Friday, October 28, 2011
* Teacher's Manual with Answer Key (see sample)
* Student Text (see sample)
* Student Workbook (see sample)
* Quizzes and Tests Book
* Pronunciation CD
* Instructional DVDs
The Teacher's Manual lays everything out nicely.
When you first open the Teacher's Manual, you are given Teaching Guidelines, which include an Introduction. The first sentence should put everyone who is thinking about teaching Latin to ease: First Form is designed for teachers with or without a Latin background. I feel better already! ;)
Then you are given a Lesson Overview, which is very helpful. Lessons can be given to a full class or just one student. A full week's schedule consists of the following:
3. Oral Drill
4. Quiz or Test
5. Optional additional resources
The Lesson Overview gives extensive information on each item above, which is very helpful. It takes you step by step.
The Teaching Guidelines also have ideas for games and review activities, information on how to develop a syllabus, and a sample lesson.
Below you can view a sample lesson
First Form’s grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because those are the grammar stage skills suitable for the grammar stage student. However, the First Form Series is for students of all ages because all beginners, regardless of age, are in the grammar stage of learning.
My Thoughts: If you are a parent looking for a good Latin program for your child, I would recommend taking a closer look at Memoria Press.
And if you decide to purchase First Form Latin, I highly recommend getting the larger package, which includes the DVDs. I personally think the DVDs are essential for a successful year.
I also think the Teacher's Manual does a good job instructing the teacher on what to do, and it even lays out what to say next.