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The Latin Road to English Grammar has received several excellent reviews. Select from the list below and see what people are saying about our curriculum.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  Old Schoolhouse Magazine
  Sonlight Curriculum I
  Sonlight Curriculum II
  Duffy Review
  Chalcedon Report

Heather Jackowitz of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

The LATIN Road to English Grammar
Volumes I - III
Schola Publications Inc.

The Latin Road to English Grammar (LREG) is a systematic, well organized, thorough, and easy-to-implement program that will take you and your student from the Latin alphabet to the Latin Vulgate in (plus or minus) three school years. Upon completion of the third level, students should be able to work through any Latin work. A very complete scope and sequence of each level is available at www.thelatinroad.com.

Developed by a former Writing Road to Reading instructor, LREG is more than just an in-depth study of Latin. Through the process of compiling an extensive Latin notebook, you and your student will develop a deeper understanding of English grammar, both its similarities to and differences from Latin. Mrs. Beers assumes no prior knowledge of English grammar, and while her explanations are thorough, some children (and parents!) may need extra help in comprehending abstract concepts. An English handbook is an excellent resource to have on hand, and both A Beka and Rod & Staff publish top-notch handbooks. In addition to Latin and English grammar, your student will expand his vocabulary by studying thousands of Latin words as well as their English derivatives. And by studying those words and keeping a notebook, your student will improve his spelling and handwriting as well. (So long as you keep your eyes on the notebook!)

The author’s intent was for her program to take the place of all these separate language areas, in a sense creating a sort of language arts unit study centered on Latin. There are some proponents of classical home education who would not advise this method, advising rather separate studies of English grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. My opinion is that LREG covers English grammar quite thoroughly, although there are no diagramming, punctuation, or composition exercises. The author says she taught her students mechanics as needed during their Latin study, and she believes that good writing blossoms through a solid foundation in language and grammar. Many excellent composition programs are available to meet this need. As for diagramming, you can certainly require your student to diagram new sentence structures as they are encountered. Two resources I especially like are The First Whole Book of Diagrams and the accompanying Elementary Diagramming Worktext by Mary Daly.

A teacher manual, a student text, worksheets, tests, answer keys, audio CD’s, flashcards, and charts are all included in the basic curriculum set for each level. A good deal of copywork is required for the notebook, and it is best if each student has his own textbook. Each additional student text includes worksheets and tests, or you can purchase additional worksheets and tests separately. The teacher manual becomes your personal Latin notebook, but you will need to provide a separate notebook with ten tabs for each student. Vocabulary cards are color-coded, and using colored paper (pink, blue, yellow, and white) and colored pens (black, blue, red, green, brown) makes the notebook even better. A notebook page master is included that you can photocopy in each of the three colors. Or, if you prefer, a prepared notebook kit is available complete with a high-quality binder, ten preprinted tabs, enough colored notebook paper for one level, colored pens, and a Latin reference chart.

The program is laid out so well that a parent with no Latin background can lead her child through so long as she is willing to do the work. Everything, and I mean everything, is laid out clearly in the teacher manual. It is just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be reading, writing, and speaking Latin. Because LREG uses a parts-to-whole method, you may feel a little overwhelmed if you look at lesson one in Level 1 and then look at the end of Level 3. “How will I ever get from A to B?” you’ll wonder. (I did.) But by faithfully plugging away, you’ll be surprised how quickly you start to understand Latin. One thing that kind of “jump starts” things, though, is that you practice reading from the very beginning in order to learn pronunciation. Somehow reading and memorizing these songs, prayers, and Scriptures makes you feel like you are going somewhere!

The author says it will take about an hour a day to complete each lesson, and my experience concurs. The first half of the time is spent explaining new concepts and drilling vocabulary, and the second half is devoted to creating notebook pages. A weekly lesson plan tells exactly how much to do each day if you plan to do one volume per year, but you can always modify that amount to suit your needs.

Levels 1 and 2 have about 140 lessons each, and while Level 3 does not offer day-by-day lesson plans, a suggested pace is two weeks for each of the eighteen chapters. The author’s intent was for her students to complete their Latin study before entering high school, thus allowing them to use their knowledge across the curriculum. Her students often went on to study a modern language at a local junior college under the instruction of a professor in that language. Younger students may need to take four or five years to go through the program, while older, self-motivated students may be able to work through it more quickly. The author says that strong English students should be able to finish the program in two years: Volumes 1 and 2 the first year and Volume 3 the next. As a college graduate with a B.A. in French, I found that I could easily do two, and sometimes three, lessons at a time.

According to Mrs. Beers, the program can be used as early as fifth grade, but I would like to share my experience. My daughter did the California State Star test last year (fourth grade) and scored “Advanced” in language arts. She is an excellent reader and quite articulate for her age. So I quite naturally assumed that she would do just fine with LREG. Not so. After consulting online with other LREG moms and with the author herself, I think I understand the problem (and the solution). I had never completed a phonics program with my daughter because she took off reading when we were halfway through. Spelling was not a high priority either, as I was under the erroneous impression that good readers make good spellers. And since we relied more on oral narration than written, actual writing was not a high priority either, except during a five-minute daily handwriting exercise. So take a child who really reads well but is not used to writing much and can not spell well, and put her into an intensive Latin program that requires a lot of writing...I think you can probably guess that I heard a lot of moaning for two months. Now, the actual content was more or less accessible to her, but the actual mechanics of the notebook were beyond her. Since I knew that the notebook is an integral part of the program, I decided to go back a step and work on spelling and writing... lots and lots of writing: copywork, dictation, and original compositions. I am also taking her through Rod & Staff English, because I think at least a good solid year of basic English grammar before starting LREG is an advantage.

If you are starting from scratch in both Latin and English, I think many children will be overwhelmed. I recommend that anyone beginning this program with a younger child (fifth or sixth grade) make sure he has laid a solid foundation in spelling and writing, not just reading. Mrs. Beers will soon be releasing a K-4 curriculum based on her years teaching The Writing Road to Reading, but with a Latin emphasis, so those of you with very little ones can look forward to what I expect will be a thorough and excellent foundational language arts program. And for the rest of us trying to catch up in our pursuit of classical education, remember that the goal is not a certain amount of acquired knowledge, but a lifetime of learning.

New to The Latin Road program are teacher training videos/DVD’s! While you could certainly get away without one added expense, they really are good. The teacher guide has much the same information, but many of us do best with a live instructor. Probably the biggest advantage I saw in these video workshops was the constant encouragement and reminders Mrs. Beers offers along the way. She may suggest allowing your student to use an open book for this worksheet, or remind you not to get too bogged down with this new concept because it will be more fully explained in Level 2. I need this kind of pep talk when I embark upon something new! If cost is an issue (and it is for most of my friends and me), I suggest at least using the Level 1 videos/DVD’s. They will ease you into the program and help you learn the ropes.

For more information about this excellent Latin resource, contact Schola Publications at www.thelatinroad.com.

Reviewed by
Heather Jackowitz - The Old Schoolhouse Magazine ­ January 2004

 

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This review was from Sonlight Curriculum I.

Many colleges have a foreign language admissions requirement; prospective students must have successfully completed at least two years' foreign language study on the high school level.

Even if you have no interest in college-level education, there are good reasons to learn a foreign language. In the article below, we explain why a study of Latin can be valuable. On page 79, we add some comments about studying "living" languages.

Even if you see no direct and practical application for language study, the truth is, learning a foreign language is good intellectual excercise! You will certainly walk away from a study of foreign language knowing English better than you did before engaging upon the study!

All of these factors together lead us to do what educators down through the centuries have done: Sonlight Home strongly recommend that students learn a foreign language beginning in sixth grade, at least.

The LATIN Road to English Grammar®

When it comes to Latin instruction in the homeschool, there are several programs that have made good names for themselves. Bolchazy-Carducci's Artes Latinae is probably the most famous. But there are others with good credentials.

So why is Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd. recommending the relative unknown, The LATIN Road to English Grammar?

There are several reasons. Probably the most important is this: The LATIN Road to English Grammar was designed from the ground up to be used at home by home schooling parents.

Among other things, this means,

Mrs. Beers, the author, has made no assumption that you know anything about Latin.

This is very different from almost all the other programs on the market.

The other programs make significant demands upon the instructor. If you do not know any Latin, you will be hard-pressed to come up with answers to many of the most basic questions.

These blind spots together can quickly lead to significant frustration and even failure.

Not only does Mrs. Beers make no assumptions concerning your knowledge of Latin, she makes very few assumptions about your knowledge of grammar.

If you and/or your child have done a bit of grammar-Winston Grammar Basic, for example-Mrs. Beer's explanations will be more than adequate.This, perhaps more than anything else, is what makes The LATIN Road to English Grammar shine.

Every other Latin program we have seen assumes the teacher knows the meanings of such words as "case," "mood," "subject," "predicate," "subjunctive," "declension," "conjugation," etc. Those of us who did not study the finer points of Latin-let alone English-need some serious help with these matters.

Mrs. Beers provides it.

Mrs. Beers has planned each lesson around a typical home schooling calendar and with the resource capabilities of the average home schooling mom.

In other words, you don't have to adjust to it; the program has been molded for you! Thus, for example,

All the resources you need are right there in one package: a pronunciation audio tape, instructional/practice flashcards, student book with three-ring binder, teacher's manual, . . . everything.

The program is designed so you can simply pick it up and do it with virtually no preparation.

The whole schedule is laid out for you. The audio tape is keyed to the textbook. The answer book is keyed. All the helps you need to learn something brand new are right there in the teacher's guide. You, the home schooling parent-teacher, can learn Latin and teach it at the same time!

With Mrs. Beers' program, all the prep work has been done for you, and you'll never need to ask, "What do I do now?"

The teacher's instructions are exceptionally easy to follow and non-confusing. That means there is less time you must spend preparing for and actually "teaching" the subject. It also eliminates frustration.

The flashcards (which, by the way, you won't find in any other program) are well-designed to maximize learning.

The cards are color coded to make learning easier. For example, since every noun in Latin has a gender (masculine, feminine, or neuter), all nouns are color-coded blue (masculine), pink (feminine), or yellow (neuter). As Mrs. Beers says, sometimes a masculine noun may look like a neuter noun (or vice versa), and, if you don't know which is which, confusion can quickly gain the upper hand. But because her cards are color-coded and she has naturally memorized the colors along with the vocabulary words, she says, "I often find myself thinking, 'That word is yellow! It's a neuter!'"

Most cards include not only the direct, accurate, word-for-word Latin and English equivalents, but on the English side of the card, a closely related English derivative of the Latin word. Thus, for example, instead of a card for Bellum/War only, you will find the English cognate bellicose; or, on the card for Agricola/Farmer, you will find the English cognate agriculture. These little touches also make learning one's vocabulary that much easier.

Mrs. Beers gives you thorough instructions for learning exercises that really work. No classroom-oriented time-fillers.

Not only so, but

The LATIN Road to English Grammar teaches Latin the same way that a good phonics program teaches English. It begins with the very basics and moves outward and upward from there.

As mentioned below in the article about Latin as a Foreign Language, this is very different from most foreign language programs. But it is also different from most Latin programs on the market as well.

In classroom environments-the kinds of environments for which the major competing programs were developed-parents are often anxious about their children's progress. And so publishers will often create a false sense of progress by using a Look-Say strategy very similar to the Look-Say strategy often used to teach reading in elementary classrooms around the country.

In early elementary education, teachers will train children to recognize whole words rather than teach them the phonetic basis of the English language. The Look-Say method certainly looks impressive at first as many children will be able to "read" stories within weeks of first entering the classroom. The problems become apparent only later when many students find they cannot interpret new words. They were never taught the basics of letter-sound relationships.

Similarly with Latin instruction. The materials developed for classroom use often skip basic information that is difficult (i.e., that takes a long time) to master in order to provide that quick, impressive boost that makes parents (and teachers, too?) think their children are learning the language.

Mrs. Beers, because she has developed her program for use by parent-teachers, knows she has the ear of the parent and teacher. And so she has taken the slower, surer route to Latin mastery.

It is hard work and less gratifying at the very beginning to have to learn not only about the nominative case (the subject) and its five declensions but about the accusative case (the direct object) as well.

Still, if you stick with the course for just a few weeks-and if you could afford to compare The LATIN Road to its competitors-you would see how big a difference Mrs. Beers' method makes. Trust me, you will be glad you took the slightly longer way around!

The LATIN Road is so thorough in its study of English grammar, it will strongly supplement if not entirely replace much of the material covered in a standard intensive grammar program.

It will thoroughly prepare your child for virtually any English grammar exam s/he may encounter.

Most traditional Latin texts emphasize Roman culture, including its pagan gods and godesses in their readings and sample sentences. The LATIN Road readings have to do with Roman history and biblical themes. Practice sentences do not dishonor the God of the Bible by glorifying the gods and godesses of pagan Rome!

Answers to Some Questions You May Have

1. Question: What pronunciation does this program use?

Answer: "Italian" or "church/ecclesiastical" Latin-the same Latin that is used in traditional Catholic masses and old church music. This is the only Latin that is still actually spoken. When the Protestant Reformation occurred, it seems that, with so many other things that the Reformers objected to, they felt that traditional pronunciations of Latin, too, had to be done away with. And so they "Germanized" the pronunciation of Latin. Thus, for example, the letter "V," since it sounds like "W" in German, became "W" instead of "V." Certain other changes, too, were made. As those who have learned Latin can testify: if you have learned one of these "dialects" of Latin and then use that dialect in the presence of people who learned the other one, both parties may feel a bit uncomfortable around each other, but you will certainly be able to understand what the other is trying to say.

2. Question: Is this a self-teaching program, and if not, how much time does it take for the parent to teach it?

Answer: Unlike at least one well-known program that claims to be "self-teaching," The LATIN Road to English Grammar makes no such claims. Indeed, the author is convinced that, except for some very highly-motivated high schoolers and older students, any attempt to teach oneself Latin is pretty much doomed to failure. Not only do younger students require the reassuring guidance of a teacher, but they need the steadying and encouraging hand of a compatriot in learning who will help keep them motivated to finish the course. The LATIN Road to English Grammar will likely require about 40 to 45 minutes per day of concentrated time if you hope to complete one volume in a single school year.

3. Question: What is the youngest age you would recommend this program for?

Answer: An advanced 5th Grader or average 6th grader.

4. Question: How advanced is this program? How does it compare to a regular high school program, for example?

Answer: By the time you have completed Volume 3, you will have finished well over two years' worth of high school Latin.

 

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LATIN as a Foreign Language? You've Got to be Kidding!

For years, I was convinced that Latin was the last language I would want to study or that I would want my kids to study. And I had what I thought were solid reasons for my convictions.

Primarily: Latin is a dead language. No one speaks it anymore! But more than that, isn't it true that whatever advantages you can claim for studying Latin, you'd also gain from studying virtually any language?

Well, when I finally took the time to interview someone and try to pin them to the wall, rather than simply reading some of the hype certain publishers disseminate, I couldn't believe my ears.

For those in the know, it turns out, the fact that Latin is "dead" is a huge plus for the language! Why? For one, the fact that it is dead means that

Latin follows "the rules" more closely than do other, modern languages.

And what does that mean?

1. Latin is easier to learn-you don't have to memorize all the exceptions to the rules!

2. Since mathematics is really and primarily also a language-and a highly regular language at that-mastering the regularities of Latin often gives a student the confidence and some of the peculiar analytic skills necessary to succeed in math.

Besides being highly regular, the fact that Latin is "dead" means you don't have to learn how to converse in it.

Therefore,

3. You can study Latin far more efficiently than any other language.

You don't have to devote any of the mental energy and time you would otherwise spend learning how to converse: how to pronounce the words " just so," how to recognize other speakers' unique pronunciations, etc.

"Normal" foreign language programs devote about half of their time to teaching students how to say and recognize common phrases (the kind of common questions and answers you're likely to run across in day-to-day circumstances if you were living in a country where the language is spoken). They place a major emphasis on rote memorization of the phrases involved and upon accurate pronunciation of the phrases.

Students in traditional foreign language classes spend half their time-half their time!-"learning" little more than parrots learn when human instructors "teach" them how to "speak." Parrots don't learn the language; they simply mimic the sounds they hear.

Is that the kind of "education" you want to devote half your time to whe "learning" a foreign language? It certainly leaves little time for learning the language itself, the underlying vocabulary , grammar an syntax (sentence structure) of the language.

4. When you study Latin, you can spend more time in actual translation-carefully comparing and contrasting the meanings of words, phrases, and sentences in the two languages (in this case, English an Latin). This translation process, in turn, hammers home the skills, concepts, and lessons you are learning through all the rest of your language study.

Besides those arising from the fact that it is "dead," here are other major advantages to studying Latin. Among them:

Latin is a highly inflected language.

Languages that use word endings to help define the words' uses and meanings are called "inflected" languages. The exact meaning and use of a word is indicated by its ending, the structure of the word, rather than, as in English, by the position of the word in a sentence.

So that you can understand what I am talking about, consider the sentence, "The car hit the dog."

There are two nouns in the sentence, "car" and "dog." In English, we know which of these two nouns is the subject of the sentence (i.e., which one did the hitting) and which is the object of the sentence (i.e., whic received the hit) by the order of the words in the sentence.

Because it comes first, we know that the car is the subject; it did the hitting. And because it comes second, we know that the dog is the object; it received the hit. Besides their order in the sentence, there are no other clues that tell us what function these nouns fulfill.

In Latin, by contrast, you can tell what is the subject and what is the object of a sentence not by their position in the sentence (they can be in just about any order imaginable), but, rather, by the structure of the words themselves-their endings. (Does the word end with -a? If so, it is the subject. Does it end with -am ? If so, then it is the object. And so forth.)

By studying Latin, this highly regular, inflected language in which you really study the language rather than sounds and phrases,

5. Once you've learned Latin, you will really know how languages "work." You will understand both of the two common methods whereby human beings communicate their meanings.

And that means,

6. Once you've learned Latin, all other language study becomes relativel simple.

As one gentleman, who is fluent in eight languages, declared, "Latin is such a good specimen language, even though Russian is from a completely different language family, my Latin helped me to learn Russian!"

Or, as Mrs. Beers, the author of The LATIN Road to English Grammar , commented, "I've had many high school students [who finished The LATIN Road to English Grammar ] go to our local community college and get straight-A's in college-level foreign language courses. (You have to understand: language study at the college level is twice as fast as high school language courses.) The students come back and say these language classes are easy! All they have to do is learn pronunciations and a little conversation."

7. You gain a much deeper understanding of English grammar.

By learning to understand this language that is so "other" than what you are used to, you will be forced to compare and contrast it to the Englis with which you are familiar. And through this comparison and contrast, you gain a much fuller understanding of English.

There is another major reason young people should study Latin:

Latin has had the greatest impact on our language and culture.

Did you know that over 60 percent of modern English words are based on Latin?

Just for fun, consider the preamble to the Constitution of the Unite States. All the italicized words are directly related to Latin roots:

We the people of the United States , in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The fact that so much English is based on Latin has several benefits. Among others:

8. Those who study Latin gain a tremendous advantage when it comes to their ability to express their own thoughts and to understand what othe people are trying to say.

They possess the vocabulary they need to express themselves well and to understand other people. This ability will stand anyone in good stead throughout life.

9. If a person has a good grasp of the Latin roots of modern English words, s/he enjoys an unparalleled advantage when it comes to accurate spelling, especially spelling of complex and less familiar words.

Can you imagine what difference this will make for long-term job prospects?

10. The fact that so many English words are rooted in Latin means that a lot of the work one might do to learn Latin vocabulary will already hav been done; it was done at the time the student learned English!

In other words, not only is it easier to learn Latin grammar and syntax, because the language is so regular, but it is also easier to acquire a large Latin vocabulary than it is to acquire a similarly large vocabulary in just about any other language. -Talk about making foreign language study as easy as possible!

11. A study of Latin provides a valuable foundation for the study of othe subjects-logic, and Christian theology, for example.

The vocabulary of Latin and Latin grammar are foundational to these other subjects. Of course, you can get by without Latin, but since you are likely to want to study a foreign language anyway, why not let it serve a dual purpose?

12. Latin is the foundational language for educated conversation.

Consider, for example, the difference between "water sports"-a phrase based on a German root-and "aquatics" or "aquarium"-words rooted i Latin. Your Latin studies will give you a "leg up" in almost all conversations with educated people.

13. Most students in high school and junior high do not know for sure what it is they want to do when they "grow up." By studying Latin, however, they acquire basic vocabulary that will stand them in good stead for jus about any profession they might care to pursue­the Christian ministry, law, medicine, linguistics, or history, to name just a few

Latin provides the underlying vocabulary for all of these professions.

There is one last benefit that is specifically attributable to the study of Latin. It is not of earth-shattering importance, but it may be o interest to college-bound students:

14. As a result of all the benefits listed above, the study of Lati appears to yield a consistent and demonstrable gain in standardized college entrance exam scores in both the Verbal and Math spheres-a gai that no other language seems to offer.

Verbal scores of Latin students on the SAT are, on average, anywhere from 25 to 30 points all the way up to over 60 to 80 points ahead of the verbal scores of students studying other foreign languages.

When it comes to Math, Latin students are, on average, slightly behind Russian students (10 point differential), but ahead of all others (from 1 to 45 points ahead).

Are these score differentials a result of language study, or do the merely reflect a difference that is inherent in the students themselves who choose the various language courses?

No one can prove a cause-and-effect relationship, but based on the testimony of those who have studied Latin, and their personal impressions about the kinds of analytic skills they have developed and the personal confidence they have acquired as a result of studying Latin, I am strongly inclined to agree with those who say that it is, indeed, the study o Latin that increases students' competency, not some innate competenc in the students that leads them to choose Latin for their foreign languag study.

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The following is a review by Cathy Duffy as it appeared on page 75 in Practical Homeschooling magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1, Summer 1994

"Forget direct comparisons to other Latin programs; this one is really different. The Latin Road to English Grammar (complete curriculum set $129; extra textbook, $24; replacement set of worksheets/tests. $9.95; set of two verb tense posters, $19.95; Schola Publications) combines instruction in English grammar with Latin, eliminating the need to use anything else for those two subjects in most situations. English grammar is usually taught right along with the Latin, with their similar structures pointed out. This method is very efficient. Children are impressed to see that grammar knowledge does serve an immediate purpose.

Volume I is available at present, with two more volumes scheduled to complete the total course. Together, all three volumes are supposed to provide the equivalent of two years of Latin, plus English grammar.

Barbara Beers, the author, states that students as young as fourth grade level have successfully worked through Volume I, although it will be more appropriate for most students who are at fifth grade level or above.

The complete 'Curriculum Set' includes the teacher's binder with plans for 140 daily lessons, an audio cassette tape with "Church Latin" or "Italian" pronunciation of the Latin sounds and words, color-coded flash cards printed on heavy stock, and a student textbook. The teacher's binder has daily lesson plans and teaching directions, section separators for the teacher to construct her own notebook similar to the student's, answer keys, charts to be used with lesson presentation (and posted for reference) and reproducible tests and map. Additional textbooks, worksheets, and tests are available separately.

The first half of the student book is instructions and exercises. Reading practice material includes Latin renderings of The Lord's Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the song, "O Come All Ye Faithful." Latin/English and English/Latin glossaries are in the middle. Perforated, tear-out worksheets comprise the last half of the book. You only need an extra set of worksheets to teach an additional student.

Some of Beers' experience comes from teaching The Writing Road to Reading, and it shows. Just as in that other program, children compile their own notebooks with everything they are learning. They create sections in their binders for vocabulary, pronunciation, definitions, grammar, cases/declensions, conjugations, text work (answers to text exercises), worksheets, word study, and tests. Even though information is presented in the student text, children record it in their notebooks to enhance learning and provide a ready-reference tool.

New concepts are introduced quickly, and then filled in later in subsequent chapters. For example, the first chapter briefly introduces the eight principal parts of speech and Latin and English syntax. While this is meant as material for a child to copy into his notebook, it accumulates quickly. That's why I think that most students will be more successful in this program if they have already studied basic grammar or are functioning at an upper elementary level. You might want to use one fourth grade or higher level grammar text before beginning this course.

The Latin Road to English Grammar is definitely not a self-study course. According to the author, those without Latin background can teach this course, but teachers without a solid English grammar background might have difficulty. Parents who have an adequate grammar background as well as time to teach this course properly should find it an excellent tool for building a thorough, solid foundation in both English grammar and Latin."

 

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This is an excerpt from the. . . . .

Chalcedon Report
By R.J. Rushdoony
A Monthly Report Dealing with the Relationship
of Christian Faith to the World

No. 337, August 1993

Normally, I do not review textbooks. I am doing this now in the hopes that some Christian educational periodical will begin doing so by having teachers report very specifically on the pros and cons of various Christian textbooks. In the past decade, we have had excellent development in such books.

I have heard Mrs. Barbara Beers lecture (very ably) on teaching Latin. My Latin is more than rusty, but her lecture and her excellent teaching material (The Latin Road to English Grammar, vol. 1, Plus various material and audio tape, is available from Schola Publications, 1698 Market St., #162, Redding, California 96001) left me very respectful of her ability, the calibre of her material, and her skills. This material is excellent for Christian schools and home schools. The student's work-book is accompanied by an excellent teacher's guide. Christian curriculum material has truly come of age.

 

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