This year in our Classical Conversations memory work, we are memorizing the endings for Latin nouns. I love that the CC program takes so much time to really memorize these vital bits of information. Sometimes it's challenging as a parent to memorize something when you don't understand its purpose. Before I started studying Latin with my son, I was right there with you! I've created some fun printables to help increase your understanding of Latin nouns as well as offer your students some practice in playing with Latin nouns.
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As a Challenge I tutor, I know how valuable the Foundations memory work truly is in the day-to-day assignments from our Henle Latin text. I can't tell you how often I've sung my little noun declension ending songs to help figure out which form of the word I needed for my translation work.
Last year I started my 5th grader in the Henle text at a slow pace. We made it through Lesson 2 in our first year! We picked up where we left off this year and we're halfway through Lesson 3. Challenge A will go through Lesson 15, so I figure any exposure I can give her now will benefit her studies later.
My 4th grader isn't quite ready for the Henle text yet, so we have decided to focus on vocabulary and declining a whole lot of nouns this year. She has just been writing them in a spiral notebook, but I decided to make a printable for her to work from to further solidify the meaning of each form while she works without adding a whole lot of extra writing.
I've created a set of worksheets for each declension. The vocabulary in the worksheets comes straight from the Henle text. Third declension is one of the trickiest, but I've limited the vocabulary in that section only to the regular nouns that decline like the song memorized in the Classical Conversations Foundations program (or for those of you who are familiar with Latin, the 3rd Declension Masculine/Feminine nouns like "lex").
If you'd like to branch off into other vocabulary, there's a blank worksheet at the end of the resource for your students to fill out. You'll need to help them identify which declension the noun belongs to, and then find the stem in the genitive singular. Then happy declining!
My youngest was super excited about having a new way to practice declining her Latin nouns. I printed off two copies of each set to spiral for her as her little bit of Latin work each day. I like to spiral across the top because she's a lefty and then the spiral doesn't get in her way!
What questions do you have about declining Latin nouns?
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As you practice declining nouns, you may be interested in trying out conjugating some verbs. Any bit of practice you can give to your young students will help them so much as they continue on their Latin-learning journey. Click the image below to read more about Verb worksheets!
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Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.