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Visual Latin: A Timberdoodle Review

As a member of the Timberdoodle Blogger Review Team we were sent the Visual Latin Lessons 1-10 for download to review.

ABOUT VISUAL LATIN:

Instructor, Dwane Thomas, has been teaching Latin for 15 years. At face value, Visual Latin is just a series of short videos and worksheets that fit together to teach your children Latin.

Yet a lot of thinking went into the apparently simple design. This design is what really brings Latin to life for your children. And everything pivots off the teacher: Dwane Thomas.

As Dwane likes to say, he was raised on the Rubicon by a pack of wild Latin teachers. Dwane loves to tell jokes. Kids love his off-beat humor – and so do a lot of adults. Add that to Dwane’s ability to address your children directly and your kids have their own personal Latin tutor right in your home.

Each lesson has a video and each video is broken down into 3 parts which coincide with the lessons sheets that you can download and print. Your child watches the first part, pauses the video, and completes the worksheet before moving on to the next part of the video.

The three sections of the video’s are broken down as follows;

First comes Grammar. Here Dwane teaches one or two basic grammatical concepts in a clear, concise way. He does it by giving lots of examples that show up in front of him, so your children not only hear it but see it in neat, animated ways. Visual plus auditory makes learning the concepts much easier.

Second comes Sentences. Dwane now works out the grammatical concept in practical ways. By seeing Latin sentences broken apart in the same way again and again, the grammar becomes real.

The third part of every lesson is a section of translation.  Dwane reads the Latin, then your children repeat the sentences themselves, hearing, seeing, and saying the words.

Learning is contextual: they see how the grammar, vocabulary, and usage all work together. Language is learned best through immersion and Visual Latin is all about immersing kids in Latin. Visual Latin’s philosophy is that language is better learned by usage than lots of memorization.

An answer key is included for all of the PDF files.

Here is a sample of Dwane in action…..

You can download 4 intro lessons and 2 regular lessons for FREE, HERE, to see for yourself what Visual Latin is all about. Their are versions for ipad or ipod that available.

Visual Latin is available in DVD format as well as downloadable format. Prices vary. To purchase in DVD format click, HERE.  To see a listing of complete prices for Visual Latin click, HERE.

My 13 year old daughter has been working through these latin lessons. This is her 2nd Latin program and she loves this program much more than the last one we used. She finds Dwane to be funny and engaging. Her only problem has been that she doesn’t yet know all of the vocabulary words on the PDF sheets and she is sometimes asked to write what they mean even though those definitions were not yet given. That part has been a bit confusing for her and I and I can’t help but keep thinking that maybe we are missing something? She has remedied this by simply looking up the meanings online though. Otherwise, she has been very happy with Visual Latin and plans to continue on with it. I like the progress I have seen in her Latin and it’s wonderful to see her enthusiastic about this program.

Thank you to Timberdoodle for the opportunity to review Visual Latin in download format.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Timberdoodle Review Team we were sent Visual Latin in exchange for my honest review on this blog. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog are my own.


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