Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Effort pays off!!

Today, I have been very tired. (Note to self: Take iron pills tomorrow!) I usually get like this once a month. It takes a little for me to recover. Anyway, because I have been tired today, I was also easily annoyed. When I mentioned this to Papa Peep, he suggested I get more sleep. I explained that more sleep would mean I got up later in the mornings, but I can't because I have children to care for. He then had the nerve to suggest I go to bed earlier! Well that absolutely won't work either because here it is 2 am and I am still awake. He made it worse by suggesting I go to bed earlier. Now what do I do?

Today, Oldest Peep made me very happy. We have been learning Latin for about 2 years now. We first started with Minimus. We loved that program. It was a lot of fun and she did get a lot of vocabulary from it. Next we moved onto to Latina Christiana. That was a total flop. Then on the
WTM boards someone starting talking about Latin Prep and other products offered by Galore Park. I looked and looked at these books. It takes me a very long time to decide on curriculum and I almost never buy anything I have not seen first hand. Well I took the plunge. I not only bought Latin Prep 1, but 2 and 3 as well. I am so glad I did. These books are amazing! Oldest Peep liked them from the beginning. At times she has hated them, but for the most part they have been a great resource. Well Chapter 6 in Latin Prep 1 has taken us a while to go over. Up to this point she has done Latin on her own for the most part. I explain a few things she doesn't understand, I quiz her on vocabulary, and I may go over a declension, but she does the exercises on her own. She was beginning to get a lot of them wrong. So now we do it together. This of course takes longer because I have to explain every sentence. Today however, after much struggle, she did all of exercise 6. 15 and 6.16 all on her own and got everything right except two. She translated to English very well and to Latin in all the right order. I could not believe it. Earlier this week we had a long talk about hard work and how it feels good to reap the rewards of it. Well today she reaped! She was basking in all her effort. She has such a beautiful smile and she displayed it today in all it's glory. Well done my girl!


  1. I'm delighted you like the books. I read your posting today here in England - it's pouring with rain and thoroughly miserable, but good to hear that Latin is alive and well over with you. Do let me know if I can help with any of this - as you see, we do some pretty good textbooks and it's great to get positive feedback like this.
    Nick (Managing Director, Galore Park, and editor of Latin Prep series)

  2. Mr. Oulton,

    It is very not raining but it is very cold here today. We have artic winds blowing down from Canada today.

    Thank you and your company for a great product! I am now looking at your spanish curriculum. :-)