Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas - It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it.

- latin proverb

Salvete parentes et discipuli!

It is a pleasure to meet you all! My name is Janella Reiswig and this is my first year at Seven Hills. I am looking forward to this year of new experiences and new faces. There will be a lot of learning done on both sides the year by both magistra and discipuli, and I am so excited!

I have just recently returned from teaching EFL (English as a foreign language) in Daegu, South Korea and can't wait to begin this chapter of my teaching career. Before Korea, I earned my Bachelors of Art in Classics (both Latin and Greek history/culture/language) at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota. Go Gusties! During my time there, I was greatly involved in the Classics department, being president of Eta Sigma Phi, the Classical Honor Society, and having spent a summer in Italy with Princeton's Paideia Program speaking only Latin! I am excited to make Latin a living language in the classrooms and am going to incorporate more composition of Latin into this year's curriculum.

 I currently live in Shakopee, spending my time outside of school either painting, sewing, writing on my novel, or planning my next international vacation.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email  or call me.




3rd Grade Noun Cases and Verbs

We have studied verbs for many weeks, so it's time to move into our next large grammar unit: nouns and cases!

Nouns in Latin can be of three genders: Feminine (f), Masculine (m), or Neuter (n). They also belong to categories called "declensions," or noun families.

We have been learning about 1st declension feminine nouns, that is, nouns of the first declension and the feminine endings. Here are the endings and the cases they go with: (first will be the Singular, then the Plural)

Nominative: a, ae
Genitive: ae, arum
Dative: ae, is (long i)
Accusative: am, as (long a)
Ablative: a (long a), is (long i)

We also have a little song to help us remember these. Just like the Present Tense verb song (which I've included at the bottom), it goes to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club song:

A (ah), AE (I), AE (I), AM (ahm), A (long a)
AE (I), ARUM (ahrum), IS (ees), AS (ahs), IS (ees)

That's the first the declension which is mostly feminine! HEY! 

Repeat as many times as wanted!! :)

Soon we will begin diagramming Latin and English sentences and practicing our grammatical language.


Here is a helpful jingle to remember the Present Tense endings if you would like to practice them with your student or provide your student with another way to remember the endings.

The present tense endings of the verbs in Latin are easy,

O, S, T, Mus, Tis, Nt - Easy as can be!

I, you, he/she/it, we, you all, they- Are the endings of the verbs that we say, hey!

The present tense endings of the verbs in Latin are easy,

O, S, T, Mus, Tis, Nt - Easy as can be!

(Sung to the tune of Mickey Mouse Club)

3rd grade vocabulary

Here is the new list of vocabulary that 3rd grade received! We are still working very hard with feminine nouns. We will be moving onto Unit 4 Masculine nouns after this.

Our new vocabulary words: 

Puella, Puella (f) - girl
Femina, Feminae (f) - woman
Filia, Filiae (f) - daughter
Germana, Germanae (f) - sister
Magistra, Magistrae (f) – female teacher
Discipula, Discipulae (f) – female student
Domina, Dominae (f) – female master
Famula, Famulae (f) – maid
Amica, Amicae (f) – female friend
Dea, Deae (f)  - goddess

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade Unit 1/2 words

We have moved on from school supplies to commands in Latin.
Students have been practicing terms such as singular and plural to describe commands as well as teaching and demonstrating commands to each other through interactive games.

I have attached my powerpoints of the words if you would like to study with your student!

Unit 3 - School Supplies
Unit 3 - Commands

Unit 3 - Animals! (Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd)


I am excited to announce that K-2 have made it to Unit 4 and are showing high enthusiam in learning and practicing a group of words that many show an interest in learning: Animals!

In Latin, the word "Animals" is very close to the English spelling, we just add an "e" = Animales   (Animal, Animalis) 

We have been expanding our zoo each class and working with critical thinking to guess which animal is going to come out of "Magicus Saccus" next. Students have been having a blast!

Here are the files of our words that I use on the board. Feel free to email me if you would like the pronunciation of these words!


Attachment: Unit 4 - Animals

5th grade - Chapter 4 vocabulary words


Here is the list of chapter 4's vocabulary words that we will be having a test about on March 12th/13th.

Curō, curāre – to care/look after                                       cūr - why
Prōcēdō, Prōcēdere – to go forward                                diū – for a long time
Accēdō, Accēdere – to approach                                     iam – now, already
Surgō, Surgere – to stand up/rise                                    lentē - slowly
Adsum, Adesse – to be present                                        saepe - often
Dormīo, Dormīre – to sleep                                               tandem – at last
Venīo, Venīre – to come                                                    eōs, eās – them (
magnus, a, um – big, great                                                ille, illa – he, she
miser, misera, miserum – miserable                               quod - because
multus, a, um – much, many                                             ubi – when/where
amicus, amici – friend (m)
ludus, ludī – school (m)


Due Thursday, March 12, 2015

Salvete omnes!

Here are the answers to the study guide that was given out to our brightest minds in Latin for the upcoming Bee! Optime job to those who got in! It was a really tight competition this year! Happy study for the Bee! See you at the Academic Fair at 6:25pm for the beginning of the Latin Bee!

Answers are attached in the word document below.


Attachment: Latin Bee Study Guide Answers
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