At what point in my son’s education can I say, “Well, I want you to learn it.” I want my son to include Latin along with his Spanish. He’s fighting me on this. I’m all for the child leading…to an extent, but I strongly feel that some classes are a requirement. Help. Should I drop the Latin, or push it through?ThreekidsmomParticipant
I think you can say that at any point in your son’s education. I don’t think letting the child lead as far as being invested in his education and tailoring it to his personal interests and strengths is a bad thing, but you are still the parent. If you feel strongly about this, I would sit down, lay out your reasons, tell him gently that you know he’d rather not study Latin, but that you feel it is best for him and sometimes we have to learn or do things we don’t want to do. Maybe you could then allow him to be part of choosing a Latin curriculum.
Here are some thoughts:
1) I know he’s not going to college to be a doctor or a scientist.
2) I do own English From the Roots Up. He will still learn some Latin/Greek roots to help discern vocabulary meanings.
3) We can increase Spanish from 2 days a week to 5 days a week, which is his choice.
Essentially, a compromise will work.TailorMadeParticipant
We add in EfRU in late junior/early highschool. Just a notebook. I only have the cards. This has served well. Word Roots from Critical Thinking Press has also been used by some of our children.
You decide what/when your children are required to learn/do something.erin.kateParticipant
I would definitely not drop Latin if your heart says that is best–that’s why you’re the mom. I would suggest a program that is heavily oral, like Getting Started with Latin. We love love love this program. My girls do make flashcards to go along. The program is also very affordable and fun to teach/learn together … plus there is quite a lot of English grammar along the way. It’s not scary or workbook-ish or hours of weekly lessons and chanting (not saying that is bad, lol, just not our style for learning language and maybe not your son’s).
My husband posed this question. “Ask yourself if it’s a personal desire for your own educational benefit, (in other-words something you wished you would have taken in high school) or do you feel strongly that this is a must in education for all students?”
I’ve pondered this. I know my son and I know myself. He really does not desire Latin, but does enjoy Spanish. I personally wished I had taken Latin in highschool. The difference is personalities.
I do have both GSwL and GSwS. We like the format very much as stated in erin.kate above. And I agree/like the informal grammar input. I believe the GSwS does the same thing as well, so that is a plus.
I’m going to talk with my son now and show him his two options. It will either be EfRU or continue with GSwL.
A BIG thank you to all of you who are imparting your thoughts and suggestions. I TRULY appreciate it.
Hands down. He chose to continue with Getting Started with Latin. We talked about the importance of recognizing Latin roots in vocabulary, but he’d rather have a “story” through the learning of sentences than just random words to memorize. Yay!Laura.boraParticipant
Just another latin choice that we really enjoy – Visual Latin. The first few lessons are free so he can take a peak and see if it is a right fit for him.erin.kateParticipant
I thoroughly appreciated your husband’s thoughts …
“My husband posed this question. “Ask yourself if it’s a personal desire for your own educational benefit, (in other-words something you wished you would have taken in high school) or do you feel strongly that this is a must in education for all students?””
Thank you for bringing that to light for me, as well.
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