Archive for the ‘Latin’ Category

Giveaway: Visual Latin

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Visual Latin | GrammarThe study of Latin is an important part of classical education.  Nate and I have been searching long and hard for a Latin curriculum that suits our family’s needs.  Song School Latin has been an effective introduction, but we need something more to continue our studies.

Enter Visual Latin, a “video-driven, self-paced curriculum for anyone who wants to learn Latin.”  The creator/teacher was nice enough to post a free complete lesson on his website.  We like what we see, and will most likely end up purchasing the curriculum.  Fortunately, we may not have to (at least not all of it)!  During the month of February, Secular Home School is sponsoring a giveaway of the first ten lessons of the Visual Latin series!  If you like the series, you may earn entries by commenting on the giveaway and by sharing it through various online media.

Now, check out free video lesson!

Free Resource: Videos Teaching Greek, Latin and Other Ancient Languages

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

We were searching on YouTube for more “alphabeta” that Isaac wanted.  I ran across a YouTube channel by a gentleman named Kleber Kosta.  He teaches Greek (both modern and ancient) as well as Latin and a few others.  It is really interesting and very comprehensive.

Why Classical? – He Said

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Isn’t Latin a dead language?  Why teach it?

“Ut ager quamvis fertilis sine cultura fructuosus esse non potest, sic sine doctrina animus.” or “A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.”  -Cicero

The great orator Marcus Tullius Cicero made this excellent observation.   A well- educated mind requires instruction.  The classical method is language-driven–specifically focused on Latin and Greek.  The teaching of classical languages are often seen as a reason that classical teaching is dated.

Many of the great thinkers throughout history were taught by the classical method, including instruction in Latin.  At age 19, John Calvin wrote the Institutes of the Christian Religion, originally in Latin.  The translator of Harry Potter into Latin was the personal tutor to the British royal family.

If you take a close look at the great works of Western thought–specifically the Latin and Greek writings–you move from language to history, theology, mathematics, law and philosophy.  With Latin and Greek comes access to almost 3,000 years of the human experience, both triumphs as well as failures.  This access is direct and not through translation, which generally is good, but still is a third-party interpretation.

Access to many works of Western thought in their native tongue provides a unique opportunity.  We are trying Classical Academics Press Song School Latin and Greek to expose the kids to these languages early.  We will post our experiences with the products as we use them.

Why Classical? – An introduction

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

There are many schools of thought on homeschool methods and curriculum.  Mandi and I are choosing to follow a modified classical model of teaching.  This post is the first in a series which will explore the reasons why we chose the classical method.  Both of us will share our perspectives on the issue and some of the history behind this decision.  First, we thought we should provide a brief overview of the method.

The book and web site The Well-Trained Mind is our guide on the method.  The model itself hails back to the time of Socrates.  For K – 12 education this is often called the trivium because it proceeds through three stages.  Each subject can be taught using this method.

The three stages include:

  • Grammar – Learn the facts of a subject.
  • Dialectic or Logic – Learn the logic or lack of logic in relation to the facts.
  • Rhetoric - Learn to express a coherent viewpoint based on logic and the facts.


These stages are roughly applied at the following “grade levels:”

  • Grammar: PS/K – 4
    Roman Colosseum By: Jimmy Walker
  • Dialectic or Logic: 5 – 8
  • Rhetoric: 9 – 12


Your mileage may vary so to speak.  Children develop at different rates.  Some children may go faster and others slower.  This one of the benefits to homeschooling, that children can learn at their own pace.

Subjects are not taught as separate items, but as interrelated as they truly are.  This allows connections to be made across various disciplines. Another unique distinction is the entirety of human history is taught three times once during each stage.  The final significant difference is the teaching of the classical languages of Latin and sometimes Greek.

We will go into more detail about the classical method and how we apply it in future articles.