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The kids are at the end of 3rd and 5th, respectively. We have done Minimus, Minimus Secundus, and Learning Latin through mythology. I need a good next program. I have heard good things about Ecce Romani but it's listed as 10th grade. Has anyone used it? Does the grade level designation mean anything if the kids have done three years already? Do you need the teacher's book to do it, or can you get by with the student book? Any other program recs?<br><br>
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I've heard Lively Latin mentioned a few times as well as Lingua Latina. However, I don't have any personal recommendations for you. However, if you can look at Ecce Romani, and it looks interesting to your kids and doable to you, then ignore the grade level. We use all sorts of grade level material here!
 

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Our son did the same programs you mentioned - Minimus, Minimus II and then Learning Latin through Mythology. From there he started with Ecce Romani I. It is certainly a book I'd feel comfortable using with kids functioning at the late elementary or middle school level. And, if your kids have been through three years of Latin I don't see why it wouldn't work. You can always take it at the pace that works for them. There is a lot in the book and it takes time to get through it. It is commonly used in middle school Latin classes. There isn't anything content wise that would be inappropriate. The format is in some ways similar to Minimus but just aimed at an older audience. They read a story and then there is a vocabulary list and some exercises.<br><br>
Whether or not you need a teachers book will probably depend on how competent you are with Latin.<br><br>
One resource you may want to take a look at is the Ecce Romani group on yahoogroups. I identified myself as a homeschooler and asked for help and was given great support from Latin teachers on the list. They have good files and lists of activities, etc. as well. They are a nice bunch and they might have ideas of other materials if you decide Ecce Romani isn't what you are looking for.<br><br>
With dialup you may still be able to access this site. <a href="http://www.tabney.com/ecce1.html" target="_blank">http://www.tabney.com/ecce1.html</a> It has great free activities like vocabulary quizzes, etc. to support Ecce Romani One good thing with Ecce Romani is that it is the most popular Latin program so there are tons of good supportive resources online.<br><br>
If you haven't already done so you might be interested in the National Latin Exam for next year. <a href="http://www.nle.org/" target="_blank">http://www.nle.org/</a>
 

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I'm not sure about the younger child, as but would recommend <a href="http://www.galorepark.co.uk/product/textbooks/127/latin-prep-book-1.html" target="_blank">Latin Prep</a> by Galore Park for the older. I've linked only to the Level 1 text; there's an answer book, workbook (optional) and workbook answer booket. IIRC, a CD is forthcoming). There are three levels of <i>Latin Prep</i> that could be followed by the third level of Galore Park's other Latin program, <i>So You Really Want to Learn Latin</i> (another <i>ab initio</i> program, but more intense). I'm very impressed by the clarity and presentation of material in <i>Latin Prep</i>, and that it's amusing as well is a bonus. You can find sample pages on the Galore Park site. <i>Latin Prep</i> is available from <a href="http://www.horriblebooks.com" target="_blank">HorribleBooks.com</a> (25% discount, but only periodic ordering), <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com" target="_blank">Book Depository</a> (full price, but free shipping), Amazon.uk (full price, expensive shipping) and directly from the publisher. There's a Galore Park Yahoo group for help and support called galore_park_user_support.<br><br><i>Lively Latin</i> is a great program for younger kids, but is very basic and I'm fairly sure your children would have covered the material in it already. The <i>Ecce Romani</i> materials are gorgeous, but the Latin seemed stilted to me and excessively modeled on English word order. This might change after the first level, however, as I haven't read beyond it.<br><br>
Here are some <a href="http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/latincurricula.htm" target="_blank">comments</a> about many popular Latin programs. They were made mostly by people on the Well Trained Mind boards and collected on this site.
 
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