Latin for Children Primer A (Student Edition)
REVISED VERSION 4.0 TEXT (2017). Please see compatibility notes below.
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 graders 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.
Latin for Children Primer A (Student Edition) is easy to use, incremental, and filled with clear grammatical explanations written expressly for the student. Exercises, quizzes, and a useful reference section are also included. Lessons teach mnemonic aids (songs, chants) that enable students to learn vocabulary and grammar with ease and delight. There are clear explanations of grammar in every chapter, written at the student’s level. Guidance is given for both classical and ecclesiastical pronunciations.
What’s in the New Revised Edition?
Latin for Children Primer A, now printed in full color, has been enhanced with beautiful illustrations as well as images and paintings of ancient Roman culture. An adventure story, Along the Appian Way, has also been added. Students will follow Marcus and Julia as they look for dropped coins or maybe even greater treasures—until an accidental run-in with an official messenger brings them more adventure than they bargained for! The chapter-by-chapter Latin grammar sequence remains the same as previous versions. Students will love studying Latin even more as they use this newly revised and improved edition.
- Workbook format, 32 chapters (proposed teaching timeline is 1 chapter a week), perfect-bound book
- Clear explanations of grammar in every chapter, written directly to the student
- Weekly worksheets and quizzes included
- Students learn 240 high-frequency Latin words
- Classical and/or ecclesiastical pronunciation
- Professional, classical layout and design
- Widely used Latin series among classical schools, charter schools, homeschools & co-ops
- Yearly revision of each text based on critical feedback of our customers
- Primers B and C are a succession upon the previous book. They are intended to be taught sequentially beginning with Primer A (target grade: 4th), one book per school year.
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Note: The old editions of the primer and answer key are not compatible with this newly revised edition (though the grammar is taught in the same sequence). The DVD or streaming video, however, will still work with previous editions of the text. The Activity Book and History Reader are also still compatible with either version.
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“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
“I am using your Latin for Children Primer A and having a blast! We’re at chapter 15 and ready to start translating . . . Amazing! Great stuff. Thanks so much for the countless hours you spent creating these curricula. I do believe my kids are going to be lifelong language learners because of them!” —Kim, homeschool mom
“Your delivery of Latin for Children is both engaging and thorough. Your chants and songs are pleasant and upbeat and will appeal to a wide age range of students! We are looking forward to learning Latin with all of you!” —Britta, Morning Star Learning
I’m using your Latin for Children with my 9-year-old son. Let me just say how wonderful your program is, [and] I have looked at many. Your presentation makes it understandable. I have found nothing I think compares to it. He totally gets it.” —Wendy, homeschool mom
“We are entirely smitten with LFC, this being our second year. I am so pleased with the progress my eldest is making in Primer B, and equally delighted to hear everyone else down to the two-year-old chanting right along.” —Kendra, Preschoolers and Peace
“So many of the popular Latin programs are great if you already know Latin and can instruct the students in the grammar, but if you are attempting to learn the Latin along with your student using an elementary curriculum, then Latin for Children is definitely the one you should choose. It goes much deeper and more thoroughly into the grammar than any of the other elementary programs do. There is so much to like about this series.” —Beth, Beth’s Bookshop
“My 8-year-old daughter and I LOVE this Latin course. She is becoming a polyglot like me and we are having a wonderful bonding time together. This course is worth ten times what I’m paying for it. . . . She has begged me for the Greek and I told her we have to finish the Latin first.” —Sean, homeschool dad
“We love this program! Our kids find Dr. Perrin very engaging, and we all look forward to our Latin time each day. With the DVD, lessons, and fun activities, our learning seems almost effortless. My kids’ English vocabulary is also increasing as we progress through the program. Thanks so much!” —the Gant family
“My daughter loves the chants and songs. Moreover, the lessons on the DVD also capture her attention and reinforce my presentation of the material from the workbook. Since we have started your series, I have raved about it to fellow homeschoolers.” —Kevin, homeschool dad
“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
“I love Latin for Children & Latin Alive! I teach Latin in our co-op (middle and high school), and this is honestly the first curriculum I haven’t had to rewrite (or at least seriously tweak) in order to teach it. It’s all there, well written and fun to use. The kids love it, I love it, and I’ve seen the kids grow in understanding and application of the language.” —Jennifer, Latin teacher
“Latin for Children and Latin Alive! are challenging and thorough enough for the students, yet simple enough for a homeschool mom without a Latin background to implement. I’m seriously thinking about going back to school for a second degree (in classics) when my homeschooling days are over.” —Loretta, homeschool mom
“We are using Latin for Children with my older girls, and I love how my little one walks around singing the chants as well. 🙂 We are really enjoying it and LOVE the video!” —Genny, homeschool mom
“After using another program for my 3 oldest, we found Latin for Children. Being a mother of a large family (teaching 9 right now), I needed something that would walk me through it and become independent learning for the kids. After doing all three, we made the transition to Latin Alive, and I am rarely needed to help. The translation is great.” —Patty, homeschool mom
“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
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How to Teach Latin (PDF) 16 pages on teaching Latin for Children for school teachers
Suggested Weekly Schedule (PDF) Suggestions for a weekly schedule using the full program
Primer A Bonus Worksheets (PDF) 91 pages of exercises, quizzes, & tests, and Answer Key for use with LFC Primer A. FREE to copy, use, and distribute (not for resale). These files have been contributed by various authors. Feel free to submit your worksheets for consideration.
Basic Latin Charts! (PDF) Colorful charts display the five noun declensions and the verb endings for present, imperfect, future, perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses. Each chart also lists the related Latin for Children and Latin Alive! chapters. A helpful resource for any Latin student!
Interactive Latin Charts! (PDF) These black and white Latin charts are easy to print, color, and cut out. Once cut, the charts provide an excellent hands-on approach to practicing all five noun declensions and verb endings for present, imperfect, future, perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses. Each chart also lists the related Latin for Children and Latin Alive! chapters.
Latin for Children Flash Cards (PDF) These flash cards are keyed to the vocabulary in their corresponding book. Decks are split into two different decks (for example: a Latin deck and the English deck) so that you can print them separately or on the backs of each other (single sided or double sided). Latin Flash Cards – English Flash Cards
Thanksgiving Story Activity (PDF) A fun short story about a timid hawk flying south for the winter. Includes a Latin vocabulary list, two pages of activities, and an answer key at the end.
Latin Advent Calendar (PDF) Celebrate advent by printing and assembling this Latin Advent Calendar. Each day open a door to learn an advent-related Latin word! Two designs are available: Latin Advent Calendar One and Latin Advent Calendar Two.
Latin for Children Primer A Errata (PDF) for version 3.7 and prior versions
Latin for Children Primer A Page 73 (PDF), corrected for several errors with subject/verb agreement.
Dr. Aaron Larsen currently teaches history, Latin, logic, and rhetoric at Regents School of Charlottesville in Virginia. He previously taught at two classical schools in Pennsylvania. In 2001, Dr. Larsen joined a team led by Dr. Christopher Perrin and two other colleagues to help form Classical Academic Press. The motivation behind this endeavor was to produce exceptional Latin and logic curricula for the classical education movement. The first results of this collaboration included the publication of their logic text, The Art of Argument, and the three-volume Latin for Children series. Aaron is also a coauthor of The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic.
Aaron received his BA in history, with minors in philosophy and education, from Covenant College in Georgia. He completed his coursework for his DA in modern world history from St. John’s University in New York and went on to write his doctoral thesis on the Meiji Restoration, which, as he likes to say, is “the most important event in world history that nobody’s ever heard of.”
Grade Level: Grades 4-7
Use: Consumable product
Course Length: Yearlong