Over half of the English language is derived from Latin.
amateur - amo, I love
Montana - mons, mountain
patriot - patria, native land
spectacular - specto, I look at
mural - murus, wall
These and thousands of other words we use every day keep this "dead" language—a language of kings and poets, of scrolls and secrets—alive. And this means that 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, amat" is 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.
Those of you familiar with the older editions of Latin Primer 1 are probably wondering what's different about these new editions.
To begin, the content and teaching approach of this third edition is fundamentally the same as before. We've added additional exercises, moved some of the vocabulary around, etc., but these new editions won't force teachers or parents to struggle through a long period of adjustment. If anything, this new edition will be much, much easier to use.
Martha Wilson received a bachelor's degree from Washington State University majoring in both elementary education and fine arts. She taught at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho from 1985-1991, studied Latin at New St. Andrew's College and the University of Idaho, and was the Latin teacher at Logos for her last three years there. She and her husband Jeff live in Georgetown, Kentucky with their seven children in an old house on a quiet street. Most summers they drive their big tan van across the prairies and mountains to the Northwest, visiting and sightseeing along the way. As befitting a mother of seven, she is somewhat of an expert on soups. Their family is part of the Georgetown Evangelical Free Church.
PAGE COUNT: 360 pages
ISBN 10: 1-591280-55-9
PUB. DATE: March 11, 2009
More teaching resources for Latin Primer 1
Student Textbook: This textbook covers the first two declensions, the first two verb conjugations, all six verb tenses, and demonstrative and personal pronouns.
Flash Cards: With the Latin word on one side and the English translation on the other, these cards are ideal for studying and memorizing vocabulary.
Audio Guide: Read by Mackenzie Miller with Chelsea Jones, this audio guide covers the vocabulary and chants from the third edition of Latin Primer 1.
Complete Package: This includes the Student Textbook, the Teacher's Edition, the flashcards, and the Audio Guide.