When you think of foreign languages what comes to mind? Is it things like Spanish, French, German, ect? What about Latin? You may be thinking to yourself “isn’t that a dead language? It’s probably the last thing you would think of wanting to learn. Latin doesn’t sound too appealing to many because they are probably yawning just thinking about it. Well don’t let that thought stop you because you’re going to love what I have to share in my latest TOS Crew review.
I had never heard of Visual Latin until now. I was very interested in seeing what would be so different in this curriculum than any other Latin we’ve ever studied. According to the website “Visual Latin is a rather unusual Latin curriculum.” They believe:
* It’s better to make students laugh than yawn.
* Shorter videos teach more effectively than longer ones.
* Small successes lead to big successes.
* Children like reading Latin more than memorizing it.
The program is designed in a way to help speed up the learning process.
From Latin 1 we were given lessons 1-10 to try out. There are 30 lessons total in this series that are are available for purchase at The Compass Store in single or group sets. The “single family” sets are a combination of 10 lessons each (1-10, 11-20, and 21-30). They can be purchased in two ways. The download version (which is what I reviewed) is available for $25.00. These HD (High Definition) can be downloaded using AppleiTunes, iPad, iPod, and even a iPhone. These are BIG zip files so a broadband connection is needed. The other way you can purchase the lessons is on DVD for $30.00.
Each lesson has videos that are done in 3 segments. First you have part A which covers grammar, part B are the sentences, and part C is the reading. Each video takes less than 10 minutes to watch. After viewing the lesson your child will have a worksheet to fill out. Our downloads came with the 3 videos, and a set of PDF worksheets. One had instructions, the other are the 3 worksheets for the 3 video lessons, and last was an answer key.
When I saw some of my crew mates getting excited about reviewing Visual Latin I had to know why. I looked around on the website a bit but I still didn’t see what they were getting all happy over. After I downloaded the big zip files my son and I began watching the introduction videos. They weren’t that long to watch. In fact they were pretty quick and to the point. As we all sat watching Dwane Thomas it didn’t take long before we were smiling. I loved the way he was presenting the information. It didn’t look like it would be difficult to learn at all. In fact they say kids ages 9 and up can learn through this method. It is a self-paced curriculum so if you have younger children who can read they can learn it as well.
To get an idea of what to expect click here to watch and try a sample lesson for free. If you like what you see but just aren’t sure yet, they have 6 free lessons you can try out. You’ll be hooked once you see Dwane’s great sense of humor. I know I sure was.
Whenever I tell my son it’s time for Latin he gets really excited. He doesn’t even get bored with it because he said “Mom it’s a great idea to do Latin everyday”. Learning Latin the visual way is so fun for him that he doesn’t act like it’s actually schoolwork. Here’s him all engaged into watching a video and doing his worksheet.
I love learning with him too. I said he wants to learn Latin too because he wants to brush up on some other foreign languages he had learned in high school. As Dwane said "learning Latin is supposed to make it easier to learn the other languages". There is also a Visual Latin 2 with lessons 31-40. To keep up with the latest in Visual Latin you can stop by and visit their Facebook page. I also encourage you to head on over to the Visual Latin post over at the TOS Homeschool Crew to see what the other crew members had to say.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received these lessons free of charge to review and give my honest opinion.