High School Latin I
This course, designed for older students who have not had any Latin training, will offer a solid foundation in grammar, vocabulary, and basic translation skills. The students will learn foundational prayers and sayings, as well as a few conversational phrases. We will study the ordinary parts of the Mass, including the Credo. This course involves high school-level memorization and recitation, as well as written work. Because this is a one-day-a-week course, we will plan to cover the first half of this book this year and finish it next year.
Text: First Form Latin, student text and student workbook, published by Memoria Press. You may purchase the flashcards from this same source, or the student may make his/her own. Do not purchase the CD or DVDs.
Materials to bring each class period: The text and workbook, pencils and highlighters.
Course requirements: 20-30 minutes of homework daily for 4 school days outside of co-op. This includes written work as well as memorizing.
Skills: Students must have a basic grasp of English grammar. This course will review parts of speech and sentence structure, but at a rapid pace. Students should also be able to take notes.
Evaluation: There will be at least two unit tests for this course, as well as individual recitation of prayers. I will check for homework completion each class period and alert parents if it is not done. A progress report will be issued at the end of each semester and a final grade will be issued.
High school credit: This course, completed fully, should be equivalent to 0.5 credits. Because this is the first year, it remains to be seen how much of the book we are able to cover.
Mrs. Sibyl Niemann, in addition to her main occupation as a wife to John and homeschooling mother of six, teaches humanities for the Saint John Paul II Education Guild in St. Paul, MN, and works as a proofreader for Logos, the journal of the Catholic Studies department at the University of St. Thomas. She has taught a variety of subjects for homeschool co-ops, including poetry, grammar, and sewing. Before having children, she taught for three years at Trinity School at River Ridge. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota and has done graduate work at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. She belongs to All Saints parish.