5th grade Latin has made great progress on etymology and vocabulary-acquisition. We are in week 4 of our vocabulary game (Wordcraft), exploring the roots of hundreds of sophisticated words and developing the skill and confidence to analyze any word.

Every week we’ve been exploring a root in depth, its mythological origins and its modern manifestations. Recent topics include:

  • Sirens: Why are the noisy things on ambulances are named after the deadly monsters who lived among the rocks ad lured sailors to their death?
  • Abyss: What is the abyss and how did it get its name?
  • Pan: what’s the connection between Pangea, pandemonium, Pandora’s box and what does the mischievous Pan have to do with our word panic?