Friday, April 29, 2011

Latin's Not So Tough Review

Latin's Not So Tough is a multi-level Latin program brought to you by Greek 'n' Stuff.  Greek 'n' Stuff offers products for both the Greek and Latin languages, along with a few Bible studies.

Back in September I received Latin's Not So Tough Level 2 Student Workbook, Answers Only Answer Key, and the Pronunciation CD for Latin Levels One, Two, and Three.  My daughter, age 7, has been working through the workbook.

Latin's Not So Tough has six levels.  Below is a short description of the first three levels.

Level 1: Latin alphabet, diphthongs, special consonants, matching, fill in the blank, fun activities, and flashcard pages. {for early elementary only}

Level 2: Latin alphabet, diphthongs, special consonant review, read and write Latin words, matching, fill in the blank, fun activities, puzzles, and flashcard pages.  {for students who have completed Level One/mid elem students}

Level 3: Latin alphabet and vocabulary review, 1st and 2nd declension nouns, three special case uses, first conjugation verbs, present active indicative, read and write simple Latin sentences, matching, fill in the blank, fun activities, puzzles, and flashcard pages. {for students who have completed Level Two/upper elem students}

You can find further descriptions of all six levels here.

As I mentioned, we received Level 2.  The letter I received with the program stated that the target age for Level 2 is early elementary, especially 6-7 year olds.  They recommend that older students using this program begin with Level 3.

My Thoughts:  Latin's Not So Tough is definitely a no frills Latin program. There is no DVD with someone explaining the lessons and no CD with children singing silly Latin songs.  The book is spiral bound and has simple black and white pages.  The first 10 pages of Level 2 include the Latin alphabet and copywork and almost all of the rest of the book is vocabulary.  Each vocabulary page starts out with the word and definition, and the following activities are related to matching that word and previous words with their meanings. 

Although I know it is important to have a good understanding of Latin vocabulary (which is what this book provides), I still wish there was more to it.   Something to really get my daughter excited to complete it. 

It is also important to note that Latin's Not So Tough only includes the classical pronunciation.  I personally do not think pronunciation is that important, but some may be interested in a program which offers both classical and ecclesiastical. 

Thoughts of a 7-Year Old:  It isn't as fun as it looks. I think that it's sort of boring, even though it has some games. 

Find Out More:  You can learn more about this product and others at the Greek 'n' Stuff website.  The Level 2 Student Workbook is $18.95, the Answers Only Answer Key is $4.00, and the Pronunciation CD for Latin Levels One, Two, and Three is $10.00.  You can also purchase a full text answer key, quizzes and exams, and flashcards on a ring (which I would recommend over the ones in the book).  Also available are Latin "Starter" Sets and "I Want It All" Complete Latin Sets

My Crewmates are also reviewing Latin's Not So Tough, so you can check out what they think HERE.

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.



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