View Full Version : Need Latin info for young kids

06-25-2004, 07:43 PM
I have two kids, 8 and 5, that I would like to introduce Latin to soon. I need something "fun" right now and not really heavy. Later on, I hope they will take an interest in learning more, but I definitely don't want to set them against it now.

Any suggestions on Latin in a fun setting? I've heard of Rummy Roots, but I wasn't sure if it was fun and educational or just Latin fluff. Any ideas are welcome!

06-27-2004, 09:48 PM
Hey Brooke....

We are trying to read *Green Eggs and Ham* in Latin! :lol: :lol: I don't know who is having more fun...the kids or myself!!

As far as games, well I'm still searching on that one. So far Barnes and Noble has been pretty good about coming up with books,etc. What I have done when the workbook gets boring is just make index card with phrases to match up,etc.. It seems index cards are my ole stand by friends! :lol:

I ordered the video on the Latin we are using, and that has helped tremendously even though the teacher is conducting in a classroom setting, my son likes it. :roll:

I know with younger kids, Prima Latina is suppose to be good. It is put out by Memoria Press, which is owned by the Lowe family. From what I remember they used to or still do have a school in Kentucky that focused on Latin...Any-oh-hoo, Prima Latin is first then followed by Latina Christiana.

I don't know if it makes a big deal of difference on pronunciation to you because some curriculums teach a classical pronunciation and others an ecclesiastical, blah, blah :roll: :) so thats one thing to consider, if you want to.

I have read so much debate about latin scholars going back and forth talking about the CORRECT pronunciation, when I guess i feel like WHO CARES? LOL :lol: I guess some realllllly serious latin scholars out there would cringe at my very statement! :oops: :roll: I guess I tend to think like one latin teacher said *who knows?....none of us were there!*

I use Martha Wilsons Latin now which is classical and then after one more year I will switch to Latina Christiana which has an ecclesiastical pronunciation later.

Prima Latina is suppose to be real teacher friendly. No previous latin is necessary. I think also dvds and/or vhs tapes can be bought, thus relieving the boredeom of just working only in workbooks.

I'm still *waffling* about Prima Latina for my second child as he has just turned 7.I didn't start Latin with my oldest until last year, in third grade, and used the curriculum recommended for a 3rd/4th grade level. Martha Wilsons' Latin vidoes, which I use are suppose to be good compared to others. However, since I have not used any other, I dunno. Her curriculum tends to be for the parent with a little more latin background.

I think the only thing that has saved me is I did have some latin background in my prelaw courses I had to take. So I found this year relatively easy , nothing I couldn't handle between the teaching video and lesson manual. :P :lol:

As far as Rummy Roots and even English from the Roots Up, which I have, they are considered by *true classical/latin teachers* to be supplementary, but not really as a curriculum, per se. So I guess it just depends on what you want! KWIM? :wink:

Ok......let me see *What was your question?* LOL :lol: :P :lol:

06-27-2004, 10:25 PM
I have an elementary knowledge of Latin (biology and dictionary to thank for that). My son wants to learn another language and I thought that Latin would be good.....or maybe Greek. :o

I feel like a newbie with all of this!!!!!! I want to do so much that it is hard for me to figure out what to do now and what can wait. I don't want to burn out my kids, or myself....but I just love being able to do all of this stuff that they can't do "at school".

I might start with something very basic and see if the interest remains for the language. I might even start with a supplement and see how that goes first. I have read alot of Latin curriculum reviews and I know that my oldest won't like the repetative chants. I want to spark and interest and let him run with it.....and if he is excited about anything, then little sissy is on-board with it too!

06-28-2004, 07:38 AM
I took Greek in high school and absolutely loved it! It was fun, because you're dealing with a whole new set of alphabet characters; but it's a phonetic language, which makes it easier to learn than some languages (like the lovely English!) We learned what is referred to as "New Testament Greek", as opposed to modern-day Greek, I guess.

I went to a Christian school, and I know they were starting to teach Greek to the elementary grades when I was a senior. Of the top of my head, I can't remember the name of the book they used. But, I have it here, and have seen it in several catalogs recently. So, if you decide to try Greek instead, let me know and I can find that for you.

I love Greek! It comes in handy when the preacher says "this word comes from the Greek word ______" and I can sit and write the word, etc.


06-28-2004, 09:57 PM
Thanks for the info, Heidi! I might look into Greek a bit more. I enjoy my concordance so much and I am finding word studies fascinating lately....hmmmmm.....Greek.... 8)

06-29-2004, 06:21 AM
Tina, you said that Prima Latina comes BEFORE Latina Christiana? DH decided a while back that Rachael needed Latin, and he wanted to teach it. So I picked up Latina Christiana. DH tried it for a few weeks and simply didn't have the time (or drive, or whatever!) to keep it up. (He means well, but.....). So I would be better off starting with Prima Latina? Are they from the same company?

06-29-2004, 04:08 PM
Yeah Jackie....they are both from the Lowe family. They run memoria press. Here is their website. http://www.memoriapress.com

Prima Latina is like the introduction from grades K to 3.. Much better introduction than going right into Latina Christiana..which I think is like 3 or 4th to even 9th grade...Best I can remember.....

Hope that helps!!!!!

06-29-2004, 05:27 PM
Wow!!! Maybe if DH had that, he might have stuck with it! I'll keep my eyes open for it used. Thanks!

07-02-2004, 09:46 AM
I just got my CBD catalog and wanted to tell you what book it was that I was talking about the other day. If you have the catalog, it's on page 100. It's called "Basic Greek in 30 Minutes A Day" by Jim Found. This is a great teach-yourself-at-home book.