- Reviewed on Sunday, June 13, 2010
- Grades Used: K/1
- Dates used: 2010
My 5 yr old dinosaur fanatic decided she wanted to learn Latin because of the scientific names, and most programs certainly weren't appropriate for a 5 yr old. This one was.
The majority of the program is carried on a CD, but don't stick it in and push "play". The CD contains both Classical and Ecclesiastic pronounciations, so each song is recorded more than once. Be aware that if you rip the CD to an Mp3 player, you may find that it sorts the songs, not by track numbers, but by name, and if so, you'll end up with both "Salve/Vale"s sorted together. I had to delete the files and only copy the version I wanted to get it to the Ipod for Carschooling without trouble. The CD is mostly familiar melodies and rhymes, with lyrics that both give the Latin words and their meanings. There are no songs entirely in Latin. The pitch on some of the songs is a little low for children's voices to sing (this is the music teacher in me coming out).
The workbook supports the CD songs, with stories and activities, requiring only minimal writing. I do wish that they hadn't made most of the writing activities tracing, though, as they used a kind of strange, half cursive/half print font. I wish they'd left the lines open, and either had my DD write for herself, without tracing, or let the parents choose, if their child needed to trace, to write the words in highlighter or something, in the font their child uses. My DD especially enjoyed the stories. Every lesson introduces a few words, plus a little tiny bit of grammar.
We wrote the words in English and Latin on notecards and used them in a pocket chart and for matching games. There is a Monkey Match game available which does the same thing.
I bought the set that comes with the student book, CD, and teacher's guide. Were I to do it again, I'd skip the teacher's guide, because it's just the student book with answers. While I can see this being helpful for a higher level Latin curriculum, I think most parents could manage flipping back a page to check what a word means if needed-and it really is that obvious.
The program is designed for one lesson a week, 30 weeks, with a review every 4-5 lessons, or about one per grading period for a school year.