Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Memoria Press: First Form Latin - @MemoriaPress

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Memoria Press:  First Form Latin

  • A Complete Beginner Latin Course for Students With Limited or no Latin experience
  • Suggested ages:  Grade 5 and Up
  • Christian, Grammar Based, Trivium Model Teaching
  • Created by Cheryl Lowe, based on 20 years of teaching experience
  • First Form Latin, $55.00 - First Form Latin PLUS (DVDs and Flash cards) $115.00
  • Offered by Memoria Press.   www.memoriapress.com
  • Systematic, Organized Approach
  • No Extra Materials Required
Memoria Press: First Form Latin


My boys enjoy studying languages, and so do I.  We haven't had extensive Latin, but for several years we have studied Latin roots, and two very basic Latin courses published by Memoria Press.  How lucky for us that we were chosen to review the next program that the company suggests, First Form Latin.

This course is slightly more involved, but is still considered a beginners course.  It can be started with little or no Latin experience at all.

The text uses a grammatical approach to learning, based on the trivium model.  The organized, systemic teaching is kept simple, and through repetition the student is able to master the material.

First Form Latin is offered with or without the DVD lessons.  The DVDs were included in our review materials, and they are extremely helpful - especially if the teacher is not confident in Latin.

The teacher is Glen Moore, and he is competent, bright, keeps a good pace, and he manages to hold the attention of my boys.

The student textbook lessons are short - only two pages each.  The workbook includes 4-6 pages of exercises for each of the 32 lessons.  There are also some daily drills.

From the website:
After mastering First Form, the student will have a solid grasp on the six indicative active tenses of the first two verb conjugations, five noun declensions, first and second declension adjectives, and 185 vocabulary words.
With or without the DVDs you will want the Teachers Instruction Manual.  It is a fantastic resource.  It is neatly arranged, and easy to follow.   Each lesson is scripted, to help make teaching easier.  The answers to the student workbook exercises are included as well, to make grading a chinch.  You'll also find extras to help make teaching stress free.

The First Form Latin course includes:
  • A Teacher's Manual
  • A Student Text
  • A Student Workbook
  • Quizzes and Tests
  • A Pronunciation CD
Memoria Press: First Form Latin

This cost for the set is $55.  First Form Latin PLUS includes DVD lessons and student flash cards.  The price for the PLUS set is $115.


We have used several Memoria Press Courses now, and we have always been pleased with the content, the presentation, the organization and the affordability.  The family owned and operated company was Founded in 1993 by Cheryl Lowe, and is a favorite go to source for Classical Christian Homeschoolers, and not just for Latin!  There are many other subjects offered.


Memoria Press can be found on the web at www.memoriapress.com. To place orders by phone, or to speak with a customer service representative, call 1-877-862-1097.  You'll also find Memoria Press on Facebook, and Twitter.

Quite a few of my crew mates have also reviewed First Form Latin, and others have reviewed spelling and phonics programs offered by Memoria Press.  You can find all of the reviews linked to the crew blog today.
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I was given these materials in order to write an informed blogged review of them.  I was not paid to write this post and my opinions are genuine.