I mean, really?
Why are we teaching our children Latin?
I think I know the answers, but I want to be sure and so I’m asking you: Why are you spending precious classroom time on a dead language?
- Is it to increase your children’s vocabulary?
- Is it because it’s part of a “Classical” curriculum and therefore, must be good?
- Is it because your neighbor is?
- Is it because you’re raising future priests of the Tridentine Rite?
- Or finally, is it because we’re all going to speak Latin in heaven anyway? (Have you heard that one? My mom claims that we will.)
I love Latin. I love hearing it at Mass and praying it as a family. I love knowing that the word “belligerent” (meaning “warlike”) has its roots in the Latin bellum (war) and gerere (to make). Still, I am light years away from being a Latin scholar and it hasn’t been easy for me to fit it into the curriculum. So far, all we have really learned as a family is the Our Father and Hail Mary, along with a handful of vocabulary words from Prima Latina.
In other words, not a lot.
Well, it’s crunch time. I need to decide if I’m going to invest in Latina Christiana for my 4th & 5th graders or if, like so many other impulse purchases, it will become yet another book on the shelf (and there are many).
And are the DVDs worth it?
It’s hard to teach Latin when you’re not a Latin scholar. Those declension things? I think I’ve heard of them…
Finally—and this is a big “finally” in my opinion—my son Joe, (who, as I’ve mentioned, will be starting 7th grade at a local private school), is required to take four years of Latin beginning this year. Should I wait to see what his textbook is and try to teach the younger children alongside him? Or should I bash on regardless with the Memoria Press curriculum?
Thank you for your input.
- Coming up tomorrow: the results of my Impromptu Poll: the Math Edition.