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Visual Latin 1 DVD Lessons 1-10 Review

My tween (7th grade) and I have been so excited to start off this homeschool year trying the Visual Latin 1 DVD for lessons 1-10 via the good folks at Timberdoodle Co.

The program starts off with four introductory lessons that do not involve seatwork … 
1.) Why Study Latin?
2.) Latin Then & Now
3.) How To Learn a Language
4.) Stuff You Should Know About Latin
I appreciated these greatly as they truly helped my son grasp why learning Latin is beneficial in ways he never imagined.

The actual lessons consist of three parts … Grammar, Sentences, and Reading.  The “Grammar” portion of each lesson runs approximately 7 minutes on the DVD and is followed by the student completing section “A” on the accompanying worksheet.  The “Sentences” portion of each lesson runs approximately 8 minutes on each DVD and is followed by the student completing section “B” on the accompanying worksheet.  The “Reading” portion of each lesson runs approximately 5 minutes on the DVD and is followed by the student completing section “C” on the accompanying worksheet.  Obviously the overall time spent on each complete lesson will depend on how much time the individual student takes with the worksheets or if any DVD review is needed, but we’ve been averaging about 40 minutes.

Pros of Visual Latin:
* Visual Latin is taught by Dwane Thomas, a homeschool dad who has been teaching the language for 15 years.  He has a fun personality (jokes throughout the lessons will keep kids laughing) and is easy to understand.
* Answer sheets for the student worksheets are included making checking the student’s work simple.
* Students can go at their own pace.  If more review is needed, just watch the DVD lesson again.  Mr. Thomas uses a chalkboard to fully illustrate the topics covered in the “Grammar” and “Sentences” portion of each lesson.  The “Reading” portion of each lesson appears on the screen, so it’s easy for students to follow along.  Not only is the student hearing the material, she/he is seeing it as well on all accounts.

* Visual Latin is suggested for ages 9 and up, but the only real requirement is that the child be able to read.  All ages can use this program.

* The program is very user-friendly for anyone who does not have a background in Latin.

Cons of Visual Latin:
* Not all words appearing in the “Reading & Translation” portion of the student worksheet (section “C”) are covered in the lesson.  My tween has been frustrated by this a couple of times as he has had to guess at the word or go online to look it up.
* Printing the student worksheets and answer keys can be confusing if you choose to do so online via the website link given on the DVD jacket.  You must actually go to The Compass Store to access the downloads.  It took me quite a while and much frustration to figure this out.  (Please note: The worksheets and answer keys are also available via the DVD on your computer, but I did not personally test this option.)

* My tween has at times been frustrated by the “Reading” portion of the DVD.  Mr. Thomas reads the passage first then re-reads allowing time between sentences for the student to read aloud.  Many times the time allowed the student has not been long enough for us personally.
* Some of the words in Visual Latin are pronounced classically, but most are ecclesiastical.  The flip-flop between the two has been confusing for my tween and myself at times.  If you are in need of a purely classical pronunciation (because this is what colleges use), this program is not going to deliver. 
* Visual Latin 1 (lessons 1-30) is good for only 1/2 high school credit.  You will need to supplement with another program to reach a full high school credit.

If you haven’t already, connect with Timberdoodle on Facebook and/or request a free homeschool catalog.

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team, I was supplied with a complimentary copy of this product in order to provide an honest review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation, and I was not required to write a positive review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.


Posted by Timberdoodle | 26 Oct 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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