Finding success in your Latin studies starts with setting up your Latin resources well. While there are many ways to set up your resource, I thought I'd share how we set ourselves up for success.
It's easier to show you than to tell you, so check out the video and then there are closer pictures to follow!
Spiral and Tab Your Henle Books
I tab the first-year Latin book by lesson on the side, and then I tab the unit vocab reviews at the top. I also tab the glossaries in the back with the Latin to English and English to Latin sections.
The blue grammar book is tabbed by topic. It pretty much just makes the outline of the book visible from the outside.
Create a Quick Reference
A quick reference is basically a journal that holds all of the information that you need to memorize in a temporary location outside of your brain until you can get it memorized! It's such a great tool for helping you get through exercises a little faster and with a lot more accuracy.
In the quick reference, I made one spread (two pages) for each lesson. On the page, I included the basic grammar introduced in the lesson and the vocabulary.
In later lessons, I continued to include the basic grammar from previous lessons so I wouldn't have to flip back while I was working. It was totally imperfect. (Can you find the mistake on the left side of the page below?)
I switched from translating moneo from "I work" to "I praised" - yeah...that was a transfer from lesson 9. Oops!
Make a Binder of Grammar Resources
We fell into deep waters when we hit verbs—specifically lesson 17. Well, at least I fell into deep waters. My son started copying charts like he had done in Essentials. He had a much better understanding of verbs than I did! So I created some charts to help me learn my conjugations and declensions.
The charts are great for reference or copying. Here are some FREE printable charts to get you started conjugating verbs:
I also have a section in the binder of blank black-and-white copies of the charts so we could practice our conjugating!
I also printed the charts with the 2 to 1 feature (where you shrink the pages so that two pages print on one). This allowed the charts to be used as a quick reference. The colors at the top show how each of the four principle parts are used to build all of the variations of the verbs.
Our Latin Mastery Charts are available if you'd like them for yourself!
More Latin Helps
So that's the basics of how we set up our resources for studying Latin. If you're looking for more help with your Latin studies at home, check out these resources, or come join us in the Latin with Andy membership site where all of our resources are included and Andy shares his love of Latin with others!
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.