Latin for Children: Primer A Text

Latin for Children: Primer A Text

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Item #: 020108
ISBN: 9781600510007
Grades: 3-5

Publisher Description:

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.

Latin for Children Primer A (Student Edition) is easy to use, incremental, and filled with clear grammatical explanations written expressly for the student. Exercises, quizzes, and a useful reference section are also included. Lessons teach mnemonic aids (songs, chants) that enable students to learn vocabulary and grammar with ease and delight. There are clear explanations of grammar in every chapter, written at the student’s level. Guidance is given for both classical and ecclesiastical pronunciations.

What's in the New Revised Edition?

Latin for Children Primer A, now printed in full color, has been enhanced with beautiful illustrations as well as images and paintings of ancient Roman culture. An adventure story, Along the Appian Way, has also been added. Students will follow Marcus and Julia as they look for dropped coins or maybe even greater treasures—until an accidental run-in with an official messenger brings them more adventure than they bargained for! The chapter-by-chapter Latin grammar sequence remains the same as previous versions. Students will love studying Latin even more as they use this newly revised and improved edition.

  • Workbook format, 32 chapters (proposed teaching timeline is 1 chapter a week), perfect-bound book
  • Clear explanations of grammar in every chapter, written directly to the student
  • Weekly worksheets and quizzes included
  • Students learn 240 high-frequency Latin words
  • Classical and/or ecclesiastical pronunciation
  • Professional, classical layout and design
  • Widely used Latin series among classical schools, charter schools, homeschools & co-ops
  • Yearly revision of each text based on critical feedback of our customers
  • Primers B and C are a succession upon the previous book. They are intended to be taught sequentially beginning with Primer A (target grade: 4th), one book per school year.

See our Support tab above for schedule recommendations and the many free resources available.

Note: The 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 DVD or streaming video, however, will still work with previous editions of the text. The Activity Book and History Reader are also still compatible with either version.

This is a consumable item.

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. This 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.

NEW FOR 2023: Chants are available in mp3 files. You will receive an email with access code and instructions to redeem these files on the Classical Academic Press website.

These audio files capture the teacher and students pronouncing and rhythmically repeating each grammar chant and vocabulary word from Latin for Children Primer A—first the Latin, then the English equivalent. These chants are an incredible tool to use for fun memorization and contain all 240 vocabulary words chanted and sung in the ecclesiastical pronunciation. Listen wherever you go! You choose the Classical or Ecclesiastical pronunciation you prefer.

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 are available as a PDF download. The complete answer keys for the tests are also included. This includes weekly chapter tests, unit tests, and even unit study guides. This license is for 1-3 students and is valid for 1 year.

While this program is certainly flexible, it was designed so that each level can be 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 also be used with 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 (i.e. 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

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Required by school.
Waverly J on Jul 19, 2022
My littles are not so little anymore! They completed Song School, and this is the next level. We have used LFC in the past.
Christi C on Apr 6, 2022
Required by school.
Waverly J on Jul 19, 2022
School Text
Michael M on Jul 3, 2022
My littles are not so little anymore! They completed Song School, and this is the next level. We have used LFC in the past.
Christi C on Apr 6, 2022
I was personally taught by the authors when I was in middle and high school. Their academic excellence, fun loving/ humorous streaks, and broad knowledge paired with a zeal for strong teacher-student relationships has brought me back to their now-published materials to teach my own children.
Hannah O on Mar 29, 2022
Required by school.
Emily C on Aug 6, 2021
Required textbook for my daughter's Latin class
Matt E on Aug 6, 2021
Veritas Press student
Rachel B on Aug 2, 2021
required by school
Robin E on Jul 16, 2021
Second book for second child who is also using LfC. This program is comprehensive, and the DVD lessons are thorough. There are activities to go along with the lessons.
Christi C on Nov 23, 2020
I needed a second copy of Latin for Children to stop making copies of every lesson. My son and I are learning Latin together and this has been a good course. We used another book for awhile, but it became confusing. We decided to try a book geared to younger children to see if we could make more progress. So far, we are doing well.
Emily R on Oct 2, 2020
it goes with answer above
Adrienne A on Aug 16, 2020
Finished Song School Latin 2 and my 4th grader was requesting to continue to the next level. She's looking forward to it.
Amara L on Aug 16, 2020
I used this with my first child and it's great! Excellent instruction from the DVD as well as fun activities and reinforcement for the student.
Sarah S on Jul 20, 2020
Required for co-op Intro. to Latin class
Kelly W on Jul 16, 2020
This is a really fun Latin program. I remember some of the chants from using this many, many years ago with my oldest.
Melani M on Jul 11, 2020
I needed one extra workbook to go along with the set I purchased--teaching 2 kids at once at this level of Latin.
Gabrielle on Jul 10, 2020
We used Latin For Children Primer A with our oldest. Since our youngest will be using it as well, we just needed the student and the activity books.
Robert T on Jun 9, 2020
used it with all of my children
Annabelle B on May 28, 2020
Recommended by a friend. We completed the first Song School Latin book and are ready to move on from that series. My kids are 11 and 9, and I am a former Latin teacher.
Kathy C on Apr 25, 2020
Needing a extra for myself to work through with the kids
Renee A on Jan 21, 2020
I am a homeschool mom. It is an excellent program to learn Latin and I am learning along with my children!
User on Oct 15, 2019
Recommended by a friend; best price is on this site.
Janet W on Aug 26, 2019
somewhat self learning
Josette S on Aug 12, 2019
Required by my child's school
Veronica N on Aug 7, 2019
Great reviews!
Lindsey C on Jul 27, 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
Daneale 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
School Text
Michael M on Jul 3, 2022
I was personally taught by the authors when I was in middle and high school. Their academic excellence, fun loving/ humorous streaks, and broad knowledge paired with a zeal for strong teacher-student relationships has brought me back to their now-published materials to teach my own children.
Hannah O on Mar 29, 2022
I have an eight year old who has never done latin, except for prayers at church. sShould he start with Song School 1 and 2 or would that be too babyish? Would it be better for him to start right away in Lain for children?
Debbie on Apr 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I haven't done Song school... check YouTube for samples. I found Latin for Children to be way too much for my 10 yr old who had already been through Getting Started with Latin. I liked the chants on DVD. The DVD class was a bit on the boring side. My kids were interested in the stories but the rest of the workbook was a significant amount of work and too much for kids under 12, in my opinion.
Cathy Duffy says this is written from a Christian perspective, but other sources say it is non-religious, or "not too religious." While I'm a Christian myself, I prefer my materials to not always lead to me having to differentiate between my family's beliefs and those in textbooks.

Can anyone shed light on this aspect of the material? Thank you!
A shopper on Oct 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Some of the quotes are from the Latin Vulgate, like the first line to memorize is, "In principio erat verbum" which translates, "In the beginning was the Word." Which is the first verse of John chapter 3. I don't remember any more religious content besides famous phrases to memorize but did not use the entire book as my kids were too young for it.
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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Rated 5 out of 5
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 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
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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