The Best Homeschool Latin Curriculum

The Best Homeschool Latin Curriculum is the curriculum that works best for you and your children. Latin is a systematic, rigorous, and analytic language. So why teach it? Because teaching Latin as your homeschool foreign language is teaching English grammar and English vocabulary too.

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“A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it” –Brander Matthews

LATIN TEACHES ENGLISH GRAMMAR

English grammar is based upon Latin grammar, so teaching and learning Latin helps our children to recognize and learn English grammar. Latin reinforces English grammar lessons and solidifies English grammar. Did you know we derive approximately 60% of our English words from Latin.

We speak English in the USA and have since we utterd out first words. However, when a child begins putting English words together to form complete sentences, they do not know the words are subjects and predicates, verbs, direct objects, indirect objects, prepositional phrases, possessives, participles, gerunds, and infinitives because we don’t teach English Grammar at birth.

The Latin language is the most disciplined, structured, and organized language in our world history. Latin conjugations and declensions march in disciplined rows, just like Roman soldiers. Latin is not dead and has much to teach your children.

LATIN TEACHES ENGLISH VOCABULARY

All the language of law, logic, government, theology, medical and scientific terminology, and higher vocabulary derive from Latin. Most of the vocabulary and grammar in other languages derive from Latin as well. Think about it, every time you teach your child math or science, you are teaching them Latin! The main difference between English and Latin sentence structure and is Latin does not depend on word order. Latin must agree amongst word endings however. Latin is really a puzzle of words.  Children who study Latin will learn to analyze the grammar components of each word to determine the fit to create a sentence.

I have been teaching Latin to my children for the past 8 years. I have used various Latin curriculums at various grade levels. Naturally, we now have our family favorites. But as with most things in life, something that works for my children, may not work for your children. I have put together a list of the Best Homeschool Latin Curriculum available for homeschool elemenary school students and homeschool high school students.

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Latin Homeschool Curriculum for Elementary School

Prima Latina Basic Set
GRADES: Grades 1-3
Curriculum Available: Student textbook, teacher’s manual, CD, DVDs, flashcards
Description: Prima Latina is an introduction to Latin for young students in grades 1-3. I used the basic set curriculum for both of my daughters in grade 1. Prima Latina teaches Latin grammar and vocabulary with a CD. I only ever used the CD lessons, and can not evaluate the DVD lessons. There is an optional copybook which we did not utilize either.

Song School Latin 1 & 2 
GRADES: Grade K-3
Curriculum Available: Student workbook, CD, DVD, teacher’s manual, flashcards
Description: Song School Latin is a two-year program using Song School Latin Book 1 and Song School Latin Book 2 that introduces young children to Latin through songs and chants. I did not ever use this curriculum as we began with Prima Latina. However, my friend used this for her children and they loved it. They did not continue with Latin language lessons after the two years.

Latina Christiana 
GRADES: Grades 3-5
Curriculum Available: Student textbook, teacher’s manual, CD, DVDs, flashcards
Description: Latina Christiana is the continuation of the Prima Latina program. I have not used this program as we used a different curriculum past grade 1. This is a great curriculum however. I have looked through the the Latina Chrisiana and it was well laid out, but not the best fit for my children.

LOGOS LATIN 1-4 
GRADES: Grades 3-6
Curriculum Available: Student textbook, teacher’s manual, CD, DVDs, tests & quizzes
Description: Logos Latin is a four year Latin curriculum beginning in grade 3 through grade 6. This could be used through middle school though. There are weekly lessons that include vocabulary, chants, derivatives, and worksheets. There are weekly activity pages for each lesson; vocabulary pronunciation for each Latin word and constellation maps. Logos Latin is very well organized and has teacher instructions and schedules included. Logos Latin I, Logos Latin II, Logos Latin III and Logos Latin IV, utilizes Quizlet to study Latin vocabulary. Tets and quiz book available as well. I used this curriculum for my daughters and they really enjoyed Logos Latin.

Latin for Children Primers A, B, C
GRADES: Grade 4-7
Curriculum Available: Student textbook & workbook, answer key, DVDs, CD
Description: This three-year program expands children’s Latin vocabulary while also introducing them to Latin grammar in a systematic and developmentally appropriate way. Video lessons introduce new grammar concepts and reinforced with Latin chants (similar to their program for younger students, Song School Latin).

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Latin Homeschool Curriculum for Middle School

First, Second, Third, and Fourth Form Latin 
GRADES: Grades 4-8  
Curriculum Available: Student textbook & workbook, teacher’s manual, quizzes/tests, CD, DVDs, flashcards
Description: The four-year Latin curriculum, First Form, Second Form, Third Form and Fourth Form Latin, is the next level from Latina Chrisiana. It teaches Latin grammar and the rules of the language. Lessons are from the instructional DVDs, but scripted lessons are in the teacher’s manual.

Latin Alive! Books 1,2,3
GRADES: Grades 5-8
Curriculum Available: Student textbook, teacher’s manual , DVD
Description: This three-year program is best suited for older students or for younger students who began studying Latin in grade 1 and are ready to move to this level. Latin Alive is taught from video lessons.

Latin for the New Millennium 1-3 
GRADES: Grades 5-8
Curriculum Available: Student textbook & workbook, teacher’s manual
Description: Latin for the New Millennium uses a newer method for teaching Latin with modern conversational Latin. My son used the Latin for the New Millennium 1 textbook and workbook in 7th grade. It worked well for him and was easy to teach from the teacher’s manual. Latin for the New Millennium offers next levels in Latin 2 and Latin 3 as well.

Kraken Latin 1 and 2
GRADES: Grades 6-8
Curriculum Available: Student textbook & workbook, teacher’s manual
Description: Kraken Latin 1 contains thirty-two weeks' worth of clear teaching on all the indicative tenses, demonstratives, and personal pronouns, weekly worksheets and readings, English-to-Latin and Latin-to-English glossaries, reference charts for each lesson and some fun activities. Kraken Latin 2 contains thirty-two weeks' worth of clear teaching on deponents, impersonal verbs, subjunctives and much more. It includes weekly worksheets and readings, English-to-Latin and Latin-to-English glossaries, reference charts for each lesson, and some fun activities.

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Latin Homeschool Curriculum for Middle and High School

Latin for Americans 1-3
GRADES: Grades 8-12
Curriculum Available: Student textbook, teacher’s manual
Description: Latin for Americans is a textbook for the high school level. This three-level series is used in high school and colleges, and it provides a complete course.

Henle Latin I-IV
GRADES: Grades 8-12 
Curriculum Available: Student textbook & workbook, teacher’s manual/answer key, quizzes
Description: Henle is a four-year Latin program, Henle I, Henle II, Henle III and Henle IV, teaches Latin from a Catholic worldview. It teaches the basics of Latin grammar and vocabulary in the first year and advances to reading and translating texts by the second year.

The Latin Road to English Grammar (Vol. 1-3) 
GRADES: Grades 5-12
Curriculum Available: Student textbook, CD, teacher’s manual & training video + answer key, quizzes
Description: This curriculum teaches Latin and English grammar simultaneously. The Latin Road to English Grammar is a highly structured course utilizing notebooking. This is a three-year committment. This curriculum is equivalent to two years of high school Latin. Parents teach using the teacher training videos. The parent is expected to be invloved and teach this course.

Visual Latin
GRADES: Grades 5-12
Curriculum Available: DVDs, Teacher’s manual, printable worksheets, printable quizzes + tests
Description: Visual Latin I and 2 are taught through DVD instruction with Dave Thomas and he is FUNNY and makes Latin FUN! The grammar concepts taught are reinforced with weekly worksheets. This two volume DVD “ curriculum course covers the same amount of material as two years of high school Latin.My daughter took Visual Latin 1 and 2 and learned SO MUCH!

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Advanced Latin Homeschool Curriculum for High School

If you child wants to continue taking Latin as a foreign language, they are well prepared if they have studied using any of the above noted curricula. My daughter want to take Latin through high school and take the AP Latin test. Below are some excellent choices for any student who wants this path as well.

Lingua Latina Per se Illustrata Series*
GRADES: Grades 9-12
Curriculum Available: Books, Workbooks, Teacher’s manuals
Description: Lingua Latina are books written in Latin that your student will read. Students will learn Latin via the Natural Method. The accompanying workbooks covers the chapters with weekly lessons. Lingua Latina Pars I: Familia Romana, Grammatica Latina (Pt.1) and Lingua Latina Pars II: Roma Aeterna (Pt 2). In addition, Fabulae Syrae can be used concurrently with Familia Romana for further enrichment or as a review text after completing Familia Romana. My daughter is currently reading this series for high school Latin. Dave Thomas also has an on-line course for Lingua Latina.

* (this is a companion book to read along with curriculum or a stand alone curriculum. This is worth 1/2 credit)

Wheelock's Latin +  Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes:  A Companion to Wheelock’s Latin
GRADES: Grades 9-12
Curriculum Available: Book, Workbook, companion
Description: Wheelock’s Latin reinforces translation skills and starts the basics of good analytical writing for high school students that will be needed in Advanced Latin levels and especially AP Latin. Wheelock’s Latin  has authentic Latin readings, taken from classical literature, drama, and poetry, but also from inscriptions, artifacts, and even graffiti showing the ancient Romans’ everyday use of Latin. This book will be used for 3 years of Latin lessons with the companion workbook.

AP Latin

Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6

Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico

This curriculum prepares students to take the AP Latin Exam. The AP Latin exam includes a selection from Vergil's Aeneid  and a selection from Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic Wars. Colleges that accept credit from the AP Latin Exam usually offer the student 12-16 credit hours for the passing level that they publish. 

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