Middle School Latin A
This course will introduce middle-school students to beginning Latin pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as basic prayers and phrases. In addition, we will learn the ordinary parts of the Mass (excluding the Credo). This will involve memorization and public recitation, as well as some written work. Because we meet only once per week, we will cover the first half of the text this year, and the second half next year. Those who are moving into high school next year will have gained a good foundation, while those who have another year of middle school will finish this book before moving into high school Latin.
Text: Latina Christiana, published by Memoria Press. You can purchase the flashcards from this source, or have the student make his/her own. Do not purchase the CD.
Materials to bring to class: The student book, pencils/pens.
Course requirements: 10-15 minutes of homework daily for 4 school days outside of co-op, with memorizing of prayers, verb/noun endings, vocabulary words.
Skills: Students must be able to print or write legibly and with ease. Also, the students do need to be able to grasp the fundamental parts of speech and how they work in sentences. Although I will explain these as they come up, I cannot offer comprehensive reinforcement. Any shakiness here might require a bit more independent work.
Evaluation: Students will have a few short quizzes throughout the class and one test per semester. A progress report will be issued at the end of each semester.
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.