I received this question:

I would like your advice. My son will be homeschooling for the first time next year.

He has had one year of some type of Latin grammar then he’s taken Jenney’s First Year Latin and just finished Wheelock’s. If grades are any indication, he’s done very well. I’m trying to decide if we should just stop Latin and move on to a different language or take another year of Latin.

What would be your advice and if he took another year of Latin- do you offer a class for him? Thank you for your time.

Here is my reply:


If your son has completed Wheelock’s Latin, he has already completed the of two years required for a high school Latin credit.  Traditionally, Wheelock’s Latin is a college-level textbook.   

Honestly, if he has any interest in moving on to any other languages I would recommend that.   

After Latin, he will find that Spanish, French, or Italian should be pretty easy.  Actually, I shouldn’t use the word easy.  No language I have ever studied has come easy for me.  I should instead say, “after Latin… Spanish, French, or Italian will be easier.   

Of course, there is plenty to read in Latin, and I have many  classes on my site that take students to a high reading level in Latin.  He could go in that direction if he wanted.  

I am even trying to find a place to add a daily reading of the Vulgate (the Bible in Latin) next year. 

You may also like to know that I teach Italian on my site and next year I will be adding Spanish and French.  I am not fluent in any of these languages.  I am working on them myself.  I have studied Spanish and Italian for years but, still have a long way to go. 

As for French, I am teaching it for the first time next year.  I still have much to learn, and am simply inviting students to learn with me. 

However, all of these classes will go from beginning to advanced levels.  Because of the books we will be reading, these classes will satisfy the time requirements for High school credits. 

I hope this answers your questions.  Let me know if you need more help!