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Jennifer Jones

email: jennifer.jones@prepclasses.org

Jennifer Jones began homeschooling in 1991 and started teaching Latin at PREP in the fall of 2005. Their first daughter graduated from Texas A&M and is working in her field in Austin, Texas.  Their second child graduated in Fine Arts/Art History from Texas State University, while their third went directly to work. Latin is a self-taught language that Jen developed a passion for when teaching her own children. After 15 years of teaching Latin, Jennifer is excited to add middle school writing and literature to her course offerings. As an avid reader and lover of the written word, she views these subjects as a natural emanation from Latin. The Joneses have a proclivity toward evangelism and missions and maintain a strong relationship with their home church, S.W. Bible Church, whose varied outreaches they support.

Teacher's Classes

Parents Supply:

  • Henle First Year Latin Companion Volume 1 (available here: Study Guide 1)
  • Henle Latin Grammar isbn #0-8294-0112-1
  • Henle First Year Latin text  isbn #0-8294-1026-0 (not essential; see footnote*)
  • Caesar’s English Volume I isbn #978-0-89824-570-7 (available here: CEI:Standard Edition)

No Prerequisite except a basic understanding of English grammar in a sentence.

The benefits of studying Latin are numerous and valuable. In addition to preparing students for the SAT and/or ACT, the thinking skills developed through the study of Latin are transformative, shaping the student’s mind through its order, logic, accuracy, and organization, which are carried forward to all the disciplines.

This academic class moves along at a steady pace combining Latin grammar with reading & translating right away.  Students may expect to work approximately one hour per day on exercises and memory work. Completion of this course is one full high school foreign language credit. Two national exams are offered to students each year; the National Latin Exam and Classical Etymology Exam. These noteworthy exams add weight to a student’s high school transcript.

The exercises and readings in Henle teach Roman and American history, the difference between the pagan and Christian worldviews, and the difference between the virtues of the natural man (of whom the Roman was the greatest type) and the virtues of the Christian man, which are possible only through grace.

Henle is a superior text in that is uses a vocabulary limited to roughly 550 words, allowing the student to master the grammar concepts without being unduly burdened with vocabulary memorization.  (The competing text has a vocabulary of just under 2,000 words, by comparison.)

English grammar is essential to mastering the Latin language.  We will study this branch of the subject through a text called Caesar’s English which is very accessible and includes such topics as:

  • English grammar through 4-level analysis
  • Analogies, Synonyms, and Antonyms
  • Latin and Greek roots of English
  • Vocabulary from classic literature
  • Geography of the Mediterranean world

Even though this course will be supplemented with English grammar, students registering for Latin 1 are encouraged to review the basics before class begins.

*Regarding First Year Latin:  Although a superior text, this book has not been updated nor digitized since its publication in the 1940's.  Due to its small print and old design, important information does not always stand out in a clear way to students.  Over my years of teaching this text, I have written and compiled a Companion that more clearly elucidates its concepts.  Students spend more time in this Companion than they do with the actual text.  For this reason, I see no reason why you must purchase a new copy.  A used copy from Amazon would suit your student's needs just fine.  More than anything, students use the text for the vocabulary index in the very back. A nearly-complete online version of Henle First Year Latin exists here.


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Parents Supply:

  • Henle Second Year Latin text isbn #9780829410273
  • Henle Latin Grammar isbn #9780829401127 (from previous years)
  • Henle Second Year Latin Companion (found here: SYL)
  • Caesar’s Gallic War, isbn #9781523919567                          

Prerequisite:  Completion of Henle First Year Latin (students entering this class from another program will be asked to take an entrance exam to ensure readiness).

We will begin the year by studying through the final parts of the Latin grammar that Henle did not cover in his First Year Latin text. We will complete this by about mid-year at which time we will pick up Caesar’s un-adapted Gallic Wars and translate selections each week. Students will be asked to keep a journal of their weekly translations which we will share and discuss when we meet. I will provide maps as needed to help us follow his journeys through Gaul and parts of Germania and Britannia, as well as identify where the various Gallic tribes were located.


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NOTE:  A student must be at least twelve years old by September 1, 2021, to register for this class for the 2021-22 school year.

Seventh grade is a great time for students to sharpen the skills they have been taught and add some new ones to challenge their active minds. This class is designed to do just that through the four areas of language study:  reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Students will learn a good deal of new vocabulary as well as comprehension strategies and will also begin to analyze literature while delving into discussions of the themes of some excellent novels.  These include The Secret Garden (Burnett), Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls), Prince Caspian (Lewis), My Side of the Mountain (George), A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle), and Number the Stars (Lowry)Even if some students have already read one or more of these books, they likely have not truly studied them or been required to think deeply about the themes. Also, when a book is re-read and discussed with peers, a fresh perspective often arises, causing a “mundane” book to come alive or an already loved book to be that much more treasured.

Using the WriteShop 1 curriculum, students will have the opportunity to master that blank page by learning to construct, edit, and revise paragraphs written for different purposes, including description, exposition, and narration.  Additionally, I will provide weekly English grammar exercises in which students will thoroughly review parts of speech, phrases, and clauses through parsing and diagramming.

As we read and write together, we will hone listening and speaking skills through in-depth discussion not only of the novels but also of the students’ writing samples. The students will also be required to give the class periodic presentations based on the books and recite at least one poem from memory.

Parents provide the novels (any paper edition that is not simplified or abridged), WriteShop 1 (student book only), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time.

The withdrawal fee after October 1 is three months’ tuition.


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NOTE:  A student must be at least twelve years old by September 1, 2021, to register for this class for the 2021-22 school year.

Seventh grade is a great time for students to sharpen the skills they have been taught and add some new ones to challenge their active minds. This class is designed to do just that through the four areas of language study:  reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Students will learn a good deal of new vocabulary as well as comprehension strategies and will also begin to analyze literature while delving into discussions of the themes of some excellent novels.  These include The Secret Garden (Burnett), Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls), Prince Caspian (Lewis), My Side of the Mountain (George), A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle), and Number the Stars (Lowry)Even if some students have already read one or more of these books, they likely have not truly studied them or been required to think deeply about the themes. Also, when a book is re-read and discussed with peers, a fresh perspective often arises, causing a “mundane” book to come alive or an already loved book to be that much more treasured.

Using the WriteShop 1 curriculum, students will have the opportunity to master that blank page by learning to construct, edit, and revise paragraphs written for different purposes, including description, exposition, and narration.  Additionally, I will provide weekly English grammar exercises in which students will thoroughly review parts of speech, phrases, and clauses through parsing and diagramming.

As we read and write together, we will hone listening and speaking skills through in-depth discussion not only of the novels but also of the students’ writing samples. The students will also be required to give the class periodic presentations based on the books and recite at least one poem from memory.

Parents provide the novels (any paper edition that is not simplified or abridged), WriteShop 1 (student book only), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time.

The withdrawal fee after October 1 is three months’ tuition.


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NOTE:  A student must be at least thirteen years old by September 1, 2021, to register for this class for the 2021-22 school year.

Reading and Writing 2 will build on the work the students have done in Reading and Writing 1. In this on-level eighth grade class, the novels we study will be more complex but still fun, and they will provide ample opportunity for deep thought and reflection on the themes. One of the works we will read is non-fiction, giving us an added dimension for analysis.

We will study five novels and one play. The novels (and one play) for this class are: The Bronze Bow (Speare), The Wind in the Willows (Grahame), The Miracle Worker (a play by Gibson), Tom Sawyer (Twain), The Hobbit (Tolkien), and The Hiding Place (Ten Boom). We will also have some time at the end of the year to study a bit of poetry containing some of the same themes as the novels.

Each novel unit will include comprehension assignments, vocabulary activities, instruction in literary terms and devices, and a novel-based final project that students will present to their classmates. For writing, we will continue in the WriteShop series with WriteShop 2, which will still focus on strong paragraph development but will also require the students to write longer pieces. The spring semester will offer instruction and practice with persuasive communication and essay writing. For grammar, I will provide weekly exercises that review parts of speech and cover more complex sentence structures.

Parents provide the novels (any paper edition that is not simplified or abridged), WriteShop 2 (student book only), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time. The teacher will provide any short stories or poems.

The withdrawal fee after October 1 is three months’ tuition.


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NOTE:  A student must be at least thirteen years old by September 1, 2021, to register for this class for the 2021-22 school year.

Reading and Writing 2 will build on the work the students have done in Reading and Writing 1. In this on-level eighth grade class, the novels we study will be more complex but still fun, and they will provide ample opportunity for deep thought and reflection on the themes. One of the works we will read is non-fiction, giving us an added dimension for analysis.

We will study five novels and one play. The novels (and one play) for this class are: The Bronze Bow (Speare), The Wind in the Willows (Grahame), The Miracle Worker (a play by Gibson), Tom Sawyer (Twain), The Hobbit (Tolkien), and The Hiding Place (Ten Boom). We will also have some time at the end of the year to study a bit of poetry containing some of the same themes as the novels.

Each novel unit will include comprehension assignments, vocabulary activities, instruction in literary terms and devices, and a novel-based final project that students will present to their classmates. For writing, we will continue in the WriteShop series with WriteShop 2, which will still focus on strong paragraph development but will also require the students to write longer pieces. The spring semester will offer instruction and practice with persuasive communication and essay writing. For grammar, I will provide weekly exercises that review parts of speech and cover more complex sentence structures.

Parents provide the novels (any paper edition that is not simplified or abridged), WriteShop 2 (student book only), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time. The teacher will provide any short stories or poems.

The withdrawal fee after October 1 is three months’ tuition.


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