Several months ago, someone asked if I had a noun declension game like our verb conjugation file folder game. Since then, I've been working on this little somethin' a little bit at a time (as much as a toddler and life full of other stuff will allow). And finally, it is finished (I think?)!
First, a little bit about Latin noun declensions.
- Latin comes in five different spelling groups called declensions. I liken this to the different spelling groups we have in English. For example, for some words, we add an "s" to make the word plural, in others we add an "es," and in others we change the "y" to "i" and add "es." Declensions are quite a bit more complicated than that, but recognizing them as spelling groups helps me to connect them with that which I already know in the English language.
- Once you are working within a spelling group or declension, the Latin noun endings change according to the noun case, which are the duties or usages of nouns in a sentence. For example, a noun may act as the subject of the sentence, or it may act as the direct object. In Latin, the order of the words do not tell us what role the noun is playing in the sentence. It's all about the endings. The changes in endings due to noun case are similar (in a far-fetched sort of way) to the endings of pronouns in English. If "He" is a subject, it ends in "e." If it is used as a direct object, it would instead end in "im" as "him." (Some of the base game board charts here were created to help learn which ending goes with each case within the declension that you're practicing.)
Clear as mud?
As I started pulling this together, I also decided to include some memory aids as we did a couple of years ago with the verb conjugation picture and story cues.
Because of my tendency towards indecisiveness, we have choices here....