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Latin in the Elementary Grades
Volume 52, Program 22
5/18/2004
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Can young pupils benefit from the study of Latin? Join Michael Farris and Patrick Henry College professor Dr. David Noe as they discuss teaching Latin to young children on today's Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike Farris:
    David, do you think that elementary aged children can benefit from the study of Latin?

    Dr. Noe:
    Absolutely. Every parent knows that young children have this uncanny ability to memorize a tremendous amount of material—they have those absorbent little minds. So when they're young is an ideal time to start laying the foundations. Once they understand English, their mother tongue, is the time to begin them studying Latin so that they can know something about grammar. The storehouse of classical literature is filled with interesting and edifying stories that will entertain them and promote virtues like courage and wisdom and justice and self-control. Now of course a parent has to use discretion at a tender age like this—there's a lot that's not appropriate for little ears. So as Paul says, you have to hate what is evil and cling to what is good.

    Mike:
    How would you suggest that parents teach Latin at this introductory level?

    Dr. Noe:
    Well, Mike, I think there are several important things to keep in mind on this question. First, a parent ought to look for some reliable and accurate resources. There's a lot of material on Latin out there and not all of it is that good, so make sure you have a solid starting point. And it's going to take some perseverance and some creativity—you want to find ways to integrate their knowledge into other aspects of their lives. So use Latin numerals at the grocery store or at the baseball game—whatever it takes to keep their interest stoked.

    Mike:
    David, thanks so much. I'm Mike Farris.

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