Henle Latin Grammar
This Latin course from Loyola Press was designed for the serious student. It appears to be very thorough and fairly rigorous. The four levels were designed to use one each year of high school, for a total of four years of Latin. The digest sized books vary in length between 480 and 627 pages. The study of Latin is done systematically, starting with the basics and moving into readings and translations. The skills covered in the first books include a thorough mastery of forms, basic syntax, and simple vocabulary to prepare students for simple readings and translations. Each lesson is followed by several exercises. Because different people learn faster, the exercises vary in difficulty and students are not required to work them all, rather, they can choose ones that they are ready for. Any required exercises are marked. There is plenty of material for both class and private study. The second book is more intensive. Besides reviewing the first year's lessons, students tackle readings from Caesar's Commentaries, work extensive exercises, and complete Latin-English and English-Latin activities. There are several boxes of vocabulary for each lesson. Students who have completed the first year should be able to start right into the readings; however, the first 16 lessons provide a review and a slower start into the second year if students are not ready to jump right into Caesar. The readings also progress in difficulty, starting with simple sentences. The third book is an introduction to Cicero. The majority of the exercises are composed of readings, which the student translates from English into Latin, or from Latin into English. The exercises are all based on Cicero. When students progress to the fourth level of Henle Latin, they are translating longer readings. The text is based entirely from Cicero and Virgil. All four books are written in a very non-flowery and straightforward way, and each one includes word lists and English-Latin and Latin-English vocabulary in the back of the book. There is also an accompanying book
Memoria Press now offers complete Curriculum Manuals and grade-level curriculum packages for PK-10 using the classical methodology. Recitation is used in every level for memorization of basic facts, systematic phonics and good books are used for reading education, copywork is used for teaching Bible truths, and music and art are included for enrichment in the early (K-3) levels. Each Curriculum Manual contains complete lesson plans for a one-year course of study.
The Curriculum Manuals are well-formatted and easy to use. In the front of each book you will find a checklist of the materials needed at that level, an explanation of this curriculum, instructions for lesson implementation, a recommended schedule and blank schedule for your own planning purposes, and 33 weeks of detailed lesson plans. Lessons include assignments from the books used at each grade level, as well as activity suggestions. The appendices include a variety of material for that grade level, and may include: prayers, letter activities, recitation, memory verses, read-aloud book list, poetry list and selections, and a paintings/music list for kindergarten and first grade. These pages are reproducible for family or classroom use.
Although most of the guides have been available for several years, the curriculum was restructured in 2015, with many of the programs originally included in 3rd grade now with a slower pacing to span 3rd and 4th grade. Guides for grades 3 and up have been modified to reflect this change, while the lower-level guides have only had minor changes. If you are already midway into the program with the original guides, you can still continue in that track with the older guides, now titled Acclerated Classical Core Curriculum Manual. You can find these along with the complete list of curriculum resources used with them on our website.
We have complete grade-level resource packages, consumable packages for “refill,” new user packages for levels that reuse resources from a previous level, read-aloud packages for each level and science and enrichment packages for the early levels. Curriculum resources are also listed individually (see website for specific contents of consumables and read-aloud packages). Please note that several of the programs include First Form Latin and Classical Composition, which should be completed in order, regardless of what is in the grade level package.If you have a student entering the program after fourth grade, you will need to start them in Classical Composition: Fable Stage and/or First Form Latin instead of what might be in the package.
This series is for the parent who wants a good classical curriculum which is outlined and ready to use. Simply open the book and follow the instructions. You will be well on your way to a quality education for your young ones. ~ Donna
Latin and composition are continued with Classical Composition V and Fourth Form Latin (please note that these programs must be completed in order, so if you are starting here, you will need to start with Classical Comp I and First Form Latin before progressing).Literature includes As You Like It, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, and Wind in the Willows. Poetry is also incorporated. Book of the Ancient Greeks, Iliad and Odyssey make up Classical Studies, and Book of the Ancient World is used for Christian studies. Math is Algebra I from Prentice-Hall, and Memoria Press has published accompanying quizzes and tests. Science is Exploring Planet Earth. Geography III has also been included at this level. A complete package and consumables only package are both available for this grade level.
If you like the idea of using Henle for high school Latin but feel you need some structure, these syllabi from Mother of Divine Grace School are what you are looking for. Providing 32 weeks of daily lesson plans as well as weekly quizzes and quarterly exams, the plans are specific (do exercises _____ on pp _____) and thorough while detailing chart and vocabulary card preparation and review. Students can expect to spend one hour per day on the lessons which include vocabulary, grammar, chants and exercises. Making vocabulary cards, declension and conjugation charts and compiling a Latin notebook is considered fundamental. Chant charts are recommended and can be either purchased from Emmanuel Books or made by the student. Exercises may be done orally, as written assignments, or even as tests but the student is expected to complete all the exercises. There is no copyright information in these books, but the blank quizzes and tests appear to be reproducible for single family use. Answer keys are filled-in versions of each. There are also blank conjugation and declension charts which appear to be reproducible. Each syllabus represents one high school credit. Grading charts for both 1st and 2nd semester are also provided. Coil-bound, 200 pgs, pb. ~ Janice