Memoria Press is a favorite in our home school so I was thrilled to review Prima Latina, a Latin curriculum for primary grades. We enjoyed Latina Christiana over the years, so I was excited to see the course we missed because Prima Latina is the prequel to Latina Christiana.
The kit I received had a teacher's manual, DVD to watch, Audio CD to listen to pronunciation, study cards, and the student workbook.
It has been several years since I've taught Latin, so I pulled out the teacher's manual to get started. It was so helpful to read the beginning and as I read, I remembered a lot from the past.
One thing that helped was to know the goals of the course. I will share them with you.
1. Learn basic Latin alphabet and ponunciation of vowels and consonant sounds
2. Pronounce, spell, and translate 125 Latin words
3. Learn 25 practical Latin expressions and 4 prayers
4. Learn numbers 1 to 10
5. Learn names of constellations derived from Latin
6. Understand concepts of derivatives (English words we get from Latin roots)
7. Grammar (parts of speech, conjugating, declining, 1st declension noun endings, 1st declension verb endings)
Now, I was ready to begin and teach confidently.
For each lesson, we followed the same pattern. We listened to the CD and said the words along with the CD. Then we watched the video lesson, followed by the workbook pages. We checked the workbook pages together. In between lessons, the cards were used for memorizing.
After every five lessons, there was a review.
My favorite part of the lesson was the DVD. The class was taught for me. I learned right along with the teacher!
I found this material easy to teach, easy for the children to learn, and though it's meant for primary grades, I would use it for older kids, too. It would be a great way to teach the entire family Latin. We really enjoyed it!
A family-run company, Memoria Press provides classical curriculum for home schools and Christian schools. Their Christ-centered curriculum is top-quality and parent-approved.
We searched and searched for a good Latin curriculum until we found Memoria Press years ago. It was perfect for our family because it had audios, Dvds, workbooks, and a teacher guide. Each lesson was so easy to do. I was able to teach it effectively to my children without feeling insecure. I knew they "got it" when I hear "Mea culpa" on the soccer field.
Because of our family's positive experience, I highly recommend Memoria Press to you. It's not just excellent classical curriculum, it is a company that honors Christ and carries on its founder, Cheryl Lowe's heritage. In an age of increasing school years, but dwindling acquisition of knowledge, Memoria Press is one solution to the education problem in America.
There is so much more to the company than Latin curriculum. You can find Greek, logic, history, art, music, math, modern languages, classical studies, rhetoric, penmanship, science, literature, poetry, phonics, spelling, and Bible curriculum. You can even stream classes.
Here is a sample lesson from Prima Latina.
Be sure to check out Memoria Press on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.
I enjoy their blog with articles like "The Top 10 Reasons to Study Latin," "Athens and Jerusalem," and "Beauty is Not Boring."
You can read more reviews about Memoria Press from the Review Crew here.
Last year, I reviewed Memoria Press' First Form Latin Level 1. You can read that review here.
I hope that you will be blessed by Memoria Press's courses and curricula. We certainly have been blessed in our home.
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