Archive for November 3rd, 2007

Latin Links

November 3, 2007 @ 9:02 pm | Filed under:

I came across this terrific page of links for Latin studies at the Cornell College website. I especially liked the Latin songbook, a page full of lyrics for well-known children’s songs such as "Gaius Est Agricola." You know that one, right? Sure you do:

Gaius est agricola. E-I-E-I-O
In agris eius equi sunt. E-I-E-I-O
Hic hinniunt. Ibi hinniunt.
Hi-hi-hinniunt ubique!

Hee. The kids and I will have fun with this.

Also appealing: the links to some Aesop’s fables and Greek myths in Latin.

This is just a smidgin of what’s available on the Cornell page, so if you’re into Latin be sure to click through and check it out.

We’ve settled into a nice rhythm with our Latin studies…we continue to be unschoolish with most subjects (even the word "subjects" feels too schooly for the way we’re encountering All That Interesting Stuff There Is to Know), but Latin falls into our "things we learn on purpose" category.

Jane is putting in about four days a week on Latin: two days with Latin for Children and two days with Latin: Book One by Scott & Horn.

Rose is finishing up Prima Latina.

We all continue to practice the vocabulary chants from Latin for Children, including Beanie. And I pulled out our copy of Lingua Angelica, a beautiful collection of hymns in Latin, published by Memoria Press, the same folks who do Prima Latina and Latina Christiana. The Lingua Angelica set includes a CD and songbook. We listen to a song many times until we know it by heart, and then we talk through the translation. It’s fun and quite a painless way to expand our understanding of the language. I say "we" because I’m learning Latin right along with the children.

(I say "right along." Ha. I should say, "trailing behind Jane, and barely managing to keep pace with Bean.")