Latin classes are conducted at Trinity, following a “cottage school” format, in which homeschool students meet once a week (Tuesday/Wednesdays) and complete their work through the week with help and supervision of parents. Open to students in grades 3 (age 8) and up. 

The new classes will begin on August 22/23, 2017.  Classes continuing from last spring will take place in the morning. New classes will be in the afternoon. Fill out the form below to receive information and get on our list to be notified to register. Cost for new students is $100 for the course, which includes required books.

Courses

Latina Christiana I (beginners grades 3 and 4) 
Description: An introduction to Latin for younger students wishing to begin a study of basic Latin. Students will learn three noun and two adjective declensions, two verb conjugations, over 250 Latin vocabulary words, and basic songs and prayers. Students will need to devote 30 minutes per day for this class.  Click here for a sample of the student workbook.

First Form Latin (beginners grades 5 & up)
Description: An introduction to Latin for students that takes a logical, systematic approach to grammar and syntax. Grammar and syntax are taught systematically in order to facilitate retention and understanding, and the extensive workbook exercises ensure skills mastery and rapid recognition. Students will need to devote 30-45 minutes per day for this class.  This class is worth 1 high school credit. Click here for a sample of the student workbook.

From the Teacher

"I have served as the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church since 2008. I studied Latin for four years in high school in preparation for the Ministry, in addition to German, Greek, and Hebrew. Since we started homeschooling our children in 2013,  I have been teaching Latin to our kids. Five of them are now in Latin. While I think I still know more Latin than my oldest two, I am pretty sure they know it better than I ever did. Learning Latin at a young age and with a curriculum that emphasizes mastery produces a student who should one day be able to confidently read and translate with ease." 

To read the Latin and Greek authors in their original, is a sublime luxury…. I thank on my knees, him who directed my early education, for having put into my possession this rich source of delight; and I would not exchange it for anything which I could then have acquired, and have not since acquired.
— Thomas Jefferson

WHY LATIN?

  • The study of Latin greatly enhances a child’s ability to learn other languages—particularly those derived from Latin, such as Spanish and French.
  • A thorough training in Latin increases proficiency in English grammar and vocabulary. Accordingly, Latin significantly increases verbal scores on tests such as the SAT and the GRE.
  • Analytical and problem solving scores, o en associated closely with math skills, also increase significantly among students of Latin.
  • Latin helps exercise and form the mind, teaching exactness in observation, judgment and expression. Every lesson in Latin is a lesson in grammar and logic —skills essential to cultivating agile and creative minds!
  • Historically, Latin was the language of the Western Christian Church.  This heritage is reflected in the church’s music and worship, where texts such as the Gloria PatriSanctusPater Noster, and Te Deum still edify Christians to the present day.
“[Latin] allows you to adore words, take them apart and find out where they came from.”
— Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess)
Even though a boy who has studied Latin should afterward learn a trade and become a craftsman, he still stands as a ready reserve in case he should be needed as a pastor or in some other service of the word. Neither will such knowledge hurt his capacity to earn a living. On the contrary, he can rule his house the better because of it.
— Martin Luther