Sunday, January 21, 2018

Q3 W3 Latin Update

Salvete omnes!

Kindergarten:

This week we will be learning classroom vocabulary concerning people. The new vocabulary is listed below:

Magistra: female teacher
Magister: male teacher
Discipulus: boy student
Discipula: girl student

1st Grade:

We will be learning more people vocabulary and starting to learn the months of the year. Just as the days of the week were named after the planets, which were named after the gods, the Romans also named their months after the gods. New vocabulary is listed below:

Magistra: female teacher
Magister: male teacher
Discipulus: boy student
Discipula: girl student
Ianuarius: January
Februarius: February
Martius: March
Aprilis: April

2nd Grade:

We will continue to work toward translating small sentences by reviewing noun endings and some previous vocabulary, as well as keeping up our knowledge of verbs. We will also be starting the months of the year, which are listed above.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Best,
Magistra Ruchames

Monday, January 15, 2018

Q3 W2 K-2 Latin Update

Salvēte omnēs!

We made it through the first full week back at school, and I hope you all enjoyed this beautiful weekend at home with your children! I know I took every opportunity I could to be outside during this short break, but back to work we go. The new vocabulary for this week will be relatively light, but especially in Second Grade, we will be working on reinforcing old concepts and dealing with some new ones.

Kindergarten:

This week we will be working on some classroom vocabulary. We will be reviewing how to address a male or female teacher as well as learning a few classroom objects. The new vocabulary is listed below:

Magister: male teacher
Magistra: female teacher
Mensa: table
Sella: chair
Stylus: pencil
Liber: book

1st Grade:

This week we will be reviewing old vocab and introducing a few new words and phrases. We will continue people vocab from the past week. New vocabulary is listed below:

Infans: baby
Magister: male teacher
Magistra: female teacher
Ubi est...?: Where is...?
Adsum!: Present!
Abest.: He/she is gone.

2nd Grade:

In addition to some new vocabulary, we will be working on how to find the stem of a verb and putting the stem and endings together. Last quarter, we learned that every verb has four principal parts. For example, if you saw the verb amō in a Latin dictionary, you would see the four forms listed below:

amō, amāre, amāvī, amātum

In order to find the stem, you would take the -re ending off of the infinitive. In the list above, the infinitive is the second form. So, if you take off the -re ending, you would be left with the stem, ama-. From there, you attach either the present verb endings or the imperfect verb endings as needed. We will be working on this in order to translate small sentences by the end of the week and into next week. There will be no homework this week because of the short week. The new vocabulary otherwise will be the same as the new vocabulary listed under 1st Grade above.

I hope this finds you all at the end of a restful weekend, and as always, please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Valēte omnēs!
Magistra Ruchames

Friday, January 5, 2018

Q3 W1 K-2 Latin Update

Salvete omnes!

It's hard to believe that we are already entering the second half of the year! As I was compiling a reference guide yesterday, it was great to see all the things the students have learned and accomplished in Latin so far. This quarter, we will be learning vocabulary about different kinds of people and continuing to work on our knowledge of verbs.

Kindergarten:

This week we will review material from last quarter in order to keep the conversational Latin fresh. In addition, we will be learning how to say what type of person we are talking about. The new vocabulary is listed below:

vir: man
femina: woman
puer: boy
puella: girl

1st/2nd Grade:

We will also be learning the vocabulary for people, but in addition we will learn a new set of verb endings. This week we will learn about the endings for the imperfect tense. Our first set of endings was the present tense, which means that the action is happening in the present moment. The imperfect tense denotes an action that happened in the past. Sometimes this can be translated simply as, "I saw" (videbam). However, the imperfect can also mean that the action happened repeatedly throughout the past, or over a span of time during the past. Below are a couple examples that illustrate this sense of the imperfect tense:

amābam.
I used to love. (Here, the action happened at some time in the past, but it was continuous for a stretch of time during the past.)
I was loving. (This one conveys a similar sense, but only happens from sometime in the past up until the present moment. Otherwise, a present tense would be used.)

Although we will not learn all the intricacies of the Imperfect tense just yet, we will be learning the endings and the translations of the Imperfect. Below I have listed the endings:

                                    Singular                                    Plural

               1st Person      -bam                                       -bāmus

               2nd Person     -bās                                        -bātis

               3rd Person      -bat                                         -bant

I will also list the new vocabulary for the week below:

vir: man
femina: woman
puer: boy
puella: girl

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, and I look forward to getting back to sharing Latin with your children!

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Grammar and Vocabulary Page

Salvēte omnēs!

I just wanted to draw your attention to the Grammar and vocabulary page that has been added for your reference. In order to make review easier, I have put all of the grammatical concepts and vocabulary to date on one page! The link is located on the right-hand sidebar underneath the e-mail subscription box. I will continue to update the page as we learn new words or concepts, so please be sure to utilize this resource!

Also, if you have any suggestions that would make this page easier to use, or if you notice something missing that you would like to see, please feel free to reach out at gruchames@archwaylincoln.org!

I hope this finds you having a wonderful break and I look forward to seeing the students again on Monday.

Valēte omnēs!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Q2 Final Week Update

Salvete omnes!

Just a reminder that conferences are by invite only this quarter. I will be e-mailing parents of students who require a conference this week in order to schedule an appointment. When you receive this e-mail, please reply with at least three times that work for you. I will be at school from 7:45-12:00 and 12:30-5 on January 4th and 5th. Once again, conferences this quarter are invite-only, so I will reach out to schedule this week.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, and I look forward to a strong finish to our first semester!

Valete omnes,
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, December 10, 2017

K-2 Latin Update Q2 W8

Salvete omnes!

As we enter the last full week of the quarter, I would like to thank the parents who have supported what we do in the classroom with their hard work at home. Teaching a vast number of students takes a lot of work, but you make it both easier and worthwhile. Since I will only be teaching two half days the final week of school, this will be my last blog post of the quarter.

Also, there will be conferences for Latin in January, but on an invite-only basis. I will send out e-mails with invitations before break.

Kindergarten:

This week we will be reviewing parts of the body and learning classroom commands. The new vocabulary is listed below:

scribe: write
sede: sit down
repete: repeat
surge: stand up

1st Grade:

This week we will be learning some new parts of the body and classroom commands. The new vocabulary is listed below:

venter: stomach
cerebrum: brain
scribe: write
sede: sit down
repete: repeat
surge: stand up

2nd Grade:

This week we will be reviewing and then having a quiz over our most recent body parts, amo, the preseent tense verb endings, and the grammar rules found on the study guide. Students must bring their study guide back to school on their first day of Latin and will take the quiz on the second. The quiz dates are as follows:

2A (Castillo): Friday 12/15
2B (Hadley): Friday 12/15
2C (Jones): Tuesday 12/12
2D (Fawcett): Thursday 12/14

I hope this finds all of you at the end of a restful weekend, and I look forward to seeing all the students this week!

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, December 3, 2017

K-2 Latin Update Q2 W7

Salvete omnes!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving break full of quality time with family and friends. As the holiday season continues, I am certainly thanksful for the community that Archway Lincoln has provided for me, both among the faculty and the parents.

Kindergarten:

This week we will be reviewing previous material and continuing with parts of the body. The new vocabulary is listed below:

crus: leg
digitus: finger
genu: knee
pes: foot
cor: heart

1st Grade:

This week we will learn new parts of the body as well as 2nd Conjugation verbs. We learned amō at the beginning of the quarter, which is a 1st conjugation verb. This week, we will learn habeō as our second conjugation verb. Below, I have listed the full conjugation.


                                                   Singular                         Plural\

                  1st Person                habeō                              habēmus

                  2nd Person               habēs                               habētis

                  3rd Person                habet                               habent

In addition, we will be learning the following vocabulary for parts of the body:

crus: leg
digitus: finger
genu: knee
pes: foot
cor: heart

2nd Grade:

This week we will introduce our last new material for the quarter and I will pass out the study guide by the end of the week for the final quiz of the quarter. We will be learning the second conjugation through habeō, whose conjugation is listed below:


                                                   Singular                         Plural\

                  1st Person                habeō                              habēmus

                  2nd Person               habēs                               habētis

                  3rd Person                habet                               habent

In addition, we will be learning new body part vocabulary, which is also listed below:

crus: leg
digitus: finger
genu: knee
pes: foot
cor: heart

I hope this finds everyone at the end of a restful weekend, and I look forward to seeing the students again tomorrow!

Valēte omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, November 12, 2017

K-2 Latin Update Q2 W5

Salvete omnes!

I hope everybody enjoyed the beautiful weather over the long weekend, and that some of you had a chance to spend a little extra time with your families. Thank you to any of the veterans out there reading this for your hard work and dedication. As we go into our full week before Thanksgiving, we have plenty of new material to cover in Latin class!

Kindergarten:

This week we will finish the days of the week and cover some new body parts. In addition, we will be adding to our conversational Latin vocabulary by learning how to ask how somebody is doing. The students have been learning how to say what their name is in Latin and we will continue working toward small conversations in the classroom. Below is the new vocabulary for the week.

Days of the week:

Dies Mercurii: Wednesday
Dies Iovis: Thursday
Dies Veneris: Friday
Dies Saturnii: Saturday

Body Parts:

Bracchium: arm
Cubitum: elbow
Manus: hand

Quid agis?: How are you doing?
Sum bene/optime/male/pessime: I am doing well/very well/badly/very badly

1st Grade:

This week, First Grade will be learning the body parts and days of the week listed above under Kindergarten. In addition, we will continue building on our understanding of Latin verbs with a discussion of person. In Latin, we refer to the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person, and Person tells us who is doing the action. For example, 1st person means "I" or "We," 2nd person means "You," and 3rd person means "He/She/It" or "They."

2nd Grade:

After the quiz, we will move into more body parts as well as the days of the week. The new vocabulary is listed below:

Body parts:

Collum: neck
Umeri: shoulders
Bracchium: arm
Cubitum: elbow
Manus: hand

Days of the week;

Dies Solis:Sunday
Dies Lunae:Monday
Dies Martis:Tuesday
Dies Mercurii:Wednesday
Dies Iovis:Thursday
Dies Veneris:Friday
Dies Saturnii:Saturday

I hope this finds everybody at the end of a restful weekend, and I look forward to seeing the students again tomorrow!

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2nd Grade Quiz

Salvete omnes!

In order to give the students just a little more time to go over the material, 2C (Jones) and 2D (Fawcett) will now have their quizzes next week. Ms. Jones' class will have their quiz on Monday, Nov. 13, and Ms. Fawcett's class will have theirs on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Your student should have a study guide, and their only homework in the meantime will be studying for the Latin quiz. Please feel free to reach out via e-mail at gruchames@archwaylincoln.org if you have any further questions.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

K-2 Latin Update Q2 W4

Salvete omnes!

This week, we have plenty of new material, and we will be having our first quiz of the quarter in 2nd Grade!

Kindergarten:

This week, we will continue learning parts of the body and start on the days of the week. I have listed the vocabulary below:

collum: neck
umerus: shoulder
Quid est hodie?: What day is it today?
Dies Solis: Sunday
Dies Lunae: Monday
Dies Martis: Tuesday

1st Grade:

This week we will be learning the vocabulary listed above under the Kindergarten heading, and we will also be learning the characteristics of a Latin verb. Please note that I am simply looking for the students to memorize what characteristics a verb has right now, and we will go into the specifics of what each of them means at a later stage.

A verb has person, tense, voice, number, and mood.

2nd Grade:

We will have our first quiz on Day 2 of this week, with the exception of 2A and 2B because of Veterans' Day. The date will vary based on what section your students is in. I have listed the dates below.

2A/Ms. Castillo's Class: Thursday, Nov. 9th
2B/Ms. Hadley's Class: Monday, Nov. 13
2C/Ms. Jones' Class: Tuesday, Nov. 7
2D/Ms. Fawcett's Class: Thursday, Nov. 9

The quiz will cover the conjugation of amō, body parts through last week (caput, corpus, oculus, os, auris, nasus), and declining a noun. We will go over a study guide in class this week that will prepare them for the quiz and provide them with a study guide to take home. If you have any questions about what will be on the quiz, please feel free to reach out via e-mail. I also have tutoring hours this Monday and Thursday from 3:45-4:15 if you would like your student to practice before the quiz.

I hope this finds everyone at the end of a restful weekend, and I look forward to seeing the students again tomorrow.

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, October 29, 2017

K-2 Latin Update Q2 W3

Salvete omnes!

Kindergarten/1st Grade:

This week, we will be learning the other half of amō, amās, amat. All the forms are listed below.


                                      Singular                            Plural

                1st Person        amō                                 amāmus


                2nd Person      amās                                  amātis


                3rd Person       amat                                   amant

In addition, we will be introducing some conversational Latin and continuing with body parts. The new vocabulary is listed below:

Quid est tuum praenomen: What is your name?
Meum praenomen est______________: My name is ___________________.

Os: Mouth
Auris: Ear
Nasus: Nose

2nd Grade:

This week we will continue working with the conjugation of amō, and learn some new parts of the body (os, auris, nasus, listed above). In addition, we will be learning how to put a noun's stem together with its endings.

At the end of last quarter, we learned how to find a noun's stem. I will use the noun vacca, vaccae as an example. In order to find the stem of a noun, you take off the ending of the genitive singular form (vaccae). This would leave you with the stem vacc-.

Looking at the ending of vaccae tells us that it is a first declension noun, so we will use the first declension endings in this example. They are as follows:


                                         Singular                               Plural

              Nominative           -a                                        -ae

              Genitive               -ae                                     -ārum

              Dative                  -ae                                        -īs

              Accusative          -am                                       -ās

              Ablative               -ā                                         -īs

Once we remember our endings, we simply need to attach the endings to the stem to list vacca, vaccae in all its forms. Listing a noun in all its forms is what we call declining. This produces a declension of the noun, which I have shown below:

                                            Singular                               Plural

              Nominative           vacca                                    vaccae

              Genitive                vaccae                                   vaccārum

              Dative                   vaccae                                     vaccīs

              Accusative            vaccam                                    vaccās

              Ablative                vaccā                                        vaccīs

2nd Grade will have their first quiz next week(the week of November 6). I hope this finds everyone at the end of a restul weekend. As usual, feel free to reach out with any questions as gruchames@archwaylincoln.org.

Valēte omnēs!
Magistra Ruchames

Q3 W3 Latin Update

Salvete omnes! Kindergarten: This week we will be learning classroom vocabulary concerning people. The new vocabulary is listed below: ...