UD’s Living Latin Curriculum Pilot 2021-2022

Do you believe that young children are capable of learning a language, not just word lists? Are you looking for a program that goes beyond the “flashcard approach”?

Overview

We are currently piloting our Living Latin curriculum in a number of private, public, and charter schools as well as homeschools all over the US, as well as in Europe and Australia.

Our curriculum is the only near-immersion, comprehensible input-based curriculum in Latin for elementary age students. Students acquire Latin joyfully and meaningfully through songs, nursery rhymes, picture talks about beautiful works of art, our unique “Little Socratic Talks”, oral mini stories (“Gouin series”), and classic picture books translated into Latin for this curriculum, as well as optional prayers, bible verses, and hymns. The Teacher Guide is fully scripted, so teachers with no Latin background can use it too.

For more information and a description of the curriculum components, please read our program overview and the background to our classical approach to early language pedagogy. You can also see some of our current pilot students in action!

Level 1: Animalia Ubique/Animals Everywhere

Students learn to understand and say sentences about what animals do in various habitats: pets in the home and backyard, animals on the farm, animals in the forest, animals in the water, and animals in the wild. Students learn content knowledge about animals, such as animal life cycles and habitats, while learning Latin!

Students in this level learn…

  • to recite three prayers, four bible verses, six religious songs and hymns (optional components)
  • to sing 10-15 traditional children’s songs and nursery rhymes, many of them with several stanzas
  • to understand and say around 16 “Gouin series” of approximately 6-8 sentences each (over 100 complete sentences)
  • to understand and respond to questions about animal actions and habitats in the Little Socratic Talks (building from yes/no answers to increasingly long sentences)
  • to describe dozens of beautiful works of art from Western and non-Western cultures
  • to understand, act out and memorize parts of 11 picture books in Latin

Students in 3rd grade and up also learn explicit grammar:

  • verb conjugations, with a focus on 1st and 3rd person singular and plural verb forms (all four conjugations are used)
  • nouns in the nominative singular and plural, and accusative singular and plural (nouns used are from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd declensions) – the focus is on fully understanding the function of subject and direct object in a sentence
  • adjectives in the nominative and accusative singular
  • ablative of location
  • throughout, sentence analysis is foregrounded (e.g. finding the subject, verb, direct object, prepositional phrase)

Level 2: Through the Year in Latin / Per Annum Latine

Students learn to understand and say sentences about their daily activities throughout the year. Not only will they learn to talk about seasons and weather in Latin, but also about what various family members do, wear, and eat throughout, and how some animals adapt to the changing seasons.

A page from a student notebook

Students in this level learn…

  • to recite four new prayers, four new bible verses, five new religious songs and hymns, while reviewing all Level 1 prayers and songs (optional components)
  • to sing 12 new traditional children’s songs and nursery rhymes, many of them with several stanzas, while reviewing those learned in Level 1
  • to understand and say around 16 new “Gouin series” of approximately 6-8 sentences each (over 100 complete sentences)
  • to understand and respond to questions about people’s daily activities throughout the seasons of the year (building from yes/no answers to increasingly long sentences)
  • to describe dozens of beautiful works of art from Western and non-Western cultures
  • to understand, act out and memorize parts of 8 new picture books in Latin

Students in 3rd grade and up also learn explicit grammar:

a review of Level 1 grammar plus:

  • complete verb conjugations
  • dative of indirect object
  • genitive of possession
  • new prepositions with ablative and accusative
  • throughout, the focus is on increasing students’ understanding the function of subject, direct and indirect object and possessive nouns in a sentence

Pilot Participants receive access to our website which includes all of the following:

  • teacher guides
    • 90 thirty-minute lessons, fully planned and fully scripted
    • each lesson incorporates a steady review of everything learned, already planned out
    • lessons includes lots of songs from around the world (using sources such as Mater Anserina, as well as Latin song books published in Europe)
    • optional grammar components directly in the guide so you can use the same teacher guide for multiple grades (some of our current pilot schools are using it in every grade from K through 5th!)
  • audio files for all the songs, Gouin series, Little Socratic Talks, Picture Talks, and picture books in ecclesiastical and classical Latin
  • PowerPoints to accompany the “Little Socratic Talks”
  • translation files for the classic picture books for each level (around 9 books)
  • additional materials such as reader’s theater versions of Gouin series or picture books
  • free consultation and support throughout the year
  • there are no consumables so you can reuse the same materials year after year (older students will need a notebook for the grammar and writing components)

Our pilot is closed at this point.