Visual Latin by Lost in the Laundry Pile

Platforms: DVD
Genre(s): Language Arts
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Visual Latin by Lost in the Laundry Pile

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Review by Lost in the Laundry Pile

Visual Latin

We’ve been struggling with finding a program to teach the kids Latin that was both easy to use for us and interesting for the kids.  It’s been a struggle.  Since both Alan and myself lack any experience in Latin, it’s been a bit hard to teach.  German or Spanish I can safely say could be managed with no struggle. Latin, well, there’s a struggle.  And teaching Latin to children who would rather be outside rather than learning a language they will only hear in church and then only on those rare special Sundays is even more of a struggle.

The Visual Latin program has seriously changed all of this for our family.  When I received the first DVD, I was not yet sure which child I was going to select to work with me.  I decided on Sean since he was sitting alone in the living room when I was ready to pop the DVD in.  To say he was not happy is putting it mildly.  But after doing just a few lessons, he has asked that we abandon the Latin program we’ve been using and switch to Visual Latin instead.  I kind of view this as high praise.

The Visual Latin program is a DVD based program.  There are no books to go along with the program but there are plenty of worksheets to print instead.  Each lesson is broken into 3 small parts. You watch a short video section and then do the corresponding worksheet.  Starting with the first lesson, the student is translating short paragraphs from Latin into English.

Because the program is DVD based, it is a one-time purchase for your family.  This keeps the program very affordable for those with large families.  All of the worksheets, flashcards and assorted resources are available for download from the Visual Latin website.

The teacher in this program keeps the students engaged.  His presentation is very down to earth and humorous.  The short lessons are easy to absorb without being overwhelming.  After 3 lessons, my son who previously said he could not understand any Latin is now able to translate sentences.

I would say the only negative I can see with this program so far is that the worksheets are not available in an already printed workbook format.  Yes, the downloads keep things more affordable.  But there are times when I’ve been known to run out of printer ink in the middle of the day or a child needs something printed when I am busy feeding the baby.  I honestly prefer whenever possible to have the worksheets already available for the kids in a format that keeps them from wandering around the house.  It’s easy to loose a single printed page around here.  Yes, I can use a hole punch and put them in a binder but when I’m pressed for time those things just don’t always happen.  So I would love to see a workbook option available in the future.

If you are interested in the Visual Latin program, be sure to request a free homeschool catalog from Timberdoodle today. You can also find resources for teaching many other foreign languages to your students.

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Visual Latin in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 28 Oct 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

1 Comment

  1. Winy
    07 Jun 2012, 3:30 am

    I would have to agree with the read, read, read, read (!!!!) idea. Next, I’d point out that just because sotmehing worked for my kid doesn’t mean it’ll work for yours. We utilize a ton of PBS stuff for kids in the K age range, I think WordWorld is a great place to start. Super Why drives me batty, but some people like it. Starfall.com is also good. We did lots of Between the Lions, too. The earlier shows are the best; it’s like someone stepped in and demanded more edutainment out of the program, and it started to disintegrate into poor parodies of rock concerts. Sigh. We did a trial of Headsprout.com and my daughter loved it. Sadly, they wanted $200 for the program, so we went so further with that one at all! (Eeek!) We started out with the phonics program from K12.com. After that started falling apart, we had our eldest tested, and it turned out that he’s dyslexic. So we started working with Barton Reading. That went only so far and we really started to clash on reading and especially writing. So before I could make him hate the idea of the printed word entirely, I backed off. I let him play a lot of Club Penguin and PopTropica, both of which require reading to be able to advance in the game. He learned early on I wasn’t going to help him with it, and his reading picked up speed fairly quickly even his relatives were saying how much he’s progressed and, gee, what new program had I been working with to get such great advancement? Um how DO you say, I left him alone for once, without sounding callous or negligent? Maybe it was me not being there and pointing out every little mistake. Or maybe it was letting him get a little more maturity before moving forward. I have no idea. But after that he discovered Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes, and I got him the Wimpy Kid book series at the recommendation of a couple of kids from Boy Scouts. He ate those up with no issues. His dad bought him a book light and we allow him to stay up in bed and read. Somehow staying up late and reading is so very much more rewarding and attractive than reading during daylight hours. (???)With his little sister (who is so NOT dyslexic!), I picked up Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. She hated it. Despised it. In fact, she can read small words now and I’m not clear if I actually taught her how to do that, or if she simply picked it up along the way. At the moment we’re using Sonlight (warning: it’s a religious program!) don’t know how well it works, as we’ve only been doing it for a week now. It will probably help a lot if you know your kiddo’s learning style. You can look that up online along with tons of suggested approaches geared towards those learning types. It’s not that a kinesthetic kid CAN’T learn from a visual program, but it’s like taking the longest and most difficult path to get there.

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