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With the Latin for Children Primer A History Reader, young Latin scholars can begin to translate and read a selection of simple Latin stories at their own level.* The stories are integrated with the grammar and vocabulary of Latin for Children Primer A, correspond with the Veritas Press History Card series, and feature stories of Ancient Greece and Rome. The History Reader contains glosses for new words in each chapter and a full glossary at the end of the book.
*We recommend starting the Latin for Children Primer A History Reader when students are about halfway through Latin for Children Primer A. This gives beginning students some grammatical framework before beginning to read and translate. See our Support tab above for full schedule recommendations, the answer key, and other product resources.
Designed, revised, and continually sharpened since 2001, the award-winning Latin for Children curriculum continues to be a strong, inviting, and creative program designed to introduce students as young as fourth grade to Latin. It incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style. When used as a whole, this series trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage. The Latin for Children series is taught directly to the child and is a perfect choice for teachers and parents, including those who will be learning along with their students.
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"My son is starting a new school next fall, which is a year ahead of his old school in Latin. So, we are doing a whole year of Latin for Children this summer to keep him on track. The DVDs make it easy to teach, and our whole family is learning the chants on the CD. Even my 4-year-old is singing 'Amo, Amas, Amat.'" —Ellen, homeschool mom
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"I started teaching Latin to my 11- and 8-year-old daughters last fall using an established curriculum. It is a well-structured and robust program but my children grew to despise Latin every day. It was dry and laborious. I knew Latin would require discipline to learn but it was unpleasant to say the least. We took a break for a few weeks as I started researching other options. I came across your program through my research and decided to check you out at a recent homeschool convention. I decided to take the plunge and purchase your LFC Primer A Program. We are only on our second day and it is a completely different experience! The kiddos even asked to do it first today! They are humming their chants throughout the day. Truly amazing! Thank you for taking such an important and difficult subject and making it enjoyable for children. I can't wait to continue through the program with them and watch their knowledge and love for Latin grow! My deepest gratitude!" —Rachel, homeschool mom
"Last year I taught two classes of Latin Alive (Latin Alive 1 and 2). Most of my Latin Alive 1 students had completed at least one or two years of Latin for Children. I was so impressed with the Latin knowledge they came into my class with! We were able to move much more quickly. This year, when I began looking for new curriculum for my 5th and 6th grade Latin students, I immediately started looking into using Latin for Children. I would love to give my students the core Latin knowledge that I saw in my past students!"
—Marley, middle school Latin teacher
"I have been teaching with the new [full-color] Primer A this year, and I love it! The students seem to enjoy the color and graphics. It really is beautiful! I also really like the 'Appian Way' story, and my students enjoy reading it together. It is a great way to reinforce vocabulary. I will be using it exclusively in my classes going forward." - Kelly, Wilson Hill Academy Latin teacher
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Latin for Children Primer A Suggested Weekly Schedule (PDF)
Latin for Children Primer A History Reader Answer Key for Version 4.0 (PDF) and Version 5.0 (2018)
Latin for Children Primer A History Reader Errata (PDF)
See the Support tab on Latin for Children Primer A program page here for all available support and the many free resources associated with this product.
Karen Moore began her study of Latin in 7th grade and added Greek to her linguistic studies during her college years. She holds a BA in classics from the University of Texas. She earned her Texas teacher certification for Latin, history, and secondary education, and has also been awarded master teacher certification from the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS). Karen has more than 20 years of experience teaching Latin along with Greek and ancient humanities. She is the author of multiple Latin textbooks, including the Latin for Children History Readers A–C and the Latin for Teachers course, and coauthor of the Latin Alive! series, all published by Classical Academic Press. Karen has worked at Grace Academy in Georgetown, Texas, since 2002, where she has served a variety of roles, including upper-school lead teacher, head of the Latin department, and director of curriculum and instruction. As a teacher, she has a unique ability to instill an enthusiasm for classical literature and languages in students of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, she has served numerous other schools through her consulting, teacher-training seminars, and speaking engagements at educational conferences.
Grade Level: Grades 4-7
Use: Consumable product
Course Length: Yearlong (to be used alongside Latin for Children Primer A)