If your goals is a classical education, then studying Latin is a must and Roman Roads Media‘s Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media. I was thrilled that our entire family had the opportunity to review this product. Currently in our home, we have my husband and myself, our 22-year-old son, our 19-year-old son, our 17-year-old son, our 15-year-old daughter and my almost 80-year-old mother. I was thrilled for everyone in our family to have the opportunity to review this product.
Roman Roads Media states on their website, ” Roman Roads specializes in classical curriculum for home and classroom use. We craft our courses to delight both students and their parents.” They offer products for old Western culture, Rhetoric, Logic, Latin, Poetry and History.
Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder is designed for students in junior high school, high school, and college. It focuses on general vocabulary, which includes verbs, adjectives, prepositions and nouns. It helps students develop proficiency in reading Latin. It is meant to assist students with a deeper understanding by using pictures, audio clips, and more. The program includes a 14-month subscription once activated. Additional family members can be added for a reduced rate.
I love the fact there are several different difficulty levels, so multiple family members can use it regardless of age. For my mother, she thought it would help her retain her memory. She also loves doing the same school work our children are doing, so this was perfect. For our oldest son, who is working as a Nursing Assistant, it helps familiarize him with Latin words he may be required to know as he continues progressing in the medical field. Unfortunately, his work schedule did not really permit him time to use the program.
For our second son who graduated from high school in the spring, it was a way to help keep his educational skills and study skills fresh. For our youngest two, who are still in school, it was a great way to build their vocabulary. For my husband and I, I knew it would be good for us to be doing the same work as our children. Plus, it would help build my husband’s vocabulary and keep his mind sharp.
There are 212 different campaigns for students to go through. With each campaign, the students are working on different skills and different vocabulary words. Students are initially introduced to words regarding maps, school terms, people and family and more. As students progress through each level, the next level is unlocked. I love that students can work at a pace that suits them and their ability to learn. So older students would typically be capable of progressing through the work. Students who struggle with vocabulary may need to take longer.
The one wish I had for this program was to have some kind of handout to refer to – especially when it cam time to actually spell the words. I have some children and a husband who often find themselves challenged when it comes to spelling, so this could become a large subject of frustration for them. To compensate for this, I found it helpful to write down in a notebook each new vocabulary word as it was displayed along with the important information on the screen. My visual learners loved that there were pictures to go with the terms. We also loved the fact that the pronunciations were given. Having never studied Latin formally when I was growing up, I have found I love studying it with the children along with Greek.
Our family was definitely pleased with this product. I must state up front, we initially planned on my mother doing this by herself. However, about the time we received this product, she lost her hearing basically. So she instead did it with me, when I was working on mine. She loves doing schoolwork with the family. I must say she loved this program and was glad to be doing it with our family.
So check out Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media along with their other products including Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric (complete program) or Picta Dicta Natural World for yourself.
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