The key components of The Willows’ Latin curriculum: grammar, vocabulary, translation, singing, and dancing.
Singing and dancing?
It’s a tradition not seen at other schools: the 7th grade Latin play. The brainchild of Latin teacher Kyle Smith, the Latin production has become an integral part of every middle school student’s experience at The Willows. Over the years, students have presented adaptations of numerous ancient classics, including Homer’s The Odyssey, Plautus’ The Menaechmi Brothers, and Aristophanes’ The Frogs.
Think that a 2,400 year-old play might be too dull, dry, or inaccessible to the modern teen? Think again! Kyle’s versions of these classics are nothing if not irreverent.
“It’s fun to reinterpret the songs in a new context,” Kyle says, “and the students enjoy the contrast.”