Product: Visual Latin Lessons 1-10
Company: Compass Cinema
Price: 25$US for 10 downloadable lessons and worksheets, 30$US for the same material on DVD
Ages: 9 and up but as long as you child can read well they can probably do this program.
I love learning about the origins of words, and was really, like REALLY, happy when Liam seemed to be taking an interest it as well. I loved how he thought I was so smart when I was able to give him examples of how words came to be. My knowledge, how ever little is, was also handy when were were trying to teach the kids some French this summer. I started thinking that Latin might be something worthwhile for the children to learn. I knew many other homeschoolers that were teaching Latin as part of school and I started asking around about the various curriculum out there but still couldn’t decide which one to choose. Thankfully, the TOS Homeschool Crew helped me make the decision when they sent me Visual Latin to review.
The creators of Visual Latin, Dwane Thomas (the teacher) and Thomas Purifoy, Jr. (the producer) know a thing or two about homeschooling, having eight homeschooled children between them. The approach they take to teaching other homeschooled children works because they make Latin FUN! It is easy to tell that Dwane really, truly enjoys teaching his subject. In school you could always tell if you had a teacher that was enjoying what they were doing. If the teacher enjoyed their topic and let in show then there was more of a chance that you’d enjoy it, too. It’s contagious (just like the cold I have but MUCH more fun!). Dwane is also quite funny and there’s been numerous times that I’ve caught myself or my son laughing at something off beat that he has said. He is also very human, making mistakes (and then corrections) and really related to the children. He makes children excited and COMFORTABLE and that’s key.
While I could go on and on about the teacher of this program I should give you more details on what you get and how it works. For 25$US you get ten downloadable Latin lessons (compatible with iPad, iPod, iPhone as well as your PC or Mac computer). Each lesson includes three video lessons (approximately nine minutes each but it varies a little) and their corresponding worksheets. The lesson are broke down into three sections:
The coolest thing is right from the very first lesson, Visual Latin has your child reading complete sentences in Latin. There are no disjointed lists of words to learn. Latin has a purpose! I was thrilled listening to my son read to my father (that he never really gets a chance to talk to) in Latin this evening. My father was telling Liam how back in the day, he was an alter boy and that the mass was all in Latin. They then shared a prayer together and it was really nice!
Here’s a little bit more about the program from the teacher himself.
As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew were were given the first ten lessons to review as either a download (which costs 25$US) or DVD (which costs 30$). There are also two other DVDs or downloads (of ten lessons each) available as part of Visual Latin’s Latin 1 course. Latin 2 should be released later this school year. To check out the scope and sequence of Latin 1 click here. Lessons can be purchased as groups of ten for the above mentioned price or as a three DVD set for 80$US. We’ve complete 6 of the lessons so far, one per week, and I am sure that we will purchase the next ten when we are finished. It’s been one of the highlights of our school year so far this year and we are quite happy with how much we’ve learned.
**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.