Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Curricula-Latin and Grammar

We got some new stuff last week.

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1 (Second Edition) (First Language Lessons)
I wanted to start grammar along with writing at the beginning of the year but the author was releasing a new edition of the program I wanted to use so I decided to wait. I finally got a copy of Jessie Bauer's new edition of First Language Lessons 1. It is exactly what I needed. I wanted something that would be gentle but thoroughly introduce grammar concepts. I also didn't want a program that would take up a lot of time. FLL is almost perfect. If I used it as scripted, it would move too slowly for D-Man so I am combining every two lessons into 1. Even doing two lesson a day, it only takes about 10 minutes. The instruction is so clear that D-Man is getting the point. We've covered common and proper nouns, and a story narration while memorizing the definition of a noun and a short poem.

Song School Latin
We also received a cute little Latin program, Song School Latin. It is a song-based Latin program that focuses on vocabulary. We've done two units so far: Greetings and Making New Friends. D-Man LOVES it! It has been a bit challenging for me since I don't know any Latin. I'm used to picking up a curricula and teaching but this requires more preparation on my part. I have to listen to the songs in advance and learn the pronunciation in order to work on it with D-Man. He is not strong in hearing and picking up sound differences so I have to correct his pronunciation and say things slowly. Because of this, I'd like to go through the program slowly with a lot of practice each week. D-Man likes to power through things so I'm letting him do as much as he wants in his own time without writing in the book while we stick to our one official lesson/week schedule.

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