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

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!)


5th grade Chapter 3 vocabulary

Salvete 5th grade!

As promised, here is a list in a word document of your chapter 3 vocabulary! Please take a look at this as we will be be taking a test on it the first week of January. Keep that in mind as you enjoy your holiday! Don't forget all the words you just learned!


Happy Holidays!

Attachment: Chapter 3 Vocabulary list

4th grade Verbs

We are moving on to learn the 4 families of verbs. 

A family of verbs (Latin verbs that have a common infinitive ending) is called a conjugation.

I have attached a helpful document about how to conjugate verbs under the "Classroom Newsletters" section (found on the bar on the right side of the page) to guide students through the steps of taking a verb from a dictionary and making it ready to conjugate.

Here is also a song that might help more musical-learning students. This is for remembering the base endings that we add on after we take off the -re.

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!

(To the tune of Mickey Mouse Club)

5th grade Masculine nouns!


We are moving into our chapter 3 translation and have blazed through a vocabulary test and translation without even breaking a sweat! It's time to cover the next grammar point of our course: Masculine nouns.

Students have been working hard on feminine nouns for the last semester. This chapter is focusing on the next group of nouns. Here are the endings that students will need to study:

Nominative: r/us
Genitive: i (long)
Dative: o
Accusative: um
Ablative: o (long)

Nominative: i (long)
Genitive: orum
Dative: is (long)
Accusative: as (long)
Ablative: is (long)

** (long) stands for a long vowel, marked by a line above the letter **

Students have also been learning about "r" ending masculine words such as frater and pater. They have practiced dropping the "e," in the table after the Nominative Singular. Students have also pointed out words that end with "r" and are masculine that DO NOT follow this pattern, such as "puer, pueri."

4th grade chapter 3 vocabulary

Chapter 3 vocabulary

There will be a test on these words next week:
Mr. Foley's class: Wednesday, February 4th
Mr. Sirovy's class: Wednesday, February 4th
Ms. Hoehn's class: Thursday, February 5th


Please use your notes and flashcards to study as well as the time we have in class!

puer, pueri (m) - boy
vir, viri (m) - man
servus, servi (m) - servant
hortus, horti (m) - garden
multi - many
solus - alone
piscina, piscinae (f) - pond
iratus, a, um - mad/angry
qui - who
clamo, clamare (1st) - to shout/yell
rideo, ridere (2nd) - to smile/laugh
cado, cadere (3rd) - to fall
gemo, gemere (3rd) - to sigh


3rd grade noun chart

3rd grade has been working VERY hard on cases and how to translate Latin words from Latin into English using their cases to bring out the full meaning.

Right now, students are practicing our biggest chart. They have been working very hard in class to take notes and to practice this charts individually through homework and with a partner.

Mensa, Mensae (f) - table

Case              Noun Job         Singular                                                              Plural
Nominative       SN                  mensa - table                                         mensae - tables
Genitive             PNA               mensae - of the table                  mensarum - of the tables
Dative                IO              mensae - to/for the table     mensis (long i) - to/for the tables
Accusative        DO                  mensam - the/ a table            mensas (long a) - the tables
Ablative             OP            mensa (long a) - by/with/from the table       mensis (long i)                                                                                                                     - by/with/from the tables


Students have been asked to take a feminine noun and put it in the place of "mensa, mensae" in this chart. This chart is for feminine nouns only. Students will be learning masculine nouns next; different endings in Latin, same case meanings in English.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade

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
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