City Second-Graders Get Chance To Dive Into Latin

Posted: March 6, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A small group of Harrisonburg second-graders will get a jump-start on learning Latin and about Greco-Roman culture on Saturday.

Through the one-day Roman Explorers program, children will be exposed to conversational Latin, the Greek alphabet and Roman roads and will create mosaics with cereal. There will be a banquet for participating students and their parents after the program.

Getting exposure to Greek and Roman culture now will give students an advantage when they start learning about those topics in social studies in third grade, said Gail Collins, advanced learning supervisor for Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

“[They’ll get] an appreciation for just our language and where it comes from, and knowledge of the workings of language,” Collins said. “I think it’s going to help them to think critically if they do these kinds of hands-on activities, which is always so important.”

The program is fully funded and run by Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, which is based in Boston. It’s the first time it’s being offered through HCPS.

The vent will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Spotswood Elementary School, 400 Mountain View Drive, Harrisonburg.

Registration is required for participation and limited space is available. The program is only open to second-graders in Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

To sign up, email Gail Collins at .us as soon as possible.

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