Memoria Press Prima Latina
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This Spring we got to review Memoria Press and their Prima Latina Complete Set. This is a beginner Latin curriculum with teacher manual, student workbook, dvds, cd and flashcards. Everything is high quality and durable. The only consumable product is the student workbook. Everything else would be reusable for multiple children making this an economical choice for learning Latin!
How we used Memoria Press…
Prima Latina from Memoria Press is a preparatory course for children in approximately 1st-4th grades. However I personally used with my 3 year old daughter. She’s rather advanced on certain things and when she wanted to learn Latin who was I to tell her no? She and I both had fun reading the Latin, listening to the CD and watching the dvds. I’m going to be completely honest here. We did the worksheets orally since she can’t read or write yet. As she learns those skills it will be great practice for her.
We used the cd in our mornings. I would put it on and we all listen as we went about our morning chores, breakfast ECT…
The really neat part of this is it combines English and Latin and makes it extremely easy to implement even for someone completely unfamiliar with Latin.
It starts with establishing a basis for learning by differentiating the differences and similarities between English and Latin. For example English has 26 letters and Latin has 25. It has no W. Latin has the same vowels but with a little different sounds to them. (A is ah like in father.)
We also learned a pray in Latin. Did you know Oremus means Let us pray? Each week you learn a new portion of a prayer or song in Latin. For example Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth means Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts.
Some derivatives from words learned in Lesson 2 are:
Glorious, glorify, laud, proclamation, celestial. These come from Gloria (glory), laudo (I praise), clamo (I shout), caelum (heaven).
I personally love how the dvd and CD pronounce the words aloud for you. This is so helpful because we don’t hear this language spoken as a general rule. But as you start studying it you realize how many of our words are derived from Latin!
It goes through the various parts of speech and honestly is great practice in both languages. I think I will use this with my 9 year old this next year to help him with the parts of speech practice!
It gives a ton of writing practice also. This is an incredibly thorough program while still being super parent/teacher friendly. We’ve reviewed Memoria Press before and have always been very impressed with the quality of their materials.
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