Visual Latin ~ A Timberdoodle Review by A day in the life…

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Visual Latin ~ A Timberdoodle Review

Never in my life did I imagine myself, or my children, learning Latin.  There, I said it. Yes, we are a homeschooling family and the thought didn’t occur to me. {GASP!} 😉  Latin has always intrigued me though……..it certainly is a beautiful language.

We were recently introduced to Visual Latin.  No, this isn’t your ordinary Latin, people!   This one is a world above the norm.  There are so many reasons why I love this curriculum.  The obvious reason:  it is fun and easy to learn.  But here are more reasons why this product is a perfect fit:

  •  Visual Latin is the product of two very talented homeschooling dads!  One is a Latin teacher and the other a producer. They both like Latin and think everyone ought to be able to read it.
  • The instructor, Dwane Thomas, has been teaching Latin for 15 years. He’s taught all sorts of students in all sorts of situations. He and his wife have been homeschooling their five children for as long as their kids can remember. (The funny guy!)

Visual Latin is geared for kids ages 9 and up.  Basically, kids need to be able to read what is presented to them.  I have been reviewing it with my 8 year old daughter.  She absolutely LOVES this curriculum!  The first week that we used Visual Latin, she was telling everyone about it.  This speaks volumes to me, she hasn’t went into details and spoke of any curriculum she has been using, unless she is asked first, until this one.

Visual Latin is a combination of short videos and exercises that work together to teach Latin. The curriculum is designed so that it requires no knowledge of Latin either by the student or the parent administering the class.  (Whew……perfect for us!)  Anytime you start learning a new language, you can expect to struggle somewhat.  It’s difficult, right?  After all, you are learning an entire NEW language!  Visual Latin is the exception.  The short, easy lessons aren’t overbearing.  They are simple, to the point and you are learning, right from the beginning. 

The instructor, Dwane, is one of the main reasons I think Visual Latin is so successful!  He is a hoot!  My daughter and I enjoy listening to him and his funny jokes.  He makes learning fun!  Yep, you read that right.  Think about it, which would you prefer — a strict, sour professor teaching you or a laid back, hilariously funny guy presenting you with the tools you need for success?  It’s a no brainer!  My daughter has even been surprising her dad when he comes home from work, showing off her Latin skills.  He’s very impressed!  As am I, she is picking this up so easy.

Visual Latin is broken up into two sections: Latin 1 and Latin 2. Each section is intended to be taught in a single school year (but you can certainly speed up or slow down as you desire). Both sections have 30 classes in each, which correlates to about 1 class a week.

We were chosen to download and review lessons 1-10 from Visual Latin.  If you think you might want to give it a try, Visual Latin is generously letting you download the first 6 lessons, for FREE, right now!  If you like what you see and are interested in purchasing Visual Latin for your home, you can buy all of Latin 1 right now (Lessons 1-30). Latin 2 was released in the Summer of 2011 with Lessons 31-40; the other two segments will be released during the 2011/12 school year.  It is available on DVD, digital downloads in iTunes M4V format.  Each lesson consists of Grammer, Sentences and Reading.

You may purchase Visual Latin as single/family, group/class or an online class. Check out all the available ways to purchase on them here, from Timberdoodle

Are you a member of Facebook?  You can find humorous updates from Dwane and Visual Latin hereWhile you are there, check out Timberdoodle on facebook too!  You can also go to their website, http://www.timberdoodle.com/, for your homeschool supplies and curriculum!  Or, request a Timberdoodle Catalog today!

So, do I think it is worth our time?  Is my daughter learning?  Am I learning? 😉 Do I love the program?  YES, YES, YES and YES!  Our family would definitely recommend this to anyone, any student, elementary, middle school, high school or adult!

Legal Disclosure: As a member of  Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review team, I received a free download of Visual Latin to review, in exchange for my honest opinion.


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

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