Memoria Press Review by Darla: First Form Latin

This is a no-nonsense approach to Latin. That can be a real breath of fresh air if your student is ready for serious Latin study or is a bit older. I am using this with a ten year old and an almost fourteen year old. Both are learning Latin for the first time, and both are appropriately challenged.

I wish I could say my kids love learning Latin, but that would be an exaggeration. It’s work and not really all that fun. I enjoy teaching it with this program though. Each lesson is a two-page spread in the textbook and looks deceptively simple. I recommend quizzing and reinforcing the lessons using the suggestions in the teacher’s guide because there is more here than meets the eye. Also, do not skip any part of the workbook pages. It’s not busy work.

It can’t be all bad. She’s smiling:

 

 

I sincerely appreciate that this is a program that does not attempt to entertain. It’s not what I would call “dry”, but it is business-like. They get into verb conjugations in Lesson 1, and there are ten verbs to conjugate right away. Learning Latin is work, and my kids and I are benefiting from working on it together. We have made attempts in the past, but this is the furthest we’ve gotten in the shortest period of time. This approach clearly works for us.

Memoria Press provided me with DVDs, a student textbook, a workbook, pronunciation CD, the teacher’s edition, answer keys, and flash cards. It might seem as if using both CDs and DVDs would be redundant, but they really contain different material and he goes much slower explaining the pronunciation on the CDs. Pronunciation in this program is loosely based on Ecclesiastical. All the items I received are very useful. I also purchased the wall charts at a later date.

I love how the DVD teacher explains things thoroughly. He is even a bit entertaining! My kids loved his explanation of 2nd person plural (y’all).

 

The lessons are just long enough, and the workbook pages are very well done for getting in the right amount of the right kind of practice.

I very much look forward to seeing how my kids do upon completion of First Form Latin and already plan to move at least one of them on to Second Form after this.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

by Darla

Memoria Press Review by Darla: Geography I

I received in my package a teacher’s manual for Geography I, a student text, a student workbook, tests and quizzes, and a review of 50 states. The goal of this program is to familiarize your young learner with countries and their capitals. It is not meant to be an in-depth study of world cultures, so if you’re looking for something to take the place of history for a year and give you some deep learning to spend several hours a week on, this is not it. It would make a good jumping-off point in my opinion, however, and more could easily be added per your student’s interest level.

This is a Christian publisher, so secular users will want to know that when covering areas of the Holy Land Biblical accounts are treated as fact. This is a given with any Christian publisher as far as I know. This led us to some discussion on what archaeologists are able to discover vs. various historical accounts and how they don’t always agree.

Onward to how the program works! Each country has a two-page spread in the text, and a correlating one-page exercise in the student workbook. The exercises are mostly map work. On a good day, geography can be done in about fifteen minutes if you cover one country at a time. The student is asked to read the text, label the map, copy the name of the country and its capital three times and add in some facts that he found interesting. Covering two or three countries a week will be a good pace for most families.

We had never really done the 50 states, so the review package sort of wasn’t review for my student. Somehow, he knows the states better than I expected and is moving along nicely on learning the capitals. He is ten years old, and we do keep maps up which have always interested him. It’s been enough.

The only improvement I would not mind seeing would be a separate pamphlet (or download) for quizzes and tests. They are included in the teacher manual which makes them a bit difficult to use.

We are looking forward to Geography II next!

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

by Darla