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Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, 2013-14



Now, in order to deal with words rightly, this is the habit you must form. Nearly every word in your language has been first a word of some other language - of Saxon, German, French, Latin, or Greek; (not to speak of eastern and primitive dialects). And many words have been all these - that is to say, have been Greek first, Latin next, French or German next, and English last: undergoing a certain change of sense and use on the lips of each nation; but retaining a deep vital meaning, which all good scholars feel in employing them, even at this day. If you do not know the Greek alphabet, learn it; young or old - girl or boy - whoever you may be, if you think of reading seriously (which, of course, implies that you have some leisure at command), learn your Greek alphabet; then get good dictionaries of all these languages, and whenever you are in doubt about a word, hunt it down patiently. Read Max Muller's lectures thoroughly, to begin with; and, after that, never let a word escape you that looks suspicious. It is severe work; but you will find it, even at first, interesting, and at last endlessly amusing. And the general gain to your character, in power and precision, will be quite incalculable.
Mind, this does not imply knowing, or trying to know, Greek or Latin, or French. It takes a whole life to learn any language perfectly. But you can easily ascertain the meanings through which the English word has passed; and those which in a good writer's work it must still bear. -John Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies, a YR10 AmblesideOnline Book via Living Charlotte Mason in California 


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  • For James and Quentin:
    • (Greek) Greek Alphabet Code CrackerGreek, Level 1: Recognize and write the twenty-four Greek letters, both in and out of order.
    • (Latin) Lingua AngelicaBasic Language Principles with Latin Background, Ruth Wilson
    • (Greek and Latin Roots) English from the Roots Up, Joegil Lundquist
    • (Hebrew) Remembering God's Chosen Children, Susan Mortimer
  • For Sam:
    •  (Greek) Elementary Koine Greek, Athenaze
    • (Latin) Visual Latin
    • (Modern Language) Easy French Step-by-Step, Myrna Rochester, Easy French Reader, R.de Roussy de Sales


Highhill Education's Lesson Planning Link-Up Schedule
July 11 - Writing
July 18 - Math
July 25 - Science
August 1 - History
August 8 - Music
August 15 - Art and Handicrafts
August 22 - Geography
August 29 - Foreign Language
September 5 - Reading
September 12 - Organization your Classroom/Schedule

5 comments:

  1. Good luck with Greek. I think it would be relatively easy for me to learn reading, since Slavic alphabet evolved from Greek, but I never tried...

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  2. How are your kids doing mixing the different languages? We're struggling with doing both Song School Latin AND English From the Roots Up.

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    1. We are starting the youngest two this year, so I will have to let you know how it goes. Katie and Sam had no problem at all. I started them with Greek, which has a different alphabet and English from the Roots Up at the same time. I didn't add Latin until a year or two later. I think it would be harder to study Latin and English from the Roots Up at the same time than Greek and English from the Roots Up at the same time. They are too similar, and yet different at the same time. I would just do one or the other this year and then switch after they had had some background.

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  3. How are you liking the code breaker book for Greek? I've had that on a "maybe" list for a while for the younger kids.

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    1. I will have to let you know once we start it. I used "Hey, Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek:" instead for the older two kids. I am using this one for the first time this year.

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