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Over the past several weeks since starting the school year I've realized that I'm not making this homeschooling journey as enjoyable for my kids (and myself) as it could be.

 

I mentioned in another post that I am detoxing from public school and need to get over my fear of ds8 "getting behind". So now I am trying to make the learning journey more fun and less rigid.

 

I've started mixing in more interactive as well as online games with lessons and we're going to start lapbooking for some subjects which I think will be a nice element to add to TWTM platform. We take regular trips to the library and yesterday we went outside to dig for worms for our unit on worms....but where I am in TX there is only sand so today we'll take a field trip to a bait and tackle store to check out the nasty critters. :ack2:

 

The one subject I'm not sure what do with is Latin. We're using LL and the most we do daily is just practice our vocabulary and chants and he does the exercises in the program. I'm skipping the history portion for now until we get to that part in history where I can incorporate it. Any suggestions on things I can do to make Latin more exciting?

 

Thanks!

 

krw

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Some things we enjoyed w/LL--we all picked a Latin name and greeted each other, asked "How are you doing today?' etc in Latin every day. My dc really enjoyed the history portions and they usually read each story in one sitting.

They also made their own covers for their Big Book notebooks.

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Why don't you see if your library or bookstore has some of the fun kids books in Latin? I know I have seen the Cat in the Hat in Latin and I am sure there are tons more. It would be fun to read out loud (work on pronounciation) or to try and figure out word meanings.

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Why don't you see if your library or bookstore has some of the fun kids books in Latin? I know I have seen the Cat in the Hat in Latin and I am sure there are tons more. It would be fun to read out loud (work on pronounciation) or to try and figure out word meanings.

 

While the "Cat in the Hat" book is fun, it's probably a bit too difficult for beginning learners of Latin. (Easy English readers don't always translate to being easy in Latin.)

 

There are some simpler Latin books available from Bolchazy (I Am Reading Latin and I am Reading Latin Stories) as well as the Minimus Mini-Books (there are a couple sets of readers available now, I think.)

 

But if you'd prefer free, you could try the Tar Heel Reader Latin books at http://tarheelreader.org/tag/latin/ (Of all the foreign language books available, Latin has the most!) Many have been written by or under the guidance of professional Latin teachers and several teachers have banded together to create a review process to ensure proper, grammatical Latin usage and post updates to the review status at http://libellilatini.blogspot.com/ (Books that have had their grammar, etc., reviewed have a gold medal in the top corner.)

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Games!

Hangman is a huge hit. If regular hangman is too easy, add a twist. Scramble the letters so your children have to unscramble them to guess the word.

Charades can be fun too and is a little more active than Hangman.

Vinco (Bingo) usually goes over well.

 

See:

http://www.hope.edu/academic/language/erato/issue5.html

Playing Games in Beginning Latin

 

http://www.perlingua.com/LatinHome/LatGame/Games.htm

Latina Per Ludos Illustrata

 

Ideas from Kentucky Educational Television:

http://www.dl.ket.org/latin1/things/

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