Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Classical Academic Press- Latin


Many of you may have heard of Classical Academic Press.  They have many classical education products.  We were given the opportunity to review Latin for Children Primer A Mastery Bundle from our voyage with TOS Review Crew.  

We received:
The first year of Latin for Children (LFC) includes the following modular pieces:

  • LFC Primer A — Student text and workbook. The foundation of the curriculum
  • LFC Primer A Answer Key — features the actual text with answers in bold print
  • LFC A DVDs & Chant CD — offers chapter-by-chapter training by the author with 2 students. The chant cd contains all 240 vocabulary words chanted and sung in both the classical & ecclesiastical pronunciations.
  • LFC A History Reader — Read Latin stories from history that are geared toward the grammar and vocabulary being learned in each Primer.
  • LFC A Activity Book! — Play games and puzzles that help students master the Latin vocabulary and grammar from each Primer.
Along with these free resources
Free Extras

What is this?
Latin for Children Free Resources
Latin for Children Suggested Weekly Schedule
Latin for Children FAQ

I have always known how English and many other languages are derived from Latin.  Also many professions use Latin.  (Doctors, Veterinarians, Biologists, Scientists, etc.) This alone makes Latin a great language to study.  One thing I did not realize was how much grammar and more you learn from Latin.  Here is this directly from the website.

Latin is a rich, ancient language, and is still very much alive in the languages that we speak today. It plays a vital role in a classical education, training students in grammar, how a language works, and how to think critically. Learning Latin greatly expands English vocabulary and introduces students to the original work of some of the most influential writers in history. Caveat emptor (let the buyer beware), these programs have made Latin the favorite subject of many students around the nation!
So for me Latin was so much more than teaching my kids just a language.  It is a great language program, vocabulary, grammar, critical thinking.  So much.  I also am going to let my children choose which language they would like to learn when they get a little older.  So I hadn’t thought about using a language program yet.  (By the grace of God, I was sent this.)  Now my children are having so much fun learning Latin, they don’t want to stop, and I don’t want them to stop either.  Since many languages are derived from Latin, whether they study Latin, or French, Spanish, or many others they will have a jump start. 

What makes this program fun, is that it has so many games.  It has an activity book, full of puzzles, word searches, mazes, matching games, carnival shoot out, crosswords, treasure map, and so much more.

They also have Latin history readers.

The video you watch to go along with each chapter has cheesy homemade type videos using dolls, which as long as you don’t take it too seriously are entertaining. 

Along with the free resources, there are online games, movies, and stories, using Latin.  There are also free flashcards to print.  The movies were a little silly as well, but the having to decode Latin words kept Tommy interested.

The CD has chants that make memorization easier.  Tommy has told me he has them stuck in his head all the time.  I have even heard him singing them in the shower.  

It is geared toward. 3rd –5th grade.  For me, Tommy is my main Latin learner right now, he is 12, in 6th grade.  This definitely does not seem to young for him. 
30 minutes per day, 5 days a week.  Your children can learn Latin and enjoy doing it.  See, I think I see a partial smile on Tommy’s face.  He never lets me forget to teach Latin.  He even asks for it on the weekends. 

They have many other levels of Latin, such as Song School, for grades K-3rd  and Latin Alive for 6th grade and up.  Latin For Children, and Latin Alive both have 3 levels.  Essentially to be used over a 3 year period. 

The Master Bundle that I received is priced at $99.95. 
With that I received some of the stuff that made it more fun, over the Basic Bundle.  Such as the activity book and History Reader. 

To see what other crew members had to say about Classical Academic Press check out our post here.  We tried out the levels best suited for our families.  If you think this level is not quite for you, check out the other levels reviewed as well. 

{I received this for free in order to write this honest review, no other compensation was received.  This is completely my experience, and yours may differ.}

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