Learning a second language at a young age is advantageous in many ways. Latin and Modern Greek are an important part of our program for both Montessori Preschool and Elementary students.
“I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say… even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.”
– Dorothy Sayers
Latin Language: Latin is an important part of our programs. Learning a second language at a young age is advantageous in many ways. Latin has been found to equip a person with the strongest single foundation for mastering Romance languages. Though English is not a Romance language, there are a great many words derived from the Latin language, and in that way, Latin serves as a supplement to students’ Vocabulary and Language Arts education, as well as a reinforcement of English grammar rules. Working with Latin also broadens a person’s notion of structures possible in languages other than English. Latin is introduced starting in 2nd grade.
Greek Language: ASA students begin learning Modern Greek class starting at the age of 3. Our Greek class is inspired by the Total Physical Response language instruction principles, which emphasize teaching language naturally, in the same way that children learn it in the home. Using images, songs, actions, and manipulative objects, children learn how to identify objects in Greek and follow simple directions. Greek culture and history are also taught through traditional songs. The curriculum for Lower Elementary and Montessori is strictly verbal, while the Upper Elementary children are also exposed to basic reading skills, etymology, and verb conjugation. Etymology is especially valuable as it can tie in to other subjects, including science, religion, mathematics, other foreign languages, and more.
The Latin-Greek Vocabulary Connection:
Building Elementary Students’ Vocabulary through Morphological Study: This article cites research explaining the importance of understanding Greek and Latin roots for vocabulary development and overall literacy success in students. Please read it to gain a better understanding of why we value our languages at ASA.