ch. 3. Memorize, memorize, memorize! all vocabulary for chapter 3. Bring one topic of the homework for discussion (question, problem, idea, something surprising or interesting). Copy vocab chart on page 15 and both charts on page 17 multiple times this week (until memorized). The homework should all be completed (written) in their Latin notebook so that they have all of their Latin work in one place as the week progresses. I hope that our little class is all reunited next week!

    #2087
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    Jr. High Latin
    This morning we worked on Chapter 4 in Latin Alive Book 1. We watched the video for Chapter 4, pausing again on several occasions to review the concepts. I asked them to make a few notes in their books as well. (I am trying to encourage more note taking while the video is playing.) We reviewed Latin conjugations and declensions as well as the gender, number, and case of Latin nouns. Remember that the Latin noun CASE is what tells us the job the noun is doing in a sentence.

    Homework: Chapter 4- all exercises. Charts: 2 charts- page 20 & 22. Copy 3-4 times daily until memorized. Memorize all vocabulary for chapter 4. We are going to rotate between students when bringing topics from the homework for class discussion from now on, and when we come back for Block 2 Tyler will be up first! Please bring a question, problem, idea, something surprising or interesting to share/ask/discuss. The homework and charts should all be completed (written) in their Latin notebook. (If they are copying charts using Josiah’s templates that is just fine, but please keep all of the charts/homework etc together.)

    Finally, we will have a Latin vocabulary quiz in Block 2: Week 1 covering all of the vocabulary from Chapters 1-4. I suggested that they take some time over the next few weeks to review and continue to work on committing those vocabulary words to memory. 🙂

    #2089
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    Jr. High Latin
    This morning we worked on Chapter 5 in Latin Alive Book 1. Before beginning we had a short vocabulary quiz, and after completion, we went through the definitions together. We reviewed a few basic concepts as they checked their own answers for accuracy. I asked them to evaluate themselves honestly and be true to themselves regarding the gaps in their knowledge and the steps they need to take to fill those gaps. We watched the video for Chapter 5, pausing again on several occasions to review the concepts. I asked them to make a few notes in their books as well. (I am STILL trying to encourage more note taking while the video is playing! They probably are tired of my reminders!) We briefly discussed parsing Latin words for the translation process; this is a large portion of their homework this week, so they will get plenty of practice!

    Homework: Chapter 5- all exercises. Charts: 1 chart- page 27. Copy 32-3times daily until memorized. Memorize all vocabulary for chapter 5; copy all vocab 2-3 times per day until memorized. Rather than one person bringing a topic for discussion next week, I will ask them each to share their results for Exercise 5 of Chapter 5 as well as the Latin translation activity at the end of Chapter 5. The homework and charts should all be completed (written) in their Latin notebook. (If they are copying charts using Josiah’s templates that is just fine, but please keep all of the charts/homework etc together.)

    #2117
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    Jr. High Latin
    We missed you, Tyler!! This morning we worked on Chapter 6 in Latin Alive Book 1. Before beginning we reviewed some of our homework and I was very pleased with the feedback and quality of work! We watched the video for Chapter 6, pausing again on several occasions to review the concepts. I would like them to work more diligently on note-taking during the video because I think this would help them to follow along better. The video teacher speaks rather rapidly and it’s easy to get lost if we don’t follow her closely.

    Homework: Chapter 6- all exercises. Charts: All charts for Chapter 6. Memorize all vocabulary for chapter 6; copy all vocab 2-3 times per day until memorized. The homework and charts should all be completed (written) in their Latin notebook. (If they are copying charts using Josiah’s templates that is just fine, but please keep all of the charts/homework etc together.)

    #2132
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    Jr. High Latin
    This morning we worked on Chapter 7 and covered Adjectives in the 1st & 2nd declension and present system. Before beginning we reviewed some of our homework and I was very pleased with the feedback and quality of work!  We watched the video for Chapter 7, and discussed a couple of the concepts.

    Homework:
    Chapter 7- all exercises.
    Charts: All charts for Chapter 7. 
    Memorize all vocabulary for chapter 7; copy all vocab 2-3 times per day until memorized. The homework and charts should all be completed (written) in their Latin notebook.

    Be ready for a vocabulary quiz when we return from Thanksgiving break! Some review from Chapters 1-6 and some new from Chapter 7.
    We will work on the Unit Reading at our next meeting. I had intended to do it today, but had some technical difficulties. Basically, I assumed the DVD player would play an audio CD and it wouldn’t! But that’s okay, we just pivoted and did something else.

    I hope that you are all very proud of your sons; they are delightful and a joy to be around.

    #2134
    admin

    Jr. High Latin
    We missed Luke this morning, but, not to worry- we are saving the Latin vocabulary quiz for next week so he doesn’t have to miss out on the fun. Feel better soon, buddy! This morning we worked on reading/translation for Unit 6. No video today! We read through the Latin reading together with no attempt at translation. Next, we read the list of questions for the reading so that we would know what to look for in subsequent readings and during translation. We read it aloud again (!) and finally listened to a professional reading too. We were all pleasantly surprised that our pronunciations were actually pretty good- especially considering that we had not encountered a few of the terms prior to today. We worked through translating the first few lines of the reading and discussed the importance of taking time to parse words in the translation process.

    Homework (there are three total assignments:
    #1:
    Unit 6 reading: Complete translation activity and answer questions for reading.

    #2:
    A) Look up the Latin names of a few indigenous trees in this area.
    B) Go on a nature walk and practice identifying the trees by their Latin names.
    C) Write a one page report on your experience using as many Latin terms as possible. (Make sure you provide English translations for tree names!)

    #3:
    Create your own Latin family tree on poster-board using the Latin words on page 42. Include photos or your own hand drawn pictures!

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