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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Latin for Children


♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫  -O,-S, -T, -MUS, -TIS, -NT  ♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫

Three little girls shopping for groceries chanting Latin present tense verb endings can cause people to stare.
I think it is wonderful because it means my kids are remembering what we have been learning.

Who would have thought learning Latin could be so easy? And fun!

Some things in school have been easy to learn and others we have to work really hard at. Classical Academic Press has made learning Latin very easy. I have been learning right along with my kids and since it is taught directly to the student it has been very easy on the teacher. We have tried other foreign languages in our school when my older kids were younger and we struggled through them. We all ended up frustrated over the programs. We haven't felt that way with Latin for Children it is very easy to use. My girls love the videos and the chant CD. They watch the DVD everyday and they listen to the chant CD while they are doing their chores. The best part is that they are remembering what we have been working on. Yesterday we were shopping at a craft store and they picked up a rubber mallet and started hammering the air saying "laboro, laborare, laboravi, laboratum" (I work, to work, I worked, worked).

We have been using Latin for Children Level A from Classical Academic Press for a couple of months. Amber age 10 and Delaney age 8 have been using the worksheets and the online activities that go along with this program. Alaina age 6 joined in for the videos and the chants. There is a suggested schedule on the Classical Academic Press website, we didn't follow it exactly. My girls like the DVD so we watched that everyday we also listened to the CD Chants several times a day. Then we would work through our worksheets in the workbook and the Activity book. We spent about 30 minutes a day on our work. The History Reader is to be started at about lesson 18, we haven't reached that point yet, but my girls like to look through it to find words that they already know.

Latin for Children Level A is recommended for anyone learning Latin from grade 3-6 and is the first of a three year series. We are using the Master Bundle which contains Primer A (textbook), Primer A Answer Key, DVDs & Chant CD, History Reader and Activity Book! The bundle price is $99.95. This program teaches grammar, vocabulary and English derivatives in a way the children enjoy and remember. The DVD and the CD contain both the Classical and the Ecclesiastical Pronunciations so you get to chose which one you want to learn.


Classical Academic Press also has free resources on their website. There are worksheet, flashcards, quizzes, and tests. Headventure Land contains online games, videos, readers, and coloring sheets separated by language and level.
I think anyone can learn or teach Latin with this program. I highly encourage you to purchase the DVD and the CD. They really help make the words come to life.

You can read what other TOS Crew members thought about learning Latin here.

As a member of TOS Crew I received the Latin for Children Level A Master Bundle from Classical Academic Press to use with my children in exchange for my review of the product.

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