Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
Salvete! Since the beginning, when we first decided to homeschool our children, I’ve wanted to include Latin in our studies – I have a lot of respect for the classical approach. So, you can imagine how happy I was to be sent the Prima Latina Complete Set to review from Memoria Press.
Prima Latina is the first complete set in their Latin series, and provides an introduction to Christian Latin. It is designed for those of us that have no background in Latin, and is geared toward Grades 1-4, which means all my girls can be taught at the same time using one curriculum.
What do you get in the Prima Latina Complete Set?
The set contains Prima Latina’s Teacher Guide, Student Book, Instructional DVDs, CD and Flash Cards, which you’ll receive in the mail. However, when our order was finalized we immediately gained access to electronic files too. These included Drill Forms and Test Pages.
This curriculum consists of 25 lessons with a review after every 5 lessons, so 30 lessons in total. There are also exercises for each lesson and two appendices containing vocabulary lists in the Student Book. All of this can be found in the Teacher’s Guide too, along with the exercise answers and a list of vocabulary and practical Latin sayings by lesson number. This is a very handy reference sheet. The Teacher’s Guide also contains student goals, general teaching guidelines, and reproducible drills and tests.
Each lesson has a theme, as outlined in the Contents Pages, and they also cover the introduction of 5-7 new words, derivatives and a translation of a prayer. The curriculum covers a lot of material, as Lesson 1 starts with a focus on pronouncing Latin vowels, but by Lesson 25 the students are translating the Lord’s Prayer. Yet the lessons are short, and taught via a DVD (and also outlined in the books). You follow up your lessons with exercises found in the Student’s Book, but the DVD also gives you a thorough overview of the exercises.
The CD gives supplemental support to this curriculum containing a pronunciation guide, songs and prayers. Afterwards you can use the flashcards that are included in the set, which are also designed to be used with the subsequent course, Latina Christiana.
For each new lesson we would sit together and watch the short video. I didn’t have any Latin lessons in school, so learning alongside my children was a fun experience. What’s also key is that only effort I had to put into these lessons was to get our DVD player to work.
The DVDs are nothing fancy, but this means that there are less distractions, and you can get straight down to business. My girls have loved learning new vocabulary and using them randomly in daily conversations. They have also learned more about English grammar and vocabulary, which will only help them more going forward in their education. Towards the end of the lessons my six year olds did start losing interest with the explanations, but they were learning new Latin and English vocabulary at the same time. We’re only a few weeks in, but they all now have a deeper understanding of verbs and nouns, and would be able to spot either one in Latin, even if they didn’t understand its meaning.
As my children get older I would also make sure they each have their own Student Book. Currently only my oldest (8) is doing the exercises, as I would need to get these books for each of the twins (6) and I wasn’t too sure at the beginning if this course would be too heavy for them at this age.
I like that the Student Book is spiral bound for ease of use, but I wish the Teacher’s Guide was too.
We will continue to use this program to learn Latin, but at a much slower pace. This is only because we are already studying another language and currently don’t have time to study both languages at the same time. However, when we are ready to fully include Latin in our schedule, I will probably continue with this program as it is well laid out and simple to use, yet also very comprehensive.
You can also find them on Social Media here:
Hi there, we’re Micheal & Katherine!
We’re passionate about helping families strive for health and wellness, and living a non-toxic lifestyle. To us this also means homeschooling, choosing joy, exploring, making everyday count, and doing our research. We know it’s not an easy journey, but we’re doing our best and trying to make the right choices for our family.