Friday, January 29, 2010
I have to say, I was a little hesitant when ordering computer software to help teach the kids Latin. I took Latin for three years in high school, but back then we spent all our time conjugating verbs in written form and now I remember very little! I was not sure whether the kids would really enjoy learning Latin and I was prepared for at least one of them to reject the idea completely! However, I am happy to report that all of the kids LOVE Latin, or at least they seem to be loving it! For anyone who is wanting to learn a language I fully reccommend investing in the Rosetta Stone software. It is perfect for people of all ages (hence the fact that it is working in our one-room school house!) What I really like about the program is that it emerges the students in the language! Everything is spoken in Latin and the kids can work at their own speed and I am blown away by what they already know from only using the program twice!
I love walking around the room hearing "puella bibit!" and " pueri edunt!" And when I asked one of my students if he wanted a little help with a phrase he was stuck on he replied, "Actually, I would really like to try to figure this out on my own." AWESOME! And I assure you he did!
I am visioning a future "Monhegan School Latin Club!"
Ipsa scientia potestas est!