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Ludere Latine Book I: Latina Christiana I Latin Games Review by Diane WheelerPaul O'Brien
4103 Bishop Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
Each chapter from Latina Christiana I has a corresponding set of games. The vocabulary words are reviewed with a word search, and then there are derivative and grammatical forms crossword puzzles. All of these games are done individually. Every five lessons there is a page of hangman using the Latin sayings from the lessons. These are done with two students or a student and teacher/parent.
In addition to these, there is a page of group games described on page 79. Unique games entitled "Gladiators and Josho" are for two teams, giving the teacher a chance to ask questions, or for students to try to stump each other by choosing a secret word the other team needs to guess. Latin variations are provided for the familiar games Memory, Jeopardy-Bingo, and Pictionary.
Answers are included in the back of the book, as well as a list of Latin words, including the English translation and the derivatives.
Ludere Latine is a readymade way to make Latin memorization more fun and to incorporate Latin games into family and school time. Alone or with a group, students can be memorizing Latin vocabulary, grammar, and sayings while working a puzzle, stumping their big sister, or competing against Dad in a game of "Gladiator." It is easy to use and highly recommended.