MaryHMary Harrington has taught Latin for over twenty years at various levels, from Middle School aged homeschoolers to community college classes. A mother of eleven, she homeschooled her last four children, including in-depth study in Latin. The two boys were accepted at the Naval Academy.

    Doug and David are naval officers. Denise works as a physicist and is happily married and mother of Keri. The youngest, Stefanie, has her AA degree majoring in music, graduating with Honors, and the mother of two little girls. Actually, all the children are doing well; these are mentioned because they were homeschooled.

    Mary firmly believes their grounding in Latin greatly contributed to their high test scores. Mary teaches Latin online at present, and continues working on more Latin books, and really, really enjoys her grown children and grandchildren.

    Latin In The Christian Trivium is their first book. It grew from Gail’s and her frustration trying to teach Christian students, yet having to explain the humanistic viewpoint during the lessons presented in modern textbooks.

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    Mary Harrington’s seminars

    SEMINAR TITLE: Latin is Essential and How You can Teach it with no Prior Knowledge  (Part I)
    Latin, the base of the English language, is the key to a good English vocabulary and to good grammar.  It is possible to teach Latin in an interesting way and to learn as you go.  In this  seminar, we will use several books, including our own, to show foolproof methods for covering this very important basic subject for the teacher who has no prior knowledge of Latin.

    SEMINAR TITLE: Teaching a Biblical Worldview by Studying Cicero 
    Sic transit Roma. Sic transit America?
    Your students will develop a proper understanding of ethics and the political structure of government as well as learning to trust in God’s Providence by reading A Pillar of Iron and by answering the thought-provoking 260 questions written for this book.  Questions and answers are given to each interested teacher/parent.

    SEMINAR TITLE: What is Christian Classical Education?
    Do you wonder exactly what is meant by “Christian Classical Education”?  Learn how to incorporate this proven method of teaching students using the classical method which is much more than Data Input.  In this workshop, the trivium will be explained, and you will give your students more tools to learn, and to think!  Just a few changes in your curriculum will turn on the “light” for your students.

    SEMINAR TITLE:   How to Write a Story that’s not Boring and How to Write a Christian Autobiography.
    SEMINAR DESCRIPTION:     Are your stories lacking form?  Do you know the secret of an interesting story?  Learn the principles taught by John Reynolds Gardiner, author of Stone Fox, who has permitted us to use his materials taught at his seminars.  You will also receive an outline for an autobiography for your students to write which helps them focus on their life goals.  If you really want to enjoy this workshop, read Stone Fox before attending.  It is available for purchase  at www.amazon.com (well worth the money!) and also at your local library.  John’s website is www.johnreynoldsgardiner.com.



      Gail-in-PinkGail Busby is a graduate of Texas Women’s University with a degree in elementary education. She has over 30 years of both public and private teaching experience and home schooled her two children. Gail presently teaches home school support classes in Latin, Math, Composition and History. Gail’s husband Doug is a pastor in Redding, California. Their children Bob and Linda have received excellent educations which included a study of Latin and a great deal of music, Gail’s other specialty.

      “It’s our desire that the study of Latin become a standard in Christian education. To that end, we will continue to write Latin in the Christian Trivium. Latin is our passion, not our living. That allows us to write to please God rather than with the purpose of tickling the ears of man.”

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      Gail Busby’s seminars

      SEMINAR TITLE:   Effective Bible Teaching
      Since GOD commanded parents and teachers to teach children His Word, and it is the most important subject for their lives.   Today this is the most neglected subject.  This teaching BIBLE “how-to” workshop will show some ways  to teach non-readers up to and including adults with outlines, teaching order, and daily lesson plans.

      SEMINAR TITLE:   Taking the Mystery out of Teaching Reading
      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD.”  In order to communicate and understand GOD from His written Word, we must be able to read.  This step by step workshop will give you the “how-to’s” needed to teach anyone to read.

      SEMINAR TITLE:   The Forgotten Art of Singing
      God gave singing voices to the redeemed for the purpose of glorifying Him.  Children must be taught to sing on pitch,  as they must be taught to read.  Most people do not sing; they shout.  In  “The Forgotten Art of Singing” you will be given the tools to teach children how to sing, not simply to shout out words.   

      SEMINAR TITLE:  Multi-Level Teaching
      SEMINAR DESCRIPTION:  As homeschool teachers many times it would be easier and better if we could teach our children of different ages  together.  Although we cannot teach every subject this way, there are many that can be taught MULTI-LEVEL.  This workshop will give you some “how-to’s” and outlines to help you accomplish this seemingly difficult task.


      We understand that parents and students often need support during the homeschooling process.  We offer online classes and assistance in Latin and in other subjects.


      Mary Joy Johnson

        Mary Joy Johnson has been a tutor with Latin in the Christian Trivium since 2010.  She started Latin in 8th grade with Latin in the Christian Trivium and completed all five levels.  Having greatly enjoyed learning the language, she sought out Mary Harrington to return to the program as one of the Teachers. Since then she has taught every level over the years and was even part of the group of students who beta-tested the AP curriculum. She is passionate about all of her students not just passing her class but coming away with a deep understanding and appreciation of Latin. Mary Joy was homeschooled from start to graduation. She currently resides in the Texas with her family. In addition to Latin tutor, she is also an artist, photographer, and writer.
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        Classical Christian Education

        Defining Classical Christian Education

        By: Dana Heidelberger, Cindy Leahy, and Judy Taylor of the Classical Cottage School and reprinted here with permission.


        First of all, there is a big distinction between a program that uses classical methods and one that simply covers classical subjects. The classical method is characterized by the motto “less is more.” A true classical education gives a student the tools of learning, not through superficial subject completion but through the use of focused concentration on just a few subjects to develop key skills. At CCS, we do not attempt to cover 12 years of the various subjects taught in a typical school because we are not focusing on filling up our children with as much knowledge as possible. Our focus is on creating lifelong learners who are able to learn for themselves. They themselves will fill in any “gaps” as they continue to grow and mature. As Dorothy Sayers writes, “The sole true end of education is simply this; to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.”

        In modern education, we have put the proverbial cart before the horse by expecting students to master a great number of subjects before they have mastered the tools of learning. While the study of language and logic may seem dull in themselves, they are the tools a student needs to develop to be able to approach the task of mastering any particular subject, whether Scottish political history or carburetor maintenance. We believe this model is in perfect harmony with how God has equipped our children to learn. Classical teaching methodology changes as the child matures in order to accommodate the three stages of the child’s mental development; on the other hand, modern American education generally fails to make this distinction and uses the same methodology throughout a child’s schooling.





        Classical methodology coupled with enrichment and providing students with appropriate tools for learning in a Christian-based context produces lifelong learners who think critically about the world around them in a morally-grounded, Christian world view.



        vol1Students study both this classical language and the Roman influence on world language, history and religion. Students will master verb declensions, basic vocabulary and classroom commands. They will also translate basic texts. Classes will compare and contrast Latin with modern English and study prefixes, suffixes and the roots of Latin in science, medicine, etc. Students will study Roman culture, contrasting and comparing with Christianity.

        vol2Takes the student deeper into the complexities of Latin by expanding vocabulary to over 1,000 words by introducing the fifth declension, the reflexive pronouns and the subjunctive mood. Students will expand their grasp of Latin history and culture by following the continuing story of a Roman Centurion and his family. Students will translate passages of Scripture as well as common phrases. Media resources will increase comprehension and conversation.

        vol3Builds on basic Latin language principles by adding creative writing, reports, advanced reading, comprehension and conversation in the target language, pronunciation CD practice and evaluation. The class includes continuing lessons on English derivatives for Latin words. Advanced grammar is included, along with deeper exploration of culture and history.

        vol4Advances students’ exposure to the classical writers and less common grammatical constructions and idiomatic usages. The class continues to observe English derivatives for new Latin words. Assigned reading and reports will increase students’ understanding of the culture of the time period as well. Students enjoy Latin history and language.

        APtextcoverThe AP Latin course is designed to prepare students for success on the AP exam. Students perfect their ability to read, translate, analyze and interpret segments of the Aeneid and Caesar. They will reference the mode of expression, metrical qualities and figures of speech used by Vergil. Students will analyze the social, cultural, political and historical contexts of the Aeneid and compare them with current civilizations. AP Latin students will recognize the influence of Latin literature on the artistic achievements of the modern world and compare the heroes of the Aeneid with  contemporary heroes. Students will demonstrate a firm knowledge of vocabulary, inflection and syntax and relate this knowledge to English. AP Latin is the culmination of the study of this classic language.