As Dorothy Sayers points out when you study Latin, you are doing advanced study in several disciples simultaneously including:
Professions rooted in Latin vocabulary such as law, medicine, science, music, art, philosophy, and theology.
Romance languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
Educational Virtues and Attributes such concentration analysis and logical problem-solving.
English Vocabulary since 50% of all English words derive from Latin and 90% of all polysyllabic words are Latin derivatives.
English Grammar because the regular grammar of Latin is ideal providing insight on the way all language work – including English.
An increased vocabulary and better comprehension of grammar enable students to write and read with greater fluency, clarity, and style.
There is a personal pleasure that comes from deciphering the “secret code” of Latin and reading the great authors in their native tongue that can last a lifetime.
(Paraphrased from Classical Academic Press)
At CCS, we have selected the award winning Latin curriculum from Classical Academic Press. They understand that children love to sing and love learning while singing so the children learn their ABCs to song and will also learn Latin words, vocabulary and phrases. The lessons also have enjoyable vocabulary, illustrations, handwriting practice, stories, games, and engaging activities. This curriculum permits us the flexibility to introduce the Song School Latin 1 & 2 series with the music at the pre-school age to acquaint them with the sounds and more formally begin the lessons with the Young Learners through 2nd grade. Grades 3 through 8 will study Latin for Children by Classical Academic Press using Primer A, B or C depending on their level of Latin study. If you would like to see an example of our 4th and 6th graders work in Latin, watch this video of their puppet drama about Pandora. To access the Latin blog for class updates in information, click [here].
We believe that learning a foreign language as a child when it is developmentally appropriate to do so is consistent with the classical education model. Spanish becomes increasingly more important to learn in Texas, the U.S. and around the world. We have chosen the Song School Spanish curriculum from Classic Academic Press using the same rationale as stated previously for the Latin curriculum. Spanish for Children is the only Spanish curriculum for elementary students that teach Spanish grammar to the students. The students will not only learn conversational Spanish, but also the principles for speaking correctly.