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 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!
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