Let’s face it. Latin and Greek are vital to a classical homeschool. They teach vocabulary, grammar, and give an introduction to other cultures amid a wide range of other benefits. So how do you choose if you should study Latin or Greek in your homeschool?
Add Latin or Greek
Teaching the Trivium recommends Greek over Latin. The Well-Trained Mind recommends Latin over Greek. The Latin Centered Approach recommends both so there’s no right answer as to choosing Latin or Greek.
My recommendation is to pick Latin or Greek. If you’re truly ambitious, choose both.
Before I go further, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The Well-Trained Mind recommends starting Latin in the 3rd or 4th grade. I second the recommendation, which shouldn’t be a surprise since The Well-Trained Mind guides my homeschool.
However if you have a 7th grader or older child, you haven’t failed your kids by postponing Latin. Do your research, choose a method, and start.
If your kids are young, research Latin and Greek, and start studying Latin or Greek yourself. Don’t feel obligated to start until your children are reading well.
My strong recommendation is to take it slowly no matter when you begin. The stronger your foundation in the early years, the easier it will be in the future.
In my house we’re only adding Latin back into our day.
We’re in a competition to see who does the best. If he gets the higher score or we tie, he gets a candy bar. If not, he buys me a candy bar!
I’d say wish me luck, but I’m hoping my kid gets perfect scores or ties with me the whole year. Now that would make me a very happy camper!
Add Latin or Greek to your day this week, and keep going with free reading, math, writing, and morning time. You should be starting to see the outline of your classical homeschool taking shape.
Will you add Latin or Greek?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
- Started Morning Time
- Begun Latin or Greek