Teaching Latin can be a daunting task for any homeschooling parent! The Visual Latin series takes that teaching burden from the parents’ shoulders with it’s self-paced DVD/video download series and entertaining instructor. The program combines the Natural and Traditional methods of learning a foreign language, with instructor Dwane Thomas taking students through the fundamentals of Latin grammar, sentences, and reading. He believes “it’s better to make students laugh than yawn” and that philosophy is very evident in the videos.
Here’s a quick peek at the program:
Each lesson in the Visual Latin program is divided into 3 parts – grammar, sentences, and reading – with a corresponding printable PDF worksheet for each segment. The videos are short (less than 10 minutes each) but jam-packed with information. Your child (and you!) will have your own personal Latin instructor when using this program!
The first segment of each lesson focuses on one or two grammar concepts. When your child finishes watching the video he is then directed to do the worksheet. The next segment of the lesson focuses on using that grammatical concept in sentences – grammar in action – followed by another worksheet. The final part of the lesson allows the child work on his translation skills. Instructor Dwane reads a passage in Latin (from the Latin Vulgate Bible). He reads it a second time, more slowly, so the student has time to repeat the phrases. The student is then directed to his worksheet where he will have the chance to translate the passage. By the end of the lesson, the student will have used a variety of learning methods – aural, visual, and verbal – to learn Latin!
Visual Latin is available on DVD or as a download so you can take it with you on any compatible device! Crew members had the opportunity to try out both formats of the program.
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Special thanks to Crew Member Tonia from The Sunny Patch for writing this post.