Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Latin Alive by Classic Academic Press

Latin Alive by Classica Academic Press

Students will be delighted by what they learn in each new chapter of Latin Alive! Book One, and they will learn to see that Latin is everywhere around them. As the first text in a three-year series, it is a rigorous and thorough introduction to this great language, and is designed to engage the upper school (middle and high school) student. Brimming with relevant facts and stories this text offers something for everyone.

What is this?

•Thirty six weekly chapters including twenty nine new content chapters and seven review, “reading” chapters.
•Pronunciation Guides
•Weekly introduction of vocabulary
•Thorough grammar explanations including all five noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, various pronouns, adjectives and adverbs
•United States state seals and their Latin mottos
•Extensive study of the Latin derivatives of English words
•Substantial Latin readings and translation exercises
•Lessons and stories of Roman culture, myths and history
•Exercises and questions to prepare students for the National Latin Exam and the Advanced Placement Exam
•Includes historical contributions from Christopher Schlect, historian and Academic Dean at New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, ID

Now, for our honest opinion (which we received no compensation for).


I have always been an eclectic approach homeschooler. But, I do have "leanings" toward the Classical model. So, my first "test" child did Latin study in Kindergarten, of course. But, after 7 more kiddos, and a number of years of homeschooling...Latin studies seem to have almost disappeared. Except for the occassional - "hey, that's a latin root" comments.

Well, Classic Academic Press has done a wonderful job in making Latin an enjoyable and easy to teach subject. And, it's back at Bentz Academy.

My 13 yr. old "tester" was excited to get the workbook. He eagerly read the first lesson, and announced "this one is different from that boring one you used to make me do". Good sign! They we sat down together and watched the DVD instruction video. This is when I announced "Hey, this is different than that boring one we used to do!".

Latin Alive, is just that... an "Alive" Latin program. The workbook is divided into managable, memorable lessons. The Teacher guide is packed with useful tips. And the DVD is very well-done (with humor even!! - who thought Latin could be funny?) You can get the entire Latin Alive bundle for $139.95 (most of it non-consumable!)

I highly recommend getting your children into this program. Latin is a great skill to master. For younger ages, check out the Latin for Children program. The other "testers" at Bentz Laboratory will certainly be giving it a try.

I have to mention this as well: "Additional Latin resources are available to complement Classical Academic Press’ offerings. Want to learn some Latin history along the way? Choose the history readers. Need to practice vocabulary? How about Latin flash cards designed to use as a card game? Need tests? Classical Academic offers optional tests for both Latin for Children and Latin Alive. Do your children love to use the computer? You simply must be sure to visit the free website Headventure Land, a creative accompaniment to Classical Academic Press, filled with exciting videos, electronic books, online games and more!–all designed to reinforce your children’s Latin (or other language) studies."

Classic Academic Press also offers courses in Greek, Spanish, French, Bibl, Poetry and Logic (just to name a couple. Be sure to check them out online!

See what the other Reviewers on the Crew thought here

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