California here we come…

My son is moving out to California for a bit for work.  He and I will be driving out there starting March 1.

There will be no classes on March 7 and March 8 as a result.  I apologize.  If you don’t like spring break, you are welcome to watch the classes from next year.

I will be back in class on March 14 and March 15.  I may have to take another break at the end of March as I am moving to Athens, Greece to study Greek for four months.

Watch for more updates on my blog.


Grading? Pronunciation?

I received a series of questions. Here is the first one. This may apply to many of you:

I would like to enroll my son in your 2017-18 Henle Latin course with grading.

Here’s my first reply:

Unfortunately, I am not currently accepting new students whose work needs to be graded.  I am maxed out at the moment.  I just don’t have the time to grade any more work.  There may be some openings in the fall, but I can’t promise anything.  Would you like me to put you on a waiting list?

I am scrambling for a solution right now. 

Happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our conversation continues:

Continue reading Grading? Pronunciation?

How we homeschool

I received this comment:

I’m so sorry to hear about your technical challenges lately. I hope your work is coming together better now.

Just dropping a note to see if in one of your blog posts you could address how your family homeschool and what things you value as you frame your curriculum choice. I know you’re full of so much wisdom and humor.

Took your advice to have my 13-yo son learn Spanish through Duolingo. He is really interested in learning now and self-propelled because of it.

Blessings and peace,

Here is my reply:

Good morning!

I’m not sure I am the person qualified to respond to such a question.  My wife and I are still trying to figure it out.  I suppose we’ll probably have it all solved by the time our last kid leaves home.  🙂

I don’t know if you have seen this, but, this is the way I was homeschooled when I was a kid:  This is certainly what we are attempting to do with my own children.  

I want my kids to read extensively, spend a lot of time outside, and, if possible, pursue what they’re interested in.  

This is how I was educated.  I read extensively, spent a ridiculous amount of time outside, and pursued what fascinated me.  Turns out, languages, history, and exploration fascinated me.  They still fascinate me.  

When it comes to homeschooling my kids, I always look for the simple solution.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am rarely interested in the easy solution.  As you very likely know, simple does not mean easy.  

I hope this helps a little.  Happy to keep this conversation alive.

Extra stuff for Visual Latin?

I received this question:

We are already using the History course (streaming subscription) and I planned on adding Visual Latin for my son. What material will I need to purchase to make this class a success? I see a few items mentioned such as a Latin dictionary, etc. but I wasn’t sure exactly what is necessary to complete the class.

Here is my reply:

Good morning!

I tried very hard to design Visual Latin to be free from multiple purchases.  I want students to be able to download the video series, the worksheets, and begin learning Latin.  

That said, a dictionary may be the only extra purchase you need to make. If you’re not interested in purchasing a dictionary, I recommend a few online dictionaries.

Whitaker’s Words:


If you want a physical dictionary, I would go with the cheapest paperback I could find.  

Have a happy Friday! 


Came at the right time…

I am pretty tired these days.  My site was attacked on Friday.  That’s all cleaned up now, but I am tired.  And, now I have an incredible amount of work to catch up on.

Just at the right time, this note showed up:

I am in your Henle class, though doing most videos outside of class time right now.  I am a mother of four, not a high school student.  I’ve been catching up on some missed videos lately and just have to say how much I am enjoying the quizzes as much as the commentary in class and supplemental information.   One of my favorite quiz answers is “Cur miles coffee meam habet?”  It was not listed as the correct answer, but just had to say, it IS the correct answer. 🙂  Thank you for making Latin both enriching intellectually AND fun.  I am teaching some sixth-grade boys that are fans of yours and trying to convince some young Henle students (or rather their mothers), just to let them take your class next year.   I am introducing them to Visual Latin and “Think Outside the Border.”  Thanks for all you do!



Last Friday, my site was invaded. Someone was sending slightly flirtatious messages to my students via the forums on my site.

The forums are still down, and will remain down for some time. I am not sure when they will be back up. I continue to work on them and I continue to work on my site.

However, the rest of the site is back up and is performing well.

Starting Friday, the day I was attacked, I have been working around the clock to solve this problem. Thanks to the good people at WP Engine, I now think the danger is over.

Though I had to put my life on hold, none of my students did.  Homework assignments continued to flow in.

I am now incredibly behind.  If you have not heard from me for some time, please be patient with me.  I will now begin the slow process of catching up.