The study of Latin is not normally something you can just pick up a book and begin teaching your children.
At least, not me.
It's a complex language, one that dives deep into grammar and other concepts that 95% of Americans never studied when they were in school, including myself. Most Latin textbooks are designed for the teacher who is already an expert at Latin. I'm not an expert - I only began learning Latin with my children and other students about 18 months ago. I have chosen to use a Latin curriculum which has been designed for the teacher who does not already know Latin.
I've been leading a weekly Latin class for homeschoolers in my home for the last two school years. While the curriculum we've been using has been very thorough, I've struggled to keep it fun, relevant, and ALIVE! I spend a few hours each week preparing for this class to provide a cultural view of ancient Rome, a snack which would have fit into the Roman culture, notetaking pages for each DVD lesson, and other review activities. I still feel like I don't provide enough daily student work for the chapters.
While we like what we are using, I was very interested in reviewing Classical Academic Press' Latin for Children ~ Primer A.
This review of Latin for Children ~ Primer A isn't going to be one of my shortest reviews. I'm sorry! If you would prefer a shorter review of Latin for Children, you can go to the TOS Crew's review page for more reviews of this product, and surely, someone there will have written a shorter review than mine!!! I'm also writing from the perspective of one who has taught Latin in the past and is comparing this program with what I'm currently using.
Classical Academic Press has designed this Latin program to be used with upper elementary students, although in my opinion, it could also be used with students in junior high school, even though it may be a little bit childish for them.
There are a number of important and helpful components to Latin for Children - Primer A. I'd like to describe for you some of the physical pieces of the program and show you as many samples as I can, so you may understand more how this program works.
Classical Academic Press' primary goal for Latin instruction is as follows:
The ultimate goal of any truly effective Latin program must be to construe (translate) original Latin texts.
For the lower elementary students, Classical Academic Press provides Song School Latin. Once students are into the upper elementary grades, starting as young as 3rd grade, they are ready for Latin for Children, Primer A.
Each year of the Latin for Children (LFC ) series includes the following components:
Here's an explanation of the work in Latin for Children, Primer A:
Below is a description of the various pieces of the Latin for Children curriculum:
Latin for Children, Primers A, B, and C
The Primers are the heart of the LFC program. Each workbook is engaging, incremental, creative, and filled with clear grammatical explanations written expressly for the student. Exercises, tests, and a sizable and useful reference section are also included. Lessons include a plethora of mnemonic aids (songs, chants) that enable students to learn vocabulary and grammar with ease and delight. Beginning with Primer A, each book is to be taught in succession, 1 book per school year.
Here's a sample of Primer A.
Latin for Children Answer Keys
Answer Keys are available for each of the Latin for Children Primers. They
feature the actual, full-size worksheets from the corresponding Primers, with
answers to quizzes, exercises, and worksheets in bold print.
Latin for Children DVD & Chant CD Sets
With these DVD & Chant CD Sets, your students will be receiving a one-on-one learning experience. Pronunciation will become a breeze, and don’t be surprised to hear even your youngest children picking up the catchy chants and songs. Each lesson (average twenty minutes per lesson) corresponds to the weekly chapter in the Primer, and feature the chanting and singing of vocabulary and paradigms along with clear grammatical explanations by Dr. Perrin. The LFC Primer A DVD & Chant CD Set is recorded and filmed in both classical and ecclesiastical pronunciation.
Latin for Children History Readers
Now young Latin students can begin to translate and read a selection of simple Latin stories written at their own level. The stories correspond with the Veritas Press History Card series, and are integrated with the grammar and vocabulary of Latin for Children, Primers A, B, and C. Each chapter contains definitions for new words, and a full glossary is provided at the end of each book. While these readers are keyed to Latin for Children, Primers A, B, and C, they are an excellent supplementary text for students using other Latin curricula as well.
Latin for Children Activity Book
Each workbook contains over 100 puzzles and games that follow chapter-by-chapter with the LFC Primers to supplement and enhance students’ practice of vocabulary and grammar.
TheLatin for Children Mastery Bundle includes all of the materials for the selected primer: the Primer (textbook), Answer Key, DVD & Chant CD Set, History Reader, and Activity Book!
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