Visual Latin ~ Worth Taking a Peek!

Recently, we had the opportunity to review Visual Latin. When I informed the children that a new Latin program was on the way, there was a bit of groaning. We were (sporadically) using a different Latin program. It seemed to be working well and we were all a bit hesitant to work with something new.

What a delight to find that Visual Latin is an outstanding foreign language program that truly engages the student and is enjoyable to learn! Dwane Thomas does a wonderful job of presenting the information to the student. He speaks to the student, adds a bit of humor and is very down to earth. His excitement and enjoyment of the Latin language is clear to see from the beginning.

Visual Latin is simple to use. So simple that you might be fooled into thinking that real learning could not be happening. I think the short lessons and the method of presentation are two of the things that make this program so effective.

Here is how a lesson is presented:

First is Grammar. Dwane presents one or two grammatical concepts; clearly and simply.  He explains the concepts and gives plenty of examples to reinforce it for the student. After viewing the grammar lesson, a worksheet is given that reviews the material.

Once Grammar has been covered, the second part of the lesson is Sentences. In this section of the lesson, Dwane takes what was learned in Grammar and breaks it down. It really aids in the understanding of Latin. This section also has a worksheet that helps reinforce what was covered.

The finally part of the lesson is Reading. When my girls first saw this part they were a bit freaked out. Now they love it! In this section of the lesson, Dwane actually reads Latin text. As Dwane reads, the student is to repeat the text in Latin. When Dwane is finished, the student has a worksheet with the Latin text and the student has to translate it. So the student is seeing, hearing, speaking and writing Latin. What an effective way to learn the language!

What Latin text is Dwane reading? Dwane used the Latin Vulgate Bible so the children are familiar with the accounts that are read.  Having this background knowledge aids in the speed of learning Latin.

Visual Latin has been a huge success in our home. My girls are learning and enjoying a foreign language that will build a foundation to make other languages easier to learn. And it is independent. They do not need me at all for this course.  With Visual Latin, Latin has become an everyday thing in our home. During some free time, when the girls were entertaining my younger ones, they gave Latin names to them.  They are constantly sharing with their dad what different Latin words mean. I love that they are retaining so much and enjoying it in the process!

 

Intrigued? Want to take a little peek? Visual Latin provides a wonderful opportunity for you to sample the course for free!

Interested in viewing a sample lesson? Just go here.

Want to really put it to the test? You can download the first six lessons here. Yes! For free!

Ready to make a purchase? There are two ways you can bring Visual Latin into your home. You can purchase Visual Latin DVDS or chose to Download the lessons to your computer. The PDF worksheets for the course are contained on the DVDs/Download.

There are 30 lesson for Latin 1. You can choose to purchase them all at once or Visual Latin gives you the option to buy 10 lessons at a time.  Pricing ranges from $25 for Download of Lesson 1-10 to $80 for all 30 lessons on DVD. With these options, you can easily work Visual Latin into your home education budget!

Make sure you head over to the Crew and see what other families thought of Visual Latin!

 

Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

 

Latin for Children

www.ClassicalAcademicPress.com

Recently, I was researching Latin courses to decide what would meet our needs and our financial limits. What an amazing blessing when I had the opportunity to review a product from Classical Academic Press!  After looking over their resources and the exposure my children had to Latin and other languages, I decided the Latin for Children would be the best choice.

When possible, I believe that starting at the beginning is the best option so we chose Latin for Children, Primer A Mastery Bundle. LFC (Latin for Children) Primer A is an incremental curriculum that can be begun as early as 3rd grade. In the first book of a three year series, your child will be introduced to basic Latin vocabulary, grammar  and English derivatives. LFC is designed in such a way that parents new to Latin can learn and engage in this program with their child. The presentation is simple yet engaging.

The main text of this program is the LFC, Primer A Student text and workbook. In this workbook you will find exercises, test and a very helpful reference section. Mnemonic aids are used to help the student in quick retention of grammar and vocabulary. Here is what LFC, Primer A has to offer:

*32 Chapters (suggested learning is one chapter per week)

*Explanations of grammar written so the child can do it independently

*240 high frequency Latin words are taught

*You can choose your pronunciation: classical or ecclesiastical

*Free resources are available online to enhance the curriculum (games, additional worksheets, flashcards)

Thankfully, for parents like me, a LFC, Primer A Answer Key is provided as well. Another great aspect of this program is the DVD and CD . The DVD gives lesson by lesson training from the author and 2 students. The Chant CD is very helpful to retention of vocabulary words; both pronunciations are provided.

A couple more items in LFC, Primer A Mastery Bundle are the History Reader and Student Activity Book. The History Reader allows the student to read actual text using the vocabulary they have learned. The Student Activity Book contains mazes, crosswords puzzles and more to give even greater exposure to Latin.

Purchasing Information:

Latin for Children, Primer A Mastery Bundle is $99.95 which includes the student text, answer key, history reader, DVD , Chant CD and student activity book. What a great price!  You can also choose the Basic Bundle for $76.95 or the items individually. You can make this work for any budget especially considering the free resources LFC provides.

Classical Academic Press provides you with an opportunity to take a peek inside the curriculum. As you read more about each product, you can view a sample of each product to get a feel for the program. There are also more videos available on other resources from Classical Academic Press.

What do we think of this program?

I had two of my children use LFC, Primer A Mastery Bundle. Latin has become one of their favorite subjects to study! I have a 5th grader and 6th grader using this program. I almost regretted not going with a higher level of Latin. However, they have done really well with Primer A and are learning so much Latin!

It is a very independent program and they have not needed my help at all. With a younger student, he may need a bit of guidance. My girls enjoy the variety of activities offered in the student text and activity book. They find the DVD instruction easy to understand and helpful. They look forward to episodes of “How the West was Unus”; an entertaining show that we can see snippets of as the lessons progress.

It is possible that we will need to purchase another Chant CD.  At various times throughout the day, I will hear chanting going on. They happily let it play and repeat as they go about their work. After just a week of having the program, my 3 year old was chanting the conjugation of amo. I must admit, I find myself chanting along as well.

This review has been a difficult one because I worry that I won’t convey how pleased we are with the program. As finances allow, we will continue to use Latin for Children series and higher levels of Latin from Classical Academic Press.

I think this might capture my girls’ thoughts:(I do not recommend clicking on any links following the above video.)

Still have questions? Head on over to the Crew! See what others are saying about Latin for Children, Song School,  and Latin Alive!

 

**Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions/experiences expressed in this post are my own.

Living Memory

In the classical education model, memorization is consider an essential during the grammar stage of learning. It provides the foundation for moving through the logic and rhetoric stages. Whether you follow the classical model or another method, memorization is a useful and powerful tool in learning.

Having several children at different stages of learning, and wanting to incorporate more of the classical method into our homeschool, I began to search for resources that would aid me in managing and selecting the information I wanted my children to memorize.

One resource that was mentioned time and time again for memorization was Living Memory by Andrew Campbell. I was intrigued by the high praises it was receiving and wanted to preview it for myself. Mr. Campbell was gracious enough to provide a copy for review.

Living Memory by Andrew Campbell available at www.lulu.com

I was expecting a lovely collection of various facts and a poem or two but Mr. Campbell provides so much more! Living Memory contains enough memory material for your student(s) from kindergarten to twelfth grade. I would not even limit the resource to those ages; it would be beneficial to any adult seeking to study classically.

Some of the most valuable content is in the beginning pages when Mr. Campbell shares about the importance of memorization and suggestions on how best to memorize. I love his discussion on our viewing memorization as foolish or impractical in this digital age. We are destroying our memory and losing such an amazing tool for learning.  He shares reasons why memory work should return to education.

Mr. Campbell reminds us that memorization is not a complicated process. It is a skill that must be used and developed; some will master it easier than others. He offers advice on how to use listening, speaking, reading and writing as methods to aid and re-reinforce memorization.

One of the key points Mr. Campbell shares is that the goal is not to create a little parrot that can share information with no understanding. Choose memorization pieces that are relevant to your child and what they are learning. If you child is in 1st grade memorizing algebraic equations before basic math facts might not be the best idea.

After these pages of memorization tips and techniques, there are over 400 pages of memorization pieces. Mr. Campbell provides selections in Latin, Arithematic & Mathematics, Grammar & Composition, Literature, Religion, Geography, World History, United States History & Civics, and Natural Science. The material ranges from the simplest of selections such as counting to ten in Latin, basic addition facts, the seven continents and the first 13 colonies to those of more difficult range; writings of Cicero in Latin, algebraic equations, Grammar catechism, and the countries and capitals of Oceania. I believe the most challenging aspect of this book is where do  I want to begin!

I highly recommend Living Memory. Whether you are a homeschooling mom, public school teacher or an involved parent, Living Memory is a valuable resource to have on hand. Mr. Campbell provides a wide range and depth of material that will meet the needs of any student.

Living Memory is available at LuLu.com for $22.46. A preview is available here. Click on the word “preview” under the book.

Thank you, Mr. Campbell for such an amazing resource for memorization.

**Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this product for review. No compensation was made. Opinions/thoughts expressed in this post are my own.