Latin for Children: Primer A DVD & Chant CD

Latin for Children: Primer A DVD & Chant CD

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Item #: 019886
ISBN: 9781600510021
Grades: 3-5

Publisher Description:

Latin for Children Primer A offers chapter-by-chapter video teaching by author Dr. Christopher Perrin. Clear, engaging grammar lessons are given from his cozy classroom, and the memory pages are chanted with motions and songs/chants led by students. Each lesson is 20–25 minutes and corresponds to the weekly chapter in Latin for Children Primer A. It features the chanting and singing of vocabulary, including noun declensions and verb conjugations, and clear grammatical explanations. The audio captures the teacher and students pronouncing and rhythmically repeating each grammar chart and vocabulary word in the primer—first the Latin, then the English equivalent. The chants are an incredible tool to use for fun memorization and contain all 240 vocabulary words chanted and sung in both the classical and ecclesiastical pronunciations. The new, revised edition of the teaching video & audio will correspond with previous versions of the Latin for Children Primer A text.

The Latin for Children Primer A Video & Audio is also a valuable tool for the classroom! It can be used as:

  • A helpful resource for Latin teachers to prepare for a lesson
  • A substitute teacher when the regular teacher is away
  • A helpful resource for a student to catch up on a missed lesson
  • A helpful resource for a student to maintain skills or catch up to the class over the summer
  • An addition to a summer school course
  • A library item helpful to the struggling Latin student or the curious parent

Designed, revised, and continually sharpened since 2001, the award-winning Latin for Children curriculum continues to be a strong, inviting, and creative program designed to introduce students as young as fourth graders to Latin. It incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style. When used as a whole, this series trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage. The Latin for Children series is taught directly to the child and is a perfect choice for teachers and parents, including those who will be learning along with their students.

Category Description for Latin for Children Primer A:

Category Description for Latin for Children (Gr. 3-5+):

As the books state, "Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware - this series has made Latin the favorite subject of many homeschoolers...." Hard to believe? This thorough program can help you teach your children Latin effectively even if you have no background in or experience with Latin.

Primers (texts) are divided into a handful of different units, with a total of 32 lessons per book. Primer A starts right at the beginning. Each lesson introduces new vocabulary words alongside a Latin concept, starting with verbs and nouns in the first unit and moving on to linking verbs, adjectives, more verb forms, predicates and nominatives, and a bunch of other concepts. The lessons are short at four pages each, except for the periodic reviews which generally have a couple more pages. The lessons begin with a vocabulary list, a chant, and then a discussion/explanation of the target concept. The last two pages hold a variety of short exercises practicing the grammar concept using the vocabulary words. Primers B and C build on the skills learned in Primer A, progressing through more vocabulary words and more advanced grammatical concepts. All levels are integrated with Shurley English as well, so it correlates nicely if you are using that program.

The lessons become longer in the later levels, but they follow the same straight-forward format. Each level introduces students to 240 of the most frequently occurring words in an engaging, easy manner with plenty of practice to help them retain what they've learned. Helpful glossaries are included in the back of each primer.

Paperback Answer Keys contain copies of the student exercises from the Primers, but with answers provided in bold font (includes only the pages with answers). A suggested weekly teaching schedule is also included at the beginning.

To further enhance the program, there are DVD/CD sets for each level, which show the author teaching the lessons to young students, explaining the grammatical concepts in a clear, easy to understand manner. Boys and girls in the elementary and middle grades perform the chants, while the text from the book is displayed on the screen, which helps your child learn them as well as the correct pronunciation. Each DVD set holds five or more hours of instruction, on 2-3 DVDs. We've heard a lot of positive feedback on the DVDs, which kids find entertaining as well as educational.

Audio CDs are included in the DVD/CD sets and are also available separately. The audio CDs feature Dr. Perrin and students pronouncing and repeating each grammar chant and vocabulary words, in both Latin and English. All 240 vocabulary words at each level are chanted and sung. Both the classical and Ecclesiastical are included in the DVD/CD set, but you can now buy just the classical or ecclesiastical pronunciations separately. CDs are great for on-the-go learning. 

Activity Books and History Readers are also available for each level. The Activity Books provide additional practice for each chapter, through fun activities like crosswords, puzzles, word searches, codes, mazes and other fun puzzles. These will supplement and enhance Latin practice while adding a dash of fun for students. The History Readers each offer a selection of stories about history, which are keyed to the vocabulary and grammar learned at each level. The stories are written in Latin and each story includes a glossary, notes, and follow-up questions (in Latin). Reader A shares stories from Greek and Roman history, while Reader B covers Medieval history and Reader C covers the Age of Exploration through 1815. If you are using Veritas History, you will be pleased to know that the content in the readers parallels that from Veritas History for each period covered, and that the readers share history in a Protestant-friendly way.

Test Packets on CD have been discontinued in CD format and in the future will only be available as a download. We currently have some remaining inventory of levels B and C. The CD contains PDF files (Adobe Acrobat Reader needed) for weekly chapter tests, unit tests, and unit study guides. The complete answer keys for the tests are also included.

While this program is certainly flexible, it was designed so that each level is completed in one year, at the rate of one lesson a week, split up into at least two days of assignments. While the program is suggested for use with grades 3-5, with Primer A being taught in 3rd grade, it can be used for older children. If you want to start in 5th grade, you should still begin with Primer A before moving on to Levels B and C.

We offer the materials separately, in Packs, or in Mastery Bundles. Packs include the student text, answer key, and DVD/CD set at that level, while Mastery Bundles include a Pack (student text, answer key, and DVD/CD set) as well as the Activity Book and History Reader.

  Also available for Levels A and B are the Clash Cards: Latin, Level 1 and Level 2 Flash Cards. Each card contains two vocabulary words on each side of the card (divided into "day" and "night" words), with Latin on one side and the English translation on the other. The Latin side of the card contains the main word in Latin, with additional declensions, conjugations, or definitions listed below. The English side of the card contains the main word in English, with common derivatives listed below. Also listed on the English side is the word's classification (ie. noun, verb), as well as the word's book and chapter references to match with the Classical Academic Press textbooks. This set contains 240 vocabulary words that students can use to quiz themselves, or they can practice their vocabulary skills with other students by playing different variations of the Clash Game (instructions for three levels of play are included). - Melissa

Note: A revised edition for Level C is coming out as follows:

August 2020: Primer, Answer Key, and Activity Book (new cover only)

September 2020: History Reader and Streaming Video & Audio

October 2020: DVD & CD Set

Old editions of the primer and answer key are not compatible with this newly revised edition (though the grammar is taught in the same sequence). The teaching video (DVD or streaming), activity book, and history reader are still compatible with either version.

Primary Subject
Foreign Language
Grade Start
Grade End
1 CD
8 to 11
Christoper Perrin (Featuring) ; Robert A. Baddorf (Filmed by)
Brand Name
Classical Academic Press
0.65 (lbs.)
5.38" x 6.5" x 1.12"
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Great starting place for kids ages 8 - 14
Amy S on Sep 16, 2021
As a former second language teacher, the sample videos on YouTube were what I expected for secondary/post secondary students--actual instruction as opposed to games and phrases. By watching the videos with the children, I can help them better learn and understand the grammar.
Maria Teresa R on Jul 29, 2019
Great starting place for kids ages 8 - 14
Amy S on Sep 16, 2021
to help with school latin
Erin M on Sep 7, 2019
As a former second language teacher, the sample videos on YouTube were what I expected for secondary/post secondary students--actual instruction as opposed to games and phrases. By watching the videos with the children, I can help them better learn and understand the grammar.
Maria Teresa R on Jul 29, 2019
I am teaching Latin to my 8-year-old daughter who's starting 4th grade in the Fall. After comparing several programs, I found this one to be one of the best.
Jude M on May 24, 2019
Fun program - loved the earlier grades and wanted to update to the latest version.
Rebecca K on Aug 1, 2017
child taking Latin course
Mary B on Oct 24, 2016
Recommended by a friend
Monica B on Oct 11, 2016
Reasonably priced
Katherine M on Sep 1, 2016
We needed it for our Latin class this year.
Paige M on Jun 18, 2016
Karen R on Oct 20, 2015
to help with school latin
Erin M on Sep 7, 2019
I am teaching Latin to my 8-year-old daughter who's starting 4th grade in the Fall. After comparing several programs, I found this one to be one of the best.
Jude M on May 24, 2019
How long are the DVD lessons?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hello, there is a short lesson with a mother and her children that introduce new words for each lesson and she teaches the pronounciation and act out the word and that is only a couple of minutes. The actual lesson where the history and grammar of new words taught is approximately 20 minutes long. My 6th grader usually watches it through once and then he'll rewatch and pause/play while answering the questions from the workbook. Hope this helps!
is this cd the classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical?
A shopper on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It has both classical and ecclesiatical options, but I have found the ecclesiastical pronunciation is incorrect at times and does not match the written explanation of pronunciation in the workbook Primers.
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Very helpful
This has been a very helpful set. Our seventh-grader is learning Latin very well, and our two year old likes to join in too!
September 16, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fabulous! Finally, Latin is fun for elementary students. The chants are invaluable for memorization. We are so happy to have found this program!
October 20, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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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