Classical educators are in agreement that Latin is the basis of a great classical education. The only disagreement among classical educators about Latin is when to begin teaching it. Many believe in waiting until middle or high school before starting to learn Latin but others believe that Latin instruction should begin in early elementary school. For those who want to start Latin at an early age there are some great Latin curriculums geared to students as young as first grade. Here is a review of my favorite three Latin curriculums for young elementary school aged children.
Song School Latin
Song School Latin is produced by Classical Academic Press with students in kindergarten in third grade in mind. This great curriculum offers thirty weekly lessons that teach Latin through songs, pictures, handwriting practice, and stories.
The lessons are set up to introduce five new words a week, and in the first few weeks students learn words that they can relate to right away. Among the first words students learn are words for family members and pets.
You can purchase Song School Latin on the Classical Academic Press website for $22.95, which includes the student text and the thirty song pronunciation CD.
Latin For Children
Latin For Children is another great Latin curriculum from Classical Academic Press. Latin For Children is a three-year curriculum that offers students a large amount of vocabulary, as well as quite a few grammar concepts. Latin For Children also teaches quite a bit of history in its curriculum.
Latin For Children uses a DVD and a CD to reinforce Latin through songs and chants. The DVD and CD also allow students to review their Latin studies on their own.
You can learn more about Latin for Children and purchase the curriculum online at the Classical Academic Press website.
Latin’s Not So Tough
Latin’s Not So Tough is another great Latin curriculum designed for children in the younger elementary grades. It is a very kid friendly curriculum that reinforces letter pronunciation before going into vocabulary and grammar in a great workbook format. Another bright side of Latin’s Not So Tough is that it takes less than five minutes a day to implement the program into your school day.
One of the downsides of Latin’s Not So Tough is that it may be too simple for students who have already mastered phonics. For students that are already reading well, it is all right to skip Level One and go directly to Level Two.
You can purchase Latin’s Not So Tough on the publisher’s website.