Principles for Choosing Latin Courses
Older students do not need to start at the beginning with a low level course. They can pick up with the first year of a high school course. The memorizing in both courses (beginning grade school and beginning high school) is usually the same. The difference is that the high school student will be translating analytically, which is something any high school student can do. Older students can, if they never had Latin before, start with a slower moving course like Latin IA over Latin I, for example.
Never start mid-way through a series. Most series must be started at the beginning. It's very hard to change courses midstream. When you make changes, start over with the new series.
Choose a method and stick to it. Students struggle when they go back and forth between methods. Cambridge and Henle are both challenging, but in different way. Cambridge requires the student to figure things out more, and it does not require as much memorization. It is a good course for students who need to be immersed in the language and do not memorize well. It is colorful and has a good story line as well, motivating students. Henle is systematic, so linear thinkers will appreciate this approach.
College Latin courses are available. These are best done in Grades 10-12. Even smart younger students would struggle with these, because they require advanced analytical abilities.
If Latin is not your strong point, we have options. You can repeat using a different book. Our Latin II, Latin III, College Latin I, and College Latin II all teach grammar, and they all teach the same grammar you get in Henle. The difference is only in the translations given, not in the grammar. So the repeating of a first year in other programs and with other books is always a good idea.
We consider what colleges want in our course options. Colleges seem to have one common principle: progression. So, Latin I to Latin IA is not progression. They often don't count Intro courses towards meeting the requirement, although sometimes we can write a letter to the school starting our standards are higher, which they usually accept. (Taking the National Latin Exam [NLE] with an Intro course may also be helpful.) They usually require 2 additional years of Language after the Intro course. In you have an A or B, they want that to continue through that level, so a Latin IA needs to be followed by Latin IB or they will discount it. College Latin could follow a Latin I, Latin II, or Latin III and be considered progression at most schools. We can rename a College Latin I course as a IA or IB or a College Latin II course as a IIA or IIB if it is necessary.
English Grammar and Composition
Voyages in English 6
Voyages in English 7
Voyages in English 8
Grammar and Compostion 9
Easy Grammar Plus
Beginning Latin Series
Beginning Latin Year 1
Beginning Latin Year 2
Beginning Latin Year 3
Fundamentals of Latin Grammar Year 1
Fundamentals of Latin Grammar Year 2
Reading Method Latin
Introduction to Latin (Cambridge: Reading Method)
Latin I (Cambridge, First Steps: Reading Method)
Latin II (Cambridge: Reading Method)
Latin III (Cambridge: Reading Method)
Upper Level Latin
College Latin I (Shelmerdine)
College Latin II (Shelmerdine)
Advanced Latin Studies: Classical (2014-2015)