Latin For Children, Primer A Text
Not Written for Children
IMHO, this book is written WAY above a level intended for children. It is extremely grammar focused and memorization (chant) intensive without much application. Page 1 shows you how to conjugate the verb "to love" (amare). Chapter 3 (page 17) introduces 5 different cases for nouns--really?!--nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative. Children are expected to chant 10 endings for each noun (5 cases for singular and 5 for plural)Ã¢ÂÂwithout explanations of the cases and when they are used.
I studied German for 2 years, so I'm familiar with declensions, but IÃ¢ÂÂd never heard of the ablative case before this book. I also studied Italian for 2 years and am familiar with changing adjective endings to agree with the noun and not using pronouns in the nominative, but I find it frustrating to teach Latin to my 2 daughters (ages 12 and 8) using this textbook series.
The first 5 vocabulary nouns introduced on page 1 are water, story, gate, forest, and earth. The vocabulary words in Chapter 2 are road (way), ditch, table, goal (turning point), page, dinner, fatherland, breeze, queen, and island. I donÃ¢ÂÂt foresee my girls wanting to say Ã¢ÂÂfatherlandÃ¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂditchÃ¢ÂÂ in a conversation anytime soon.
IÃ¢ÂÂve previewed through Chapter 12, and I havenÃ¢ÂÂt figured out how to say, Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm hungryÃ¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm tiredÃ¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂmotherÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂfatherÃ¢ÂÂ. Yet, between Chapters 3 and 11, the vocabulary words include maidservant, female servant, male servant, female slave, male slave, female master, male master, and public square. This words would be helpful if I were translating a document perhaps.
I wish the books were written to teach the grammar in Ã¢ÂÂbite-sized chunksÃ¢ÂÂ and provide vocabulary that is more applicable to children.
October 3, 2012
Exactly what we needed, great price!!!
THis was exactly what we needed for our homeschool Latin class. The price was great:)
September 14, 2012
Not a great fit for us
I tried this program with my 10-year-old daughter and she completed roughly 1/3 of the lessons. Having no experience with Latin myself, I found the DVD to be helpful. However, my daughter lacked interest and enthusiasm. The program involves a lot of workbook pages and vocabulary memorization. It takes weeks before the information comes together in a meaningful way. Other reviewers seemed to like it for a group, and perhaps that would create more opportunity for interaction. Using it with one student, I found it to be rather dull and monotonous. I can appreciate the potential benefits of learning Latin; however, this program was not a great fit for us.
April 30, 2012
We have only done the first lesson, but I can tell you my son loves the Latin For Children program. It is fun but thorough, and seems well thought-out.
June 1, 2010