ABOUT OUR SITE AND AEQUORA
Aequora is a K-8 curriculum focusing on literacy education via Latin. Led by independent site-coordinators, Aequora has expanded to over 30 sites in 12 states. At Harriet Beecher Stowe, we have chosen Aequora because we believe in the benefits of a classical education. Through The Paideia Institute's Aequora curriculum, our volunteers harness the classical languages’ power to improve literacy while making the ancient Mediterranean world fun and accessible to students of all backgrounds.
Our Aequora site brings together students from Bowdoin College and Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School around a common interest in the Latin language and classical culture. In addition to the Paideia Institute, our site benefits from the generous institutional support of Bowdoin’s McKeen Center for the Common Good and the Brunswick School District’s Foreign Language for Youth (FLY) programs. To support Aequora and our site, please click on the button below.
HOW WE TEACH AEQUORA
Drawing from the College’s pool of classics students, our site has a nearly 2-1 student-to-volunteer ratio, allowing us to work closely with each of our students. Our lessons focus on allowing the students to speak and hear as much Latin as possible, using games, skits and simulations to create an immersive language environment. Even when learning about classical culture, we try to incorporate as much spoken Latin as possible. Most importantly, we always enjoy ourselves. To volunteer for Aequora at Harriet Beecher Stowe, please use the volunteer button below.
ABOUT OUR COORDINATOR
Our site was started by two Bowdoin students, Ian Ward (class of 2020) and Cooper Hemphill (class of 2018), who got the idea for the site after hearing Jason Pedicone deliver a talk on Bowdoin’s campus in the fall of 2017. Our program is now run collaboratively by its volunteers, all of whom are Bowdoin students. We always welcome new volunteers who have taken some Latin!