A blog entry I came across which goes into detail about not only the importance of Latin, but some ideas about homeschooling with Latin as well. Something we here at Romae want to help with.
Although it might seem that our love affair with Latin came from our attachment to Classical-style education methods, my own love affair with Latin predates our homeschooling. I was raised among people who thought that Latin was a desperately important feature of a “good education” and who mourned that it had been discontinued from the local high school. I got bits and pieces of Latin, nouns and phrases and heaps of Roman and Greek mythology, but no formal Latin training. By the time I got through college I could pronounce anything you put in front of me, read and decipher simple stuff, and trace Latin/English word roots. Besides being able to identify bizarre Latin literary terms like “bathos” and read scientific nomenclature, I felt that my hodgepodge of Church Latin, random bits thrown at me by desperate teachers, and Latin puzzled out in the course of being a medieval recreationist had enriched my vocabulary and my life in numerous ways. So I was determined, even before our final commitment to homeschooling, to make sure that my kids got Latin.