Visual Latin: A TOS Review
Sacha’s<25: A downloadable or DVD based video Latin curriculum that your children will beg to do if they are anything like mine!
Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)
Is it worth our time? 10 stars
Did it help us learn? 10 stars
Is it worth the money? 10 stars
Is it useful to me? 10 stars
Practicality- 10 stars
Quality- 10 stars
Kid Rating- 10 stars
To be honest, I didn’t want to review this product! I was not interested in adding anything else to our busy curriculum this year and Latin sounded hard and boring! The crew asked if more of us would consider reviewing it….I said I would, reluctantly. I figured we would look at the first lesson or two, be done with it and write up a review.
Wow, was I wrong! My 12, 10 and almost 8 year old are using this program. They weren’t interested in learning it. After they watched the first 4 intro lessons on why they should learn Latin they were hooked. Dwane has such a great way of teaching and presenting material.
This is right from their website:
Why this rather unusual response? Visual Latin is a rather unusual Latin curriculum. For instance, we think:
- It’s better to make students laugh than yawn.
- Shorter videos teach more effectively than longer ones.
- Small successes lead to big successes.
- Children like reading Latin more than memorizing it.
And I would totally agree with all of the above. My kids are begging to do more Latin. They told their friends about it and now they are using Visual Latin as well…so they have a secret language to communicate in! My son even asked for a English-Latin, Latin-English dictionary for his birthday! That’s how much they are enjoying Latin. And I really think it is only based on the fact that this program is great! We have tried other language programs in the past and none of them have held their attention or given them the desire to actually learn a language.
By the second full lesson they were translating a whole paragraph! Each lesson has 3 video segments, along with a worksheet to complete after each segment.
Segment A: Grammar-video is less than 7 minutes
Segment B: Sentences-video is less than 8 minutes
Segment C: Reading-video is less than 5 minutes
Yes, there is also an answer key to make sure they have it correct!
Can you tell, I can’t speak highly enough about Visual Latin!
You can download 4 intro lessons and 2 regular lessons for FREE, click here!
I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2 MEN BEHIND VISUAL LATIN: (I think it is pretty cool!)
Visual Latin is the joint idea of two dads whose wives homeschool their kids. One is a Latin teacher and the other a producer. They both like Latin and think everyone ought to be able to read it.
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. (On the back of the DVD cover it says he was raised by a pack of wild Latin teachers near the Rubicon!–TOO FUNNY!)
What I liked:
- It is reasonably priced.
- The lessons can be downloaded and put on an iPad, or iPod or you can purchase the traditional DVD’s!
- Their customer service is great. I had a problem downloading one of the lessons and they got back to me right away. They also sent me the DVD’s for free, since they were downloading slowly. (I think it was my internet)
- My kids love it, it doesn’t get much better than that!
- I don’t have to know Latin in order to teach it!
What I didn’t like:
- I don’t have anything for you this time! Sorry, we truly LOVE it!
Please watch the FREE intro lessons and 2 regular lessons! You have nothing to lose and you will get a great feeling for the program and WHY your kids should learn Latin!
In fact, we liked Visual Latin so much that we have already purchased the rest of the lessons for Latin 1!
To sum it up: An amazing DVD or downloadable video based Latin curriculum that I think any family can benefit from!
The important information:
Price: Lessons 1-10 are $25 for the download version or $30 for the DVD’s. There are also lessons 11-20 and 21-30 available for purchase.
To read other TOS Crew reviews of this product click here.