There are several ways to approach Latin. Pick one based on your child, your schedule, and your Latin goals.
Option 1: Charlotte Mason had students start Latin in Year 4.
For this progression we suggest:
- Year 4: Lively Latin BB1
- Year 5: Lively Latin BB2
- Year 6: Lively Latin BB2
- Take the Intro to Latin National Latin Exam.
- Year 7: Wheelock’s Latin (Ch. 1-16)
- Year 8: Wheelock’s Latin (Ch. 17-30)
- Year 9: Wheelock’s Latin (Ch. 31-40) and
- Year 10: Caesar, Cicero, and Catullus
- Caesar’s The Gallic Wars
- Cicero’s Against Catiline
- Cicero’s Laelius de Amicitia
- Make sure you know what your getting into if you pick poems from Catullus, he wrote some very bawdy stuff.
- Take the Latin III/IV Poetry and Prose Exams
- Year 11: The Aeneid
- The Aeneid is scheduled in translation as poetry in Year 11. If the student is ready, we suggest simple switching it to Latin, and not replacing it with something else.
- Take the AP Latin Exam
- Year 12: Livy and Roman Writers
- Livy’s The History of Rome
- Seneca’ Medea
- Pliny the Younger’s Letters n.16 and n.20
- Ovid’s Metamorphosis Book I
- Nepos’ Cato
- Take the Latin V/VI National Latin Exam.
Option 2: Classical curriculum often suggest starting Latin in Kindergarten. Finding a secular curriculum for young children, however is difficult.
Our best suggestion is a combination of School Song Latin and Minimus. Song School Latin is not completely secular, there is Christian content in the Christmas lessons, but it is the best thing we could find for those who want to start early.
- Year K: Song School Latin I
- Year 1: Song School Latin Book 2
- Year 2: Minimus: Starting out in Latin
- Year 3: Minimus Secundus: Moving on in Latin
Option 3: Starting in 7th grade, and using outside teaching resources frees up time for modern languages in the early years, and helps for hesitant Latin teachers.
Lukeion offers Latin 1-6, for middle and high-schoolers. This is a heavy workload, but it’s probably the best Latin classes out there at the moment. If your student is interested in dedicating at least an hour a day to Latin, wants to become a Classicist or a Latin teacher or possibly a linguist, or just really loves Latin, this is the option for you. It’s also a good option if you are a hesitant teacher, especially in the upper levels.
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