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Prima Latina Review

The longer we homeschool the more we learn about wonderful products available for learning a variety of languages and subjects at home at any age.  We recently reviewed a wonderful product for learning beginning Latin from Memoria Press called Prima Latina Complete Set.

Prima Latina Complete Set

Student Book (workbook)

Teacher Manual

Lesson DVDs

Pronunciation Audio CD

Flash Cards

Grades 1-4

Retails $90.90

This is a terrific easy-to-use, beginning Latin resource for Elementary age students in grades 1-4.  It was designed to make it easy to transition into the next level of learning Latin.  But honestly older students and adults who have not previously studied Latin would also benefit using this beginning level program prior to moving on.

The Prima Latina Complete Set includes a spiral bound Student Book (workbook), Teacher Manual, Lesson DVD’s, Audio Pronunciation CD, and Flashcards.

All of the resources in this set coordinate together to cover 25 easy to use student friendly lessons.  You can complete this course in 25 weeks or go faster or slower at a pace that suits your needs.  The lessons include:

  • grammar appropriate for primary grades
  • 5 vocabulary words with corresponding English derivatives per lesson
  • A practical Latin phrase per lesson
  • One line of a prayer per lesson that is learned in 5 lessons
  • Easy-to-read, 2-color format
  • Reviews: The exercises in each lesson provide constant review of materials learned throughout the course.
  • Tests: Every 5 lessons, students review the material and take a test (complete with key) to ensure mastery.

Our experience using Prima Latina:

Our daughter is using the Prima Latina Complete Set we were sent for this review.  We like it so much we plan to order additional Student Books (workbooks) for the rest of our kids too.  You need a Student Book for each student because they write in it what they have learned.  However, each family would only need one complete set of the other resources that can be shared. So you could easily use this course with multiple kids in the same house if you get each one their own student book which only costs an additional $15 per student.  That is one fee for the complete set for the first student and only $15 for each additional student to learn the beginning Latin course.  For a large family like ours, with 6 kids, this is a win win!!!

Student Book (workbook):

We love this workbook!  It is so easy to read and write in.  It is spiral bound and printed on both sides of the page.  Everything is broken down into easy to understand steps.

Each lesson contains about 10 sections:

Practical Latin

Lesson

Vocabulary

Latin Prayers

Derivatives

Review Questions (and sometimes additional Questions 2)

Translation

Speaking Latin

Write and Learn

Fun Practice

At the back of the book is a vocabulary appendix that contains an alphabetized list of all the words and phrases learned, what lesson they are found in, and what part of speech.

The student goals in the Student Book are to

  1. Learn basic Latin alphabet and pronunciation
  2. Pronounce, spell, and translate approximately 125 Latin words.
  3. Learn numbers 1-10 in Latin.
  4. Learn the names of the constellations in the sky.
  5. Understand derivatives and the English words that are derived from Latin.
  6. Grammar

Teacher Manual:

The Teacher Manual is also a very easy to use resource.  It mirrors the Student Book and contains the answers to each of the questions. It also contains the vocabulary appendix, reproducible drills and tests and the answer keys, as well as a sample lesson plan, and teaching guidelines in the back.

I like the ease of use of this program.  Even though I have no previous background in learning Latin myself, following the steps in this program is easy for me to teach and learn myself as I go.  This course is great for both the student and the parent/teacher.  Older students above the suggested grade level could teach this program to themselves independently too using the Teacher Manual.

DVD’s:

The DVD’s include 3 discs, with a total of 9 hours (15-20 min./lesson) taught by instructor Leigh Lowe.  She includes a lot of vocabulary practice, explanations, recitation of words and phrases learned, and review.
She uses diagrams and on-screen notes, and examples to convey her meaning to help students understand.

Check out this example of a video lesson with the teacher Leigh Lowe:

Audio Pronunciation CD:

The Audio Pronunciation CD includes pronunciation explanation and direction for each lesson.  We found the CD to be helpful for practicing drills and learning the correct pronunciation of the songs.

Flashcards:

We like using flashcards and the flashcards in the Prima Latina Complete Set are a fun way to practice and memorize the lessons being taught.  They cover vocabulary with derivatives, Latin sayings, conjugations and declensions. The Flashcards can also be used the following year with the next level of Latin training called Latina Christiana.

Memoria Press has done a wonderful job creating this Latin course.  Prima Latina is a student friendly way to teach Latin to young students. It teaches important English and Latin grammar concepts, as well as vocabulary, sayings, prayers, hymns, and many well known constellations in the sky.

Prima Latina Complete Set is a wonderful choice for homeschool families with young children.  It may also be helpful for families with children who are still becoming familiar with English grammar as a second language too. Perhaps it would make a nice intro to Latin for bible study classes or groups. This program will also work great for families who need flexibility and for families who have students of various ages who want to learn Latin at a much slower pace than other programs.  The program is flexible and you can go as fast or as slow as you need too.  Finally it can also be used by families who have students that would like to work toward a rigorous language arts program using Latin as the foundation.  This is a great beginning Latin language resource.  Be sure to check out the next level course called Latina Christiana and the other Latin courses Memoria Press has to offer.

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First Form Greek Review

My oldest son is fascinated by ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Roman history, their cultures, weapons, and their languages.  He is in high school and working towards his graduation transcript requirements. Thankfully, Memoria Press has many wonderful curriculum options that meet his variety of interests as well as requirements. 

He was thrilled to receive First Form Greek Complete Set by Memoria Press to review in our homeschool.  This course includes everything he needs to learn the ancient Greek language and it will meet his high school transcript language requirements.  This course fit perfectly in reaching his interests and goals. 

First Form Greek Complete Set

First Form Greek Complete Set

Grades 7-12

Retail $125

The First Form Greek Complete Set includes resources for both the student and the parent teacher.  It includes everything you need for learning ancient Greek.  Even though this is a beginner / intermediate level course for older students, it is recommended for the student to have some prior knowledge of Latin Language and to have learned the Greek Alphabet. Spending extra time learning Lesson 1 in the book will also help a new student learn this program if they have no prior experience.  See the course recommendations on the website for more details.

The First Form Greek Complete Set contains the following:

For the Student:

Lessons DVD

Pronunciations CD

Student Text

Student Workbook

Flash Cards

For the Parent / Teacher

Teacher Manual

Teacher Keys

Quizes & Tests Booklet

First Form Greek covers general vocabulary and grammar in a logical organized method.  The goal after finishing First Form Greek, is for the student to have mastered:

130 vocabulary words
Six indicative active tenses of the “omega” verb
Present tense of the “to be” verb
Two noun declensions
First & second declension adjectives
Personal & demonstrative pronouns

If your student desires to go further in their Greek studies, after completing First Form Greek, they will be better prepared for further studies in Greek New Testament and Septuagint or Classical Greek and understanding of Greek authors.

Items in the Complete Set:

Teacher Manual:

The First Form Greek Teacher Manual has everything the parent teacher needs to teach this class.  You don’t need prior experience, all the answers and explanations are provided for you and you can learn as you go.

The Teacher Manual contains:

a full copy of the Student Text with answers in color,

lesson plans for each day,

recitation schedule for each week,

oral drills,

parsing and analysis of Greek sayings,

references to similar linguistic features in Latin.

additional notes.

Quizzes & Tests booklet:

The Quizzes & Tests booklet contains:

reproducible weekly quizzes

unit tests that ensure material is being mastered,

and a grading rubric for the teacher.

Teacher Key:

The Teacher Key booklet contains:

answers to the workbook

answers to quizzes

answers to tests.

DVD Set:

The set of 5 DVD’s contains:

8 hours of instructions covering

10-20 minutes step by step lessons used at the beginning of each week.

Teacher: Elizabeth Pierce

Oral Drills

On Screen Examples

Onscreen Charts

CD:

The CD contains:

Pronunciation,

vocabulary,

sayings,

grammar forms for each lesson.

Student Text:

The Student Text contains:

26 Lessons + 5 Unit Reviews,

Lessons are on two facing pages.

 The student text provides a presentation of grammar in five units that cover 26 step by step lessons.  It includes appendices with English grammar, prayers, conversational Greek, a vocabulary index, etc.

Student Workbook:

The Student Workbook is focussed on logical practice and mastery of concepts and contains:

6 pages of exercises per lesson,

Lesson exercises to be completed in 4 days

Blank drill forms

Weekly reviews of vocabulary and grammar on day 5.

Unit reviews.

Flashcards:

Flashcards contain:

vocabulary,

Greek sayings,

grammar forms.

Our Thoughts Using First Form Greek

All of the resources in this set are wonderful high quality products.   So much is included to help you be successful and master Greek language skills.   Even though they have provided everything you need, this course is not easy!  It is very challenging and learning this language is harder than it looks!

This course is very well made.  I would personally expect to find such an indepth course in college, so high school students interested in this are really blessed to have such a high quality resource to work with.  I took French 1 and 2, German 1, and some intro in Latin for singers, in college and struggled learning languages because their were few resources.  I personally would have been thrilled with all the resources that are included in this set if I had this class in college!  It is very well put together.

My son and I found the DVD lessons to be an invaluable resource for this course.  I don’t think we could get through the class without them.  I know nothing about the Greek language, and it is very helpful to have a teacher on the DVD teach the lesson and demonstrate the correct pronunciation.  I am also thankful for the Teacher Manual and Test Key, because I would be lost without them when grading and trying to search for answers to my son’s questions.

Another thing I like about the text book is that it includes scriptures and talks about Jesus and encourages our faith.  I also like that it includes several pages of culture and ancient history with photos.

My son is very intelligent and focused in his personal learning objectives.  He devours every piece of information he seeks out.  He amazes me at his desire to learn knowledge.  There isn’t a day that goes by that he hasn’t done some extensive research into a subject.

He has taken an introductory class for Latin, and has learned a few Greek phonemes.  We moved in the middle of his Greek phonemes class, but expected he knew enough about Greek to take this course and do well in it.   We both thought he was better prepared to start this class than he actually was.

He went at it full force in the beginning and gave it his best effort for a few stressful weeks.  But he soon got discouraged because learning Greek was more challenging than he planned.

I would have probably given up by now trying to learn this language in my teenage or young adult years. When something was over my head, and I felt like I was failing, I would cut ties with it unless I could find a tutor or another solution to help me learn it.  I was blessed in college to find wonderful tutors and later able to become a tutor myself because I had such good caring examples.  My perspective about learning difficult things has changed as I am much older now, and the mother of six kids.   My attitude now is “don’t sweat the small stuff” and “don’t take everything life hands you so seriously” and pray and ask for guidance and keep going until you reach your goal.

After thinking through it, he decided to let go of the pressure of trying to do a lesson a week and continue his studies at a more relaxed and slower pace.

What we found that is currently working better for him is to spend more time watching and re-watching the video lesson of the week as he begins his Greek study each day to get it into his memory before reciting the words and phrases and trying to work in his workbook.  He has everything he needs so he can work independently at his own pace.  Next to him he set up his laptop to watch the DVD lesson as much as needed, and he has his text book and workbook right there too.   After watching the DVD lesson he reads the text lesson.  Then he can work on recitation, flash cards, and write in his workbook.  I only ask him to work 1 page a day in his workbook instead of the recommended two pages.   At this slower pace, each lesson will take him two weeks to complete instead of 1 week.  That is fine with me.

He is learning at a slower pace, and most importantly, at his own pace.   That is the beauty of homeschooling, you can adjust where you study and adjust the curriculum to fit each kid’s skills and interests as needed.  He is trying to absorb as much as he can in these high school years without getting overwhelmed as he tries to complete everything on the recommended highschool transcript for college.   He is wise in his young years to not give up, to try to think outside the box, and to keep pursuing his goals.  He is learning that you can adjust, life is flexible, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

I would highly recommend this course for folks who have taken introductory courses in Greek and those who are planning to study Greek on a college level.  Memoria Press has several lower level Greek courses to get started with if you have never had Greek before.   We plan to use the Elementary Greek courses and the Greek Alphabet course for our younger kids before letting them jump into this class that our older son is doing.   Learning Greek will be a bit easier if they tackle those courses first.  Be sure to check out the website recommendations and all of the various Greek language products they have to offer for different skill levels and ages.

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Latina Christiana Review

We are getting our curriculum for next fall ready, and took the opportunity to review Latina Christiana 1 Complete Set from Memoria Press.

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We are preparing classes and goals for my soon to be highschooler.  He studied Greek and Roman History and an introduction to the Greek Language this year.   As we set goals for his upcoming school year, we wanted to see if this introductory course to Latin might be a good fit for his Foreign Language requirement.

Three main reasons to Study Latin:

  • Helps kids master the English language.
  • Improves test scores.
  • Kids who study Latin score higher on SAT test than the average student.
  • Encourages mental discipline.
  • Encourages cultural understanding of the Greeks, Rome, and the Christian faith.

Latina Christiana

Latina Christiana 1 Complete Set

A beginning Latin Course
For students of all ages
Grade 3 and Above
Retails for $98.90

This Latin course is recommended if your student is:

  • In at least Grade 3 or higher, even if your child is in Highschool 12th Grade,
  • If they have had no prior experience learning the Latin Language.
  • It is also recommended for teachers who have no prior experience teaching Latin.

What We Received

With this program we received the complete set which includes:

Student Workbook:

  • 25 Lessons plus 5 Review Lessons.
  • Includes 10 vocabulary words, maps, song lyrics and exercises to go along with each lesson.
  • Sayings that teach Christian

Flashcards:

  • Includes card stock printed vocabulary cards with Latin and English to go along with each lesson.

Pronunciation CD:

  • Complete pronunciation of words in each lesson.
  • Also has performances of songs and prayers.

Instructional DVDs:

  • Includes 5 disks (18 hours of lessons)
  • Each disk contains  45+/-minute video instruction for each week’s lesson.
  • Comprehensive instruction
  • Grammar, Recitation, Review
  • Onscreen notes, illustrations, and diagrams
  • Self teaching format.  Complete virtual instruction so that motivated students can do this program independent of having a live teacher in the room.

Teacher Manual:

  • Notes on how to teach the lessons, incorporate the videos, cds, and flash cards.
  • Maps
  • History
  • Song lyrics
  • Copies of the student workbook pages with answer keys.
  • Recitation schedule.
  • Teaching tips for each lesson.
  • Questions for the optional history.
  • Reproducible drill practice pages.
  • Lesson quizzes
  • Review Tests that cover each set of five lessons.

Several supplemental materials are also available for additional purchase including Latin Work Wall Charts ($20), a Certificate of Completion ($.50), and National Exam Guides (3 guides: Introduction, Level 1, and Level 2 (prices vary)), Review Worksheets ($9.95), and additional Student Workbooks ($16).

How We Used This In Our Home

We received the Latina Christiana 1 Complete Set for the purpose of writing an honest review. This material covers 25 lessons, and each lesson is designed to be studied for 5 days or 1 week. For most students this course will provide a whole school year of Foreign language learning. An older student could complete this course in 1 semester if highly motivated and moved at a fast pace.

Latina Christiana by Memoria Press

We finished up our 2014-2015 school year several weeks ago, but jumped on this opportunity to review Latina Christiana 1 when it was offered through The Old Schoolhouse for review.  My son wants to study foreign languages, and started to really apply himself this past year in Spanish 1 and also learning Greek Morphemes.

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He took an awesome online class this school year on the History of the Greek and Roman Empire and New Testament Church History.  He loved it!  He let me know he wanted to learn even more about this period in history and learn to speak Greek and Latin.  This Latin Language course seemed like a good way to introduce him to the language and give him even more experience with learning about the early church.

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He is very smart, but I never in my wildest dreams thought my kids would want to learn how to read languages like Greek and Latin, or learn about early New Testament History.  Not many 8th grade boys think like that!  But he is fascinated with the formation of the Christian church, and comparing how different it is today.  If it is this fascinating to an 8th grader, perhaps everyone in modern day church could learn something from reviewing early church and the Greek and Roman culture in the beginning of it’s formation.   Thank God for the opportunity to write reviews with TOS, because they have provided our family with all of these opportunities to review and learn each of these classes my son has been interested in this year.

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When the material first arrived, we went through the materials together.  We read through and practiced pronouncing some of the letter combinations that would be used in the course.  These are found right in the beginning of both the Student Workbook and the Teachers Manual.   After this initial introduction, and he became more familiar with the materials, he took off like a rocket and my son has mostly worked on this class independently so far.   He always gets to it before I am ready since I have six kids to help.  He does most of his studies independently at this point.  But I hope to get him to slow down a bit and be able to get his brothers in on the fun too this fall.  Honestly I want to learn this too, as I believe I can understand the scriptures even more by learning this language.  I don’t want to be left out and this is my opportunity to learn it right along with the kids.

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Each day my son sits down to the video instruction from the DVD.   She does a very good job explaining things in simple easy to understand instructions.  He has the opportunity to pause the DVD and practice what he is learning and then move forward.  Next he listens to the pronunciations on the CD and uses his flash cards.  Then he completes the related assignment in his Student Workbook.

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He is a very motivated self learner.  He can search out any info on the internet and apply it before my head even grasps what button to push on my keyboard.  So in true fashion to his character, he took the lead on learning this material on his own.  He is thrilled with it, and finds it easy to navigate.  Our toughest challenge has been pronunciation of some of the words is different than they are written.  Some words sound the same as they are written.  So going back and forth and understanding when to use a different sound for the same letters has been the biggest challenge for him to wrap his brain around.

My son found this beginning Latin course challenging, and we are both excited for him to resume learning with it when our new school year 2015-2016 begins this fall.  I plan to purchase the wall charts and certificates and the additional student workbooks for the next two sons right behind him, and one for mom (and maybe Dad) too.  I hope to motivate all three of the older boys to learn this material together during our coming school year.   This class is definitely on our list of curriculum for this coming year.

I would encourage you to consider introducing your students to Latin.  I did not have this learning opportunity growing up and was a bit scared of it at first.   But once we got into the materials, I am excited my kids have this wonderful curriculum resource.

These course materials could be used in a variety of class settings and great for homeschoolers, coop classes, private schools, after school learning, and even bible study enrichment.  This is such a valuable resource and teaching tool so why not use it for Sunday School church classes too.  Think of the fun you will have to offer your students (young or old) a certificate of completion when they have finished! I am looking forward to both my kids and myself earning our certificates too!!

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