Minimus

STARTING OUT IN LATIN

Minimus is a unique Latin course for younger children (ages 7-12). It is based on a real family who lived at Vindolanda in 100AD: Flavius, fort commander, his wife Lepidina, their 3 children, assorted household servants, the cat Vibrissa and... Minimus the mouse!

Classical pronunciation. Thursdays.10:00-10:45;  Cathy LaFrombois

salvete - exspectatissimi estis! (hello - you are very welcome)

About the Program

A Latin language resource targeted for children, with songs, poems, plays, and projects, helps young learners advance quickly, particularly with the basics. Minimus, starring an appropriately diminutive mouse, provides such a starting point. This fun book works wonderfully as a homeschool source. Provides an entertaining introduction to Latin;  the book's target age is 7-12 years.

Minimus mirrors the approach of the Cambridge Latin series in combining Latin vocabulary and grammar with Roman culture and a cast of Latin-speaking Roman and Roman British characters. In fact, more than half of the book deals with cultural issues, including stories from Greek and Roman mythology, illuminating the language. Each chapter introduces a new cultural topic with a Latin comic featuring Minimus and the cast. Basic English grammar often accompanies the Latin grammar, such as the difference amongst subject, verb, and object. The text shies away from detailed grammatical discussions, focusing more on vocabulary and structure familiarity through dialogues and plays.  The text also repeatedly asks readers to consider the Latin origins of many English words, which reveals dimensions of English often unknown even to native speakers.

Notice:  As to some aspects of Roman life, the book briefly addresses Roman slavery, and does not avoid sad topics, such as the death of a friend's wife. The series tells the stories like Daedalus and Icarus, Actaeon and Diana, and Pyramis and Thisbe. We may briefly address some of these stories in class from a Christian perspective.  

The recent resurgence of interest in Latin demonstrates how Latin remains one of the cornerstones of western culture and even basic knowledge of this not quite dead language remains useful for users of English or Romance languages or anyone interested in the history or heritage of the west. Latin not only helps illuminate the ancient world, but it also informs the present day. Minimus presents a fun and easy way to acquire basic skills in this extremely important foundational language.

45-minute weekly classes are

$75 per student per semester

(includes Minimus text and materials)

Students will need a 1" 3-ring binder

Classes are on Thursday mornings, 10:00-10:45, at the Badger Meeting House

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