Review of First Form Latin Complete Set from Memoria Press

Memoria Press makes learning Latin easier with their First Form Latin Complete Set.

Learning Latin is such an asset for writers, readers, and literature lovers. Memoria Press’ Latin courses make classical education easier. Our family received the First Form Latin Complete Set for this review.

Who is Memoria Press?

Memoria Press offers resources and curriculum for classical Christian education ranging from elementary grade levels through high school. Not just for the homeschool family, Memoria Press offers ways for involved families to provide knowledge to further the education of their publicly and privately schooled children.

They offer such topics as logic and rhetoric, modern languages, literature and poetry as well as the traditional subjects of math, science, and phonics.

A classical education focuses on children memorizing and repeating information in the grammar stage, using the information to ask “why” in the logic stage, and evaluating the information to become effective writers and communicators during the rhetoric stage. It focuses on seeking after truth through the study of classic literature, grammar, rhetoric, logic, math, music, and science.

What is included in the First Form Latin Complete Set?

The First Form Latin Complete Set includes everything you need to get going on Latin as your foreign language studies!

Our family received five books, a CD, an instructional DVD, and a set of flashcards.

The First Form Latin curriculum begins with an introductory lesson, which compares Latin to English verbs, consonants, and accents of words. This was so helpful because my son started with the English that he knew, and then learned how Latin was similar and different.

When starting a lesson, we watched the instructional DVD lesson first. Glen Moore is the instructor and has a relaxed style that is easy to listen to. He is great at explaining the lessons, charts, vocabulary, and grammar. Josh and I both learned so much from him.

The Teacher Manual was amazingly helpful as it walked me step-by-step through the entire lesson for the week. I didn’t know Latin myself, so I really depended on this resource to teach my son well. It includes, among other things, pronunciation helps, how to know if your child has mastered the lesson, tips for presenting information, and encouraging reviews to celebrate what you have already accomplished.

The Teacher Key for the Workbook, Quizzes, and Tests accompanies the Student Book for Quizzes and Tests. There is a student quiz after each of the 34 lessons to check for mastery before continuing.

Students work through two books. The Student Text includes some Roman historical and cultural information in most lessons. We used the resources in the appendices to jog my son’s memory and review before new lessons. The lessons follow the same pattern each week and are clearly written to help student grasp the complexities of learning Latin. The grammar rules were presented in an easy-to-understand way that gives students confidence in their abilities.

In the Student Workbook, there are five worksheets for each lesson. You can spread them out over four days or a week. The Teacher Manual suggests four days for each lesson. The first day’s lesson lasts about an hour, the remaining days’ lessons shorten to a half hour. There is a pre-test at the beginning of the lessons. If your student shows mastery on the pre-test, you are finished with the whole lesson for the week.

Learning vocabulary is essential for the success of learning Latin and all languages. So the flashcards were a wonderful help for us. It was really nice having them already printed and ready to go for each lesson.

The CD is a pronunciation guide. Even though Latin is a language that is not spoken today, there are specific ways to pronounce the words and accent the syllables that help students understand the meaning of the words.

How did our family use the First Form Latin Complete set from Memoria Press?

Learning Latin is not an easy task; just like learning any foreign language has its challenges. But for my son, Josh, who loves to write and who delights in words, it was great.

If you have read my past reviews, you will know that our family leans toward a Montessori approach to learning, rather than a classical approach. But for learning a foreign language, I really like Memoria Press’ approach. They add new vocabulary and grammar in a step-by-step approach that really works. Your students can move through the lessons weekly, or if needed, take more than one week to complete a lesson.

For Josh, we spent more time on the early lessons, which lay the foundation for Latin. As he progressed, he completed some lessons in a week; some lessons took longer depending on the amount of vocabulary and grammar he needed to master. I really depended on the quizzes at the end of the lessons to make sure Josh was ready to move on.

Overall, learning any foreign language is difficult and Latin is no exception. But Memoria Press takes the stress out and explains grammar and vocabulary concepts so well. So take the plunge and learn Latin!

You can find these and other curriculum materials from Memoria Press by visiting their website or following these links:




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