Visual Latin by Joy in our Journey

Platforms: DVD
Genre(s): Language Arts
Our Score
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Visual Latin by Joy in our Journey

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Review by Joy in our Journey

Visual Latin


Is it possible to laugh and have fun…and learn Latin at the same time?

Most people who have been through a Latin language course would say, “No.”

I would have said that, too, because I’d taught Latin to homeschooled students in my community for a couple of years, and while our Latin curriculum was solid, it wasn’t what I’d consider “fun” or something that students (or my own children) would beg to do the next lesson.

I’ve looked at five popular Latin curricula programs over the last three years, and thought I had found one that our family would find the most useful.

Until.

Until Visual Latin came into our home, thanks to Timberdoodle.

Visual Latin was developed by two homeschool dads who were convinced that there had to be a way of teaching Latin so that it was fun and meaningful at the same time.

There are currently 40 lessons available for Visual Latin – 10 lessons per DVD or download.  The lessons are designed to be watched one day, then watched again a second or third time that week while accompanying free worksheets are filled out by the students.

You know what’s nice?  The Visual Latin worksheets are available for free download, and can be printed off as much as needed for multiple children in the same family.  That is such a money saver compared to buying lots of workbooks for one family!

Each lesson contains 3 videos are less than 10 minutes each, so you get between 15-25 minutes of video per lesson.

If you’ve studied foreign languages in the past, or Latin itself, this outline may be familiar.  Here are the concepts studied in each of the lessons in Visual Latin.

INTRODUCTORY LESSONS:
A.  Why Study Latin?
B.  Latin Then & Now
C.  How to Learn a Language
D.  Stuff You Should Know About Latin

LESSONS 1-10:
1.  Being Verbs Basics:  To Be and Not To Be
2.  Being Verbs Basics:  Predicate Nominatives and Adjectives
3.  Gender:  Boy Words and Girl Words
4. Singular and Plural / E Pluribus Unum
5. Declensions / Meet the Cases
6. Adjectives Learn to Agree with Nouns
7. The Case Files:  Nominative and Genitive
8. Counting to 10 in Latin
9. Active Verb Basics / Indicative Mood
10. The Case Files:  Accusative

LESSONS 11 to 20:
11. The Case Files:  Vocative
12. Changing Your Moods:  Imperative & Indicative
13. The Case Files:  Ablative
14. Meet the Pronouns & Question Words
15. Pronouns:  Relative
16. Accusing Prepositions of Accusative Case
17. Verbs:  Active & Passive
18. The Case Files:  Dative
19. Pronouns:  1st & 2nd Person Personal
20. Pronouns:  3rd Person Personal

LESSONS 21 to 30:
21. Pronouns / Demonstratives: this, these
22. Pronouns / Demonstratives: that, those
23. Pronouns:  Relative and Interrogative
24. Pronouns:  Possessive
25. Nouns:  3rd Declension
26. Verbs / Infinitives – Active & Passive
27. Verbs / Infinitives – Ability, Negation & Indirect
28. Nouns:  3rd Declension – Neuter
29. Nouns:  4th Declension
30. Adjectives:  Positive & Comparative

It wasn’t possible for the girls and I to finish all 10 lessons on the first DVD we received before writing this review.  However, what we were able to view together was wonderful!  We kept looking at each other in amazement – seriously! We kept saying to each other, “Oh, this would have been so much better for last year’s class when we had mostly teenage boys!”

And they were right.  Visual Latin would  have been so much better.  I wish I had known about it back then.  Wow.

We love the short video lessons that are not only captivating and entertaining in their own way, but presented in a method that enables us to begin thinking more in Latin instead of just memorizing endless grammar forms.

Do I recommend Visual Latin?  Wholeheartedly!  If you have considered doing Latin in your home in the past, but were afraid to give it a try, this is the program for you.  Shorter lessons; less expensive on the budget; more entertaining; more effective.  We are thrilled to have been introduced to this new program!

Any negatives I can think of yet?  Um – nope!  Look at the neat handwriting on the board.  Some Latin programs we’ve viewed had messy, hard-to-read handwriting.  This program also includes easy-to-read PowerPoint-style visuals embedded onto the video.

The price is right for my family.

The first 6 lessons are free to view on their website, so you can try it before you buy it.

The humor and entertaining teaching is family-friendly and especially appealing to boys and teenage young men, although my daughters and I loved it, too!

I guess the only drawback I saw is that it doesn’t come with flashcards, although there are links on their website to free online flashcards that another parent made available.

As of October 2011, there are 40 lessons which can be purchased in groups of 10 lessons each for $25/section (download version).  By using the first 30 lessons of Visual Latin combined with the first 17 lessons of Lingua Latina , this would equal a strong first year credit in high school Latin.  Lessons 41-50 will be available in January 2012, and Lessons 51-60 will be available in spring 2012.

For our family, personally, we are loving Visual Latin!

I have to say “thank you” to Timberdoodle for allowing our family to review this curriculum.  Timberdoodle also sells other foreign language curricula and helps for families, and I’m very thankful for that!

Disclosure:  I received Lessons 1-10 from Timberdoodle for the purpose of using it with my family and providing them with my honest review.  No other compensation was provided.



Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 22 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

Leave a Reply

What is 9 + 12 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Pictures

Timberdoodle A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers
Timberdoodle Body of Evidence DVD set
Timberdoodle Body of Evidence Screen Shot
Timberdoodle Buddy Blocks
Timberdoodle Raising Real Men
Timberdoodle Purpllinker
Timberdoodle Purpllinker At Table
Timberdoodle Purpllinker In Car
Timberdoodle WonderMaps
Timberdoodle WonderMaps Samples
Timberdoodle WonderMaps How
Timberdoodle Visual Latin
Timberdoodle Visual Latin DVDs
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 01
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 02
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 03
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 04
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 05
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 06
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 07
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 08
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 09
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 10
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 11
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 12
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Our Side of the Mountain
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Our Side of the Mountain 02
Timberdoodle Co Logo
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 01
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 02
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 03
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 04
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 05
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 06
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 07
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome02
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome03
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome04
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
2 star review
4 stars
A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA reviews
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review Pages
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview1
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview2
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview3
Gabriele of Work Of Childhood
Can You Find Me? Kindergarten
Can You Find Me? Kindergarten sample
Can You Find Me? Preschool
Can You Find Me? Preschool sample
Can You Find Me? Preschool sample
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
5 star review
Building Thinking Skills 1
Building Thinking Skills 2
Building Thinking Skills 3 Figural
Building Thinking Skills Beginning
Building Thinking Skills 3 Verbal
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 2 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 2 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Beginning Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Beginning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Book E, 4th Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Book A, Kindergarten
Mathematical Reasoning Advanced
Mathematical Reasoning Advanced, Teacher's Book
Mathematical Reasoning Book B, 1st Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Book 1, 3 Year Olds
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning
Mathematical Reasoning Book C, 2nd Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Book D, 3rd Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Sample
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Bambino By Beyond 123
Bambino By Beyond 123 Critical Thinking Set 1
Bambino By Beyond 123
Bambino By Beyond 123 Special Needs Set
Bambino By Beyond 123 Starter Set
Bambino Starter Set
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
LEGO Creationary
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess
Simply Draw - Peace Creek on the Prairie
Simply Draw - Peace Creek on the Prairie
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
391-404-5
391-404-6
391-404-7
Inchimals
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Settlers from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Chess_08 from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Chess from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Knot So Fast
knotspics
Knot So Fast
Knot So Fast
Knot So Fast