Disclosure~I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
Throughout our homeschooling journey, we have used a variety of curriculum from Memoria Press. We have enjoyed all the curriculum we have used over the years and we were excited to continue on with our Latin lessons with Second Form Latin Complete Set. Second Form Latin will be our fourth Latin curriculum from Memoria Press to use. In the past, we have used Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, and First Form Latin.
Memoria Press is a well-known homeschool curriculum company that provides parents with an entire homeschool program based on the classical approach. Parents can choose a full year curriculum or purchase a few subjects that appeal to them. The company is Christian based. I love knowing my kids will learn a wealth of knowledge from the materials provided. Parents can find science, literature, Latin, geography, poetry, math, Greek, Christian studies, history, art, music, and other books for enrichment. They have everything subject covered!
For this review, we received the Second Form Latin Complete Set. The full set costs $125. Families can add on 13 months of Streaming Video access for $10. Prices are subject to change, so please check the website for the most current information.
The Second Form Latin Complete Set arrives with the following materials.
Quiz and Test Booklet
Teacher Answer Key
Pronunciation CD~ 2 discs
Instructional DVDs~3 discs
The Second Form Latin is geared for students in 6th grade and up. This Latin curriculum is the follow up to Form Latin. Students will then continue on with their Latin lessons using Third Form Latin and Fourth Form Latin.
Second Form Latin continues the journey of learning Latin grammar. The set builds on what the students have learned in First Form Latin. Students will review the material covered the previous year. The students will have mastered the following topics.
~6 indicative active and three indicative passive tenses of all four verb conjugations
~ 5 noun declensions, including -er/-ir nouns and i-stem nouns
~Adjectives in 3 declensions
~365 Vocabulary words (185 from First Form & 180 new words)
After completing Second Form Latin, students will have reached they half way mark in their Latin journey. The set is geared for students in the grammar stage. It focuses strongly on grammar forms and vocabulary. This focus allows students to build on their knowledge as they enter into the logic and rhetoric stages of learning.
Memoria Press wants students to succeed in their Latin studies, not to give up and drop out. They do this by providing students with the knowledge to retain, understand, and comprehend the Latin they are learning. The workbooks allow students to put their knowledge to the test. The exercises in the books provides students with the skills they need to excel in Latin and master it.
Over the past few years my kids have studied Latin using Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, and First Form Latin. We've worked on and learned Latin prayers and hymns using a chant CD and a Catholic homeschool curriculum. For us Latin is an important subject to learn. We still can attend Mass where the Mass is said in Latin and we still sing hymns in Latin. I will admit that neither of my kids are overly thrilled to learn Latin. Therese enjoys it a little bit better than Michael. Michael dreads the class. He says it is a useless subject, but he has seen how it comes in handy in other classes. We have taken a break from Latin the past 2 years. I loved how Second Form Latin review what was in First Form Latin. It helped the break from Latin go a little smoother than I thought it would.
For this review, I received a complete set for one student, so I did have to buy an extra set of student books for one of the kids. The test booklet is reproducible, so I only needed one of those. My kids are currently in 9th and 10th grade depending on the subject. If your start using First Form Latin in 9th grade, you can complete a four year program in high school by using the full Latin program.
9th grade~ First Form Latin
10th~ Second Form Latin
11th~ Third Form Latin
12th~ Second Form Latin
Second Form Latin was a perfect for us since we stopped of using First Form Latin. Some of it was review, but that was perfect since we had taken a break. It's always good to review. I was pleasantly surprised with what they had remembered. They do really listen!
Second Form Latin contains 5 Units and 31 lessons to work through.
Unit 1~ Nouns and Adjectives
Unit 2~ Personal & Possessive Pronouns, Prepositions
Unit 3~ Verb Present System Indicative
Unit 4~ Verb Perfect System Indicative
Unit 5~ Verb Passive Voice, Present System Indicative
Each unit has a review lesson.
The regular lessons in the student textbook are two pages long, while the review lessons are little longer 3-4 pages. The student workbook is broken up in the same way as the student text: 5 units and 31 lessons. The student workbook uses 5-6 pages for each lesson.
Lessons contain word study, grammar, vocabulary, drills, declensions, and translations.
For me the pronunciation CDs and the instructional DVD's are a must. I took one year of Latin in high school and I'll be honest I don't remember much from that class. It has been quite awhile since I sat in that classroom. The CD's and DVD's have been a life saver. I like how my kids can work independently now that they are older. They can complete their lessons on their own with little to no help from me.
We enjoy the flashcards too! In the past I hadn't ordered them. I just created them myself using note cards. Having the flashcards already made saves me time. We make a game out of the flash cards.
We use them daily to master the vocabulary. Whoever gets it right first, gets the card. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins a small reward. When they were younger we did the same thing, except we played outside and they got move ahead if they got it right. It was sort of like Mother May I. The small prize is usually ice cream or a blizzard. What teen doesn't want a frozen treat.