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Monday, June 5, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew - Memoria Press Latin


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I was first introduced to Latin with the early levels from Memoria Press, and I absolutely loved it, so I was thrilled to get a chance to review the First Form Latin Complete Set for Grades 4-9, or more ideally those in Grade 5 and up, from Memoria Press.

Memoria Press has a full spectrum of additional Latin programs to explore as well including:

Prima Latina
Latina Christiana
First Form Latin
Second Form Latin
Third Form Latin
Fourth Form Latin
Henle Latin
And More Including Pronunciation CDs


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What is First Form Latin from Memoria Press?

First Form Latin is written by Cheryl Lowe, who is also the author of other Memoria Press Latin programs. The curriculum is unique in that it works with the trivium model of teaching and uses workbook exercises to reinforce the skills learned along with rapid recognition of inflected forms. It teaches grammar systematically so that the student has a high retention rate and fully understands the concepts. The First Form Latin focuses on vocabulary and grammar forms making it the text of choice for beginner Latin students regardless of their age, even though it is recommended for Grades 4-9, but more ideally for those in 5th Grade or higher. It is also recommended as a great follow-up course to Latina Christiana. When a student completes First Form Latin, they will know 185 vocabulary words, 5 noun declensions, first and second declension adjectives, and the 6 indicative active tenses of the first two verb conjugations.

I received a very nice packet of everything I need which included:

Paperback student text
Paperback student workbook
Paperback Teacher Manual
Paperback Quizzes & Tests Booklet
Paperback Teacher Key
DVD lessons
Pronunciation CD
Flash Cards

This is How Each Piece of the Program Looks:

The lessons stress practice and mastering the material. They are presented on DVD with 3 DVDs containing 9 hours worth of lessons, each about 15 to 20 minutes long and include on-screen notes, recitations, and illustrations. The teacher on the DVDs is Glen Moore, who is a former Highlands Latin School Teacher.



The student text is smaller than the workbook or quiz books to provide a concise book that presents 34 two-page lessons.




The actual student text is smaller than the workbooks making it easier to hold and less intimidating.

  







The Teacher Manual corresponds with the Student Workbook which contains about 4 to 6 pages of exercises for each lesson. The Teacher Manual has the full student text included and provides scripted lessons, color-coded answers, a recitation schedule, and all of the notes needed to lead the student in instruction. It also has an FYI section. The Quizzes & Tests provides you with weekly quizzes and unit tests that you may reproduce, and there is a Teacher Key that contains answers to the workbook, quizzes, and tests.









A really nice aspect is the pronunciation CD that helps you hear exactly how something is to be said so the student is not learning it improperly.




There is also a large set of flashcards that contain Latin sayings, grammar forms, and vocabulary words. The flashcards may seem like an extra, but it is more like the backbone of the entire course. The vocabulary words and information found on the flashcards build on successful mastery of the program.

 



How Did We Use It?


My High School Freshman daughter is 15 and has used Latin Christiana from Memoria Press so was familiar with the format and presentation. The way the program is set up actually requires very little teacher interaction at the high school level unless you choose to jump in. Had I chosen my youngest, who is not yet in 5th Grade, I'm sure my teaching role would be a bit more hands-on.

What Did We Think?

I am a fan of Classical Education and the Trivium, so Memoria Press never ceases to impress me. Free Form Latin is no exception to that rule. The program is solid and the complete set is so impressive and packed with everything you need to be successful at mastering Latin Grammar and vocabulary before moving on to higher level Latin learning.

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