huh, interesting. I have often thought of that conversation over the years but especially when we started doing Latin in our homeschool! lol
Since those early years I have discovered the importance of Latin and truly want our girls to learn it well. Fortunately with The Crew I have had many opportunities to try different curricula and have found ones to fit each our daughters' learning styles.
This time I was ever so lucky to be selected to review First Form Latin from Memoria Press.
- Designed for students and teachers with no Latin background
- 8x8 inch Student Text, small, concise, unintimidating with 34 two-page lessons on facing uncluttered pages
- Limited vocabulary of 185 words
- Full-size Student Workbook with 4-6 pages of exercises per lesson
- Vocabulary derivatives and detailed explanations of Latin sayings
- Grammar catechism for daily rapid-fire review
- Milestone markers for each grammar objective
- Everything-you-could-possibly-need teacher manual
- Organized for easy access
- Student Text inset with answers in color
- Chalk-talk scripted lessons
- Recitation schedule
- Pronunciation reminders
- Workbook with key
- Unit tests and lesson quizzes booklet
- FYI section for extra background
We love it! I had my 12yo who is in 7th grade use it and it totally fit her learning style. The combination of the DVD, workbooks and student text allowed her to be on her own to a greater degree which gave her confidence in her abilities. She loves the size of the Student Text. It is a little smaller than the workbook which makes it the perfect size for holding when reading it or scanning through it to find answers for the workbook.
I love the Teachers Manual and how it is written. Since I don't already know Latin I need something that is easy to understand and implement. This is. I have been able to answer her questions and direct her on how to find her answers. That is pretty valuable to a busy homeschooling momma that has kids spread out over five different levels of leaning. Know what I mean?
Watch this video and see what you think.
First Form Latin is a great program. It is designed to be used after Latina Christiana 1, but my student didn't have that course and is fairing just fine. First Form is a great introductory program for older students if this is their first foray into Latin studies. I recommend it for just that reason. Although a 5th grader who is continuing their Latin studies would find it interesting it isn't written in a way that would make an older student feel like they were doing a "baby" curriculum. The writers do a wonderful job of handling the possibly wide age range of students that could be doing this curriculum.
Here are some samples for you to look at. Here is a sample of the Student Textbook, Student Workbook, Teacher Manual, and Table of Contents. You can also see a sample of the First Form recitation.
The First Form Latin package I received sells for $115 and includes:
Quizzes and Tests Pronunciation CD
plus Flashcards and DVDs
You can also buy a package without the DVD's and Flashcards for $55. OR you can buy the individual items that you need. All of that information is listed on their website. Check the right hand side of this page for all the options. I really do recommend the DVD's though, they really help give a visual/audio component to the learning.
Check it out for yourself and you'll see what I mean. In the meanwhile if you want to find out what other Crew Members thought of First Form, head on over to The Crew Blog and check them out.
**I was given a set of First Form Latin from Memoria Press through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.