Wednesday, March 30, 2011

TOS Review: Classical Academic Press~Latin Alive

Classical education is one of the many methods homeschoolers use. I will admit, we do not. I will also admit that I do not have the talent or knack for learning foreign languages. (I guess I'll blame it on my hearing impairment!) Hence, foreign languages have always been somewhat lacking in our home school. So when the opportunity arose to review a Latin program from Classical Academic Press, we discussed it as a family, and I prayed about it, before even volunteering.

All of my children express high interest in science of various sorts: geology; animal sciences; botany. Since the scientific names for nearly everything is Latin-based, we thought it would be a very good idea for them to at least have an introduction to Latin. What a blessing to actually have been chosen to receive and review the Latin Alive 1 Bundle!

The Latin Alive! 1 Bundle includes the Latin Alive! Book One student text, the Latin Alive! Book One: Teacher's Materials, and the Latin Alive! 1 DVD & CD Set, at a cost of $139.95. It is designed for grades 7 and up.

Latin Alive! 1 contains:

  • Thirty six weekly chapters including twenty nine new content chapters and seven review, “reading” chapters.

  • Pronunciation Guides

  • Weekly introduction of vocabulary

  • Thorough grammar explanations including all five noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, various pronouns, adjectives and adverbs

  • United States state seals and their Latin mottos

  • Extensive study of the Latin derivatives of English words

  • Substantial Latin readings and translation exercises

  • Lessons and stories of Roman culture, myths and history

  • Exercises and questions to prepare students for the National Latin Exam and the Advanced Placement Exam

  • Includes historical contributions from Christopher Schlect, historian and Academic Dean at New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, ID

Teen Girl is the one who has the privilege and opportunity to use this, at this time. I am pleased with the idea that it will also be available for the younger boys when they reach junior high or high school.

She watches the DVD instruction as she works through the workbook. The instructor on the DVD is interesting to listen to, and does a thorough job of instructing. Teen Girl likes the program immensely.  Her only complaint is that Karen Moore, the instructor, pronounces the words too rapidly for her to understand, so she isn't sure how to repeat them herself.

There are other levels of Latin from Classical Academic Press: Song School Latin, for grades Kindergarten through Third Grade (Bundle price: $64.95); and Latin for Children, grades three through six (Bundle prices: $76.95, basic; $99.95, mastery). They also offer: Spanish; and Greek, as well as Bible, Poetry, and Logic.

There are several free resources on the site, as well as Headventure Land, which contains games, videos, readers, and extras.

I would really like to use the lower levels for the boys, if our budget will allow it some time in the future. Be sure to check the website out for yourself.

Contact Information:

Classical Academic Press
3920 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Toll free: 866-730-0711
Fax: 717-730-0721

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