Latin for Children: Primer A Text

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Item #: 020108
ISBN: 9781600510007
Grades: 3-5
Author: Aaron Larsen; Christopher Perrin

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Publisher: Classical Academic Press
Pub. Date: 2017
Binding: Trade Paper
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x .5 in.; 1.5 lbs.
Edition: version 4.0
Language: English
Age Range: 8 to UP
Audience: Elementary/High School

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We love Latin for Children. We have used the program for seven of our children and they have been successful. It is great for middle school age kids just before they take Spanish. So very great!
April 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
My eight-year-old sons and I finished up with this text (version 32) in Sept 2009 and have now moved on to Primer B (they were seven when we started) While other reviewers on various sites have mentioned significant typos and other errors in Primer A this version is virtually free of errors (I found three grammatically incorrect English sentences and two more Latin vocabulary omissions which were mentioned on the publisher�s website)I spent a significant amount of time researching Latin programs and have been extremely pleased with this text I wanted to give my sons a solid foundation in classical Latin (as opposed to an ecclesiastical emphasis) and this program fits the bill Latin for Children is a traditional grammar (ie �parts to whole�) approach that is incremental and systematic rigorous but not overwhelming for the elementary-aged child (it should be noted that while this text is �for children� it is perfectly appropriate to use with older students and adults�there is nothing cutesy or childish about this book) Not only will your child learn Latin grammar he/she will also develop a strong English vocabulary based on Latin derivatives and understand English grammar as never before This after all is one of the main reasons for studying Latin While many modern Latin texts emphasize a reading or �living language�/ �whole to parts� approach these methods while �fun� at some level miss the mark Such programs should be used as supplements to a thorough grammar-based program not the other way around Unlike learning a modern foreign language where the primary goal is to develop speaking fluency the purpose of Latin study is to train the mind and develop mental discipline to learn about the structure of language itself and to access the culture of Rome which has profoundly influenced Western thought Rote repetition review�the only real way to learn an inflected no-longer spoken language�are emphasized in this program If you think this sounds boring think again My sons have loved learning all the �chants� of the first and second declensions principle parts of verbs and their conjugations prepositions and their cases etc What is more the learning has stuck and they are able to make many connections to all the other subjects they are studying Cost also played a significant role in my selection of this program While the program offers a DVD CD Answer Key and various other aids we kept costs down by using only the primer and the accompanying Libellus de Historia: Latin History Reader This book made the language come alive by providing extra translation practice; it also helped my sons learn about various Roman emperors historical events cultural figures and some Christian mythology There are also a lot of free resources on the Classical Academic Press website If you have had any exposure to Latin (I had only two years in high school many many years ago!) you probably can get by without the extrasI have two critiques of the primer text: the vocabulary lists often seemed disparate I realize this is done because these words are all in the same declension or conjugation but I wish they had been grouped around a particular topic or theme; a short reading passage (in Latin or English) about that topic would enhance the learning of the vocabulary and make it more meaningful I also wish the text provided more practice with English to Latin translation though at this level it is fairly easy to make up some exercises of your own
November 25, 2009
We purchased this product last year at a home school convention in Harrisburg PA We had previously tried Rosetta Stone and I'd looked at *every* Latin program out there trying to find one that was both rigorous and easy to teach as neither my husband nor I had studied Latin ourselves This one definitely wins the prize! First of all the program is an excellent value compared with anything out there Secondly the kids (8 and 11) love it Each lesson is presented as a Dad (Latin Professor) teaches his homeschooled daughters Latin in their home-- in the dining room kitchen living room etc and presents all that the children need to know to practice their lesson for the week My kids watch the lesson every day while studying it Even my four year old loves to watch it because it is engaging and even funny at times I find the kids have excellent retention and are learning Latin as it should be learned (as am I!) Vocabulary is reinforced by listening to the CD which we generally do while driving I can't tell you how pleased I was the first time I heard my four year old recite the conjugations of several verbs correctly just from being present while the older two did their lessons Finally this product is well supported By going to the Classical Academic Press Web site (wwwclassicalacademicpresscom)you can gain access to support materials such as tests teaching advice curriculum flow and contact the authors as well as finding out more information as to how this program stacks up to another Latin program In conclusion I have found that this product is adaptable toward many types of learners (experiential visual those who need to see it written those who need repetition and those who need songs etc to help learning) is extremely easy to "teach" (You have a professional in your home doing the job for you so you can learn right along with the kids!) is very affordable and does a wonderful job of actually keeping the kids interested while being academically rigorous I couldn't ask for any more
October 28, 2005
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I'm tutoring my 9-year-old niece in Latin. This series looks creative and better suited to her age than my old university Latin textbook.
Cathy L on Apr 1, 2019
Bought this to start teaching Latin at home.
Renee S on Jan 21, 2019
I'm tutoring my 9-year-old niece in Latin. This series looks creative and better suited to her age than my old university Latin textbook.
Cathy L on Apr 1, 2019
This book came recommended by the teacher.
Tracy L on Mar 31, 2019
Bought this to start teaching Latin at home.
Renee S on Jan 21, 2019
I think it will go along well with Classical Conversations
Shannon D on Feb 22, 2018
We ditched this program. I hear they have redone it and it's a good thing - the video was 1980s home video quality, and the CD was worse. I hope it's better now.
Harper A on Dec 28, 2017
Curriculum for school
Leigh E on Sep 9, 2017
need for class
Vickie B on Aug 30, 2017
Jonelle S on Aug 11, 2017
the best ratings
Kimberlee R on Aug 10, 2017
My daughter is going to take Latin course for her homeschool co-op.
Jennifer J on Jul 20, 2017
required for school
Triona A on Jun 27, 2017
required for school
Alissa K on Jun 22, 2017
My oldest has completed this course and it is wonderful. Now my younger two are going through it
Nealewill on Jan 13, 2017
Lower price
Wendy B on Sep 6, 2016
Goes along with Shurley Grammar
Katherine M on Sep 1, 2016
This is for a 2nd student that I'm taking through the Primer A Mastery Bundle set. Very much looking forward to gauging my kids' response. I'm taking a 5th & 6th grade boy through the material.
Katherine T on Aug 30, 2016
Need one for another child
User on Aug 28, 2016
Great product.
Mia C on Aug 25, 2016
Best Latin curriculum on the market. This is fun and incremental learning makes it stick.
Kristina N on Aug 13, 2016
For homeschooling
Chandra A on Aug 9, 2016
We will use this with our 3rd grade daughter, but plan to take it nice and slow, and just do it twice a week. Dr. Christopher Perrin does a great job of making Latin understandable for the parent who doesn't know any. Cute videos on the DVD's too.
Margo D on Jul 29, 2016
This program comes highly recommended by more experienced homeschool moms with a classical bent. I feel it will enrich our CC foundations program.
Erin M on Jul 22, 2016
school requirement
Amanda B on Jul 17, 2016
This is a required co-op text.
Sara O on Jun 29, 2016
Used it before successfully with another child.
Ericka H on Jun 7, 2016
I have heard good reviews from friends.
Elisa O on Oct 7, 2015
Satisfied with previous experience
Cheri W on Oct 7, 2015
This book came recommended by the teacher.
Tracy L on Mar 31, 2019
I think it will go along well with Classical Conversations
Shannon D on Feb 22, 2018
Will the 2017 revised edition student text work with the older edition DVD?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Here are the changes - per the publisher - for the 2017 revised edition.

Primer A: Storyline has been added. The book is in complete color.
Primer A Answer Key: changes are reflective of new book.
Primer A DVD: changing from 3 DVD’s to 8. This is due to extra content, more detail and more time used to spend time teaching
Primer A Chant CD’s: rerecorded with a few pieces of pronunciation being fixed

New & old Text/Answer Keys are not compatible
CD’s are compatible with revision
I have a 8th grader and a 5th grader who have no experience with Latin. Should I start them both on the primer A or would it be too elementary?
User on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have six kids--all of whom have taken Latin and have gotten gold medals on the National Latin Exam. We typically do Latin for Children A in 6th grade, B in 7th, and C in 8th, followed by Latin Alive 1, 2, and 3 in high school. It may seem like overkill, but I feel it allows them to slowly take on a foreign language and shores up English grammar as well. When it comes to foreign language (like mathematics), review is good. I love Latin for Children and feel it is actually better for an older student who knows about indirect objects and verb tenses and other intricacies of English before diving into the technical language of Latin.
Is this the 2017 edition?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe this is the most current one. I bought one a little over a year ago and it is this same one. Don't believe it's changed.
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