Famous Men of Rome Set
This kit includes the following items:
What do you get when you cross an experienced homeschool publisher with an excellent, hundred-year-old textbook series? You guessed it! A quality educational tool. And that is exactly what Memoria Press (publishers of Latina Christiana) has provided us in their rendition of the Famous Men series. The original texts by John H. Haaren and A. B. Poland have been edited by Leigh Lowe, reset into a pleasing larger print, double column format, and interspersed with fascinating illustrations. The result is a highly readable text. The aim of the original authors was to make an interesting story of each life and through these stories - told in a simple and dignified style - to make the study of history a pleasure. This goal is being realized and strengthened by the addition of quality full-color illustrative artwork which includes drawings such as the Acropolis of Athens, action scenes from the art world such as the Danes embarking for the invasion of England, various busts and portraits of famous men, and artwork taken from pottery. As you might expect, the Famous Men books from Memoria are quite similar to those from Greenleaf, with some minor differences (illustrations are full-color here and black-and-white in Greenleaf versions). However, the similarity ends here, as the student and teacher guides from Memoria are very different than the Greenleaf Guides. The Student Guide accompanying each Memoria Press book is a year-long consumable workbook course which comprehensively covers the corresponding Famous Men book. Each two-page lesson includes famous quotes, key people and places, vocabulary words, comprehension questions, and an activities section. Suggested activities include map work, timelines, discussion questions, small research compositions and art projects. A review lesson is provided after every five lessons. Additional resource information varies with the course and includes pronunciation guides, maps (of ancient Rome & Italy as well as modern Europe in the Rome book), "Who Said That?" worksheets, timelines, drawing pages, and literary excerpts from the time period that can be used as copywork (Modern Times). The Teacher Guide includes a full-text answer key for the Student Guide, tests that correspond to the reviews and a final exam. The tests and exam are not reproducible but the student could easily write answers on another paper thus making them non-consumable. The Rome TE includes history drill questions and an European geography test. Flashcards are now available for the Greece, Rome, and Middle Ages series. These list the "famous man" on one side and basic information about him on the other. Flashcards are also available for the Greek Myths guide. ~ Janice
Grade 5 progresses on to First Form Latin; great literature such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Heidi and Lassie Come-Home; and Famous Men of Rome for a continuation of their history studies. Geography I has been added at this level. Science includes a study of insects. Rod and Staff math, Christian Studies, Classical Composition, English Grammar Recitation, Spelling Workout are all continued at the next level (please note that Classical Comp I: Fable Stage should be completed before level II. If student is entering at this level, they will need to complete that course first). Suggested summer reading: Story of the World Vol. 2.
30 biographies starting with Romulus ending with Constantine and including the Tarquins, Horatius, Cincinnatus, Regulus, Cato, Marius, Cicerto, and Titus. The book concludes with a short section on the end of the Western Empire. 157 pgs, pb.
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
Accelerated curriculum guides are available from Memoria Press for families who wish to move at a faster pace than the Classical Core Curriculum pace.If you begin at the Accelerated Pace and find it too difficult, it is possible to transition to the Classical Core Curriculum.