Thursday, November 3, 2011
First Form Latin offers a Classical Education
I'm studying Rome to the Reformation this year with my 5th and 7th graders and First Form Latin is the perfect fit! How excited we were to open the Student Text and find pictures of the very things we are studying -- Romulus, Remus and the She-Wolf were on the opening page of Unit 1. Then there were the pictures of Cicero, a Roman Family in toga attire, Julius Caesar, the Pantheon, a Roman Legionary AND the very maps we've been labeling. Isn't that the neatest thing? Knowing that GOD has ordered your steps and has it all planned out . . . priceless!
First Form Latin was written by Cheryl Lowe and published by Memoria Press -- a family-run publishing company that produces simple and easy to use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. A former homeschooling mom, Cheryl designed First Form Latin to be used by teachers with or without a Latin background (WITHOUT -- that's me!) teaching students in 5th grade - 12th grades. I did not take any foreign language of any kind in high school or college, so it's reassuring to know that this curriculum is designed for me to be able to teach AS I LEARN alongside my kids. The pronunciation CD and Instructional DVD make it easy for me to lead the way into Latin without fear of messing up my kids. (You know that's a plus!)
Divided into 34 lessons, the Student Text has 120 pages focused on Word Study and Grammar and the Student Workbook has 190 pages of review exercises. The short-term goal of each lesson is to put Latin into the temporary memory of your students. The long-term goal is to put Latin into the permanent memory of your students. First Form Latin accomplishes these goals by leading you through repeated recitation and review in both your Student Text and Student Workbook. The Flashcards are an excellent tool to use alongside the Texts and can be used in a variety of ways to make learning fun. The Teacher's Manual guides you step-by-step.
Although it can be counted as a full year high school credit once completed, we have chosen to use First Form Latin with our younger children since it went along so well with our current studies. Our history books coincide with the studies perfectly but we ARE taking it a bit slower than the recommended lesson plans. I want to make sure that we all understand what we are studying -- including me! I am especially enjoying the prayers included in the Appendix. How beautiful!
First Form Latin proves once again that Latin is not dead! Do yourself a favor and jump right in!
You can purchase the ENTIRE First Form Latin for $115.00 HERE. It includes your Teacher's Manual, Student Text, Student Workbook, Quizzes and Tests, Pronunciation CD, Flashcards and instructional DVDs. If you have more than one student, you can order additional Student Texts, Workbooks, Quizzes, Tests and Flashcards as well. You can also check out sample pages from each of these -- Teacher’s Manual, Student Textbook, and the Student Workbook to get a closer look at First Form Latin.
~~I was given the opportunity to use and review First Form Latin by Memoria Press as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone. I was not paid to share my thoughts and feelings with you. I encourage you to check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the TOS Homeschool Crew thought of First Form Latin by Memoria Press HERE.~~
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