Our curriculum requires students to study Latin I, Latin II, and Latin III. Students typically complete Latin III at the end of 9th grade, and from there they may go on to study advanced Latin or another language in the high school. To see how our students are introduced to Latin and learn a little bit about the language, here’s an Introduction to Latin in 6th Grade.
Helping with homework can be challenging for parents who have not studied Latin before, and even for those who have! With our Latin teachers, I’ve compiled some resources that can help.
Studying for Latin
- For students in Latin I and II, remember that memorization is the most important thing. Students should spend a few minutes each night memorizing forms with flashcards or by filling in blank charts.
- Don’t put your study off until the night before a quiz! It’s much better to work for a few minutes at a time for several nights in a row than to try to cram it all in to a long memorization session. You can take your Latin flashcards almost anywhere, and it’s easy to find just 5 or 10 minutes during the day to flip through a few of them.
Resources to Use at Home
The official Wheelock’s Latin website.
We use Wheelock’s Latin for all students in 6th grade and up, and the official website is full of resources to help with memorization and review at home.
Principium – Apple app for Wheelock ($10)
Principium is the official study aid for Wheelock’s Latin, 7th Edition, available for Apple Devices. The app follows the text chapter by chapter, helping you to practice the grammatical forms for the model words, as well as all of the vocabulary. The app also has a handy glossary of the entire Wheelock’s vocabulary. Also look at http://principivm.com/
Grammaticus – Android app for Wheelock ($10)
Grammaticus Totus is the study aid specifically for Wheelock’s Latin, 7th Edition, currently available for Android devices. The app follows the text chapter by chapter, helping you to practice the grammatical forms for the model words, as well as all of the vocabulary. Macrons are required, and macron entry is extremely simple: just hold down the vowel key, or enter a capital letter. Grammaticus also has a handy glossary of the entire Wheelock’s vocabulary.
Conjugemos Latin Verb Activities
These virtual flashcards will help you test your knowledge of verb conjugations.
Highly recommended. These Latin lessons and practice sheets are aligned to Wheelock’s Latin. There are short phrases to use for translating and hundreds of additional practice words for each chapter.
This antique software is how Mrs. Panzica got through Latin 101. These flash drills will help you test your knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary.
Having trouble memorizing your forms? Sometimes–don’t laugh!–it helps to put them to music. We do this with grammar beginning in 3rd grade and it’s really helpful. Click below for songs to help you remember the first, second, and third declensions.
- Video of songs for declension endings
- Second Declension song
- First Declension song
- Third Declension song
YouTube videos on each chapter in Wheelock.
This will be especially helpful for students who need to review a lesson in the evening or who missed it because of an absence.
SPQR Latin Dictionary and Reader ($7)
SPQR is an Apple app with a bunch of features for new and experienced Latin students alike. Use the grammar tester and flashcards to learn new words, and once you have begin translating immerse yourself in dozens of Latin texts.