Robert HenleLoyola Press / Trade PaperbackOur Price$17.993 out of 5 stars for Henle Latin 1 Text: First Year Latin. View reviews of this product. 5 Reviews
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Elizabeth5 Stars Out Of 5Great CourseMarch 30, 2021ElizabethQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My children have had greater success with this book than other Latin courses. We take the book slowly. There is no need to do the whole book in one year. Doing a few units each year is fine for Elementary/Middle School aged students. CBD does not offer an audio recording to accompany the book. I found one through Seton Home Study School. I have found that recording very useful. I do work through the book with my children. I don't just give it to them and expect them to read it on their own. As other reviewers have mentioned, the Grammar is essential. An answer key is also important.
Thomas4 Stars Out Of 5A Different and Beneficial Approach from the Other OptionsMay 1, 2020ThomasQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Any Latin book easy enough with someone with no knowledge to pick up and easily use probably isn't worth what was paid for it. This book is "fundamental." It is "easier" in that it groups concepts together so you learn an entire item before moving on. For example, part 1 is all about nouns. Other books will give you a lesson on nouns, then verbs, then adjectives, back to nouns, adjectives, deeper on verbs (oh, and there's information we didn't tell you before that now you need to learn about the vocabulary you already learned...).
This book is systematic which is "easier." Is it "fun"? Not as much as groping around at different concepts thrown at you piece by piece, but it will help build that foundation that will assist the learner later to fully understand concepts and use them as they read and translate material.
Is it dated? Yes. But it's Latin. Latin is dated.
Is it Catholic? Yes. But learning to translate mythology, Catholicism, or portions of Newton's "Principia Mathematica" is done for practice, not learning material presented.
Is it thorough? Absolutely.
Are there several aids and materials people have created to help floundering home schooling parents? Yes, and that's because this is THE curriculum (as of this review) used by several classical education programs.
In short, it's not the best, it's not the worst, but it is at the top of choices and should be seriously considered because of the systematically grouping of concepts, something the other books tend not to do.
Katie3 Stars Out Of 5Latin with a retro flairSeptember 10, 2018KatieQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Previous reviewers have stated that this is a college text or that this is inaccessible for students. I strongly disagree. This text was initially published in the 1940s for use in Catholic schools, and was probably utilized by middle or high school students. Have you seen the upper level McGuffey readers? The Henle text is reminiscent of those textbooks commonly used through the mid 1900s. It is not visually stimulating, colorful, or engaging. The font size is small. The spacing is tight. Yes, it would be easier to use if it were spiral bound. It is written from a decidedly Catholic perspective. Don't let these detract from what is a solid, time-honored Latin teaching text.
Here's what you need to know.
1. Students must have a solid grasp of English grammar in order to make sense of this curriculum, or really, any Latin curriculum. If you haven't been serious about parsing sentences, then Latin is going to be a significant challenge on multiple levels. It's possible to teach the parallel English grammar at the same time as Latin Grammar, though, and Latin will help your student understand English grammar better. Just don't expect to succeed if you don't want to study grammar in general. ("Our Mother Tongue" would likely be a helpful resource. Again, it's not pretty or visually engaging, but it is solid and well worth using.)
2. Students will not be entertained by this book. That's ok. They should learn to do hard things. Just because something isn't flashy or colorful or visually stimulating doesn't mean it's not worth reading.
3. You MUST purchase the Henle Latin Grammar book as a companion. The Grammar (a blue book) covers the foundational grammar rules and the Henle Latin 1 Text constantly refers to it, as do subsequent Henle levels. You purchase it once and it is the gift that keeps on giving.
4. The Henle answer key is not a good answer key for beginners. Sorry. It's not. Seton, Memoria Press, and others have created answer keys which are far more user friendly and are inexpensive. (I personally like the Seton answer key.)
5. Office Max can spiral bind books for you. Spend the money and have it spiral bound. It's well worth the investment!
6. You CAN learn Latin using only these books (and maybe some free online resources). I have been teaching Latin through our homeschool group for just over a year now. Before agreeing to facilitate Latin learning (among other things) for a group of four 12 and 13 year-old boys, I had ZERO formal background in Latin, other than memorizing some conjugation endings, declension endings, and a Latin passage from John 1 with my children. No, it's not the most user-friendly format, but it worked. Between the Henle 1 Text, the Grammar, and plenty of FREE online resources, I've begun mastering the concepts and have been able to use them to teach Latin rather successfully. These resources worked for me, my own child, and the other boys in my class. It's not easy, but then again, very little upper level learning is easy. Lean into the challenge and encourage your student to do hard things.
WhitneyWill2 Stars Out Of 5Know what you're gettingAugust 12, 2018WhitneyWillQuality: 3Value: 1Meets Expectations: 2My 8th grader is required to use Henle Latin for his homeschool tutorial, and when we first got this book, it was really overwhelming. Luckily, the lessons are easy to break into smaller assignments. It's like eating an elephant: Take it one bite at a time. We also didn't aim to finish this book in a single school year, otherwise we would drown in the workload! Know going into it that you'll also need the companion Latin Grammar book to make any sense of this text. Be aware that this is a college level Latin text. It won't be appropriate for elementary aged children unless you have a Latin prodigy on your hands. My only complaint is with the format. I wish the publisher would spiral bind this book to make it more user friendly.
Lynn MiddlebrookRaleigh, NCAge: 45-54Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Poor Choice for HomeschoolersFebruary 26, 2014Lynn MiddlebrookRaleigh, NCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1While this may be an excellent Latin curriculum, it is a very poor choice for a home school, unless a parent has extensive background in Latin. Latin for Children is more geared to learning Latin. The Henle curriculum requires diligent instruction by a knowledgeable instructor.
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