What Does Charlotte Mason Say about the Value of Latin?
The mere thought of teaching Latin is daunting to most homeschooling parents. This is understandable—few parents have studied it themselves and no one speaks Latin anymore! Why should we study it?!? I regularly see this question pop up in the AmblesideOnline Facebook group and in the AO Forum. When I have the time, I love to chime in (because #latinteacher #latinsnotdeaditisimmortal #haha). This summer, I was challenged to study Ms. Mason’s view on Latin after hearing a CM speaker share a perspective that I felt did not fairly represent the importance and value of Latin in a Charlotte Mason paradigm. So, when the opportunity presented itself just this past week…
Latin’s Grandmother Tongue
Making headlines today in the field of linguistics is this fascinating approximation of what Proto-Indo-European (PIE) might have sounded like. Of course, there’s really no way to verify its authenticity (as all of the native speakers of PIE are long gone), but it does offer an interesting glimpse into some of the phonetic influences that may have eventually descended into Latin. Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded? Linguist Recreates Proto-Indo-European Language (AUDIO)