Latin for 19th-Century Kids Online Course Spotlight

by Lynna Sutherland in Online Course Spotlights

Latin for 19th-Century Kids is for students ages 8-12. This course focuses on memorizing the paradigms, drilling, parsing and translating from Latin to English and English to Latin. The focus is almost entirely on accidence/morphology, with very little syntax. These courses use TD Hall (1879) A Child's First Latin Book (and some other resources, such as Ritchie's First Steps in Latin during Parts 3 and 4). 

My goal is to inhibit the growth of a guessing habit, and to instill strong habits of analysis and parsing.

Judy Watson - Instructor

Parts 1 and 2 cover first through fifth declension nouns and adjectives, and Parts 3 and 4 cover first through fourth conjugation active verbs. These are always a work in progress as I see how different students respond to the material. I usually adjust the material for the students in each class, and I supplement the material from the book with original material or material from other similar books. This class moves slowly enough to really internalize the paradigms and get a lot of practice. My goal is to inhibit the growth of a guessing habit, and to instill strong habits of analysis and parsing. 


Latin for 19th-Century Kids: Facts at a Glance

Instructor/Company: Judy Watson
Website: Outschool
Religious Perspective: None
Levels/Sections: 4
Age Range: 8-12 years old
Pronunciation (?): Classical Pronunciation
Instruction Method (?): Memorization

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Who is the instructor of Latin for 19th-Century Kids?

Judy Watson teaches Latin for 19th-Century Kids.

Is Latin for 19th-Century Kids a religious-based Latin course?

Latin for 19th-Century Kids is not a religious based Latin course.

How many levels/sections of Latin for 19th-Century Kids are available?

There are four levels of Latin for 19th-Century Kids.

For which ages/grades is Latin for 19th-Century Kids most appropriate?

Latin for 19th-Century Kids is most appropriate for 8-12 years old.

How can homeschool parents know if their child is ready for Latin for 19th-Century Kids?

Students will need to be able to read well. They need to be willing and able to participate actively in an online class (answering questions, reciting, listening when others are speaking, asking questions or offering thoughts or insights when they have them). They need to be willing and able to practice what we learn in class every day, and to spend some time on homework. This doesn't need to be independent - family participation is encouraged.

How often and for how long does Latin for 19th-Century Kids meet?

Latin for 19th-Century Kids meets twice a week for 8-9 weeks.

What curriculum, if any, does Latin for 19th-Century Kids use?

Latin for 19th-Century Kids uses TD Hall (1879) A Child's First Latin Book (and some other resources, mostly Ritchie's First Steps in Latin during Parts 3 and 4)

Course Details for Latin for 19th-Century Kids

Which subjects are covered in Latin for 19th-Century Kids?

  • Latin grammar
  • Latin vocabulary
  • Latin translation passages

We memorize declension and conjugation paradigms and vocabulary, and drill drill drill, parsing and translating Latin to English and English to Latin, words, phrases, and sentences, all cases and tenses (active voice only, mainly indicative mood). We talk about cognates and Latin terms in use today, but it's not a main focus. I cover pronunciation only in the most cursory way - letter sounds are classical Latin, but stress is not a priority (and in fact is appalling in many cases because I do the unforgivable and stress case/tense endings in paradigms - but I tell them it's not proper pronunciation and why we're doing it that way and direct them to a video about Latin pronunciation). 

Does Latin for 19th-Century Kids teach Classical or Ecclesiastical pronunciation {more info}?

Latin for 19-Century Kids teaches Classical Pronunciation.

What approach to Latin learning does Latin for 19th-Century Kids use to teach language study {more info} ?

What I offer is very rigid in the sense that we are memorizing paradigms - it's like memorizing the multiplication table. The focus is on parsing, and we spend time on the analysis of each word, step by step, every time, giving a translation only after parsing. In addition, there will be homework. It could work for any kind of homeschooler, if this is what they're interested in.

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I love working one-on-one with students (or in sibling groups), and I'm happy to create classes on Outschool for families interested in this.

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About the Author Lynna Sutherland

Lynna Sutherland is the mom of eight kids ranging in age from high school to preschool. She loves to encourage parents in grace-based, relationship-focused Christian parenting.

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