Many parents desire to begin their child’s foreign language learning when they are young. For some, that language choice is Latin. While it isn’t a spoken language, it is the basis for our English language and a good place to start for future wordsmiths.
Laurelwood Books helps parents in this endeavor with their Latin curriculum series. My 6 year old and I got to review Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Level 1 Reader and Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Level 1 Workbook.
Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Level 1 Workbook contains:
- Pronunciation Guide
- Roman Numerals
- Nominative & Accusative Cases
- Singular & Plural Verbs
- Number, Case & Gender
- Perfect and Imperfect Past Tense
- Adjective and Adverb
- Prepositions and Negatives
- Asking Yes or No Questions
- More Infinitives and Derivatives
- Answer Key
Prior to this review, I did not realize that Latin is a language of endings. The placement of the words in an sentence can be changed, but the meaning is still the same based on those endings. Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Level 1 primarily concentrates on two uses of words or cases. Nominative or do-er of the action and accusative or receive of the action.
Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Level 1 Reader uses fables, parables and Bible stories as an introduction to Latin.
These stories are presented in simple English to help the student translate it into Latin. First, the English version is read and then the Latin. There is a vocabulary list in the sidebar to help with meanings. Simple black and white illustrations throughout the story add a nice flair.
Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Level 1 Reader contains:
The Three Little Pigs
The Crow and the Pitcher
The Tortoise and The Hare.
To use this curriculum, read a page in the reader and then move to the corresponding page in the workbook. These are clearly marked and easy to find. Let your student choose the pace of instruction.
Exercises include translating Latin to English, English to Latin, fill in the blank with the English words and then translate to Latin and matching.
Our Experience with Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Reader I and Olim, Once Upon a time in Latin, Workbook I
My 6 year old and I got to review Level 1 of this curriculum series. I do not have any prior experience with Latin. But, my son was eager to try it anyway. We followed the steps going from reader to workbook. I found that without having certain knowledge of Latin pronunciation, it was difficult to maneuver even these simple stories.
We did do the exercises in the workbook orally. And, in this way, my son was able to retain a few words.
Check out what other crew members had to say about this and other Laurelwood Books products: State the Facts: a Guide to Studying Your State,
Patriotic Penmanship, Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin: Derivatives I, Scripture Scribes Series and Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin, Reader I-VI and Olim, Once Upon a time in Latin, Workbook I-IV.
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