Learning a new language can be fun. I want to work on giving my kids an advantage in their future lessons at any chance that I can. I have been watching the Latin programs that are available from Memoria Press for a few years. After a little research, I learned that Latin is a great base for any language your child may want to learn. With this in mind, I took a leap and decided to have Ray Ray try the Prima Latina Complete Set. Boy, am I happy I finally did this!
Prima Latina is the first Latin program available for the younger ages. This program is geared towards grades 1-4 and is working perfect for Ray Ray in his transition from 2nd to 3rd grade. The complete set includes all that you need to get a firm hold of this language and is great for a teacher, like myself, who has little to no Latin background.
Within the set you will find the Student Book, Teacher Guide, Pronunciation CD, Flashcards and 3 Instructional DVDs. This right here will give your child 25 lessons, each with a 15-20 minute video lesson. This is great in that it allows your child to learn the correct pronunciation right from the start. Each video lesson will go over everything in the student book, plus a little practice of previous lessons.
Ray Ray has not decided on a language he will want to study, and being in 3rd grade, I don't expect him to pick one out quite yet. He has shown interest in French, for a long time, some interest in Spanish and even a little interest in Italian. I figure if I can give him a solid start in a language that would help with any of these, I would do that for him. After finding out we had this review, Ray Ray learned that his great grandpa had to learn Latin in Catholic School as a child and has used grandpa's help with some practice in between lessons.
While there is a lesson plan available if you are the type of mom or dad who needs one, it is not required to make the curriculum work. We took one lesson, and split it up over a week. Mondays always include learning the new lesson. Watching the video and going over the lesson in the book.
Tuesday includes using the flashcards on the vocab words we just learned and a few of them from previous weeks. As we go through the flashcards, Ray Ray would write down the new ones on Vocabulary Drill sheet that is in the back of the Teacher Guide. We also work on the first page of the workbook page.
Wednesday is another Vocab Drill day, we love to make sure we know the words as we learn them! Once again, we used the flashcards and the drill sheet. Now that we are halfway through the week, I like to Pronunciation CD to make sure we are on the right track and to help us with our prayer that we are working on. What I love is that we are learning a prayer, line by line and slowly putting it together.
Thursday, we start with our flashcard review, but we don't do the drill sheet. We make sure we know all our words up to the current lesson and we move on to the second workbook page. Ray Ray loves to split things up a little when it comes to the workbook, so this is great way to get him to complete the two pages.
Finally, on Friday, we re-watch the video lesson. I love to make sure that Ray Ray has the correct pronunciation on the words, and it is a great way to refresh what we have been working on over the week. After he watches the video, I have him complete his last vocabulary drill. By this time, he is pretty sure of himself, and I love to see how much he can complete without using any clues!
Ray Ray has been having a great time learning Latin. He loves the simple workbook pages, and watching the lessons on a DVD. Since there is not a lot of writing or reading, this is perfect for his learning style. I loved that even though I had no experience with Latin, I felt that I could teach this by watching the videos alongside Ray Ray. I learned as he learned. I could guide, but was not required to teach. This is great when it comes to a new language for me! Not only that, but Ray Ray is excited to show Great Grandpa how far he is coming with his Latin!
Using Prima Latina has started us on a firm foundation on which we are able to continue. We plan to finish Prima Latina and move forward to the next after we are done. I am in love with the fact that this is a complete curriculum that I can sit right down next to Ray Ray and learn with him. I can be the teacher and the student and have no doubts that the learning will happen, and it does!