Prima Latina is an introductory Latin course designed with children from Kindergarten to 3rd grade in mind. The course contains 25 lessons spread over four pages. Each lesson teaches a “practical Latin” phrase, such as “Salve!”- Hello, 5 vocabulary words, and one line of a Latin prayer, such as the Sanctus (the total prayer is learned after 5 lessons). The lessons also contain English derivatives for the vocabulary used and grammar skills. At the end of of 5 lessons there is a cumulative review chapter. The teacher’s manual also contains a test for those 5 lessons.
Prima Latina was created to be taught by parents with no Latin background, so don’t be intimidated! The pronunciation cd is well worth the $4.95. It instructs how to pronounce the Latin vowels and consonants, goes over all the lessons and prayers, and also has 4 songs from Lingua Angelica.
I initially bought Prima Latina to use in 1st grade, but once I had it in my hands, I felt my daughter was not reading well enough yet to successfully navigate the workbook. An advanced 1st grader could probably use the program successfully, but I think using the full program for a Kindergarten is overly optimistic. I would say that a child who doesn’t have a good foundation of reading and writing would easily get frustrated trying to use the whole program, though of course a younger student could listen to the CD and get an introduction to the vocabulary, prayers, and songs.
Prima Latina is intended to prepare students for Latina Christina I. My daughter and I are both very happy with the program, and will definitely continue on with Memoria Press for our Latin education!
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