Summer Introduction to Latin: Minimus Storytime

Come...join our circle! It's storytime—with Minimus and his friends.  

We'll read from the Minimus MiniBook series written by Barbara Bell, the author of Minimus and Minimus Secundus, the wonderful program we use in our Upper Elementary Latin courses. Stories feature our favorite mouse Minimus and his friends at Vindolanda, a Roman fort near Hadrian's Wall in Britain. These stories, with their expressive illustrations, are fun and creative, while at the same time are based on historical events and archaeological discoveries at Vindolanda. 

Who should take this course?

  • Children who love stories
  • Children who are fans of Minimus or who think they just might like to meet a very nice mouse and his friends

Who is welcome? Everyone!

  • Those who have taken Upper Elementary Latin I and/or II 
  • Those who have studied Latin only a little or who will be hearing Latin for the first time and don't mind jumping right in by listening to some very fun stories 

What will we do in class?

  • I'll read a story out loud in Latin while students read along and look at the illustrations.
  • Together we'll translate, observing interesting details along the way, looking at grammar patterns and surprises here and there, pointing out those Latin words that sound strangely familiar.
  • Then we'll return to the Latin and again read out loud, letting the Latin remain in our ears and minds. 
  • We may include other activities, like reciting noun and verb chants.

Purpose of class?

  • Have fun reading Latin stories together
  • Keep some summer rust off our Latin
  • Introduce students who are new to Latin to the treasure-packed world of this ancient yet familiar language

No homework!

No books or materials needed!


  • Prerequisites: None
    Instructor: Anne McCauley Padula, M.A.
    Age Level: 8 years - Adult
    Minimum Enrollment: 4
    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition per Semester:  $45
    Class Meets: Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific, for 4 weeks, June 9 - 30

All class materials provided by the Instructor.

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.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.