Upper Elementary Latin I

CLRC’s Upper Elementary Latin I course uses the text Minimus: Starting Out in Latin and Minimus Workbook I. Led by Minimus the mouse, students learn basic grammar and Latin vocabulary through stories featuring a real family who lived in Roman Britain near Hadrian’s wall. Every chapter of the text presents fascinating historical information to introduce students to and broaden their knowledge of Roman Britain.

CLRC teachers provide weekly assignments with detailed directions for every homework day, including exercises from the text and workbook and supplemental grammar exercises and chanting activities. Students become very familiar with parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. They master model chants for 1st and 2nd declension nouns, 1st conjugation verbs, and the irregular verb "to be." Students begin their study of the use of cases and develop a solid understanding of personal endings of verbs in present tense. Students learn over 100 Latin vocabulary words and do exercises focusing on English derivatives from Latin, thus building their English vocabulary and developing an awareness of Latin's rich presence in the English language.

Stressing the importance of listening to Latin and reading/speaking out loud, CLRC teachers provide weekly recordings of all vocabulary, stories, and chants, and incorporate this listening and out loud reading into the assignment for every homework day.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

Section A

Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Christina McNamara, B.A. 
Age Level: 8 - 12 years
Minimum Enrollment: 6

Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester: $200

Class Meets: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific
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Section B

Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Anne McCauley Padula, M.A.  annemccauley@clrconline.com
Age Level: 8 - 12 years
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Maximum Enrollment: 18
Tuition per Semester: $200

Class Meets: Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific
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"Thank you so much for teaching my kids Latin. You are an excellent teacher and they both enjoy the curriculum. My older son took some Latin about 10 years ago and it was not enjoyable for him at ALL. The Minimus curriculum is great for my younger ones and you are a fantastic teacher. Your patience amazes me!" -- Connie K., Washington

Fall enrollment is closed. Students may be able to enroll with the instructor’s permission. Please contact info@clrconline.com. Spring registration opens Oct 18th.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us. We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Section B

Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Anne McCauley Padula, M.A.  email
Age or Grade Level: ages 8 - 13
Tuition per Semester: $180
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): $150

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Anne McCauley Padula, M.A.

Anne McCauley Padula received an M.A. in English from the University of Dallas and studied both Greek and Latin as an undergraduate and graduate student.  Anne taught writing, literature, and math at community colleges in Dallas as a graduate student, and later worked as a writer for the University of Texas Medical Branch. A full-time lecturer at Texas A&M University at Galveston for three years, Anne taught Technical Writing, Freshman Composition, Homer and the Trojan War, Environmental Ethics, and Logic. For the past 14 years, she has been a home school teacher for small groups and for her own three children and has especially enjoyed teaching elementary Greek and Latin. Very involved in music education, Anne served as director of operations for a youth strings program in Santa Barbara and has guided her own children who now have a Celtic band and classical string trio. Anne loves hiking and exploring the outdoors with her three children.

Christina McNamara, B.A.

Christina McNamara graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in History and a minor in French. She started learning French in elementary school at the age of 8 and Latin in high school at the age of 15 and has never lost her love of languages. She has attended spoken Latin conferences led by Dr. Terence Tunberg at the University of Kentucky where she enjoyed conversing in and reading Latin. Christina attributes the beginnings of her love of history to both her seventh-grade and ninth-grade history teachers who truly brought history to life and inspired her with their dedication and creativity – she will never forget her seventh-grade teacher dressing up like a 13th-century monk, transforming her classroom into a monastery, and forcing her students to sing their textbook aloud in Gregorian chant!

Christina has taught Latin and History to middle school and elementary students at classical charter schools in Texas and Colorado for three years and is looking forward to teaching for CLRC. She loves to see her students come alive to the joy of learning.

She currently resides in Colorado with her husband Connor and enjoys hiking in the Rockies, mountain biking, cooking new recipes, teaching violin lessons, and reading historical fiction. Christina and her husband are excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child in November.

Anne Van Fossen, M.A., CLRC Classical Languages Program Director

Anne-Anne Van Fossen  spent seven years working with her husband, John, to found a Christian Classical K-8 school in California. Anne was the Director of Program and Curriculum Development and head of the Ancient Languages Department. She has over 15 years of experience teaching classical Greek and Latin to all ages from Kindergarten to adult. Anne earned her Master’s degree in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she was awarded the Keith Aldridge Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Classics and taught Greek Mythology, Classical Archaeology, Greek Civilization, and Greek Tragedy as a teaching assistant for four years. Anne earned her bachelo,dr’s degree in Physics and Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Societies. Anne lives in Naples, Idaho where she homeschools her three sons with her husband. She loves reading, running, and romping with her boys.


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Minimus Textbook (REQUIRED)


Minimus Audio CD


In addition to the Minimus 
textbook linked here, students will be required to print off the Minimus Workbook I. A link for this will be provided by the instructor at the start of the semester.

Note: We used to purchase this little workbook in bulk from England and send to students, but the publisher has now given teachers the right to provide students a PDF of this booklet for free.

If you already purchased this workbook through CLRC, we will refund the $7.