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Second Form Latin Complete Set Review by Jennifer Ladewig

Cheryl Lowe
Memoria Press
(877) 862-1097
4603 Poplar Level Road
Louisville, KY 40215

Second Form Latin Complete Set is a complete second year Latin curriculum. The grammar approach taught in First Form Latin carries over to Second Form Latin. The program progresses slowly in order to help the student gain adequate mastery. There are four levels of Latin available through Memoria Press. Since my daughter started her Latin studies later in the game, she will only complete the first two years of Latin before graduation. Second Form Latin is suggested for grades 5-10. The cost for the Complete Set is $125.00.

Included in the Second Form Latin Complete Set is: 

  • Student Text
  • Teacher Manual
  • Student Workbook
  • Quizzes and Tests
  • Teacher Key to Quizzes and Tests
  • Flashcards
  • DVD set (3 discs totaling 8.5 hours)

What will your student have mastered after completing Second Form Latin?

  • 6 indicative active and 3 indicative passive tenses for the 4 verb conjugations
  • 5 noun declensions, -er/-ir nouns and i-stem nouns
  • Adjectives in 3rd declension
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • 180 new vocab words (First Form Latin students learn 185 vocab words)

There are five units in Second Form Latin. Each unit is broken down into lessons and ends with a review of the material covered in the unit as well as cumulatively. There are 26 lessons not including the reviews. Each lesson is intended to be covered in a normal school week. Even though the lessons are written for a classroom setting, it is very easy to adapt the lessons for the homeschooling setting. I have allowed my daughter to work through the lessons at her own pace. At the end of this second year, your student will review both grammar and vocabulary learned in both First Form Latin and Second Form Latin.

From the homeschooling standpoint, Memoria Press does a fantastic job at making the curriculum teacher friendly. As a parent without former Latin education, following instructions laid out in the Teacher’s Manual have been very doable. I will say that my daughter is quite self-sufficient when it comes to learning on her own which also makes my job easier.

What is a typical day and week like? In the Teacher’s Guide, they suggest a sample weekly lesson plan broken down into four days. Day five is set aside for review and retesting if the student doesn’t show mastery over the weekly work.

Student will spend between 35-55 minutes a day on their Latin. Each day begins with recitation followed by workbook activities. On day one each week, the student will learn a new Latin saying, new vocabulary, and grammar declensions. On day four, the student will complete an oral drill and pre-test.

The Pronunciation CD teaches the student the new sayings and grammar declensions. The teacher will talk, and then the student will repeat what the teacher has said. I really like this CD because it gives students repetition that is so very important in learning a new language. The recitation is also covered at the beginning of the daily video lesson. Glen Moore teaches the daily lessons on DVD. After completing the video lesson, students will complete one page in their student workbook. Students will also need to spend time daily working on the vocabulary cards that come with the curriculum. It is very important that they keep up with not only learning these words, but also reviewing past words too. Again, students can expect to spend between 35-55 minutes a day on their Latin.

At the end of the student workbook, your student will find a How To Use Grammar Questions For Rapid Fire Review as well as How To Use Vocabulary Drill Sheets. The Rapid Fire Review is likened to a catechism. Throughout the year, students need to study and review these grammar-related questions. At the beginning of each day, the student will randomly be asked grammar questions that they need to be able to answer without having to think about the answer. Next, the Vocabulary Drill Sheets list all of the vocabulary words learned in each lesson for quick reference. While the vocabulary cards are extremely important and helpful, these drill sheets provide a way for the student to look at all words in one convenient place.

The quizzes and tests are very comprehensive. Students will be asked to define vocabulary, decline and conjugate, translate from English to Latin and vice versa, fill in the blank, and fill in charts.

Back in 2015, I had the opportunity to review Latina Christiana I from Memoria Press. I absolutely loved the curriculum. My then-sophomore-grade daughter took up the challenge to help me review the program. She absolutely loved learning Latin and decided that she wanted to learn Latin to fulfill her high school foreign language requirements. After she completed Latina Christiana I, we decided to continue on with First Form Latin. After completing First Form Latin,she felt not only ready, but also excited to continue on in her Latin studies. Going into her senior year, she has started in on Second Form Latin

My daughter says, “I have really enjoyed learning Latin over the past couple of years. After starting Latina Christiana as a sophomore, I knew that Latin was what I wanted to pursue for my high school foreign language requirement. Having a solid foundation in English grammar has helped tremendously in learning Latin. The lessons are straightforward. The whole program is great. Memoria Press’s material is comprehensive and includes everything a student needs to successfully learn Latin. Second Form Latin picked up exactly where First Form Latin stopped. The transition was painless. I would highly recommend this curriculum to other students interested in learning Latin.”

Over the years, I have used many of Memoria Press’s curricula and have always be impressed with the experience and final results. I would highly recommend Second Form Latin for students continuing on in their Latin education.

-Product reviewed by Jennifer Ladewig, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2017