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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Product Review: Classical Academic Press: Latin for Children

Classical Academic Press produces superlative educational materials to advance the revival of classical education. The company specializes in subjects such as Latin and logic, presented clearly and creatively, to equip and engage both students and teachers. These programs are the continuing, collaborative effort of distinguished scholars, teachers, and designers.

I was lucky enough to receive Latin for Children Primer A Mastery Bundle (for students from 3rd-6th grade). Latin for Children is an engaging, incremental, & creative curriculum, designed to introduce students as young as third grade to Latin. The Primer A text, and supplemental materials, make up the first year of a three year series. It trains students in grammar, vocabulary and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage. Even better, Latin for Children is taught directly to the child, and is a perfect choice for teachers and parent who will be learning along with their students.

This was such an amazing fit for our family. We already follow a classical approach in our homeschool, and the program was set up so that I could teach Latin to the boys. In the past Michael has taken over the Latin instruction because I have no previous experience with the language.

The materials in the Primer A Bundle were amazing! I received the Primer A Worktext which is integrated with Shurley Grammar. Shurley Grammar happens to be the English and Grammar program that we use from second grade on. I also received the Answer Key, History Reader, Activity Book, and DVD set.

The program is one of the highest quality language programs available. It does not rely on games, cartoons, or gimmicks to keep your child motivated enough to learn. It is solid instruction done in a manner that has been proven to be effective for generations. Although James has had several years of Latin instruction, the program moves so quickly and effectively that he was still able to learn new material within the review period.

In addition to Latin language programs, the company offers language programs in Greek, Spanish, and a reader in French. Logic, Bible, and Poetry are non-language subjects that the company offers materials in as well.

I am going to be very honest with you and say that I was really fortunate to receive these Latin materials because they are not cheap. If you wanted to buy the materials that I received you could purchase the Master Bundle A for $99.95. They offer a Basic Bundle A which includes just the textbook, answer key, and DVD's for $76.95. Materials can be purchased separately, but the savings are really in purchasing the bundles.

The materials may not be cheap, but the ones that I reviewed are definitely worth it. We are going to continue James' original Latin program for the remainder of this year (since we have a matter of weeks left), but are strongly considering starting this one with him again in the Fall. Even with his previous Latin exposure, this program is so thorough and the approach is so similar to our already existing homeschooling curriculum this is really a no-brainer for us. Add the fact that I can also teach James the lessons (something that I can't do with our existing curriculum) and I believe that seals the deal!

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Curriculum Review Group, I received these materials free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

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