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Latin for Children Primer A Bundle
Latin for Children Primer A Bundle

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Ages: 8+
Grade Levels: 3rd+

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I am not the best candidate to review a Latin program. Unlike Spanish, of which I had 8 years of 'formal' instruction, my instruction of Latin was sporadic at best. Between grades 1 and 12 I attended 8 different schools each with their own scholastic goals, some which paralleled what is now called classical education and some which just tried to keep the kids off the street. To those who took the effort to teach Latin, I am indebted, as what little I picked up has been invaluable.

Over the years we have had the opportunity to review a number of Latin programs. Academically they may have been marvelous programs, but they looked so dreary, I didn't even try to pitch them to our kids, as it would have been a no sale. No so with Latin for Children. Engaging and incremental, these textbooks are filled with clear explanations, illustrations, exercises, and tests. Workbook format, each of the 32 chapters contains songs and chants that enable students to easily learn over 240 of the most frequently occurring words and grammar. The collaborative efforts of three Latin teachers, these books are the fruit of seven years of research and testing.

I suppose what makes Latin for Children so appealing to us is that it is idiot-proof. With easy to understand grammar sections learning Latin is not only painless but also enjoyable. Who uses Latin? Doctors, theologians, botanists and lawyers to name just a few. Not only is it the root of many popular foreign languages, nearly 50% of English words are derived from Latin words. Not too bad for a dead language!

If your children are interested in learning Latin, Latin for Children is an excellent place to start.
Bundle A includes 1 of each: Primer workbook, Answer Keys (the actual text with answers in bold print), History Reader (Latin stories from history), Activity Book (games and puzzles that reinforce the new Latin vocabulary and grammar), and Pronunciation CD. The Pronunciation CD is an audio CD that contains Dr. Perrin pronouncing each vocabulary word--first the Latin, then the English equivalent--which is then repeated by his children. All 240 vocabulary words are presented, chapter by chapter, first with the Classical pronunciation then in the Ecclesiastical pronunciation.

Each child will need their own Primer workbook and Activity Book, so if you are teaching more than one child at a time, you will need to purchase these additional items. If you have never studied Latin, we recommend starting with Bundle A. Each book (Primers B & C) is a succession upon the previous book. They are intended to be taught sequentially beginning with Primer A (target grade: 3rd) and moving up the alphabet, one book per school year.

Please note: Timberdoodle's bundle does not include the Latin for Children DVD some of you are familiar with since we do not feel that it is a necessary component.
View a sample chapter and the table of contents for the Latin for Children Primer Workbook A
View a sample of the Answer Key
View a sample of the Activity Book
View a sample of the History Reader

Publisher's Information:

Publisher: Classical Academic Press
Binding: Paperback
Made In: USA
Reproducible: No

Primer Workbook
Author: Dr. Aaron Larsen & Dr. Christoper Perrin
Pages: 175
Copyright: 2003
ISBN: 1-60051-000-0 / 9781600510007
Consumable: Yes
Reproducible: No

Answer Key
Pages: 150
Copyright: 2003-2006
ISBN: 1-60051-001-9 / 9781600510014
Consumable: No

History Reader
Author: Karen Moore
Pages: 56
Copyright: 2005
ISBN: 1-60051-004-3 / 9781600510045
Consumable: No

Activity Book
Author: Rob Baddorf with Dr. Christoper Perrin
Pages: 163
Copyright: 2005
ISBN: 1-60051-005-1 / 9781600510052
Consumable: Yes
Reproducible: No
Answers are included in the back of the book.

Pronunciation CD
80 minutes, includes both the Classical pronunciation & Ecclesiastical pronunciation

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Great for Beginners July 28, 2012
Reviewer: Amy,  
I am using Latin for Children for my 15, 13, and 10-year-old. It is a bit too easy for my oldest, but she is passionate about foreign languages. However, she loves it. This is one of few textbooks that all three kids have loved. I am also learning Latin for the first time, but have experience learning other languages. Having studied another language is definitely a bonus but not a necessity. And, I am far from fluent. I chose Latin for Children for several reasons. I reviewed other Latin textbooks and decided on Latin for Children because it looked easier. I am not a fan of taking the easy way out. But, after failing an attempt to teach Spanish, I determined that with a foreign language, starting with something "easy" and working our way into a more difficult program might be smart. I was not disappointed. This text goes slowly, introducing the concepts in easy to understand, short lessons. The one problem with the grammar format is that it takes many lessons to be able to build sentences. I am not a foreign language scholar so this may actually be a good thing. However, most kids want to "be able to say something" in their new language. I do feel that more practice or review is needed for the average student to memorize the vocabulary and case endings. I had my children re-write their vocabulary and endings on separate sheets of paper to help retention. The activity book contains fun puzzles to help reinforce the concepts learned in the text. We all have a lot of fun with the activity book. The CD is useful in order to hear the pronunciations, which are fairly straight forward. I will and have already recommended this curriculum to others. I feel it is an excellent curriculum to introduce Latin in a non-threatening and non-overwhelming manner.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Latin for Children Primer A November 10, 2010
Reviewer: Danielle from SC  
We began Latin for Children Primer A with our 10 yo, 4th grade son this year.  I have no prior experience with Latin, yet because it is user friendly I didn't need the teacher manual until lesson 7, when I needed to double check the correct translation of the declensions.  Phew.  We use most of the Activity Guide, are taking the book slowly, and without much additional review work my son is learning Latin!  LFC presents derivatives almost immediately, so already my son is finding Latin roots in many of our English words.  So far we are very happy with LFC and are looking forward to continuing with books B and C.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
I highly recommend this curriculum. November 4, 2008
Reviewer: Cheryl from Cincinnati, OH  
Many of the Latin products I have reviewed focus on either the Classical or the Ecclesiastical pronunciation. I became eager to add Latin For Children to our collection since it studies both Classical & Ecclesiastical pronunciations. I purchased Latin For Children A, from Timberdoodle, for my 12/13 yr. old. Although we do not own the VHS/DVD offered with this set, I feel we have been successful using only the text, activity book, CD & A.Key. I highly recommend this curriculum.

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