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June 4th, 2010, 09:14 PM
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My son who will be in 9th next year wants to take Latin as his foreign language in high school. Well, we went to a used book sale today & found what looks like a GREAT Latin curriculum... Latina Christiana (book 1) for a good price so I went ahead & bought it. Well, after reading a little about it, I may have made a mistake... it still looks GREAT but looks like it is more aimed for younger grades rather than highschoolers AND I read this on their web site...
How does Latina Christiana translate into high school Latin credits?
Unfortunately, there are no universal standards for a full year of high school Latin today. In the past, students completed the whole grammar in one year of high school. However, that is rarely done in even a whole year of college Latin today.

Typically, LC I & II together are more than a semester of high school Latin. In most areas, you will find that they cover more Latin grammar than local high schools do in a year. (As an example, the best public high school in Louisville, KY doesn't begin the subjunctive until the 4th year of Latin. They spend 4 years just learning the Latin grammar!)

In short:
If you have mastered LC I & II and the first 5 units of Henle Latin I, you will have a very strong year of high school Latin in any school district.
If you have mastered LC I & II, you will have at least a semester of high school Latin and probably a full year in 75% of the school districts.

Memoria Press: Latina Christiana I
We need 2 years of a foreign language & I originally thought Latina Christiana 1 & 2 would be it but maybe not. What do you think? Any suggestions on how to salvage this & give him the 2 years of Latin that he needs without spending a fortune? Maybe count Latina Christiana 1 & Latina Christiana 2 as one high school Latin credit then Henle 1 (???) as another credit to make up the required 2 credits? I just want him to be able to go to college if he chooses (though according to him, I have nothing to worry about b/c he's not going ).

BTW, our first year of HSing went wonderfully. I am so glad I pulled him out of PS. The hardest part of is just choosing the right curriculum. *sigh*

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June 4th, 2010, 09:30 PM
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I searched high and low before deciding on a latin program. I talked to latin teachers, other HS parents, etc. I remember LC being at the top of my list for a while, but I remember quickly tossing it out the window. I "think" that one is the one that's catholic based, but I'm not sure. I didn't want a catholic curriculum. Otherwise, I was considering it for elementary/middle grades. I hadn't considered it for high school.

Look at Latin Alive. Latin : Classical Academic Press, Classical Subjects Creatively Taught If you go with just the books, it's not too expensive. I don't know anyone who's using "just" the books though. Everyone uses the bundle (DVD, etc.), so that's where the cost will bite you. It's what we're planning to use after SSL and LfC.

Also look at Lively Latin, So you really want to learn Latin book I (this one moves super fast, so it can be frustrating to someone who's never had an intro to latin), and Henle.


Oh, cool! I just found this link, too. I have the vocabulary vine for science. It's great!

*Another edit!*

Look at the last chart on this page.

Last edited by BensMom; June 5th, 2010 at 12:16 AM.
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June 5th, 2010, 03:02 PM
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Mango doesn't have Latin but you may want to look at learnlatin.tk Latin Textbook: Wheelock's Latin (HTML) or Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar, Table of Contents whether supplement or other these are all free.
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