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We are about to finish up Prima Latina…which we’ve been going through so slowly over the last several years. It always seems to be the first thing we drop when times get busy. I’m not sure where I want to go from here…while we liked Prima Latina, I’m worried it moves too slow for DD to get much good out of it (she starts HS next year). I’m trying to figure out whether to use a separate program with her, keep going slowly as a family (and not worry about high school credit), or dropping it altogether. I asked the kids what they though of lessons. The younger ones seemed indifferent (although they seem to enjoy the lessons when we get to them), but DD mentioned wanting to continue.
I’d like to here of what you’ve successfully used. I’d also like suggestions of what could be used to count as HS credits. I’m not sure I want to invest so much time (and money) in such a program, especially since I’ve heard not all colleges even count Latin as a foreign language, but I do want to consider all options.alphabetikaParticipant
My 21yo dd used Latina Christiana at home for 2.5 years before high school, and in high school took two years of Latin online through The Lukeion Project. LC moved slowly for her, but that was also because I had no experience in Latin and was learning it along with her. I had started her with LC because she asked to learn Latin and that was the program I’d heard of, so I didn’t do much research on it. She took a few workshops with Lukeion (not in Latin, but related topics, as Lukeion specializes in ancient history and language) and then we decided to go with Lukeion for high school Latin. Her experience there was excellent. I can’t recommend Lukeion highly enough.
That said, it’s not cheap, and I would only recommend it if your daughter is dedicated to doing several hours of work a week outside class, as well as being very diligent in showing up on time for class (the classes are online but in real time), as well as turning in homework and taking tests in the time frame required. This was a great way for my daughter to practice the discipline of deadlines and harder academic work than she’d done before. She really loved it and did wonderfully but after two years decided not to continue because she wanted to dedicate more time to other pursuits.
FWIW, the Lukeion courses, though high school level, assumed no previous knowledge of Latin. My daughter said that her LC learning helped her slightly, but if the course hasn’t changed since then, your daughter’s slow pace through PL won’t be a detriment.
Whew! This got long! Hope it helps!MonicaParticipant
Lukeion looks amazing! I am very fortunate that our state has an online charter school from which my DS can take Latin (he’s currently in Latin II, having completed Latin I from the online charter school last spring). Students that are not residents of our state, though, pay an exorbitant price for tuition.
If that were not available, though, I would highly consider Homeschool Connections. Several of my friends’ kids have taken classes with them and they are excellent.MonicaParticipant
Oh, and an aside – I’ve never heard of a college not accepting Latin as a foreign language!! I personally had three years of it in high school and went on to minor in it in college.HollySParticipant
I’d heard of Lukeion, but never looked into it before now…I think that’s the exact type of program I don’t want! lol At this point, I don’t want to spend a bunch of time or money on it. DD is still behind on math, and I think between math and starting Apologia, she’ll have enough as it is. I’d been looking into Latin Alive, but I’m still not sure that won’t be too much work for her. At some point, I think it’d be nice to have her take a challenging Latin course, but at this time, I don’t think that’s a high priority for us.
Jawgee, I’d never heard of it not counting either (except on the WTM boards). I’d been wondering what sort of school doesn’t count it. We plan on starting our DC at a CC or tech school, so I can’t imagine their standards will be super high.
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