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.




K-2 Latin Song Lyrics

We are working VERY HARD on Familia words this unit! I am so happy and excited to hear and learn about each students' families and, soon, to help them with their family tree (familia arbor) projects.

Some words the students have been practicing are: mater (mah-tear (like as in paper)) = mom, pater (pah-tear) = dad, frater (fra-tear) = brother, soror (so-roar) = sister, avus (ah-woos) = grandpa, avia (ah-wee-ah) = grandma


Some advanced words we have learned in 1st and 2nd grade are: aunuculus (aun-un-coo-loose) = mother-side uncle, matertera (mah-tear-tera) = mother-side aunt, patruus (pah-true-oos) = father-side uncle, amita (ah-mee-ta) = mother-side aunt, sobrinus (so-brin-us) / sobrina (so-brin-ah) = father-side cousins, patruelis (pah-true-lis) / patruelia (pah-true-lee-a) = mother-side cousins

If your student would still like to sing the "Quid Agis" song, I have included the lyrics in this post. 

Quid Agis Song

Quid agis means "How are you?" "How are you?" "How are you?"

Quid agis means "How are you?"

Sum Bene.

(Repeat verse with "tristis" "iratus (for boys) / irata (for girls)" and "optime" where "bene" is.)

Sung to the turn of "London Bridge."



3rd Grade

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)

5th grade - VERBS!!

5th grade has moved on from Chapters 1 and 2 to begin studying and reviewing Latin nouns in the 1st declension as well as verbs in the present tense. Students will be studying using team games such as the "Grammar Rodeo" to help with memorization and application of our charts/endings.

This week we will be focusing on verbs in the present tense. All 4 families (conjugations) of verbs will be studied. There will be a quiz coming up after Thanksgiving. Please start studying early!

Present Tense endings: 

O            MUS
S            TIS
T             NT


I have also attached two documents for helpful studying:

1. Blank verb charts - so you can conjugate to your heart's desire.

2. A list of verbs for 1st, 2nd, and 4th conjugations (I have also included 3rd, but don't focus on those as we have not yet discussed them in class).


Happy studying!

Blank Verb Charts
Verb Lists for Practicing


Third grade has moved into a new batch of vocabulary words! I am really excited to start practicing nouns with these bright, young minds! We have many scholars in our classes who were able to guess the meaning of the Latin words just by looking at the English and thinking of a derivative. Congratulations!


Here are the new vocabulary words. There will be a vocabulary test on October 30-31st!

Via, Viae (f) - road

Fossa, Fossae (f) - ditch

Mensa, Mensae (f) - table

Meta, Metae (f) - goal

Pagina, Paginae (f) - page

Cena, Cenae (f) - dinner

Patria, Patriae (f) - fatherland

Aura, Aurae (f) - breeze

Regina, Reginae (f) - queen

Insula, Insulae (f) - island


(Note Well: (f) = feminine gender     DON'T FORGET THE GENDER!)




Today is the last day we are practicing our desciption words! Here they are for a bit of last minute reviewing:

Boy = puer "pu-air"

Girl = puella "pu-wella"

Man = vir "we're"

Woman = femina "fey-mee-nah"


Now we are moving on to classroom objects! Learning will be assisted by "guess that letter" and "I spy" games.

New words:

Sella = chair "Sell-ah"

Stylus = pencil "Sty-l-us"

Mensa = table "men-sah"

Murus = wall "moo-r-us"

Porta = door "por- tah"

Can't wait to learn even more classroom objects! Soon we'll be able to label our classrooms!

5th grade Chapter 1-2 Vocabulary quiz!

5th Grade will be having a vocabulary quiz on Friday, November 14 and Monday, November 17.

This quiz covers words from Chapters 1 and 2, and have already been previously tested. Students should brush up on their flashcards that made for these units.


Here are the words that will be on the quiz (students, please check and see if you have all your flashcards by using this list!):

Chapter 1:
Ambulo, Ambulare - to walk                               Femina, ae - woman

Ceno, Cenare - to eat                                         Puella, ae - girl

Festino, Festinare - to hurry                               Fessus, a, um - tired

Intro, Intrare - to enter                                         Laetus, a, um - happy

Laboro, Laborare - to work                               Paratus, a, um - prepared

Casa, ae - house                                                Mox - soon

Cena, ae - dinner                                               Non - not

Sed - but                                                               Et - and


Chapter 2:

Iuvo, Iuvare - to help                                         Aqua, ae - water

Laudo, Laudare - to praise                              Fabula, Fabulae - story

Narro, Narrare - to tell                                      Filia, Filiae - daughter

Paro, Parare - to prepare                                 Via, Viae - road

Porto, Portare - to carry                                    Iratus, a, um - angry

Saluto, Salutare - to greet                                Subito - Immediately, Suddenly

Voco, Vocare - to call                                       In - in, on


Happy studying!

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