OAK HILL ACADEMY INTRODUCES LATIN TO ITS YOUNGER STUDENTS
Isn’t Latin a dead language? Not in the hallways of Oak Hill Academy! Latin has been a staple subject taught to the school’s seventh and eighth graders since the school’s inception. This classic language has many practical applications. Knowledge of Latin increases a student’s English vocabulary and aids in the understanding of grammar. Since about 80% of modern Romance languages take their vocabulary from Latin, its study helps in the learning of other languages. In addition, Latin students perform exceptionally well on standardized tests as a result of their increased vocabulary.
What is new at Oak Hill Academy is a Latin course specifically designed for younger students in grades 1-4. Students are learning about Latin and the Roman culture through the “Minimus” series. Minimus is a mouse who lives with a Roman family and introduces children to the Latin language in a very child-friendly way. Basic Latin grammar and vocabulary is taught with an engaging curriculum. It even introduces some Roman myths and legends.
Latin is alive and well at Oak Hill Academy, but it is not the only language taught at Oak Hill. Students have the opportunity to also learn French, Spanish, and Chinese.