Thursday, September 26, 2013

Second Form Latin update- September 26

Thank you so much to Mrs Beaver for filling in for Mrs Harris today!

Today's lesson focused on review - specifically that of third, fourth, and fifth declension nouns - and these are ones that typically give students troubles.  Time really needs to be spent on reviewing these - going over not only the vocabulary but also the declension forms.

Reminders:
Field Trips:  Each student is required to do a cultural event.  I have a field trip scheduled for the class on Saturday November 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church - we will have a Roman banquet.  Cost is $18/student and reservations must be made by October 26.  There is a limited space so it's possible that all slots will be filled before the cut off date.  If you are able to attend, please bring payment to reserve your spot as soon as possible.  If you cannot go, please contact me and I can make some suggestions for other events/museums you might attend instead.

Engrade: All grades are posted through www.engrade.com.  On the first day of classes your student was given an access code.  If you have not registered and you need this code, please let me know and I'll email it to you.  Grades are typically entered within 24 hours of the class (today's grades will be posted by September 30th as Mrs Harris is currently out of the country!) so that progress can be monitored at anytime.

Tuition: If you are on the monthly payment plan, tuition for October is due next week.


Homework:
  1. Review the grammar and vocabulary 
  2. Workbook pages 20-23 
  3. Review, review, review!


 

Geography class update - September 26

Thank you so much to Mrs Beaver for filling in for Mrs Harris today!

Today, we began by reviewing the concepts learning last week.  The students presented their cultural posters to the class.  Then Mrs Beaver spent the class time talking about her own culture - being from Minnesota.  I hope the students enjoyed learning about many aspects of the culture - and how cool it is that our country can have so many different cultural regions!

Reminders:
Field Trips:  Each student is required to attend two cultural events.  This coming weekend there is the Atlanta Greek Festival - and my church (Trinity Lutheran on Killian Hill) is hosting an Oktoberfest.  Attending/participating in an event will count as a test grade.  I am hosting an ancient Roman banquet for my Latin and Mythology students - please let me know if your student would like to attend this for their requirement.

Engrade: All grades are posted through www.engrade.com.  On the first day of classes your student was given an access code.  If you have not registered and you need this code, please let me know and I'll email it to you.  Grades are typically entered within 24 hours of the class (today's grades will be posted by September 30th as Mrs Harris is currently out of the country!) so that progress can be monitored at anytime.

Tuition: If you are on the monthly payment plan, tuition for October is due next week.

Homework:
1.  Review your notes from previous weeks!
2.  Edible Landform projects (edible creation and poster) are due next week

Mythology class update - September 26

Thank you so much to Mrs Beaver for filling in for Mrs Harris today!

In class today, the students learned about the concept of HUBRIS - what it means and where they have seen examples of it in our plays.  They were then asked to think about books they have read and movies they have seen that might have further examples.

Our plays from today were "Eros and Psyche - parts 1 and 2" - one of the very few Greek myths with a happy ending.

Reminders:
Field Trips:  Each student is required to do two cultural events.  I have a field trip scheduled for the class on Saturday November 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church - we will have a Roman banquet.  Cost is $18/student and reservations must be made by October 26.  There is a limited space so it's possible that all slots will be filled before the cut off date.  If you are able to attend, please bring payment to reserve your spot as soon as possible.  If you cannot go, please contact me and I can make some suggestions for other events/museums you might attend instead. (Note that there is a second event scheduled for March - a Viking feast - you can wait to register for this one in January/February.)

Engrade: All grades are posted through www.engrade.com.  On the first day of classes your student was given an access code.  If you have not registered and you need this code, please let me know and I'll email it to you.  Grades are typically entered within 24 hours of the class (today's grades will be posted by September 30th as Mrs Harris is currently out of the country!) so that progress can be monitored at anytime.

Tuition: If you are on the monthly payment plan, tuition for October is due next week.

Homework:
1.  In complete, well thought out sentences, answer the discussion questions at the end of each play.
2.  Next god presentation due next week.
3.  Continue to work on your omg project
4.  If you were not satisfied with your Greek/Roman god quiz and would like to take it again - you MUST email Mrs Harris that you would like to retake it.  The quiz will be given at 8:50am on October 3.

First Form Latin - September 26 update

Thank you so much to Mrs Beaver for filling in for Mrs Harris today!

Today's lesson focused on the second principal part of Latin verbs - the infinitive.  To translate this form into English, the students will use to + the verb (to love, to shout, to pray are all infinitives).  Students need to be sure that they know ALL the vocabulary words presented thus far - and be able to conjugate them in the present, imperfect, and future tenses.

Reminders:
Field Trips:  Each student is required to do a cultural event.  I have a field trip scheduled for the class on Saturday November 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church - we will have a Roman banquet.  Cost is $18/student and reservations must be made by October 26.  There is a limited space so it's possible that all slots will be filled before the cut off date.  If you are able to attend, please bring payment to reserve your spot as soon as possible.  If you cannot go, please contact me and I can make some suggestions for other events/museums you might attend instead.

Engrade: All grades are posted through www.engrade.com.  On the first day of classes your student was given an access code.  If you have not registered and you need this code, please let me know and I'll email it to you.  Grades are typically entered within 24 hours of the class (today's grades will be posted by September 30th as Mrs Harris is currently out of the country!) so that progress can be monitored at anytime.

Homework:

  1. Re-read the text book lessons – pages 8-17 
  2. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (practice words from Lessons 1 -3!  
  3. Add the infinitive form to each of your notecards. (Be sure to add it to the Latin side.  Remember that we will eventually learn the 3rd and 4th principal parts so you will want to leave room for those to be added later as well) 
  4. Do the workbook pages for Lesson 4 (pages 25-29)

Monday, September 23, 2013

First Form Latin - September 23 update

"In umbra, igitur, pugnabimus."

We began class today with oral drill work, a quiz, and then recitation and review.  In the back of the workbooks are both vocabulary and grammar review sheets - the students can work on quizzing themselves as part of their studying each day.  Repetition - especially in the form of chanting out loud - will really help to cement the vocabulary and forms to memory.  Students need to be sure to review vocabulary words from each lesson - words from week one will show up on quizzes week after week!

Our grammar lesson today was how to form the future tense for first conjugation verbs.

Reminder: Each student is required to do a cultural event.  I have a field trip scheduled for the class on Saturday November 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church - we will have a Roman banquet.  Cost is $18/student and reservations must be made by October 26.  There is a limited space so it's possible that all slots will be filled before the cut off date.  If you are able to attend, please bring payment to reserve your spot as soon as possible.  If you cannot go, please contact me and I can make some suggestions for other events/museums you might attend instead.

Homework:


1. Make flash cards for each of your Latin words.  On one side write the Latin, on the other the English meaning + derivative found the book + one more found in a dictionary.

2. Re-read the text book lesson – pages 14 – 15

3. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (practice words from both Lesson 1, 2, and 3!)

4. Do the workbook pages for Lesson 3 (pages 20-24) (NOTE BENE: you may skip questions 5 - 8 on page 20)
5.  Caleb S - presentation on Roman Roads due September 30

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mythology Class update - September 19

The students did a fantastic job today with their continued presentations about the main Olympian gods - and our next two rounds of presentations have been chosen.

We had our first quiz over the Greek and Roman gods and their jobs.  If your student did not do well, they may take the quiz again on October 3.  If they would like to do this, just send me an email letting me know that you will participate.  The quiz will be given at 8:50am on October 3.  Knowing the names of the gods and what they represent is essential to understanding the stories we will be reading and discussing.

Next we delved into the first of our reader's theatre plays - learning the stories of Niobe, Athena and Io.

Homework:
1.  gods presentation - first one due September 26
2.  Finish reading "The Loves of the gods" and then answer (in well written sentences/paragraphs!) the discussion questions on the last page.  Your answers may be typed.
3.  Continue to work on your omg project

First Form Latin - Sept 19 update

"In umbra, igitur, pugnabimus."

We began class today with oral drill work, a quiz, and then recitation and review.  In the back of the workbooks are both vocabulary and grammar review sheets - the students can work on quizzing themselves as part of their studying each day.  Repetition - especially in the form of chanting out loud - will really help to cement the vocabulary and forms to memory.

Our grammar lesson today was how to form the future tense for first conjugation verbs. 

Homework:


1. Make flash cards for each of your Latin words.  On one side write the Latin, on the other the English meaning + derivative found the book + one more found in a dictionary.
2. Re-read the text book lesson – pages 14 – 15
3. Practice your vocabulary by recitation (practice words from both Lesson 1, 2, and 3!)
4. Do the workbook pages for Lesson 3 (pages 20-24) (NOTE BENE: you may skip questions 5 - 8 on page 20)

Geography class update September 19

The students did a great job with their continent fact sheets and postcards.  We have some really creative students!

In today's lesson, we learned about what defines a culture, the five most notable ones that Geographers look at, population patterns, urbanization, and rapid population growth (and it's pitfalls).

The students were also assigned a culture project.  They are to create a poster showing elements of a certain culture that they are a part of (or just interested in): middle schoolers, high schoolers, homeschoolers, Georgians, Southerners, fans of, ethnic heritage, religious group, or something else.  The poster should have both words and pictures, be colorful, and be clearly defined and labeled.

Homework:


  • Complete the handout for the week (note the reading assignment at the top of the page)
  • Culture poster due next week (September 26)
  • Be working on your edible landform research and poster – due October 3
  • Ask your parents about the number of places they have lived in their lifetime (how many times have they moved?).  You can add a #5 to the handout and put your answer there.

Second Form Latin update - September 19

"Ad astra per aspera"

Today's lesson focused on 1st/2nd declension adjectives that end in -r.  The students have learned the method to determine if the vowel before the -r is dropped or retained.  Next we discussed the dative case and how to determine if a noun is the direct or indirect object in an English sentence.

Homework:
  1. Review vocabulary and grammar from First Form
  2. Using the declension sheets emailed last week, decline the following nouns to practice third declension nouns: miles, pas, panis, pes, sol, lumen, and cor.
  3. Workbook pages 14-19
  4. Write a sentence in English using an adjective from this week's vocabulary, a direct object, and an indirect object.  Then translate the sentence into Latin using correct word order.  (Be sure to use words we have learned - do not use words from future lessons!)
  5. Notecards + derivatives

Monday, September 16, 2013

First Form Latin Sept 16th class update

Salvete!

We began class with a quick review and oral drill over the vocabulary and grammar from last week and then the students took their first quiz.

Our lesson from today was learning about the imperfect tense.  Imperfect means a past action that is either repeated or interrupted.  For example:

I was walking the dog.  The students used to study French.  The key is in the helping verbs - imperfect is always translated with either was/were or used to.

Homework:
1.  Make notecards (including derivatives) for each of your new vocabulary words.
2.  Reread the text book lesson for this week: pages 12 -13
3.  Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure to go over the words from both lessons).
4.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 2 - pages 14-19.  If you have never diagrammed sentences before, you will need to read pages 93-98 in the text book.  You may skip question 8 on page 14.
5.  Caleb S - project on Roman Roads due Sept 30.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

First Form Latin Sept 12th class update

Salvete!

We began class with a quick review and oral drill over the vocabulary and grammar from last week and then the students took their first quiz.

Our lesson from today was learning about the imperfect tense.  Imperfect means a past action that is either repeated or interrupted.  For example:

I was walking the dog.  The students used to study French.  The key is in the helping verbs - imperfect is always translated with either was/were or used to.

Homework:
1.  Make notecards (including derivatives) for each of your new vocabulary words.
2.  Reread the text book lesson for this week: pages 12 -13
3.  Practice your vocabulary by recitation (be sure to go over the words from both lessons).
4.  Do the workbook pages for lesson 2 - pages 14-19.  If you have never diagrammed sentences before, you will need to read pages 93-98 in the text book.  You may skip question 8 on page 14.
5.  Ted - project on the Founding of Rome due on September 19.






Mythology Class update week 2

The format for our class is to begin with a fix the grammar picture and then do one SAT vocabulary sentence.  This is the grammar photo we corrected today:


With the SAT word, we discuss the type of word that needs to fit the sentence (does it need to be an adjective, noun, or adverb?) and the process of elimination.  Next, we will review what we learned the previous week - students should be reviewing their notes each week as part of their homework.

The students began with their god presentations - and we learned a little more about Zeus, Dionysus, Artemis, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.  One student, for the visual portion of her presentation, put a picture of a Greek vase on a pot - what a cool idea!


Today's first focus was on the many monsters of mythology - most of them the spawn of Echidna and Typhon.  Then we discussed the creation of humans, the disobedience of Prometheus, and the punishment of both Prometheus and humans.

Homework:
1.  Be ready for the second god presentation.
2.  Continue to work on the OMG project.
3.  Handout with questions regarding week 2 (you may need to read over your D'Aulaires book to answer some of the questions)
4.  Quiz next week over Greek/Roman gods and their jobs.  The symbols will be extra credit only.

Geography Class update - week 2

The students did an AMAZING job with their map - very creatively and colorfully done!  Here are a few highlights:






We wrapped up our map scavenger hunt.  If your student did not finish their map, they will need to come in a little early or stay a little late next week to finish up.

Next, we talked about the five themes of Geography, the seasons and the tropics, the layers of earth, plate tectonics, continents, and landforms.  (Oh my!)

With all of that, there are 2 upcoming projects.  Due next week, the students each chose a continent to research.  They have a form to fill out covering population statistics, large cities, and fun things like places that the students might like to visit.  With the continent fact sheet, the students are to create an oversized post card (an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper would be perfect!) with an image (or a collage of images) of a place they might like to visit from their assigned continent.

Our next project is an edible landform.  The students each chose a landform and they will do an edible creation of that place as well as a poster with information about that type of landform.  All instructions are on the sheet given in class.  The edible landform is not due until October 3.

Homework:
1.  Read pages 20 - 33 in the text book
2.  Complete the question handout (3 pages - including the lists of landforms)
3. Complete your continent fact sheet (information will need to be researched online) and post card
4.  Begin researching your landform project (it's not due til October 3)

Second Form Latin update - week 2

Today we began with a little review and then moved into our new lesson of the day - learning about 2nd declension nouns that end in ir/er.

The students need to continue to review grammar and vocabulary from last year - specifically third declension nouns. 

Homework:
1. Do the declensions for the 12 nouns that were sent via email.
2.  Workbook pages 10-13
3.  Notecards + derivatives for your new vocabulary
4.  Review, Review, Review!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

First Form Latin class update - week 1

Today we began class by looking over the syllabus - couple of things to note:
1.  All grades will be on engrade.com and the students were given access codes for you to sign up so that you can see how your student is doing.
2.  The students will be required to attend one field trip.  I will be sponsoring a Roman banquet and a flyer with more details was sent home.  Put it on your calendar now so that you don't schedule conflicts.  If a conflict cannot be avoided, please talk with me about some suggestions for your alternative event.

We began class by learning the difference between ecclesiastical and Classical Latin - and then working on Classical Latin pronunciation.  The text book that we use prefers the church Latin - so we will ignore those sections of the text!

After some practice words, we delved right into Latin grammar regarding verbs and then learned how to conjugate a 1st conjugation verb in the present tense.

Homework
1.  One of the keys to doing well in Latin is to do homework DAILY.  Break up the weekly assignment into 4 sections with vocabulary and grammar review.  We will have a quiz each week at the beginning of class.
2.  Re-read the text book lesson - pages 8-11
3.  Practice your vocabulary words by recitation.  Make sure you know their meaning and how to conjugate them.
4.  Do the work book lesson for chapter 1 (pages 9-13)
5.  Be sure to have both a parent and student signature on your syllabus.  Will count as a homework grade!
6.  Create notecards/flash cards for each vocabulary word.  Remember what we discussed in class - leave room for 3 more words on the Latin side; on the English side: meaning and 2 derivatives

Geography class update - week 1

Today we began by reviewing the class syllabus.  Couple of things to note:
1.  All students were given access codes for engrade.com - there you will be able to peruse your student's grades at your convenience.
2.  Two cultural events will be required over the course of the school year.  There are a number of festivals coming up - with Japan Fest being first - the weekend of September 21.

We pretended that the classroom was a map of the US and the students went to stand where they were born.  I can't decide if I was surprised or not to see that only myself and 2 students were not born in Georgia!

We talked about places we'd like to visit and learn more about - why we should learn Geography (like knowing that due to current events, a visit to a country near Syria right now is not a good idea) - and what kinds of topics we will focus on in class.

Our next activity was to break into groups and see if the students could draw a map of the world from memory.  I thought you might like to see what they knew:







They really did a great job.  One thing that is rather interesting is the placement of South America - and how far west the students place it - when actually the entirety of the continent is completely East of Atlanta.

We looked at all kinds of world maps - be sure to ask your student about the Australia centered map.  And then finally we spent the remainder of the class time doing a map scavenger hunt of sorts - looking at maps from various cities and answering questions about them.

Homework:
1.  Complete the questions on the handout (the questions regarding the city maps will be completed in class next week.  If you finished or nearly finished today, please bring a book or something to do while we wrap up this assignment).
2.  Create your own map of a real or imaginary place on the poster board provided.  Be sure to have a key and a compass rose (a scale is not required).  The map should be detailed and colorful.
3.  Next week, be sure to bring colored pencils and the world map outline handed out in class today.
4.  Be sure to have both parent and student sign the syllabus - will count as a homework grade!

Second Form Latin update - week 1

Salvete!

Today we began class by looking over the syllabus - and we have 2 new things this year:
1.  All grades will be on engrade.com and the students were given access codes for you to sign up so that you can see how your student is doing.
2.  The students will be required to attend one field trip.  I will be sponsoring a Roman banquet and flyers with more details were sent home.  Put it on your calendar now so that you don't schedule conflicts.  If a conflict cannot be avoided, please talk with me about some suggestions for your alternative event.

The remainder of the class was a quick review of First Form Latin.  The students need to review 3rd, 4th and 5th declension nouns as well as 2nd conjugation verbs.

Homework:
1.  Read chapter one in the text book
2.  Work book pages 6-9
3.  Review, review, review (grammar and vocab from last year)!!
4.  Parent and student needs to sign that you have read the syllabus - this will count as a homework grade.

Mythology class update - week 1

We began with the Greeks - who they are, why they are important, ideals they valued, and where they failed.  We are going to look at the myths the way Greeks of the classical era would have - by examining the stories for meaning and metaphor - and then finding the ever important human element.

Next up was the creation stories, the quest for power, and then the war between the Titans and the Olympians.

Homework:
1.  All students were given an access code to sign up for engrade.com.  All grades will be posted there and available for your perusal at any time.
2.  Please read over the syllabus handed out in class.  Parents and students are asked to sign it - and it will count as a homework grade.
3.  Two field trip opportunities were discussed in class and flyers were sent home.  Be sure to put those dates on your calendar - and note the cut off date for signing up.  (NOTE: students are required to do 2 cultural activities over the course of the year.  If these dates don't work for your family, let me know and we can talk about other events you could attend instead.)
4.  We filled out a chart with the information for the 14 major Greek gods, their Roman names, jobs and symbols.  There will be a quiz on September 19.
5.  Complete the question handout.  (I neglected to give this to the students in class.  Please check for an email with an attachment from me!)
6.  Each student chose 2 gods to research.  Next week, they are to present their findings about one of the gods to the class.  The students can tell a story about that god or just tell more about him/her.  There is nothing written, nothing to turn in - but a visual is required. (The second one will be due on September 19)
7.  The students were given a handout for the OMG project where they will create 24 trading cards on gods, demigods, heroes, or monsters.  This is not due until we are done with the Greeks and Romans (probably end of January).  A good idea would be to do the first card and use it as the visual aid for the god presentation due next week.