We really enjoy languages around here. And Latin is one of those we have tried out a couple times. We dip our toes in now and then but never really commit to anything. Yet I know there are many benefits to learning this one and so I was more than happy to have the opportunity to review Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Reader I and Workbook I from Laurelwood Books. We received a reader that had a number of simple stories in English and Latin, as well as a workbook to use alongside the reader. Laurelwood Books offers a great variety of curriculum for homeschoolers. And if you aren’tt sure what you need? They are happy to help you make those tough curriculum choices while also encouraging you in your journey.
Never studied Latin before? That’s OKAY! Their readers are designed for grades 2 through 5 and teach Latin using parables, stories from the Bible and fables like The Three Little Pigs and The Crow and the Pitcher. It also comes with a workbook that has activities to go along with each story while helping our kids to learn Latin to English and English to Latin. There are simple yet lovely illustrations throughout threader loping our kids to understand visually. There is also a sidebar on each Latin story page which provides the meaning of words as we read.
All of the stories are presented in a very simplified form so as to make translating them into Latin that much easier for us. When we began we read the story first in English and then in Latin. We would read the story, in Latin, a couple times. I found this really helped the information we were learning to stick a bit more. Once we read the page a few times we would move on to the workbook to complete the activities that go along with the reading (they do provide an answer key so don’t worry if you struggle with this!). Some days when I was not able to sit with my oldest, I would encourage him to read to his brother and sisters out loud.
I love how the exercises in the workbook range from being simple ~ Just opportunities to better learn the words and remember all of the vocabulary. But they also go deeper for those who want to dig in a bit more. Digging Deeper and Digging for Treasure give our kids the chance to have a little adventure as they learn. Basic exercises can include translating from Latin to English and also from English to Latin. There are fill in the blank exercises as well as matching games. When you begin Digging Deeper you may write out definitions of words using the Latin roots; this is a way for learning to take place in regards to verbs and singular and plural whether nouns or recognizing accusative or nominative words. When we go Digging for Treasure, it really gets exciting! Translate sentences…Write translations…This is fun stuff! Especially for my son who has really gotten into puzzles and secret codes and cryptography. 😛
This really is a fun and gentle way to help your kids learn Latin. It really isn’t nearly as overwhelming or difficult as you may think. There are a number of levels available, both reader and workbook, to encourage your kids too as they move along. Each one is filled with stories that are familiar and good to read. Especially for struggling and reluctant readers, these are such a blessing! We are definitely planning to continue with Reader I and will very likely be looking to collect the other levels as we move through these. These are simple and affordable and fun! What more could we ask for?
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