Latin is beginning again at Lower Lab School!
We have many people new to our program this year and for them here is a brief word of introduction:
Although our class is called Latin, we will actually cover a number of things:
— the Latin and Greek roots of English vocabulary
— the grammatical structures of Latin and English
— the classical and mythological background of our modern science
Learning the roots is both an efficient and fun way of learning English vocabulary.
It’s efficient because learning one root often translates to dozens and dozens of words. For example, the word cryptozoologist contains only 4 roots but those 4 roots are the foundations for over 500 words.
It’s also fun because it shows the hidden connections between words. Why do helicopter and pterodactyl share the root PTER? What’s the connection between a disaster and an astronaut? How about senator and senile? Animal and animation? Why is October the 10th month when OCT means 8?
1st & 2nd Graders
It’s tremendously exciting to be working with grades 1-2. The brain is particularly receptive at that age and learning is super powered.
We begin our studies with animals, learning how they received their scientific names and their taxonomical classifications. Carnivore/herbivore/omnivore/biped/quadruped are the initial terms we will be studying. From these words we will be gradually expanding our vocabulary to include dozens of roots and hundreds of words.
In grade 3, we will be studying roots and grammar simultaneously. In October we will be learning the following grammatical concepts: ‘
— subject & object
— singular & plural
— verb tense
Out etymological journey begins with carnivore/herbivore/omnivore/biped/quadruped. From these words we will be gradually expanding our vocabulary to include dozens of roots and hundreds of words.
Grades 4-5 will be building on their progress last year and branching out into more advanced grammatical structures and more active vocabulary skills. In October we will be completing our study of the function of nouns as well as learning about the classical mythology behind the solar system.