A New Year for Latin at Lower Lab


As the year turns and we enter January, we learned that January is named after JANUS, the Roman god of doorways and transitions who faces forwards and backwards simultaneously.

One puzzle we discussed in class: (A puzzle we asked in class: “Why is one face young and one face old?”)

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We also learned about the strange story behind October and December. OCT = 8 but it’s the 10th month and DEC = 10 but it’s the 12th month. The explanation? Two months were added as a tribute to the vanity of the emperors Julius and Augustus. Can you guess which months were added?

One of our December highlights was the Sphinx and her riddle: (“What speaks with one voice, is quadrupedal in the morning, bipedal in the afternoon and tripedal in the evening?”)

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Students in grades 1-3 continued their study of zoological terms as a launching point for vocabulary acquisition. December featured gastropods, macropods and cephalopods .


The older grades have begun solving crossword puzzles to strengthen their advanced vocabulary acquisition. These puzzles train the brain to recall vocabulary and reinforces correct spelling. They’re also a lot of fun!

We are up to difficulty level 3 and already Lower Lab scholars are showing themselves to be speedy and accurate puzzle solvers. The following puzzle was solved in 4 minutes and 30 seconds by our current puzzle champion Lily J.!

Our mythological studies this past month focussed on Pluto, Mercury and the Cyclops. We studied the mythological origins of the chemical elements plutonium and mercury as well as learning that a cyclops means “wheel eye” – named after the fact that their eyes were as large and round like a wagon wheel.

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