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Learn a Little Latin?

Learn a Little Latin?
True Confession:  I taught Latin for three years and never really learned it.  Now that it has been a couple of years since I've looked at it, Latin is once again a "dead language" to me!  I was able to teach it because I followed the easy instructions in the book.  I didn't know Latin in advance at all (just Latin roots, from my nursing background.)  You don't have to know a foreign language to teach it, so don't be afraid!

The Latin Road is the program we used during the school year, but it's pretty intense.  The first year takes about 1/2 hour a day (second year 45 minutes, third year a full 1 hour each day).  It also requires some hands-on Mom help in the beginning.  That alone would have made it a no-go for MY summer program.  MY summer program was about time off for ME!  (I am a certifiable wimp sometimes ... )   On the other hand, foreign languages really do benefit from 15 minutes a day practice, and a little bit every day is better than a ton of time once a week.

You can certainly start Latin Road during the summer, if you're really into that.  When you are weighing the pros and cons, let me set out another option for you:  Rummy Roots.  You can play the Rummy Roots game and More Rummy Roots for just 15 minutes per day during the summer, and by the end of summer they will have a LARGE number of Greek and Latin roots memorized.  We did this before starting The Latin Road and it was very successful.  It seemed like the kids had something to build on.

So consider lightening up this summer by using Rummy Roots for a fun introduction to Latin, and then start The Latin Road in the fall, when you're back to school in earnest.

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Summer School - Less Time! More Filling!

Summer School - Less Time!  More Filling!
During the summer months we did a little homeschool every day, usually for about 1 hour total. I always made sure to include some math each summer; just tiny math workbooks, and a handful of problems each day. Once the kids were in high school, I found that SAT preparation books were the perfect summer review workbooks. Like the "Comprehensive Curriculum" workbooks for elementary school, but at a high school level!

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