In a previous post, I talked about the verbal cues I give my CC students to help them remember what Latin conjugation list goes with what tense. Another way I introduce and review this information is to have them write it out on a chart. Part of the reason is because I know not all students learn best verbally, so having them write it out each week will benefit those children. But perhaps the most important reason is I do this is that Latin is not a spoken language. As they move into Challenge, they will need these conjugation charts memorized in order to help them when they begin to really work with Latin. It’s not super helpful if they think future perfect tense, singular first person is “arrow”. They need to know that although it sounds like that, it’s actually written “ero”. It’s helpful to have practice writing it correctly, as well as looking at it written while they sing the song.
One of the things that our family is very involved in is classical education. We were introduced to the concept through an informational meeting for Classical Conversations over 5 years ago. We began when my oldest was in kindergarten at a local campus and have loved it! My first year I just drank it all in. My second and third years, I substitute tutored and the last 2 years I have been able to tutor my own class, and train the tutors at the CC Practicums.
One of the things I love about tutoring is the ability to give kids the tools they need to really master the information they memorize on a weekly basis. I try to memorize it right along with them, so I think up tips that help me and share them with my students. Today it crossed my mind that maybe I could share them on my blog as well. A lot of them are corny, but they help me immensely! I’m hopeful that there are moms and tutors that would benefit from some of my crazy ideas. Continue reading