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Learning Latin has often been deemed as "difficult" or "impossible" simply because it is a language that existed so long ago. However, it is the root of the romantic languages and is actually really interesting to learn. Classical Academic Press (CAP) has created a line of curriculum that introduces students to this classical language by showing how Latin is around us in so many different ways and offering students an engaging format to that teaches grammar and culture.

As a member of the TOS Crew, we received CAP's Latin Alive! bundle. This includes the Latin Alive! book 1, book 1 Teacher's Edition, and a DVD/CD set. This curriculum is geared for junior high and high school aged students. There are no prerequisites to this level, either, though CAP does offer earlier levels.

Who Is Classical Academic Press: I could go on and on and tell you about CAP. But below is a video created by them that tells who they are very well. You can also go to their website and read more.
Their motto is Classical Subjects: Creatively Taught.
What is Latin Alive!: Latin Alive! is a curriculum which offers 3 levels that can span over a 3 year period. We received bundle 1. Each level builds upon the first and is written by Latin instructors. Level 1 is an introduction to Latin that focuses on grammar and an understanding of the language, as well as culture and Roman mythology. From their website, Level 1 Latin Alive! is:
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  • "Thirty six weekly chapters including twenty nine new content chapters and seven review, “reading” chapters.
  • Pronunciation Guides * Weekly introduction of vocabulary
  • Thorough grammar explanations including all five noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, various pronouns, adjectives and adverbs
  • United States state seals and their Latin mottos
  • Extensive study of the Latin derivatives of English words
  • Substantial Latin readings and translation exercises
  • Lessons and stories of Roman culture, myths and history
  • Exercises and questions to prepare students for the National Latin Exam and the Advanced Placement Exam" (this is a REALLY good point)
  • "Includes historical contributions from Christopher Schlect, historian and Academic Dean at New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, ID
  • Teacher’s Materials including answer keys, teacher’s helps and additional activities available separately"

The DVD that comes with this bundle offers weekly lessons that average 30 minutes each. These lessons offer a personal education by Karen Moore. The student can hear and see the language come alive. This is a wonderful asset to have when learning a language. The CD is a take-along resource that your student can listen to anywhere! You can watch a sample of the DVD below.

What We Thought: Latin has always been a language that I wanted to learn in school so I was excited to receive Latin Alive!. My daughter has a great interest in it also, partly because of the historical aspects of it. Latin Alive! has allowed both of us to learn Latin. We have enjoyed the cultural and historical lessons, too. It always intrigues me to learn about ancient civilizations. We can never imagine living like they did, but to learn about them and their culture helps bring the idea a little closer.

How To Purchase: You can buy the Latin Alive! 1 bundle for $139.95. You can also purchase the individual items here. Classical Academic Press also has programs for younger students, teachers, and logic, Bible, & Poetry. You can see all of their curriculum here.

You can read additional reviews of Latin Alive! as well as the Song School Latin and Latin for Children at the TOS Crew's website.

And remember: I received these products free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using them. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer
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Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:22:28

Hello MonaLisa, and thanks for stopping by Not Quite Dead Yet. I will be hanging around a while to read through your stuff. I hope you have a good time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party!

 



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