Latin for Children: Primer A Pack

Latin for Children: Primer A Pack


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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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I want to prepare my children for the challenge levels of Classical Conversations
Katie S on Aug 10, 2021
My daughter has been working her way through Primer A but got stuck so I decided we finally needed the DVD lessons. I bought the pack because I'm pretty sure I'll use it again with her younger siblings.
Rachel L on Feb 17, 2021
I want to prepare my children for the challenge levels of Classical Conversations
Katie S on Aug 10, 2021
A friend is using it this year, and one child likes using the same curriculum as that friend.
Timothy H on Jul 30, 2021
My daughter has been working her way through Primer A but got stuck so I decided we finally needed the DVD lessons. I bought the pack because I'm pretty sure I'll use it again with her younger siblings.
Rachel L on Feb 17, 2021
school recommendation
Heather J on Aug 18, 2020
Our daughter did the Latin last year and is moving to the Primer A. She loves Latin.
Kate F on Aug 3, 2020
I wanted my children to have a solid grasp of Latin and I want us all to learn the fun chants that will help solidify the Latin grammar for us.
Gabrielle on Jul 10, 2020
We used the song school Latin and loved it. We thought this would be good to try next.
Courtney T on Jun 20, 2020
Our children's school uses this and we love the curriculum.
Donna G on May 29, 2020
Recommended by a friend
Beth B on Jul 11, 2019
Best Price!
Jessica A on Jun 27, 2019
this looks like a very easy, fun, and engaging curriculum for students and parents with no former Latin knowledge.
trinh l on Oct 13, 2018
We are a classical conversations family. After seeing how rigorous the Latin program is for Challenge A, I wanted to give my daughter a more gentle intro to Latin so that she wouldn't be so overwhelmed when she moves to the Challenge program. This program seems like something that will appeal to my daughter, and I love that it has DVD instruction.
Andrea J on Jul 21, 2018
I love the balanced perspective of this Latin program; it lays out the grammar and new concepts in a tangible way that children can grasp, and it also mixes in fun activities and stories that draw children in. It helps make Latin approachable rather than too intense for the elementary grades, with more of a focus on vocabulary and gentle introduction to grammar.
Chloe G on Jul 20, 2018
I really appreciate Dr Perrin and liked Song School Latin so this was a logical next step in our Latin study.
Julie S on Apr 4, 2018
teaching Latin at home. Completed Song School Latin and this was the next level to move into.
Julie D on Nov 4, 2017
best price for the new edition
tanya t on Sep 14, 2017
Easy for mom/teacher but still very solid for the kids!
heather t on May 28, 2017
Good reviews, looks fun.
Anna D on Mar 7, 2016
A friend is using it this year, and one child likes using the same curriculum as that friend.
Timothy H on Jul 30, 2021
school recommendation
Heather J on Aug 18, 2020
I would love to know how others work this into their schedule? Are the lessons broken down into manageable blocks? Do you do Latin daily? or weekly? and how long for each session/lesson?
Julie on Sep 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We have been using this for four or five weeks. I try to do Latin everyday for at least 15-30 minutes depending on the day and mood of our household. At minimum we try and listen to the chapter chants everyday. If that is all for the day we listen two or three times. On good days we try and do a page or two from the workbook everyday. For the lesson part/ new information I usually read and discuss the information with my children. We also do the video too. I have a first grader who does this with my fourth and fifth grader. When we do the work I have the first grader listen and answer orally instead of writing. Hope this helps a little.
Does this have any Christian content?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, not to my knowledge. We are about halfway through the book and I have not come across any Christian content, as far as Bible verses, Bible stories, sentences about God/Jesus, etc. But it is excellent and does incorporate a little bit of Roman culture/history which will of course touch on their religion/mythology at the time. I hope this helps.
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We didn't connect with Latina Christiana last year. It was suggested that we give this curriculum a try. I am so glad we listened to the suggestion from the Rainbow Resources Cirriculum Expert. Amazing and doable. You will be reciting the words with your kids. The videos are great as well!
September 24, 2021
Rated 4 out of 5
Easy and thorough !
Very decent curriculum. I am teaching a 5th and 6th grader boys Latin for children (ages 11 and 10) I bought primer A because this is our first exposure to Latin and so far we are happy staring with this level. I like the colorful workbook and layout of activities it provides for more engaging learning, such as filling in missing Words to a story, translating Latin to English words activities, a section on dictionary usage for finding Latin derivatives, new Vocabulary and concept being taught in each chapter ( very clear and easy layout for kids to understand) and a test at the end of each chapter . I also bought the dvd and that really help with learning to enunciate the Latin words correctly, for each lesson in the video they show a family with several small children chanting and saying the Latin words with their mom, my kids responded well to this style and gave them more comfort because they visually see other kids learning Latin too! After the initial new vocabulary review in each section, the second part of the video shows The creator of the curriculum teaching the new lesson that you can also find in the workbook. I think his style of teaching is a little dry and my kids didn’t respond well to that , I think they are fine reading the concepts in their workbooks maybe because they are more visual and comprehend more when they are doing the reading themselves. Of course we do this together and my attitude towards each lesson very important! When they see mom enjoy learning with them I can sense they enjoy it too, my boys actually stated they like learning Latin now! I hope this helps!
November 14, 2018
over 4 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
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