Over half of the English language is derived from Latin.
clamor—clamo, I shout
narrator—narro, I tell
When we study Latin, we're not just learning about Rome—we're learning about ourselves. Rediscover this time-honored language, which led classical education pioneer Dorothy Sayers to declare that "Latin should be begun as early as possible ... when the chanting of amo, amas, amatis as ritually agreeable to the feelings as the chanting of eeny, meeny, miney, moe."
In Latin Primer 1 Martha Wilson equips elementary school students (grades 3 and up) with a solid foundation in classical Latin. Newly revised and expanded, this text covers the very basics: vocabulary for everyday concepts like farming, sailing, the human body, constellations, and family; verb and noun endings; and other beginning grammar concepts.
This package is the complete Latin Primer 1 (3rd edition). It's everything you need to learn (or teach) beginning Latin.
This package contains the following items:
- Student Text (perfect bound, 180 pages)
- Teacher's Edition (perfect bound)
- Audio Guide (audio download) - This audio guide download is a single mpeg-4 audio file, which means it is very large. You can navigate the file in iTunes by clicking the "Chapters" tab on the menu bar. This enables you to move from week to week, rather than just restarting the file from the beginning every time you play it.
Being a newbie to Latin, it is a wonderful resource! The only changes I would want is being able to attain the sentences in the audio lessons in text form, and being able to go from lesson to lesson in seperate audio files. I have gotten around the audio timing by just listening to it and writing the times each lesson starts in my teachers guide, but that took some time to do.
The content of the book is good. I do find it a bit heavy. I have a 7 year old, and this is a lot of material to cover and memorize in 1 week. We usually need to spread it out over a 2 week period. The Teacher Edition says the book is primarily for ages 5-10. The Student Workbook has a lot of writing involved, and I just don't see how a typical 5-7 year old would be able to fill in all these questions when you consider that age is still working on reading, spelling, and penmanship. I usually just read the questions aloud and we work through them orally.
The Audio Guide needs some work. It isn't user friendly to me. I can view that it has "chapters", but it doesn't have tracks. So I can't just click on the week that I need I have to click through to find the week (e.g. if it's on week 1 and I need week 6 I will have to click through to get there rather than just clicking on the week I need). I can't seem to get tracks to show up on my phone or laptop.
Overall, the material is good but there is definitely room for improvement. I'd recommend this for a 6-8 year old if you are willing to spend more time helping with filling in answers and taking a bit more time to go over each week. A 9-10 year old could probably handle doing each lesson in the timeframe it's intended to be done in. If you are unfamiliar with Latin (as I am) this is going to take a bit of prep work for the teacher, but that is to be expected.
Great system of learning Latin that corresponds very well with the Latin we are already memorizing through Classical conversations. Hopeful that time spent with this curriculum is setting them up well for their Challenge years. I would definitely recommend!!
Latin Primer 1
This is my second year of teaching Latin. Prior to that I had zero training in he subject. Though the curriculum that we used last year was fine, I couldn’t shake the sense that it was missing something.
This year I stumbled upon Latin Primer while searching for a Latin curriculum that has that something, which the precious was missing. We are in our fourth lesson of Latin Primer 1, and are really enjoying it. The format is very user friendly for both the teacher and student.
As I realized how much my kids (students) are enjoying it, it dawned on me; the missing ingredients were enjoyability and ease of access, both of which Latin Primer has.
Latin Primer 1: Package
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