Tarpeia Puppet.lineWhen I started teaching Latin to homeschoolers years ago, I tried using a few different Latin curricula which were already well established in the homeschool market.

While each of these did a fair job of teaching the language, I found myself having to supplement the lessons with exercises of my own to ensure that students had enough practice to master each new skill before moving onto the next. None of the Latin programs I used provided sufficient practice of this kind that kept the interest of the students.

So as I was writing all the supplemental exercises, I began to think about what else I would change to create my ideal Latin curriculum.

These changes became the LivelyLatin difference!

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1.  Grammar lessons that are broken down into understandable, systematic chunks that elementary students (and their parents) can understand, followed by enough interesting practice activities to reinforce the concepts.

2.  Latin vocabulary selected from the hallowed 1400 Latin words that are claimed by scholars to be the most commonly used by the ancients.

3. A hefty dose of English derivative study from Latin root words so students can see how Latin pervades the English language and so they can build their English vocabulary.

4. History study built right into the course with follow-up maps, timelines, projects, review exercises to impress the great stories of Roman history upon students’ memories.

5. A total curriculum that isvibrant, varied, interesting, and reflective of the rich cultural foundation that the Latin language has provided us. And fun!