It was a cold day in February when the Memoria Press cataloged arrived in my mailbox. As many homeschoolers and teachers can attest, February can be a rough month for teaching! I was suffering from a bad case of the “winter blahs”.
I have a dear friend who made the mistake of attempting to let her students learn Latin independently. Things went well until they were about 18 weeks into the course. Suddenly her child needed help completing a translations, but she was unable to help because she hadn't been sitting in on the Latin lessons. She warned me not to make the same mistake, and to learn the language with my children. I think this is good advice.
I think it is important when learning a new language to practice it as often as possible. For this reason, I tried to allow about 10-30 minutes per day to study Latin. Additionally, I tried to make sure that I gave the kids an opportunity to practice the “Four Arts of Language” everyday while learning Latin. The “Four Arts of Language” include: 1) Listening, 2) Speaking, 3) Reading, and 4) Writing.***
2) Next I would have them complete the Prima Latina Copybook lesson independently. I would check this when they were finished. (Writing Latin) (10-15 minutes depending on how much I could get my child to focus!)The Attached Mama's Tips: Parents should go through the lesson with their child so they can learn the material too. Also, be prepared to pause the DVD as needed. Require children to repeat the vocabulary, phrases, or prayers when prompted so they practice speaking Latin. My children had a tendency to sort of passively watch these lessons, so I needed to remind them to interact with the instructor from time to time.
The Attached Mama's Tip: The CD pronounces words for those who don’t feel comfortable. However, I found I could usually remember how to say the words if I had practiced the day before. This helped me save time. I didn't have to worry about dragging out the CD player and finding the right track.
The Attached Mama's Tip: Some of these questions can be done orally if you are working with a child who is very young or doesn’t like to write. I would suggest having the child write the Latin phrases and words though. This helps them remember how to spell these words.
2) The kids would then complete the second page in their workbook. (Reading Latin, Listening to Latin, Speaking Latin, Writing Latin) (10-20 minutes)
1) I review vocabulary, derivatives, and prayer using book, white board, and CD (Reading Latin, Listening to Latin, Speaking Latin) (10 minutes)
I would have the kids take one of the online "Quizlet.com" tests to review.
I was surprised by how much I liked Prima Latina. It is a quality, no-nonsense program that is easy to teach and learn from.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write an honest review, and I was not compensated in any other way. All of the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.