Classical Education in Latin and Ancient Rome Review

This article is in collaboration with Memoria Press.


Memoria Press is the company known for their Latin curriculum, but in the past few years they are providing so much more for curriculum in cottage schools and homeschools everywhere including Latina Christiana I Complete Set (Grades 3+) and their histories especially their programs on Rome including Famous Men of Rome Set (Grades 4-8) and The Book of the Ancient Romans Set (Grades 6-12). Each of these complete sets were provided to different families for review through the TOS Review Crew.

LatinaChristiana1-CompleteSetLatina Christiana I is a program for all ages but also works well with younger beginning students and is recommended for though in third grade or above. Is Latin completely new to you and your students? That’s okay, because this program was written with the novice in mind. You can learn Latin and Latina Christiana I is the beginning stepping stone to help make it possible!

The Latina Christiana I Complete Set includes:

  • Student Book
  • Teacher Manual
  • Pronunciation CD
  • Instructional DVDs
  • Flashcards

Within the Student Book, there are 25 lessons with five review lessons to concrete the material. There is a grammar form and ten vocabulary words within each lesson as well as Latin sayings that teach Christian or Classical heritage. Plenty of review is provided throughout. The Teacher’s Manual contains the entirety of the Student Book with the answers provided as well as a complete set of weekly lesson plans. There is a schedule, overview, background details, full teaching instructions and tests, quizzes, and keys all provided to make teaching Latin possible. The Pronunciation CD contains complete verbal pronunciation for all the lessons and includes prayers and songs. While the Instructional DVDs (5 Discs, 18 hours or 25-40 minutes/lesson) includes all-encompassing teaching from Cheryl Lowe, the author of the program including everything in the Teacher’s Manual and more including on-screen notes, illustrations, diagrams and more examples to truly provide a self-instructive format. [A sample DVD Lesson may be viewed on the Memoria Press website.]

Memoria Press is making a name for their company in the Classical Homeschooling method with their Classical Studies Programs. They have several topics available and the ones highlighted in this review for the Review Crew are divided between two typical age ranges including some adult study.

Famous-Men-of-RomeFamous Men of Rome is recommended for fourth through eighth grades and is based on the “Stories of Roman Heroes” from the writings of John Haaren & A.B. Poland. Famous Men of Rome is also a beginner level program prime for the introduction of Roman history for students that are bound to become immersed in human action and theatrics of ancient Rome. Maps and glossaries help to really get into the depth of studying the rise and fall of an incredible civilization.

The Famous Men of Rome Complete Set includes:

  • Text
  • Student Workbook (consumable)
  • Teacher’s Manual

Famous quotes, drill, vocabulary insertions, and a detailed Q&A discussion section provide a great foundation for students to make the most of their time learning Roman history.

Book-of-the-Ancient-RomansYet perhaps your student is nearing high school or as an adult one wishes to learn or polish up their Roman history knowledge. Then perhaps, The Book of the Ancient Romans program is more on key for these purposes. The Book of the Ancient Romans is based on the writings of Dorothy Mills and is recommended for grades six through nine, but works wonderfully for high school and adult learners as well.

The Book of the Ancient Romans Complete Set includes:

  • Text
  • Student Workbook (consumable)
  • Teacher’s Manual

[The Dorothy Mills text, republished by Memoria Press is also available as an eBook.]

Well known to the Classical Education world, Dorothy Mills wrote in the 1920s a set of history books for the middle grades. These books have now been refreshed and republished with added illustrations by the creative minds at Memoria Press. The Book of Ancient Romans starting with the early peoples of Italy and the founding of Rome and rounding out at the decline and fall of Rome provide a historical avenue with 26 lessons plus five review lesson and unit tests to educate the mind on Roman history.

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Memoria Press 2 ReviewA big thank you to Margaret Chind of Creative Madness Mama for writing this introductory post.

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