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Latin for Children Primer A from Classical Academic Press is an engaging and creative text designed to teach Latin to students as young as age 8. It introduces Latin through mnemonic aids and easy-to-understand lessons that include clear explanations with helpful charts, exercises, regular review, and quizzes. A reference section is included at the back. Grades 3 & up. 230 pages, softcover.
Vendor: Classical Academic Press
Dimensions: 11 X 8.5 X .5 (inches)
MilitaryBratAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Not Written for ChildrenOctober 3, 2012MilitaryBratAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1IMHO, 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¢â¬âwithout explanations of the cases and when they are used.
I studied German for 2 years, so I'm familiar with declensions, but I'd 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 don't foresee my girls wanting to say "fatherland" or "ditch" in a conversation anytime soon.
I've previewed through Chapter 12, and I haven't figured out how to say, "I'm hungry" or "I'm tired" or "mother" and "father". 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 "bite-sized chunks" and provide vocabulary that is more applicable to children.
Caroline5 Stars Out Of 5Exactly what we needed, great price!!!September 14, 2012CarolineQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5THis was exactly what we needed for our homeschool Latin class. The price was great:)
Mom of 3Rock Hill, SCAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not a great fit for usApril 30, 2012Mom of 3Rock Hill, SCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2I 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.
Ducky's Mom5 Stars Out Of 5June 1, 2010Ducky's MomWe 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.
Gary Gray5 Stars Out Of 5October 13, 2009Gary GrayWe belong to an all age coop and our 8th grade son has joined the younger kids with this latin currriculum. Everyday he speaks to me new words that he has learned... I am thrilled with this book!