Wednesday, March 04, 2009

National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week

Zee Ann Poerio's third grade students celebrated National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week this week!

Zee Ann writes: It's National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week (NLTRW) and I am answering the call from Sherwin Little, President of the American Classical League, to celebrate the week with my third grade students! Yesterday coincided with a national reading event called Read Across America which marks Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2th.

My third graders were amazed to learn that there was a Latin translation of The Cat In the Hat – Cattus Petasatus, (Dr. Seuss' classic was translated by Jennifer Morrish Tunberg, Ph.D. and Terence O. Tunberg, Ph.D. and published by Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers,Inc.)

Each year, I encourage my students to memorize the first page in Latin and some of them challenge their parents to do the same.

You can download an animated ENGLISH version of The Cat In the Hat FREE through KID THING, a program on the NEA website.

My students viewed the English version on a screen and listened to parts of it in Latin from a podcast made possible by Bolchazy –Carducci Publishers, Inc., read by Rose Williams and produced by Andrew Reinhard. Thanks to everyone for your help!

Today we practiced Latin greetings from Chapter 1 of Dr. Traupman's Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency. Dr. Traupman is a familiar name in my class since students who join the Latin Club use his dictionary. Thanks for all of your help too, Dr. Traupman!

Tomorrow...more fun!

For more information on National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week, visit the National Committee for Latin and Greek's official website.