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Classical education is one of the combined approaches our family uses in home education. We love Memoria Press, so we were excited to review Latina Christiana an introduction to First Form Latin.
Latina Christiana is a beginning Latin course for students of all ages. It is easy to teach even without having any experience with Latin.
The set includes:
- Student Workbook (You’ll need to have one workbook for each student.) The workbook contains 25 lessons, 5 reviews, 10 vocabulary words for each lesson with corresponding English derivatives, and Latin phrases and prayers.
- Pronunciation CD with verbal pronunciations for each lesson, including the phrases and prayers.
- Flashcards with vocabulary, derivatives, conjunctions, declensions, and Latin phrases and saying.
- Instructional DVD with complete lessons taught by Jessica Watson. The 3-disc set includes complete coverage of each new grammar lesson, recitation and review, vocabulary practice and explanation of derivatives, and more. Each lesson is about 15 minutes in length.
We only have one workbook, but both our grade-school students and I followed the lessons on the DVD and talked through the exercises, with our 6th-grader using the workbook. Our 3rd-grader enjoyed the first few lessons so much, I will need to order a workbook for her as well.
We have really enjoyed making the connections between the English language and Latin roots. The other morning, we had such an unusual cloud cover our local TV station shared an article about it. The cloud formation is newly named “Asperatus stemming from the Latin verb ‘Aspero” meaning ‘to make rough.’” It was an astounding sight and another opportunity for us to combine science, weather, language, and especially the English/Latin connection.
One suggestion for the DVD lessons is to have the remote handy, because the teacher moves very quickly without giving time for the students to respond to her greetings, etc. Once we learned that, it was a simple fix by pausing while we responded with our parts.
Once students complete Latina Christiana, which takes about a year, they are ready for the First Form Latin Series from Memoria Press. If you’re wondering why you should include Latin in your homeschool, Memoria Press has a great article with 10 reasons, here.
If you are interested in incorporating Latin into your homeschool or to learn for yourself, we highly recommend Memoria Press.
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