I was looking over the e-book on transcripts that I got from you, and I notice you taught Latin. I have tried to teach Latin, but didn't get very far, because I didn't understand it. I would like to try again. Which curriculum did you use?
My daughter is using a tried and true curriculum for Latin. She is learning it via an online class with Memoria Press. She loves having the class.
Compare that to when she was trying to muddle through French last year. That was so hard!
Lee, you know I've really wanted my kids to learn Latin. They got a nice exposure in grammar/middle school, despite my failure to "get" it. Holly's using Getting Started With Latin this year, and it's her favorite subject. It is also written for hsers, although it's probably just 1/3 or so of a credit. We'll move into Henle or, oh I can't remember what the GSWL author recommends, afterwards, so she'll have a solid year/credit for 9th grade. I'm planning for a second credit next year.
I have no background in French, so I can tell you a curriculum geared toward homeschoolers is a great place to start. However, I was absolutely stymied on some things when my children wanted to learn more, more, and more. I wound up taking a continuing education class ("Conversational French") at the local community college. That gave me exactly the boost I needed.
A couple years ago, my husband (who retired from military service in '04 and has since been active in our homeschool efforts) decided that our oldest should take Latin. I thought he was crazy! We decided to order Latina Christiana I with the DVDs and started learning Latin: my husband, myself, our (then) 13-year old daughter, and our (then) 8-year old son. Even the (then) 4-year old picked up a little of it. After two years, we have NOT finished the series. But, we HAVE come to realize that, while we do not need to speak/read Latin, just knowing the vocabulary words is a HUGE benefit. I did very well in public high school and on the ACT. I can only imagine how much better off I would have been if I had known Latin vocabulary. My husband (who has a Masters of Law) also agrees that Latin vocabulary would have helped him tremendously throughout his schooling. Our daughter's "real" foreign language will be Spanish (I took it in high school/college and will re-learn it with her), but we do not at all regret venturing into Latin. Next step, Greek vocabulary! I am considering English From the Roots Up. It covers Latin and Greek. Latin will be a good review and Greek will obviously be a new thing for us to learn.
My kids have been using Cambridge Latin for 3 or 4 years now. Although it is not a homeschool course, the online site with games (AND TRANSLATIONS!!!) really helps plus I got the test booklet with the answer key. They have also found games on Quia.com that go along with the curriculum. Cambridge has e-courses and certificates that can be earned as well.
My son is using the dvds from Visual Latin, along with the reader from Lingua Latina. So far he is enjoying the work. It is work, but he loves the teacher and is then willing to do the work.
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