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Week 6: and without him nothing was made that was made.

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et sine ipso factum est nihil quod factum est

     This week's EEL lesson covers compound sentences, conjunctions, and the S-Vt-DO pattern. After working through this lesson, I'll give Mary a 6-week evaluation test based on the example found on page 109 of the guide. It's good for both of us to stop and make sure that it's all sinking in and solidifying.
     Our Mother Tongue has three great lessons that we'll cover this week. Lesson 7 goes into coordinating, correlative, and subordinate conjunctions, Lesson 21 talks about the direct object, and Lesson 34 explains when to use who, whom, and whose.

     I'll remind Mary that quod (because) is a subordinate conjunction. In English, we can begin a sentence with because, but in Latin quod can never begin a sentence and is used as a subordinate conjunction connecting a subordinate clause to an independent clause. When I was in school, we weren't allowed to begin a sentence with because. This is another example…

Week 5: All things were made through Him

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Omnia per ipsum facta sunt
     I'm trying to get a consistent order as to how I approach these lessons. I always want to start by reviewing the lesson in the EEL and the charts and diagramming. Since we're looking at the interrogative purpose and the use of interrogative pronouns, we'll work through lessons 35 and 36 in OMT. I like these exercises and will do them orally.

     We know that a declarative sentence can be changed to an interrogative sentence in English several different ways.
1. Use a helping verb at the beginning of the sentence. Burr shot Hamilton in a duel. Did Burr shoot Hamilton in a duel?  We'll review Chart C and this catchy pattern to memorize helping verbs.
To be verbs: 
to be, am are, is
was, were, being, been
Three rhyming pairs:
can, could
shall, should
will, would
Three threes:
has, have, had
do, does, did
may, might, must
2. Replace the subject with an interrogative pronoun. Who shot Hamilton? (Chart F)
3. Invert the word order of subject/ver…

Week 4: This was with God in the beginning.

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 Hoc erat in principio apud Deum
     Essentials is slowing done and analyzing specific parts of English Grammar. After reading through the lesson, we'll quickly read about Interjections in Our Mother Tongue: Lesson 8 and then concentrate on understanding charts A-F. Our fantastic Essentials tutor has each student copying these charts in a spiral notebook. She has set a class goal at 300 copied by week 11. If they achieve this goal, the class will have a cupcake party. Mary is copying like crazy. Isn't it funny how something small can be so motivating?
     Our Latin study moves to Lesson 2:3—the dative case. Using Essentials Chart E, we see that this is when the noun job is that of an indirect object. Since Mary has had this before, she'll review what she knows about an IO in English. (definition) 1. It is always a noun or pronoun. 2. It's always located between the verb and the direct object.  3. It tells to whom, for whom, to what, or for what the action of the verb…

Week 3: and the Word was God.

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et Deus erat verbum

This is the week that the EEL lessons start getting seriously fun. I have an enlarged, laminated Analytic Task chart that my daughter enjoys using. We'll get back in the swing of using this several times a week. My plan is to select a few sentences from what she is reading this week for her to parse, diagram, and play with.

In Our Mother Tongue, we'll read and talk about Lesson 1: Nouns, Lesson 5: Pronouns, and Lesson 10: Kinds of Sentences. I'll make sure that she knows the different types of sentences and can distinguish them in her reading and we'll talk about which pronoun case to use. In my neck of the words, even educated people use an objective pronoun as the subject of a sentence. I don't want to be a snob or anything, but this just isn't right and is something that is so easy to correct. We're giving our children a gift by instilling the habit of using correct Grammar.

On a side note...
Do you know that nomenis Latin for "n…

Week 2: and the Word was with God

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et Verbum erat apud Deum

     The first thing on our agenda for this week is to review the eight parts of speech. In both English and Latin, words are grouped together as to how they are used in a sentence. In order to know the correct Latin equivalent for an English word, we have to understand and be able to identify its part of speech. I found in directing Challenge B that many students had trouble with this part and that's a problem in learning Latin (or English Grammar.)
     Our English Grammar takes us deep into verbs this week and so we'll concentrate on Latin verbs as well. I suppose that the word verb comes from verbum because it may be the most important word in the sentence.

     Using Chart C, we'll talk about both English and Latin verb types. No matter what type of verb, it must be the same in person and number as the subject—even the to be verbs. Rule #346 gives the present tense conjugation of to be. These linking verbs act exactly like English linking verb…

Week 1: In the beginning was the Word

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In principio erat Verbum

     This first lesson plan is a little long because it serves as an introduction to my resources. Future posts will be much shorter, I promise.
     I'm taking time this first week to show my 6th-grade daughter how Henle Latin is set up. We have three books—Purple Lesson Book, Blue Grammar, White Answer Key. Last year I directed Challenge B, and even though my Challenge B daughter had a couple of years of Latin under her belt, I was working through each lesson for the first time. I quickly saw the beauty of tabbing the books. I'm not picky as to the color or uniformity of my tabs, I just want to be able to find what I want when I want it.


Purple Lesson Book - I highlighted all the rules. THESE ARE IMPORTANT. They are placed in rectangles all throughout the book. The vocabulary words are spaced throughout the lessons so you have to watch out for them. Also, at the end of Units 1-2 and at the end of Units 3-4 are lists of all the vocabulary words introdu…