Formatted in a large-print workbook the consumable Student Manual includes prepared review questions, written exercises, and practice is provided for each lesson. During each fifth review lesson a written review of the previous five lessons is conducted. A test is also included for administration following each review lesson in the Teacher Manual should you desire a formal evaluation. The Teacher Manual also includes a simple explanation of Latin grammar which will make more sense as the course progresses, teaching suggestions, a full copy of the student text complete with answers, and reproducible worksheets for audio exercises. The consistent format of the manuals flows across the various levels of Memoria Presses elementary Latin courses ensuring an easy transition between them all.
While the manuals along with the pronunciation CD which includes all vocabulary words with pauses for student recitation, Latin prayers, and hymns form the core of the course, the optional DVDs really bring the instruction to life. Nine hours of instruction on three DVDs by Highlands Latin School instructor Leigh Lowe, guide the entire family through simple, cheerful lessons and review. Each lesson presentation is approximately 20–25 minutes in length. After watching the excellent DVDs I no longer cared if my children learned Latin with a Classical or Ecclesiastical pronunciation; I knew I couldn’t pass a course offering such ease of instruction over. Be sure to watch the weekly lesson along with your child, so you’ll be able to learn with them and encourage them in their daily Latin recitations and review.
I’ve often seen Prima Latina highly recommended for parents with no previous Latin instruction, but I’ll go further and recommend it for all parents wishing to give their children an early, gentle start in Latin.
Sample pages and online Latin games for Prima Latina can be found at the Memoria Press website.