Fans of LivelyLatin
LivelyLatin is systematic, thorough, and FUN!…but just don’t take our word for it.
Also, thank you for making ecclesiastical audio recordings. I prefer them simply for their beauty.
One more…I prefer e-books.
The BigBooks of LivelyLatin have the honor of being chosen as one of the 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy, homeschool pioneer and curriculum expert.
She says: In my opinion LivelyLatin lives up to its name. Even though the methodology is quite traditional, the mix of multi-sensory learning methods and the use of stories, games, and art should be more appealing to most students than most other options trying to cover comparable material.
See Cathy’s full review on pp 306-308 in 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, and check out more of her reviews at www.CathyDuffyReviews.com
Susan Wise Bauer and Jesse Wise, authors of The Well-Trained Mind, Third Edition, the beloved manual of the classical homeschool movement, also recommends The BigBooks of LivelyLatin for beginning Latin instruction.
See pp. 192-195 in the book and their website www.welltrainedmind.com.
Another course that we are enjoying this year is Lively Latin’s Big Book of Latin. I think it is a great parts to whole Latin course. I am using it with my eleven year old son, but have decided that my fourteen year old daughter would benefit from it as well. She is doing Cambridge Latin (a whole to parts course), but I feel the simple and concise explanations found in Lively Latin are very helpful to an overall understanding of the Latin language. So, I added it to her schedule.
We decided to teach Latin in our homeschool because it is difficult to teach a living language without a native speaker exposing the children to conversational language on a daily basis. If my children want to learn a living language, I think Latin will give them a foundation that will make it easier to aquire other languages. Also, there are so many great Latin courses for homeschoolers and so few courses for living languages that are effective and appropriately priced. Also, Charlotte Mason believed every child should know Latin. Last but not least, my son wants to learn Latin because he wants to be a scientist and believes Latin would be the most helpful. Thus, we are pursuing Latin as our foreign language. However, I’m not beginning my children until sixth grade as there are so many other things to learn before sixth grade that are more important, and a sixth grader is more independent with every other subject, so that makes it easier on mom.
I like Lively Latin’s approach because it really explains some of the most basic things, such as gender, declensions, inflection and endings in a way that is easy to understand. The program is not teacher intensive, although I stay involved because I’m learning along with him.
Each lesson has a set of vocabulary words that are to be put on index cards and memorized, along with its gender, a set of chants that include declension endings which can be heard on the website so you know that are pronouncing them accurately, as well as a whole series of exercises, history lessons and picture studies. The website also has online games for each lesson to help the kids learn their vocabulary or whatever new material is being presented.
There are 15 lessons, each one quite lengthy, colorful and well organized. Lesson 1 begins with an explanation of nouns, an explanation of gender, a set of vocabulary words, the first declension chants and lots of exercises to get the kids familiar with the vocabulary and the first declension, as well as a history lesson on the origin of Rome . Lesson 2 goes into the cases (Genitive, etc.), by lesson 4, they are learning verbs and reading short Latin phrases, by lesson 8, they are writing their own Latin sentences and by Lesson 13, they are translating very short stories. I think it’s a great progression for a beginner Latin course using the parts to whole method.
www.JeannieFulbright.com. Jeannie Fulbright is the author of Apologia’s elementary science curriculum.
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