I have wanted to teach my boys Latin since I began homeschooling but I didn't know where to start. Then I found the review from Memoria Press for the curriculum called Prima Latina and quickly signed up for it. When I received the package in the mail I was actually quite surprised at how much comes with it. There's a soft cover teachers manual, a soft cover student work book, an instructional DVD, pronunciation CD, and a ton of flashcards.
I began by looking through the teachers manual and just reading it for myself then I watched some lessons on the DVD and was quite impressed with how much they covered in just the first few lessons. I only had my oldest, Mr. A, do the lessons and it was a little tough since he hasn't done any grammar work yet but not enough to cause a problem. We have also started Classical Conversations and as we went through the book we found some similar things to our memory work like what a preposition does and the declensions. It's so easy to use a lot of the words your learning in your everyday since they all watched the videos and thought it was fun they could all say some of the words. With the flashcards I loved that they were the same size as our Classical Conversation memory work cards and so I could just add them to their memory rings (book binder rings) after hole punching them.
I would have to say that the easiest part of the the program is the fact that with the DVD I don't have to try to read all the words and guess what they say or try to get my son to sit there listening to me dryly talk. Leigh Lowe is the teacher in the DVDs and she was actually very interesting and easy to listen to. She also repeated the words several times and gave the boys time to say it with her those times and then alone.
I loved that the curriculum is Christian and the boys learned some Latin prayers along with just the normal vocabulary. It was quite a fun time to say are your ready to learn your Latin? I will be looking for more of their books to extend the learning we have done. I also want to get some new student workbooks for my other two boys so when they get ready they can go back over the books and video again.
One thing that I didn't like is that the vocabulary for the day didn't have their own flashcards I'd really have liked to have flashcards for it all so that I could quickly refer to what we learned. I would have liked the hellos to have one (hello to one person is salve and hello to more than one person in salvete.) they would have been easy reference for me and the boys.
If you couldn't tell I would definitely purchase this product and like I said I will be getting some more workbooks for the other two boys. I think for the quality and productivity of the learning we received it would be well worth the price.
The Prima Latina student book is $14.00
The teacher manual is $14.00
The Pronounciation CD is $4.95
The Instructional DVDS are $45.00
The copybook is $14.95
The flashcards are $14.95
The only thing in that list that I did not receive is the copybook.
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