Thursday, November 3, 2011

First Form Latin – TOS review


Company:  Memoria Press

Product:  First Form Latin Plus:

          Author:  Cheryl Lowe

Price:  $115


I’ve always wanted to teach my children a second language.  We have studied sign language off and on and I really like that.  But, I’ve really wanted them to start to learn something “official”.  Spanish is out for us.  For some reason this language just isn’t something I’ve ever wanted them to learn.  There are lots of reasons. 

I learned French in high school.  I took 3 years of it.  Today I remember almost nothing.  I can say “Je parle france, le langue de l’amore.”  Probably didn’t get the spelling correct but that is I speak French, the language of love.  Funny, that’s the only thing I can say so that really isn’t true.  LOL

I’ve been leaning for awhile towards Latin or Greek.  I was offered to review First Form Latin for the TOS crew so I volunteered Griffin.  This is a curriculum by Memoria Press and is recommended for grades 5 and up.  This is considered one year of a high school foreign language. 

We are going to take it slow and finish this over 2 years.  If we can do that, Griffin will have a year of foreign language before he gets to high school. 

PhotobucketHere is what I received (it’s a lot)


Teacher Manual

Student Text

Student Workbook

Quizzes and Tests

Pronunciation CD (This is a godsend)


This complete package is $115.  You can also get the curriculum without the flashcards and DVD’s for $55.  Personally I think the DVD’s are what make the program doable for us.  I could never teach Latin without these helps.

I feel like Latin is a great way to learn the root words that we use in English and also the origin of words. 

Each lesson (there are 34 of them) is taught on the DVD.  This is geared toward the student.  The program doesn’t require the parent to know any Latin.  I think this is excellent for allowing the older student to start taking responsibility for more of his own work.   The DVD’s are just like being in a classroom. 

The workbooks have pages that reinforce what the student learned on the DVD.  The program is written to be taught to a class.  We thought about doing this with our co-op and still might.  It seems like it would be easier if you had other’s to practice with.  I know it was always fun when I was learning French to talk to my friends in another language.  I’m pretty sure we butchered it though.

There are a lot things we liked that help reinforce the vocabulary including recitation, flashcards, quizzes and games.  These all help the student learn more easily.


I think this curriculum will allow us to be able to speak, read and write Latin.  Like I said, we are taking it slow but I am having fun learning a new language with Griffin.  Bella is picking up a lot by just listening with us. 

Memoria Press has many different types of curriculum that you can view here. They are a company that specializes in curriculum for the classical homeschooler. 

If you are a classical style homeschooler or just want your student to learn Latin, this may be just what you are looking for.

Our Family gives First Form Latin

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For us at this time it should be a 2 smileys but I really like the program for an older child.

Smiley guide
1 Smiley - Product not really for our family. Probably wouldn’t buy. This really should probably be a frown face but we hate to be negative.
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2 Smileys - Would maybe buy this product if on sale. Not a great fit for our family.
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3 Smileys - We really liked this product and would probably recommend this to friends and fellow homeschoolers.
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4 – Smileys – Definitely would buy this if the budget would allow. We suggest you check this out to see if it is a fit for your family.
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5 Smileys – Would sell the family pets to get this one (just kidding). A must have for our family and we think you should get it too.
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Please note: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion in this review. No other compensation was provided. Thank you to Memoria Press and TOS for this opportunity.

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