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National Latin Exam:  Have you considered taking the National Latin Exam?  Prepare for it with this free syllabi NLE Syllabi

Lingua Latina is probably the best program for younger students in that it requires them to think in Latin.  From the publisher…”Hans Ørberg’s Lingua Latina per se illustrata series is the world’s premiere textbook for learning Latin via the Natural Method. Students first learn grammar and vocabulary intuitively through extended contextual reading and an innovative system of marginal notes. It is the only textbook currently available that gives students the opportunity to learn Latin without resorting to translation but allows them to think in the language. It is also the most popular text for teachers, at both the secondary and collegiate levels, who wish to incorporate conversational skills into their classroom practice.” I used this at the end of the year with a heavily vocab based Latin for Children A.  The students, grades 4-7  revived and became very excited about Latin.  They loved how easy it was to translate and understand  Listed below are plays which correlate with the lessons.  Oh, they loved the plays. A perfect ending to the year for students and parents!
Lingua Latina Pars 1 Familia Romana
Lingua Latina Pars 1 Grammatica
Latin Lingua Exercises
Colloquia Personarum
Teacher’s Materials for Pars I and II
Free E-Copy of Lingua Latina  This is a great way to see what it’s like, but would be difficult for study use.
Lingua Latina Blog and Resources Tons of resources!!!

Wheelock’s Latin is a solid, sound Latin program used by most universities and sometimes high schools at a slower level. When I took on Wheelock students, I noticed a better proficiency than my Henle students.  I am personally working through this program along with the multitude of online audio and misc. resources.  Be aware, you have to prove you are an educator in order to get the answer key.  This may or may not be difficult for homeschool students: Wheelock’s Latin 7th Edition    Wheelock Workbook

Lively Latin Big Book 1:  An excellent, colorful, chock full of history while staying true to the grammar.  This book is perfect for elementary aged students and can be purchased printed or less expensively as a PDF doc.  Magistra Drown also offers online tutorial and support.  Try a free sample chapter today. Lively Latin Big Book 1

Visual Latin: This was my go-to resource to confirm pronunciation and to remind me to have fun teaching Latin.  Seriously, the first year teaching, that was essential. Dave presents material via video and with such a laid back, joyful demeanor, that you really want to do the work. I especially love how Visual Latin has made its core program usable for other programs.  For instance, there is a page to help Henle users follow along so the lessons reinforce the Henle lessons.  The Compass Classroom has lists of more Latin resources as well.”
Visual Latin
Henle Latin:  This text, used by Classical Conversations is old style, small print, heavily grammar based.  The first 5 lessons are the 5 declensions.  It is not as user-friendly either in that there are no workbooks, the grammar lessons must be found in a separate grammar rule book and the answer key has missing items (which must be supplemented with another book) and has many errors as well. However, the boys in my classes enjoyed the battle language and scenarios.   I’ve listed the links for all of the Henle books below, but I am adding a section of Magistra Jones and her most valuable companion guides to the Henle books.  Let’s just say, her companion book to Henle II saved my bacon on several occasions.

Henle Latin First YearHenle GrammarHenle Latin First Year – Answer Key

Magistra Jones Henle Companions A MUST for new Classical Conversations tutors (and even not-so-confident moms)!  Magistra Jones is a wealth of wisdom and information as well.



Slide2Logic Resources

This excellent book/DVD set is what Classical Conversations uses in the first semester and second semester of the 8th grade.  My recommendation for 8th and 9th grade is to use either book over the course of one year.  I highly recommend the DVD’s which accompany the books, especially for the Intermediate. The Introduction course takes students through formal logic including various methods of determining validity.  The Intermediate is propositional logic, which is a cross between grammar and math in which students take the grammar of a statement, translate that into mathematical symbols, and then use rules and theorems to determine validity.

Introductory Logic Student Text  Introductory Logic DVD’s

Intermediate Logic   Intermediate Logic Teacher’s Guide   Intermediate Logic DVD’s

Logic Introductory & Intermediate

Classical Academic Press  publishes an excellent series for both public and private schools. I currently use this series in my public charter classes.

The Art of Argument      Art of Argument Teacher’s Edition Introduces informal logic or logical fallacies.

Discovery of Deduction   The Discovery of Deduction Teacher’s Edition introduces formal logic; syllogisms and methods of determining validity.

The Argument Builder   Excellent application of the previous titles into everyday arguments. Also covers Aristotle’s common topics including examples, analogy, comparison, testimony, and statistics.

The Fallacy DetectiveThe Fallacy Detective – Similar to the Art of Argument, the Fallacy Detective humorously takes students through the world of informal logic or fallacies.  Easily completed in one semester.


Literature Resources

Teaching The Classics is a must-have resource for understanding and writing about great literature. Read more about this program here. For older (9th grade or above) there is a free syllabus which uses Teaching the Classics with IEW’s Windows to the World: an Introduction to Literary Analysis.

Timeline of the Classics deserves an entire article (coming soon). Classical teaching typically follows a chronological order and integrates, history, literature, geography, philosophy etc…  This resource book is the go-to resource for historical fiction, ordered chronologically, labeled with age level, and most importantly features good and great books. Why is that valuable?  You’ll usually spend a huge chunk of time researching historical fiction only to find a bunch of modern scholastic (fluff) books mixed in with the good ones.  This takes time and page reloads ad nauseum. In the Appendix of  Timeline of the Classics, you’ll find an excellent method of learning and studying these great books using a dialectic notebooking method (or modern day “reader-response” journals).  This skill will help students throughout their academic journey. For more information visit the author’s



Writing Resources

IEW’s Teaching with Structure and Style is the BEST way to teach the skill and art of writing.  This program features the master teacher Andrew Pudewa on 12 DVD’s (or streaming if preferred) teaching and modeling for parents a proven method for teaching writing to their students. There are many ways to proceed teaching writing, once you’ve started this program. I’d be happy to help you understand IEW and their products better.  (Shameless self-promotion!) Please call me at (818) 939-5799 for more information.

History Based Writing (IEW) allows students to integrate the history they are learning with the writing skills taught in Teaching With Structure and Style.  Typically the elementary/middle school students with work within 3 or 4 historical cycles:

Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons  As a Level A program (3-5 grade), this a perfect place to begin applying the TWSS listed above. Source material includes Ancient fables, myths, stories, and biographies.

Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons This Level B program (6-8th) program offers two levels for most levels (for beginning students and students with at least one year of IEW Writing experience). The source material features historical events from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance. Tons of swashbuckling fun.

U.S. History-Based Writing This Level B program (6-8th) program offers two levels for most levels (for beginning students and students with at least one year of IEW Writing experience). The source material features historical events from the fall of Columbus to the Gold Rush; a perfect complement to your US history program!


Debate Resources

Classical Academic Press released this book recently and I wished I could have used it last year.  This is a great overview of debate and the dialectic process.

Description from the publisher:  ” This clear, engaging book is designed for three types of people:

1. those leading a debate team or class at a school or co-op
2. logic or upper-school teachers who want to create a truly dialectical environment
3. teachers who wish to enhance their teaching by including more robust discussion and debate

Everyday Debate & Discussion: A Guide to Socratic Conversation, Informal Discussion, and Formal Debate Student Edition not only shows students how to conduct informal and formal debates, but also how to develop good arguments by using solid logic and the resources available in their own thinking as well as the world around them. Students will employ the techniques of logic and rhetoric, such as the common topics of definition, comparison, relationship, circumstance, and testimony. Additional study of ethos, pathos, and style is also included as well as a study of debate arrangement.”

Everyday Debate          Everyday Debate Teacher’s Manual

Monument Publishing  is the place to go to take your basic skills to the next level; the debate competitions.  Chris Jeub is a rock star of the debate world.  Team Policy Debate and Lincoln-Douglas debates are fiercely competitive and require an incredible amount of research, preparation, and skill.  Visit his site Monument Publishing or his blog Chris Jeub blog for EVERYTHING you need to prepare for a truly competitive speech or debate team.


Homeschool Resources

The Well Trained Mind The book that introduced me to classical education and inspired me to keep going.  This is a perfect book for insight, direction, and tons of resources and lists.Well Trained Mind 4th Edition
Teaching the Trivium – Taking the Well Trained mind and adding form and function, this books adds details of how to make classical educational work in a Christian home.  Take into consideration, they’ve set the bar high, so don’t feel like you need to match them in order to teach classically.
Teaching From a Place of Rest – Putting it all in perspective is Sarah MacKensie (an article on her is coming soon).  Sarah reminds us to breathe, to rejoice and not to let the process of homeschooling overwhelm us.  A must have for EVERY homeschool family.
Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child -This book guides parents and teachers in implementing the beauty of a classical education with special-needs and struggling students. I LOVE that classical education can be taught to anyone, not just the privileged or brilliant.

Total Truth by Nancy Pearcy
How Should We Then Live
The Soul of Science by Nancy Pearcy



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