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Jun
17

Prima Latina by Memoria Press ~ A TOS Review

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Classical Christian education is based on the trivium, the lower division of the seven liberal arts, focusing on grammar — the memorization of facts pertaining to each subject, logic — organizing ones thoughts, statements, and arguments; and rhetoric — the art of speaking, communicating, and writing well, and taught from the perspective of a Christian worldview.  Memoria Press  is “a family-run publishing company that produces simple and easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. It was founded by Cheryl Lowe in 1994.”  Their “products are characterized by three things: simplicity, quality, and affordability.”  They have grown by leaps and bounds in the past 15 years, offering a complete Classical Core Curriculum for each grade, pre-K through 12; and individual subjects from Phonics & Early Reading to Greek and Latin. 

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Memoria Press’ website is easy to navigate, and in addition to more in-depth product information you’ll find a great resource of encouraging articles.  

 

 

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The Schoolhouse Review Crew and I have had the opportunity to review MP’s Geography I, for grades 4+; and Prima Latina for grades 2 – 4.  You can read all of the reviews when you click on the graphic below and follow the link.

 

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Cheryl Lowe says, “Memoria Press’ Prima Latina and Latina Christiana programs are Christian Latin courses designed to introduce your child to the rich heritage of the Christian tradition and will provide you, the teacher, with the necessary core component for your Latin-centered curriculum.”   It is written specifically, with a fine attention to detail, for parents and teachers who don’t know Latin.  Since that’s the exact boat I’m in, I’m pleased to use it with my younger students!

I have read, researched, and discovered that Latin teaches English; and it does it exceptionally well.  Latin is a cohesive binder, tying subjects together from history to grammar, and more.  It is regular and precise.  A discipline that can be counted on to be systematic, steady; and analytical.  I am excited by the possibilities that a solid foundation in Latin may afford my children.

I have the Prima Latina complete set, that retails for $90.90.  It includes the Student Book, Teacher Manual, Pronunciation CD, Instructional DVD’s; and Flashcards.  I didn’t invest in the Prima Latina Copybook, yet; but I definitely plan to purchase it. It will add cursive writing and penmanship to our program.

 

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We’ve been doing 3 lessons a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Doing our review work, recitation practice, using flash cards; and quizzing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Sometimes, spending time in the evening, because we can, reciting our vocabulary words, and practicing the prayers and hymns we’re learning from Lingua Angelica. Leigh Lowe goes over everything on the DVD’s.  Each DVD lesson is only about 15 – 20 minutes long, but there is a total 9 hours of instruction.  She introduces each lesson and vocabulary, pronouncing a word or phrase several times and having us repeat it.  She follows the student book, which makes it easy for the student to follow her.  Workbook pages correspond to and reinforce the lessons we’re learning .  I couldn‘t do it without her.  I wouldn’t do it without the DVD’s.  With Leigh’s guidance and teaching, it is actually simple, and fun!  My young ones feel like they’re learning a secret-coded-language, because very few of their family or friends understand it.  Over the 25 lessons we’re learning vocabulary, derivatives, beginning declensions; and conjugations.  We see Latin roots in so many words now, and have had competitions to see who can find the most in a given paragraph or two.  By the end of this year, if we stick with it as we intend to, we will have learned:  seven parts of speech, 125 Latin words, numbers 1 through 10, basic constellations, simple introductions to tenses, Latin phrases; and more.  You might have noticed that I’ve used the word “we” throughout this entire paragraph, because I am learning right alongside my children.  We’re building new, strong foundations and strengthening some old ones!

What’s your experience with the Latin language?

I hope you’ll check out Memoria Press, Latin.  I highly recommend it.

 

Blessings,

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Disclaimer*   I received Prima Latina complete set, in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Oct
10

What’s Black and White, and…

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What’s black and white and red all over?  Remember this one?  Okay, so it’s really what’s black and white and read all over?  A newspaper, of course!

What’s blue and red and eats rocks?  That’s simple.  A blue-and-red-rock-eater!  Now, what’s pink and green and eats rocks?  A pink-and-green-rock-eater, you say.  No way, I say, they only come in blue and red!

What’s fun, educational, motivating, interactive; and affordable?  No riddle here, it’s ZooWhiz!   The “online, curriculum based motivational learning system” with more than 17,000 educational activities for children ages 5 to 15.  Affordable?  Yes!  It’s Free, with a limited Keeper Account!

 

 

Want a Free Keeper Account?  Follow the Keeper Account link above, click Create a Free Keeper on the bottom left; and let your child choose a [Zoo] Keeper from a variety of pre-designed avatars.  These are all they have to choose from, at the moment, but my kids are hoping they’ll have a little more freedom in the future to design their own avatar Keeper.

 

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Once they’ve chosen their Keeper they sign in with their first name, or a code name if they’re anything like my son, and a parent’s email address to get permission to use ZooWhiz.  You can then use that same email to create a Free Parent Management Account, which will be connected to your child’s account; giving you the ability to keep up with his progress.

ZooWhiz is lively and engaging, with graphics that are bright, crisp; and bursting with energy!

Learn and Earn generates activities that move your child to practice math, reading, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling; and phonics according to the Age Floor you select for him, and earning coins for every correct answer given.  Two chances.  Answer the question correctly on the first try and you earn 20 coins.  If you miss it and try again you’ll still earn 10 coins with a correct answer.  Miss the answer and 10 coins are taken away and the correct answer is supplied.

The coins can then be spent in the Arcade, on games, or in the Biodome at the Zoo Animal Shop.  Keepers can choose from and collect many different animals, viewing them and learning more about them from a detailed flash-card-type graphic My children choose animal collecting 9 times out of 10, over playing games in the Arcade, and it is the highlight of the ZooWhiz online program!  It should be noted though, that the website says, “Create a Free Keeper Account and start building your very own zoo.”  This idea is compounded when you select the Biodome tab under Information for Kids, the opening tagline reads, “Enter the Biodome to choose your animals and build your very own zoo.”  As Keepers students build collections of animals, but there is no Zoo to build.  There is no place to organize or view the animals in a zoo-like setting, and there is no visiting or care giving.  My students, ages 8, 11, and 14, were all truly disappointed in this aspect of the program.  Milestones keeps track of student progress, and seeing progress is something we all need!

 

Click the graphic to see a full Animal List

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  ZooWhiz is all about “reinforcing learning and rewarding effort!”

My 8-year-old says it is all about “fun, fun, fun!”

 

 

When you discover, as I did, that ZooWhiz is an outstanding supplement to your current curriculum, you can choose to upgrade to a Premium Zoologist AccountCurrently, a 1-year subscription is just $14.95.  Seriously.  I don’t know how long this dramatic savings will be available, but what-a-deal compared to the regular price of $59.95!  The Premium Zoologist Account entitles you, as the parent, to more management, anytime access; and detailed customization to your child’s age or learning pace.  The Premium Kid’s Account opens more games and an exciting choice of animals to collect, including rare, endangered, dinosaurs and mythological creatures.  My son earned and saved 5000 coins to add a Sasquatch to his collection!  That’s a lot of learning and this seems like an ideal place to slip in a “well done, Son!”

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ZooWhiz has a website full of information.

I included several links to it throughout this post and I hope you’ll make use of them.

You can email your Questions and Comments through the Contact link,

or if you’re in the United States call – 1.866.215.4620.

You can also write to:  P.O. Box 658, Armidale, NSW, 2350, Australia;

or instantly connect on facebook.


My Crew mates are eager to share their ZooWhiz experiences with you, too.

You can read their reviews when you click the banner below and follow the link to the

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Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   I received 1 year access to a ZooWhiz Premium Zoologist Account, for three of my children, in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Aug
27

Making Time 4 Writing

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What do you make time for in your day to day life?  Work, devotions, music, God, family, education?  Generally, we make time for the things that we value.

One of our highest priorities is to make time for learning. Many subjects vie for the time that is available.  History, Science and Art are the easy favorites in our house, so we have to purpose to make time for the less desirable, Mathematics and Writing.  Time always seems to be in short supply.  I still teach my children how to look up a word in the dictionary, but I appreciate the ability to type that same word into a browser and have a definition in just seconds.  I appreciate crock-pot cooking, as opposed to standing over a stove, but I’m not fond of the microwave, even though it’s quick.  I appreciate time-saving choices.

One of my choices is  Time4Writing.  I think this is probably marketed as “Now is the Time 4 Writing,” but to me it is, “Helping you Make Time 4 Writing.”  Time4Writing provides 8-week, online writing courses with certified teachers.  Courses are available for Elementary, Middle School and High School/College Prep students, covering the basics through advanced essay writing, SAT essay writing and writing research papers.  Each course costs $99.

 

 

 

Using the placement chart available on the website, I chose to enroll my daughter in the High School Grammar, Usage and Mechanics course.  I wanted to make sure there were no gaps in her writing foundation. If we had determined that this was not the right course for her, for any reason, I could have changed courses or even had my money refunded within the first 2 weeks.  Time4Writing offers a 100% guarantee!  She begins her seventh week, today, and says, “This course has definitely been beneficial to me.  I already knew a lot of the material that was presented,  but I was able to identify my weak areas and discover what I still needed to learn.  Presently, I have a 96.86% for the course, but I have several classes to complete and I’m hoping to raise my final grade.  The teacher’s comments were encouraging and kept me on track.  Now, I have the confidence to conquer essay writing.”

 

 

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High School Grammar, Usage and Mechanics covers:

  • Parts of Speech
  • Complex Sentences
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Plural & Possessive Nouns
  • Pronouns, Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Confusing Words & Capitalization Errors
  • Commas, Semicolons, and Other Punctuation
  • and Proofreading

 

Each course is student paced.  The student signs into the lesson and completes the assignments given.  These are not video lessons.  They are written and read by the student, reinforced by writing assignments and multiple-choice quizzes.  Tests are marked and comments written by the teacher, with the opportunity to correct and improve the grade.  I think this keeps the focus on learning and retaining the material, not on the grades obtained.  The parent is sent reports of every correspondence between the teacher and the student, and detailed reports of the assignments completed and test scores earned are available.

This system worked especially well for both of us.  I read reports and watched progress, but otherwise my time was not used for this course.  My daughter broke her ankle at the beginning of the course.  The pain and the medication she needed put her behind on her classes, but once she was feeling better she was able to make up the time.  She would work on lessons in the morning and then do an extra one in the evening.  Her teacher was attentive and helpful, even offering to extend her course time by a week, if it became necessary.  Although, the courses are a little costly to our homeschool budget, and I do wish they had a greater than 5% multiple users discount, the benefit of time gained was worth the price to me.  I hope to enroll her in the SAT essay writing course, soon.

There are numerous Free Writing Resources at Time4Writing.com.  I hope you’ll use the links I’ve provided throughout this post to gather more information and utilize the resources available.  You can also read the various reviews written by my Crew mates, when you click the banner below.

 

 

 

 

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Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   I was given access to an 8-week online course from Time4Writing in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Aug
20

It Takes a City…

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You’ve heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”   Well, in my case, it would seem that     it takes a city to raise a speller.  Many of my children are good readers, but that doesn’t make them all good spellers.  They often face a predicament not unlike the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne’s, “My spelling is Wobbly.  It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”  I have searched for and tried different ideas, games and disciplines, to teach spelling, with most ending in discouragement, until now.

 

 

 

 

VocabularySpellingCity.com  is an educational, fun, remarkably successful in-our-household, interactive, game-based website!  It works!  It’s affordable!  Please, pardon my bit of gushing enthusiasm, but I assure you I am quite sincere.  We will continue with this program until my last child enters college!

 

The VocabularySpellingCity mission: efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list. 


 Watch this brief video for a detailed description of VocabularySpellingCity.com

Covering “Elementary, Middle, and High School Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing, Parts of Speech, Handwriting, Alphabetical Order” and more.  Register for a FREE Basic Account and your child can start using it right away.  Input your own words or import words,  with customizable sentences and definitions, from lists already created:

 

 

When you choose to upgrade to a 1-year Premium Membershipwhere families can register up to 5 children, for the reasonable price of $29.99, you’ll reap the benefits of full access to VocabularySpellingCity.com.

VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership Features

 

 

I have created lists for my earliest learners through college-prep age students:  Sound-Alike Words, Number Words, Months of The Year, Three-Letter Words, Six-Letter Words, 500 SAT Vocabulary Test Prep Words, Biology Words corresponding to a  Zane Education course, and several others.  As the parent/educator, it takes me just minutes to set up a week of assignments that will be taught, graded and tested by the program!  It’s easy, and it allows this busy momma to teach and trouble shoot other subjects.

The website for  VocabularySpellingCity.com   is easy to navigate.  I’ve included several links to it in this post, and I hope you will thoroughly explore the marvelous potential it holds for you and your students.

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

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VocabularySpellingCity.com, Inc.
6300 N.E. 1st Ave., Suite 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Email ~ info@spellingcity.com

Call ~ 954.357.1150

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As always, you’ll find well-written, honest Crew reviews of this product when you click the banner below.

 

 

 

 

“When our spelling is perfect, it’s invisible.  But when it’s flawed, it prompts strong negative associations.”    ~ Marlyn vos Savant, American Author

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

Disclaimer*   12 months Premium membership to VocabularySpellingCity.com was given to me free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Aug
08

How to Create Better Writers

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I want my children to know how to write intelligent, descriptive sentences, and have a well developed vocabulary.  I want them to know how to write great stories, strong essays, and research reports.  I want them to have every confidence that they are fully prepared for the SAT/ACT College Writing Exam. 

A road map would be appreciated!  What do I teach?  When do I teach it?  How do I teach different educational levels at the same time?

 

Reading and using

The Homeschool Writing Action Plan,

written by David Dye, the author of

is like winning an exclusive, one-on-one consultation that answers my questions, and relieves my doubts.  In his easy, step-by-step manner, Mr. Dye presents the major writing concept that every student needs to succeed!  While he has also written his own writing curriculum, How to Teach the Paragraph and How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay, he actually gives you the ability and the confidence to organize any writing curriculum into one, workable program.  It’s amazing what 54 pages can accomplish!

The Homeschool Writing Action Plan can be purchased as an e-book, for $15.95, or printed, soft bound for $19.95.

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How to Teach a Paragraph is built on one simple writing “trick,” as David Dye calls it, that is mastered by the student.  The concept that is taught is foundational to great writing and can be used with every subject.

Click the graphic to watch a video demo of the trick.

This is working for us!  I have seen clear improvement in writing and in some attitudes approaching writing, since using this program.

How to Teach a Paragraph is 22 pages, covering 11 Steps ~

  1. Assessment:  Students write a Paragraph
  2. Learning the Five Parts of a good Paragraph
  3. Memorize the Five Parts of a Paragraph
  4. The Paper Set-up
  5. Write a Paragraph together:  The Prewrite
  6. Write a Paragraph together:  The Paragraph
  7. Topic Sentence
  8. Closing Sentences
  9. Paragraph Assessment
  10. Practice, Practice, Practice!
  11. The Perfect Paragraph

 

“The ability to organize one’s thoughts and communicate ideas clearly is the backbone of good writing.”  Once my younger children fully grasp the trick to writing one paragraph, I think the transition to writing five paragraphs, for an essay, will no longer be intimidating.  The difference in my older ones is already notable, and we have barely opened the cover of How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay.

How to Teach the Paragraph is available as an e-book only, for $7.99, but it is free when you purchase How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay  for $17.95 e-book version, or $19.95 for a soft bound book.  The Complete Writing Program  includes both of these books for free, plus much more, because it’s  “a workshop in a book!”

Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post.  There are videos, sample pages, and details listed on the Create Better Writers website.  You can also read the reviews written by my Crew mates, when you click on the banner below ~

 

 

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Email – dye.teach@verizon.net

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Call – 562.627.5662

This product has so positively impacted our writing that I am seriously considering acquiring  Standard Based Grammar – Home School Edition, too.  It’s a grammar curriculum written by David Dye, claiming to give a “thorough understanding of the English language.”  If you happen to purchase it before I do, let me know what you think of it.

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   An e-book edition of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Apr
13

Remarkable – writing with WORLD

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It’s simple enough, really.  If it had never been written, it could never be read.  So much would have been lost, from then to now, if it had not been written.  If the truth is not written, today, we may not have it tomorrow.  Writing well is much more than using correct grammar and vocabulary, and it is one of the greatest challenges a student will face.  It allows us to clearly express our thoughts, ideas, and beliefs.  “Christians in particular should try to be the best communicators.  They possess The Truth and need to articulate a Biblical worldview.”  It is our job, as parents and educators, to teach our children how to write.

The publishers of God’s World News and WORLD magazine, together with education and media professionals, have developed an exciting *new writing curriculum.  Write with WORLD is a two year writing curriculum geared for middle school.  It adapts easily for grades 6 – 10.

 

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Year ONE and year TWO each consist of a non-consumable Student Text, a Teacher’s Edition – including the full student text, and an annual web site access pass.  The curriculum is completed, and the books are ready for shipment this summer, 2012.  The final dynamics of the web site are being polished, giving students access to the education and encouragement of journalists, photojournalists, essayists, editors, authors, and professors.

Write with WORLD concentrates on developing young writers who can think and express their thoughts through writing.  Students using Write with WORLD are connected to other writers – WORLD journalists, writer’s from God’s World News, celebrated writing professors, and student authors.  Students will benefit from these writer’s advice.  They will respond to timely and thoughtful assignments that encourage them to discuss ideas and language with teachers.  The potential for publication will energize students, giving them purpose and audience.”

Each unit is broken down into smaller lessons.  Stimulating assignments, many relevant to today, are given.  Small steps and achievements are acknowledged, built upon, corrected and improved along the way.  This is not a – here’s the writing prompt – write your paper – have it corrected for errors –  get a grade, good or bad – learn the next set of writing rules – here’s the next writing prompt – curriculum.  Many of the developers of Write with WORLD have sat through similar, boring classes; so, they recognized the pitfalls to avoid.  Grammar, vocabulary, structure, essays, narratives and compositions are included, but it never seems forced on the student.  The students develop critical reading skills, learning to detect worldview clues in writing, and learning to write from the point of their own worldview.  This curriculum is more conversational and feels almost interactive.  My own reluctant writer’s were encouraged by their steady, easy progression.  As the parent/educator, I think it is a remarkable approach and I’m excited to see how it will impact my children!

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Write with WORLD, Full Curriculum, Year ONE or Year TWO can be purchased for $95 each.

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Purchase both, Year ONE and Year TWO, Full Curriculum for $165.

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Contact:

Comments or Questions?

Write –

God’s World News

P.O. Box 20001

Asheville, NC  28802-8201

Email – mailbag@gwnews.com

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Phone – 1.800.951.5437

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You’ll find additional reviews, other opinions, and different perspectives when you follow the link included with the TOS graphic, below, and read what my crew mates have to say.

How well can you articulate your worldview?

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Nov
03

The Look of a Multitasker

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I consider myself, as a momma-to-many, to be a somewhat proficient multitasker, but I think the flip side to that, on my rare off day, is scatterbrained.  Efficient multitasking is methodical, steady, holding one’s thoughts captive, where as scatterbrained leans more toward having a screw loose.

To add Latin to one’s homeschool curriculum, especially one that will afford the student a full 1 year foreign language credit, can be an excellent endeavor or one that throws a wrench in the cog-wheels-of-life and breaks down the whole machine.  It can be impressive or not-so.

Memoria Press and their First Form Latin curriculum is solid.  It builds the foundation of language – grammar first – systematically.

 

Click the graphic to learn more about Memoria Press.

 

Memoria Press is an established name in publishing, synonymous with Classical Christian education.  It is set apart by characteristics of simplicity, quality, and affordability.  It is a dependable, family-run company, founded by Cheryl Lowe more than 15 years ago.  You may already be familiar with her highly successful Latina Christiana I program, an introduction to Latin, beginning in the 3rd grade.  First Form Latin is perfect for all beginners or as a follow-up to Latina Christiana I, and both have been designed for parents and teachers with no previous Latin experience.

First Form Latin is a 34-lesson, comprehensive study written for 5th-12th grades.  The First Form series includes: a Teacher’s Manual (view sample pages), a Student text (view sample pages), a Student workbook (view sample pages), Quizzes & Tests, and a Pronunciation CD, for $55 (view sample recitations).  With my very limited Latin background, I found this study a bit overwhelming.  I am not a confident Latin teacher.  Yes, the tools I need to teach it are included, but I try to maintain a firm hold on my time throughout the day, and because I don’t know enough Latin to begin with, this seems like a time-sucker to me.  I felt like I had to learn a lesson or two, ahead of my students, to enable me to effectively teach it.  The Teacher’s Manual ensures that I can, but I needed a lot of pre-lesson prep.  Maybe, my perfectionistic-bent caused me to make it harder than it had to be (imagine that) but the fact is, I rather someone more qualified teach my children (and me, for that matter) Latin.  An additional $60 ($115 total) adds DVD’s and flashcards to the First Form series.

 

I now have a master private tutor, for seven students, teaching a remarkably effective Latin program, AND  I impressively resemble an efficacious operator of concurrent undertakings.  Thanks to Memoria Press, I am a productive multitasker!

Glen Moore is an engaging teacher, and although he moves rather quickly through each 30 minute lesson, learning Latin seems fairly easy with him at the front of the class.

 

[from the website] First Form Latin features include:

  • Designed for students and teachers with no Latin background
  • 8×8 inch Student Text, small, concise, unintimidating with 34 two-page lessons on facing uncluttered pages
  • Limited vocabulary of 185 words
  • Full-size Student Workbook with 4-6 pages of exercises per lesson
  • Vocabulary derivatives and detailed explanations of Latin sayings
  • Grammar catechism for daily rapid-fire review
  • Milestone markers for each grammar objective
  • Everything-you-could-possibly-need teacher manual
    • Organized for easy access
    • Student Text inset with answers in color
    • Chalk-talk scripted lessons
    • Recitation schedule
    • Pronunciation reminders
    • Workbook with key
    • Unit tests and lesson quizzes booklet
    • FYI section for extra background

 

Memoria Press has a Return Guarantee.  One of my favorite tidbits of their policy is “if a tape, CD, or DVD ever skips, breaks, or is damaged, they will replace it for only a $3 shipping and handling charge.”  So, I make the initial investment, and basically, no matter how many children I have or what they might accidentally do to the DVD, I have an outstanding curriculum that will see me through graduation!  That makes Memoria Press multi-child, big-family friendly, and I am economically savvy!

 

 Browse their website for details of their other subjects:

Greek

Logic & Rhetoric

French

Primary Education

and more.

Contact:

General Questions? ~ online forum

Order Questions? ~ email ~ magister@memoriapress.com

Telephone ~ 877.862.1097 (toll free) or 502-966-9115

Mail ~

Memoria Press

4603 Popular Level Road

Louisville, KY  40213

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Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Oct
17

Hooked on Latin!

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My husband’s parents were devout Catholic’s.  He grew up attending Mass each week, even while on camping vacations in another state and was sent to cracked-across-the-knuckles parochial school until high school.  To hear him tell about it, attending church was like going to the same boring, stage play every single week and not being able to understand a word they were saying.  He was an altar boy and can actually quote a few Latin phrases; yet, he has no idea how they translate.  He’s sure he heard enough Latin to last a lifetime!

I had no such education.  I went to a very small country school while growing up and the only foreign language credit offered for high school college prep was Latin.  I took the required two years and actually loved it!  I learned very little, though.  Looking back, I know our Latin teacher was a dear person and, I think she enjoyed her knowledge of the language, but she didn’t teach it well.  That was more than 30 years ago.

I home educate my children, but I do not profess to teach every subject well.  Often, I supply curriculum, teachers and resources.  I also have a significant role as the enforcer and the encourager.  =)   I love it when I find just the right combination that works for my child.  *Drum roll, please…

Thanks to The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew, I have discovered Visual Latin.  You might wonder why I would even look at a Latin program for my children.  Why learn Latin?  My main reason:

fundamental Latin = foundational English

I also happen to know that if you are able to learn Latin, the leap to learning many other languages is not nearly as far.  Latin is a solid core.

Visual Latin was started by two dads whose wives homeschool their children.

Having now met Dwane Thomas, through this video series, I can tell you that he is an outstanding teacher of Latin and an instigator of laughter!

Thomas Purifoy, Jr. is a producer, writer, director and editor for his company,  Compass Cinema, and the curriculum creator of Visual Latin, and Modern Parables, among others.


Visual Latin is a self-paced study, generally for students ages 9 and up, with a good grip on reading.  It is comprised of 30 lessons.  Entire DVD set is $80.00 or  (3) groups of 10 @ $30.00 each or download lesson groups of 10 for $25.00 each.  Stay with me and keep reading, because even with my crew and our budget, it is worth it!  Mr. Thomas is just that good!

Visual Latin | A Quick Explanation from Compass Cinema on Vimeo.

Dwane Thomas has an infectious love for learning language!  His “Hear it! See it! Speak it! design” and his quick wit, blending the natural method  with the traditional method of learning Latin, is key.  Each lesson consists of three parts:  grammar, sentence structure and reading, with each part divided into a short, less than 10 minutes, video viewing and a printable, PDF worksheet.  Click the graphic below for a sample of the entire first lesson, on verbs.

Latin phrases, passages are read from the Latin Vulgate Bible.

We are hooked on Latin!  Even when the busyness of every day sidetracks me sometimes, inevitably someone says, “Can we do our Laughing Latin?”  Feel free to check in with me over the next few months, to see if we are still on course, but I fully expect us (yes, me, too) to know a bit of Latin by then.   Discover Visual Latin for yourself.

Try 6 FREE lessons!  and find numerous FREE resources available on the website:

Visual Latin Worksheets

Visual Latin Vocabulary Reference Sheets

Visual Latin Flashcards on Quizlet

Online Latin Translator

Latin to Spanish to Latin

Online Etymology Dictionary

Latin New Testament (Vulgate)

I’ve provided many direct links, throughout this post, to other reviews and comments, as well as more in depth explanations and details of this notable program.  You can also read additional reviews by my sea-worthy crew mates, just click the TOS banner below.

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

The Compass Store

609 West Iris Drive

Nashville, TN  37204

or   facebook

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

I appreciate each of your comments.  Thank you.

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

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Mar
07

Reading Kingdom

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A fun, individualized and interactive online reading/writing program with vivid and engaging graphics.  Reading Kingdom is the brainchild of Dr. Marion Blank.  I also think it is dear to her heart…

Proverbs 20:11 reads, “Even a child is known by his doings.  Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”  As a child, Marion became aware of the fact that several of her family members did not know how to read and write.  Many were poor emigrates from Eastern Europe and had been unable to attend school.  They worked hard and established their family here in the United States.  When Marion started reading around 6 years old, she couldn’t wait to teach her grandmother everything she was learning!  Her grandmother was frail and the lessons were never completed, but a seed had been planted in young Marion’s life that would continue to grow.  Reading Kingdom is the fruit of more than 40 years of research and application, because a child wanted to do something about illiteracy.

 

 

Dr. Blank believes, “Phonics is THE path to reading.  It’s why children for generations have been taught to sound out the ABC’s once they enter first grade.  But traditional phonics is not enough.  It’s great to be able to figure out the sounds of words, but by itself, it makes reading unbearably slow and tedious.  At some point, sounding out has to switch over to instant word recognition.  That means doing what you are doing now – looking at words and immediately recognizing what they are saying.  And that skill also is not enough.  In fact, success in reading calls upon five other essential areas.”

 

 

Reading Kingdom vs Other Reading Systems

 

I have taught several children how to read, phonetically, and sometimes it has been more trying and less successful than other times.  Now, I have a better understanding of the process.  Reading Kingdom, designed for ages 4-10, begins with a skills survey for each child.  According to the results, they are placed in one of 6 levels:  pre-reading or a reading level 1-5, honing their skills with the mouse and keyboard; learning to recognize, read, spell and type words and sentences.  As one progresses through the levels the six skills necessary for reading are strengthened.

  • Sequencing
  • Motor Skills
  • Sounds
  • Meaning
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension

It is expected that a child will be reading, with confidence and enthusiasm, at a 3rd grade level with the completion of  Reading Kingdom.  Generally, this will take 12 – 18 months.  After the first few weeks, most children can navigate the program on their own.  Reader reports [what they’re doing, how they’re doing and what is coming up] are available to the parent – tracking a child’s progress.

 

Without a doubt, my children have increased their keyboarding skills and have gained knowledge and confidence in reading and comprehension, but that’s not all –

 

 

 

They have been forced to pay attention to directions and details.  Type when directed to type using the keyboard and click when instructed to click a letter on the screen.  The word focus has new meaning to them, now.  If they concentrate and respond correctly, they progress through the levels, but if they don’t know an answer or just get distracted, the program will re-teach the word or concept.  I consider these simple, but important life lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Blank and her team are “passionate about promoting literacy and believe that every child has the right to learn to read.”

She is the creator of Phonics Plus Five reading program,

 

 

and the author of The Reading Remedy.

 

Contact information:

The Reading Kingdom

12405 Venice Bl., Suite 342

Los Angeles, CA  90066

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Dr. Blank can also be reached through email:  BlankM@childpsych.Columbia.edu

 

Reading Kingdom is $19.99/month (one child) with no monthly minimum or $199.99 per year (one child).  Each additional child is $9.99 per month.

 

 

I have been given generous use of Reading Kingdom, for this review, and have found it beneficial for each of my children.  You can try it FREE for 30 days and monitor the results for yourself.

 

 

There is also a scholarship application program set up, making literacy a hope for everyone.  “Nothing is impossible for God.”

 

Read what my  TOS Homeschool Crew mates think of Reading Kingdom, by clicking on the banner.

 

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.


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Nov
10

The Write Foundation, The Right Fundament

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The Write Foundation writing curriculum was developed by Rebecca Celsor.  It was originally written for a co-op setting, but can be adapted to individualized instruction.

The Write Foundation begins with the writing process, how a student formulates a topic, then a thesis, then supporting points, and by incremental teaching drills in the basics.”

The curriculum guides the teacher through steps, to teach writing.  Step upon step; concept upon concept, building on the fundamentals.

Complete Lesson Plans

Easy-To-Use Format

Organization for Writing

Checklists & Guidelines

Brainstorm & Outline Forms

“It can easily be utilized for average writers, as well as adapted for reluctant writers or the student who loves and excels in writing.”

It is recommended that Mind Benders, by The Critical Thinking Press, be used in conjunction with this program.

Rebecca Celsor has written three levels of curriculum.  Choosing the best level depends on the student’s capabilities, experience and desire.  For placement assistance or questions, contact ~ Rebecca Celsor:  coloratura@sbcglobal.net or call 281-356-3556.

Level 1:  Sentence to Paragraph Writing suggested ages, 11-13

Level 2:  Paragraph Writing suggested ages, 12-15

Level 3:  Essay Writing suggested ages, 14-17

Curriculum packages include – Complete lessons 1-30, with spiral-bound teacher instruction manual, and additional resources CD, for $100.00.  Other options are also available.  Grading and Tutoring is $15.00 per lesson.  Find everything you need on the Order Information page.

The Write Foundation gave me the first 15 lessons of Paragraph Writing to use for this review.  We found the rhythm of the lessons easy enough to establish and follow.  Once memorized, the checklists will be recalled time and again.  This curriculum had a positive influence on my children’s writing process, grammar and even their spelling.

Sample lessons are available, as well as reviews of this product by my crew mates.

Blessings,

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.


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