Friday, April 29, 2011

Greek "n" Stuff ~ Latin's Not So Tough

When I first found out we would be reviewing a Latin program I kinda freaked out! I have never taken any foreign language courses ever, how was I supposed to teach it to someone else? The package arrived, containing a student worktext, an "answers only" answer key, and a pronunciation CD. No teacher manual? Panic!

So I spent a few days reading through the materials and listening to the CD. The student text is very self explanatory, I really didn't need a teacher manual, whew! In the back of the worktext are pages of flashcards. You cut them out and glue them onto index cards, or laminate them if you are able, to make them more sturdy. (You can buy the flashcards already cut and on a ring if you prefer to have them ready to use.) That was all the prep work necessary to get started. Awesome!

We were sent Level 2 of Latin's Not So Tough, but the book started out with a "review" of  letter sounds, dipthongs, and special consonants. I assume this is what is taught in Level 1. Starting with the first lesson you use the flashcards to review what has been taught. This program is a mastery program, meaning you do not move on to the next lesson until the child has "mastered" the current lesson. I like this style of teaching, it is what we use in our homeschool every day.

Level 2 concentrates on learning Latin words and their meanings. Some were easy to guess, after all our English language is based on Latin. Some were different, but the kids have really enjoyed learning these words, and finding creative ways to use them in every day conversation here at home. They also enjoy showing off their knowledge to family and friends.

I am so glad the pronunciation CD was included! I would rate it as an essential item to have when using this program unless you already know Latin yourself. The answer key has also been a big help to me.

Overall I found the program easy to use, we did a lesson a week, sometimes adding in a couple more words here and there just for fun. I think the program's cost is very reasonable. The kids enjoyed using it and have never complained. I liked that the pronunciation CD has 3 full levels on it, so when we move on to Level 3 I will not need to purchase it again.

Latin's Not So Tough is available in 6 Levels ~

A level 2 student text costs $18.95. (Prices vary slightly for different levels.) Add the pronunciation CD for $10.00 or a cassette for $8.00. The "answers only" answer key is just $4.00.

A Level 2 "Short Set" is available for $36.45 and includes

  • Student workbook

  • "Answers Only" answer key

  • Quizzes/Exams

  • Flashcards on a Ring

A Level 2 "Full Set" is available for $51.40 and includes

  • Student workbook

  • "Full Text" answer key

  • Quizzes/Exams

  • Flashcards on a Ring

Other products available from Greek "n" Stuff include, Hey Andrew! Teach me some Greek!, Super, le grec!, and Alone With God Bible Studies.

Read what other members of The Homeschool Crew thought about this, and other products from Greek "n" Stuff  here!

Disclaimer ~ We received this product at no cost in exchange for an honest review after using it in our homeschool, as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own and may differ from those of others.

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