Thursday, October 13, 2011
I'll just cut to the chase. I love this product! I have been on the fence for almost two years, deliberating over which Latin program to buy for my sons. I'm glad I waited, because Visual Latin came along this year for me to review for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. As a mom, I have always wanted my children to learn Latin for many reasons. One, it makes learning other languages exponentially easier. Two, knowing Latin can help decipher unknown words on SATs--much of the English language is derived from this ancient Roman language. And three, (I'll just come out and say it), reporting to your in-laws that your children are studying their Latin verbs just sounds like you are doing a bang-up job at homeschooling.
One of the mottos of Visual Latin is that "it is better to make kids laugh than make them yawn". This is a huge selling point here. With humor as a key ingredient in the instruction, you never want to fast forward or skip any parts of the instruction. A curriculum in no good if your child is staring at the wall while the lesson plays on the computer. If it never catches their attention, it will never be absorbed into their little brains. And Dwane's offbeat sense of humor is goofy enough to keep them paying attention (no offense Dwane, we totally get you).
You can buy Latin I (Lessons 1-30) on DVD for $80.00 here. You can also purchase the downloads in segments of 10 lessons for $30 each. These can be used on your computer or any portable device such as an iPod. Pretty cool. You can download the first 4 lessons for free on the website as well. I really recommend viewing these free lessons and seeing for yourself how fun Latin can be with Visual Latin!
**Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the first 10 lessons from Visual Latin in exchange for my honest review, which I have provided here. Please also check out the opinions of some of my Homeschool Crew-mates here.