When we first began our homeschooling journey many years ago, one of my main desires was to find curriculum that provided a Classical Christian education. Memoria Press makes classical education easier with Second Form Latin. We have used a variety of curriculum choices from Memoria Press through the years, but I specifically wanted the Second Form Latin for myself. I have a strong desire to learn other languages and Latin is at the top of my list. I know building a strong foundation with Latin is important. Second Form Latin is designed for students in grades 5-10.
With our Second Form Latin kit, we received eight components which include: the student text, the student workbook, the Quizzes and Test booklet, the Teacher manual, a Pronunciation CD, a Teacher Key, flashcards and instructional DVDs. The course contains five units which are broken down into 26 lessons plus a review for each lesson. There is a pre-test on day 4 of each lesson. If the student shows mastery on this pre-test, the lesson is considered complete. However, if the student does not show mastery, the students should review and restudy the materials and take the quiz again on day 5.
A typical week will include for day 1: Recitation, teaching the lesson, and workbook section 1. Day 2 includes recitation and workbook section 2. DAy 3 includes recitation and workbook section 3. Day 4 includes Recitation, Workbook Section 4, Orill Drill in the text, and the Pre-Test. I found this schedule quite manageable even as a homeschooling mom with other responsibilities.
The student textbook contains the background information for the lessons. Each lesson is on a two-page spread with the pages facing each other, so there is no need to flip pages. Also, the pages are free of unnecessary information or other distractions. So it helps keep the student focuses.
Each lesson has a segment on the DVD which will last anywhere from 15-20 minutes. These segments provide a great opportunity to listen to pronunciations and to ensure the student understands what it is being taught. From prior experience with other products from Memoria Press, these DVDs provide wonderful instructional information. These DVDs include 3 discs with 8.5 hours of instruction. The explanations are provided by former Highlands Latin School Teacher Glen Moore. According to the Memoria Press website’s description of the DVDs for Second Form Latin, “The DVDs also include helpful on-screen notes, illustrations, diagrams, a full First Form– Second Form recitation, “Latin parties” (Glen’s version of unit reviews), and more!”
Next comes the Student Workbook. This provides opportunities for the students to practice vocabulary, translations, declensions (which in the grammar of Latin, Greek, and other languages) refers to the variation of the form of a noun, pronoun or adjective that identifies its grammatical case, number, and gender), conjugation practice, word study and grammar, and more. I found these assignments to be very easy to complete and the directions were easy to follow.
Then there is the Quizzes and Tests booklet. This provides a quiz for each lesson along with a review for each unit. Here are some sample pages. I found these quizzes to be a good review of the material being covered. Because I was the one doing this course, I can not say how long it took me to complete these. I tended to work on them as time allowed me to rather than focusing on completing everything in one session.
The vocabulary cards provide a great way to review words, meanings and more. I recommend finding a way to keep the cards together and organized. One way would be by punching holes in these cards and put a ring through the hole to keep them together. Or another way would be to put them in some kind of box. I started off by using rubber bands but it did not really seem to work well.
There is also a Teacher Key which contains the answers to all of the Workbook questions, Quzzes and Test questions. This provides a quick and easy method for checking a student’s work. When we first began studying Latin many years ago, I had not taken any formal Latin courses, so I found the Teacher Key to be a great resource.
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I recommend you check out Second Form Latin by Memoria Press along with all of their other resources which include such courses as Traditional Spelling I, Music Appreciation, and other levels of Latin for yourself. If you would like to read other reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.