Thursday, October 15, 2009

Latin Lolcats

Eheu!     Qua es vestri induviae?
moar funny pictures

Oh, Dear! Where are your clothes?

Latin Cattus ..Feles mala!   cur cista non uteris?
moar funny pictures

Bad Kitty! Why don't you use the cat box?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Latin Books For Kids: Minimus

After we finished the "I am reading latin" series, We started On Minimus: Starting out in Latin

Minimus is a fun little guy! He lives in a house with a Roman Britain family and their cat Vibrissa. The storylines are fun, simple enough to keep the student's interest, yet provide a good challenge and introduces simple grammar rules.

There is a pupil's book, a Teacher Resource Book, and an Audio CD to help with pronunciation. The recommendation for age is 7 and up.

I also like that there is a website for Website for Minimus complete with games, activities, and a multitude of resources. Minimus really does make Latin cool!

We used Minimus for 3rd grade. The story starts out with a a cartoon that is easy to translate, and the story is cute. There are Vocabulary lists for each lesson and various snippets of Roman History and culture throughout the book.

Latin for Fun

In our Latin studies, we are always on the look out for something fun to add to our routine. We have found it.

Ecce! Doctore Seuss: Cattus Petasatus!

How could you not want to read The Cat in the Hat in Latin? We found this book on the Bolchazy-Carducci website and I think it is a must have for any family studying Latin.

I particularly loved how the translators managed to follow the Spirit of Dr. Suess, and made the Latin rhyme! There is also a vocabulary section in the back of the book to help with translation.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Art Class

By Jake

We had Art class today. We painted pictures of our pets with watercolors.


Here's my painting

And here's my mom's

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Learning to sew

I'm Jake And I am 8 years old. I am homeschooled and I am learning to sew. I help my mom make quilts. This is my favorite quilt because I made it for a baby that we babysat and I like that baby.I made him laugh and read to him. And I did a lot of the work myself. My mom took it to a lady in a fabric store to quilt it. Becky quilted elephants alligators and monkeys on it, because that's what I wanted.

Mom's note The quilt shop is
Sew What! in Oxford Alabama

At the design wall

At the machine

And top pieced

After quilting

Karl 2008

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Latin Homeschool books we like

I knew when we decided to homeschool that I wanted to have Latin as a part of it. I reviewed several curriculae, and this are the books I found most useful - and fun! So much of our English Language comes from Latin, and so much of the roman History has influenced our culture.

Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

This "I am Reading Latin " set comes with 4 books, and a CD to help with pronunciation. They cover names of animals, numbers, colors, food and names of family members. Each book also has English derivatives of the Latin words. Jake was in first grade when we started these.

There is a second set of four books from the same company: Octavius Octopus, Rena Rhinocerous, Taurus Rex, and Ursus et Porcus, that have a few more words and more grammar.

These books are very good beginner books, and enjoyable for many ages.

Solar Power!

I got Jake a kit with a solar panel and several gadgets and gizmos to hook up to it.


He spent a couple of hours today reading the instructions and assembling and playing with it. He really enjoyed the fan:

He was quite pleased that he had done all the work himself.

blog title

While looking for a good Latin Phrase to name our homeschool blog, I came across several contenders..
Scientia Potentia est Knowledge is power - Who knew School House Rock stole that phrase?

Discere docendo - To learn through teaching

Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivas - We should learn as long as we may live. (We live and learn.) (Seneca Philosophus)

Audio, video, disco - I hear, I see, I learn

Non scholae sed vitae discimus - We do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)