Latin is gymnastics for your brain!
Pastor Dan Sieker, who developed our Grammar level Latin program, says Latin is “gymnastics for your brain.” Ask one of our third or fourth graders why they like to study Latin, however, and they might simply say, “It’s fun!”
- Latin is a mental discipline.
- It requires students to think carefully and to follow a pattern of logical steps.
- It requires concentration and analysis.
- Latin builds vocabulary and writing ability.
- It strengthens reading comprehension.
- It encourages attention to detail and organization.
Latin students learn the mechanics and structure of language:
- how words function in a sentence,
- how they relate to each other,
- how they are emphasized.
This prepares students for studying other languages including French, Spanish, and even German, Russian, and Arabic. Dorothy Sayers said Latin is the key to the “technical vocabulary of all the sciences.”
Latin also provides exposure – in their own tongue – to some of the greatest authors and figures of classical civilizations including Virgil, Cicero, Tacitus, and Julius Caesar.
Lastly, Latin was a basic part of American education until the 1960’s. Latin fell out of the curriculum when government education began to emphasize vocational training and social programming.