Visual Latin I and II | Homeschool Latin Curriculum
A Quick Overview of Visual Latin I and II
by Dwane Thomas
“Mom, may I please do my Latin lesson now?”Doesn’t that sound nice? Would you like to hear it from your children? We regularly get emails from parents telling us it’s what their kids are saying:
Once Visual Latin arrived in our home, we have not looked at the traditional curriculum even once. Honestly, my kids ASK to do their Latin lessons now, using Visual Latin!
Visual Latin is a video-driven Latin homeschool curriculum taught by veteran Latin teacher Dwane Thomas. It’s quite unique. Three short videos are paired with three sets of worksheets to guide students from grammar concepts, to practice sentences, to reading in Latin. Kids everywhere love it! Listen to Dwane explain how it works in the video on the left.
WATCH A LESSON
SAMPLE LESSON 1A | BEING VERB BASICS
SAMPLE LESSON 1B | BEING VERBS BASICS
SAMPLE LESSON 1C | BEING VERBS BASICS
WHY STUDY LATIN?
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I LEARN LATIN?
LATIN LANGUAGE PRONUNCIATION
FREQUENTYLY ASKED VISUAL LATIN QUESTIONS
There are always some basic Visual Latin questions we often hear. We’ve tried to pull all of them together in one place so you don’t have to go hunting about. (Or so we hope…)
What age is Visual Latin for?
10 and up. Kids need to be able to read, but other than that, elementary kids love it, middle school kids love it, high school kids love it, college kids… you get the point.
How is everything sequenced out? In other words, what’s a full year of Latin look like?
Visual Latin has two sections to it: Latin 1 and Latin 2. Each is intended to be taught in a single school year (although you can certainly speed up or slow down as you desire). Both sections have 30 classes in each, which correlates to about 1 class a week.
Is Visual Latin good for high school credit?
In terms of the material it covers, Visual Latin Latin 1 (Lessons 1-30) and Latin 2 (Lessons 31-60) are each good for one high school foreign language credit (2 credits total). By itself, however, it will not provide a full 150 hours of work. Some parents are less concerned about this, but others may want to provide extra supporting materials for upper level high school students. For those who do, we recommend supplementing Latin 1 with Lingua Latina per se Illustrata. (The older version of LL without color is the same text and perfectly acceptable.) Compass Classroom created a free Visual Latin/Lingua Latina Teaching Guide that you can use to match them together over a two-year period. [Note that Lingua Latina is a unique Latin only, college-level book. Visual Latin has been modeled on this book, and in terms of content, teaches exactly the same things.]
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Visual Latin Reviews from Customers
“My children LOVE your videos…. where were you 14 years ago when I started homeschooling? “
“My 15 yr old dyslexic son announced today, “Mom, I like this new Latin program.” After I recovered from the shock of my life, I asked him what made it different from the two more expensive programs we previously attempted?He described how learning verbs and questions in the first lesson made a huge difference. He likes the fact there are no lengthy vocabulary lists but it is all neatly integrated into the text. He likes the fact he gets to circle the answers and “fix” the sentences. He finally understood the conjugation of “sum” despite being taught this twice before by the other programs.
[Dwane] does an excellent job of teaching since he is a fluent speaker. He also commented that it helps there is no distracting clothing to contend with. He also liked the fact the DVD was much easier to use than the CD-ROM program we attempted previously that required a lot of distracting keyboard entry.
He stated he has to pause the DVD several times to write down his notes but this is not surprising. This child has several “learning disabilities” to contend with – recent testing states he has dyslexia, dygraphia (difficulty writing), ADD that required medication and a 17% processing speed for age. Despite these inherent issues, my son was able to successfully complete Lesson One without the usual frustration and complaints. He was so PLEASED with his accomplishment! He is FINALLY learning a foreign language after five years of failure! While my son uses an English pronunciation, he comprehends the ecclesiastical pronunciation we use at home as well as the DVD. Not sure how this will affect his Spanish studies in the future (did I mention this child is determined to learn Spanish?) but we’ll cross that bridge later. I am guessing the complaint about not learning verbs early on comes from his Rosetta Stone studies…
Thank you so much for putting this program together.”
“I thought you might find this encouraging and even interesting that I am a 47 year old home schooling mother of two boys, ages 16 and almost 13. I have never studied a second language and neither have our boys – until Visual Latin. Guess what? We’re all three doing this program. I really can’t believe I’m actually studying Latin. I only decided to do this after I decided it would help the older son if he had somebody doing it with him. I had only planned on my 16 year old doing this for his foreign language credits. I’m really actually enjoying this and it gives my brain great exericse – HA! I have been a medical transcriptist working at home for years and knowing lots of medical terms is really coming in handy learning Latin!! Thank you for such a great first experience at learning a foreign language for all three of us.”
“My teenagers and I are loving Visual Latin. We attempted a so-called simple home school friendly Latin program a few years ago, but gave up. I never thought we would be able to learn Latin. I assumed I was simply too old myself and that my kids would just need to push through a quick Spanish program through our Florida Virtual School just to get credit on their transcripts. I am so grateful to have found Visual Latin!”
“We are a week into our new school year and loving Visual Latin! The kids (who are starting 4th grade and 3rd grade) are really enjoying their lessons. Visual Latin has been fun and engaging without being too intense for my elementary schoolers.”
Okay, My 14 yo son just told me he has learned more in 2 lessons of VL than he learned in 2 years with Rosetta Stone (online through a school license.) He is starting lesson 5 and is excited about of working with Lingua Latina after Visual Latin because, “now that he is translating for Mr. Thomas he is ready for the challenge of working in a book that is ALL Latin.” Again, this a 14 year old boy who loves video gaming, football… he is a normal teenage boy who now also happens to be REALLY excited about studying Latin! Thank you for a great (and very affordable) program!
“Dwayne, thanks so much for your Visual Latin curriculum. After trudging through a different Latin program for about a year, my kids were pretty pessimistic. Now, they look forward to learning. Thanks for this practical and light-hearted approach. Our whole family is enjoying the learning.”
“I must tell you that your approach to teaching Latin is very refreshing! I have a BA in Spanish, and I have been at a loss to find a language program that makes sense to me. Visual Latin is it! Your introductory videos have been very helpful for me to help communicate to my highschooler why I think Latin is so very beneficial. I am hoping to get her interested as well. Thank you again.”
“After watching just a few videos, my son went from complaining about having to learn Latin to Latin being his favorite subject. He thinks that Dwane is a ‘funny guy’ and that learning Latin is fun. As an adult I was intimidated by the thought of teaching a language I did not know. Dwane has made teaching Latin painless. I’m learning right along with my son.”
“My 5 yoB, 7 yoB and 10 yoG watched it with me and were mesmerized(ok, so was I). I am a wish-I-had Latin student (5 years of French) and am looking forward to learning Latin with my last 3 children. You were personable, friendly, engaging, funny, memorable and straight-forward. Your teaching style meets all our needs…visual, auditory and with the words on the screen, note-taking becomes kinesthetic learning. I like that it is with out “takes” just like a classroom!”
“Yesterday we did lesson 2, predicate nominative/adjective. I LOVED it! The English grammar lesson was great and so understandable. It was a great review for the kids. Our English program never gave a good explanation for the difference between linking and helping in the state of being verbs. Dwane’s explanation helped my kids have an “aha” moment.”
“I actually already watched them a couple days ago and I think they are really great. The download was quick, the visual is clear and the audio is crisp. You are funny, as usual, and entertaining. I’m biased :D I think you’re wonderful!! I also thought the 6 minute short lessons were good as opposed to a much longer lesson for video.”
“I think Visual Latin is a great way to learn Latin. The lessons are very basic and easy to understand, because students can learn by hearing Latin and seeing Latin. It’s a very convenient course, because students can watch the lessons at any time and however many times they want to watch them. I also think that many students will enjoy learning via videos. A student can fastforward the video if the lesson is too easy, or a student can rewind the video if they are struggling with understanding the lesson. I think Visual Latin is a very fun and effective way to learn Latin.”
“Thank you for creating this fantastic course. This is helping me learn Latin along with the kids. We LOVE Dwane’s style of teaching. Can’t speak highly enough — okay, so we’ve only completed four lessons, but I now know how to identify predicate nominatives & ajectives PLUS I understand masculine, feminine, neuter endings!! THANK YOU for this wonderful gift.”