Why Study Latin
There are 3 reasons Latin has long been considered the one master subject before which all others must bow.
Latin teaches English better than English teaches English. Studies have shown that education based on the study of the child’s own language is inferior to one based on Latin.
The mental discipline Latin instills in students makes it the ideal foreign language to study. The character of the Romans pervades the language they created. Latin is systematic, rigorous, analytic and is clearly superior to other languages in this regard. Like English, modern languages are “lax and individualistic,” reflecting the modern temper of those who speak them. Students simply will not get the same benefit out of studying them compared to studying Latin.
Latin is the mother tongue of Western civilization incorporating the best ideas of the ancient Greeks, and after the conversion of Rome, putting them into the service of Christian truth. With power and precision of classical Latin, Christianity transformed the tongue of conquest into the tongue of conversion, and Latin became the language of the Christian faith for over a thousand years.
The Latin Alive Latin programs at One Day Academy are designed to introduce your student to the rich heritage of the classical tradition as well as improving their study skills and their knowledge of ancient history and culture. Additionally, students will gain the ability to read classical authors in the original language, and will have direct contact with the wisdom and thought of the classical and medieval authors.
Latin 1 is the equivalent of one year of High School Foreign Language credit. It is designed for the high school student with little or no background in the language. It includes a weekly study of Latin vocabulary and English derivatives. During the year, students will learn all 5 noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, and various pronouns, adjectives and adverbs. Learning is reinforced through weekly readings and translations. The students also take a fascinating journey through Roman culture, myths, and history, all through a Christian perspective. Students will be reading weekly Latin texts about such historical figures as Aeneas, Cincinnatus, Hannibal, Cato, Cicero, Spartacus, Julius Caesar and Brutus.