Latin is not dead… it is immortal.-G.K. Chesterton
Salvete! Magistra Laura Hall here. I am excited to teach Latin to the 3rd through 5th grade students of Archway Lincoln this year. I am looking forward to an excellent year full of discovery about the wonderful Latin language, as well as the culture and history of Ancient Rome. We will learn Latin (and English!) grammar, converse in Latin, and read stories of the rise and fall of the ‘eternal city’. It is going to be a wonderful year!
As the first day of school draws near, I look forward to getting to know each student, and parents as well. For now, please allow me to introduce myself.
I studied Latin throughout high school, and loved the orderliness and significance of the language. It was in choir class that I really fell in love with the language, however, singing requiems, masses, and modern pieces written in Latin. The reverence, power, timelessness, and resonant beauty of the language captivated me!
I studied family sciences (BS) and Family Therapy (MS) at Brigham Young University while participating in the Great Books-inspired University Honors program, and enjoyed teaching throughout my time there. After college, I began classically homeschooling my own children, now ages 12, 10, 8, and 5. What a wonderful adventure that was. I also founded and directed a classical, Christian homeschool tutorial, and loved building that community around classical education. Over the past decade I have studied Latin anew alongside my own children and students, and now look forward to teaching this beautiful and timeless language to even more students at Archway Lincoln.
Studying Latin offers so many benefits to the young mind: an understanding of word roots, exposure to the history of the great Roman civilization, and a deeper comprehension of grammar (the rules that govern a language) that spills over into English and any languages your student may subsequently study. The greatest benefit, however, is the way that Latin, as a regular and highly inflected language, orders the mind. The study of Latin requires diligence, precision, and a focus on mastery that parallels the study of arithmetic. Latin does for the “language” side of the brain what math does for the “numbers” side of the brain.
It really is that impactful! I look forward to beginning the journey with your student.