We just started Latin earlier this year, completely and totally from scratch with no previous knowledge whatsoever about Latin except, essentially, that it exists. Not only that, we went from a pretty straightforward CM day to a day narrowly focused on Latin, writing, reading (for content), and math for my 9 year old. IOW, we went from no Latin to a lot of Latin
I asked about the Catholic Heritage Press Latin series and no one could really tell me anything. Reviews I could find on the web, sparse as they were, were not helpful because they largely centered on the "Catholic" aspect of the program...fitting into the lifestyle, as it were, and notsomuch on the "Latin" side of the equation. That's lovely (and in that regard, I couldn't find a single negative review) but I'm not Catholic and neither are my kids.
Well, DS and I have used Primers A. and B. and we love them! I already have Primer C, so we'll do that as well. If resources allow, we'll keep going with the series after that as well. I have had one quibble with them in all this time, and that is that in Primer A, lesson 1, they used a term that we had no way of knowing what it meant. I can't recall what the word was off the top of my head, but something along the lines of "declensions." Not declensions, probably, but the point is they used a term we didn't know right off the bat, and did not define it on the page like they did with all other specific terms. From that point, on, they have described everything perfectly.
By way of review, the approach is IMO perfect for a beginner. The translation part of the process is basically just like beginning decoding for reading in English once phonics has begun....learning a word and then reading it, in context, in a small story. Vocabulary is introduced at exactly the right pace. Meanwhile, the grammar is broken down appropriately--just slightly more than you need for the reading-- and used and reviewed in the workbook regularly.
It is unabashedly, and obviously, both Catholic an ecclesiastical. After ordering the first pronunciation CD, I just didn't order the rest as we generally do classical pronunciation, though, I don't bother getting hung up on this point.
They do not use macrons, at least in a,b,c.
CHP lists it on their website for younger ages than I started with....and IMO it's *too* young. EXCEPT that they are, of course, assuming that the children using it have actually been hearing, and perhaps reading a bit of, Church Latin since they were born. So, under those circumstances, I can see how a 2nd-ish grader could indeed begin with Primer A without undue difficulty. For the rest of us, however, who would need to go by previous grammar instruction, I think my son was perfectly set up to begin Primer A by the first half of CLE LA 3. Anything comparable would do. I know that some Latin people JUST do grammar through Latin, but we are not those people, at least not to start with, and in any case if you expected CHP Latin to be all the grammar you'd need, I think you'd be sorely mistaken. CHP does sell their own LA program that appears from samples to be in the same vein as, perhaps, PLL/ILL. So they aren't banking on Latin doing all the grammar work, either.
Finally, they have just tremendous customer service. I placed my order in such a way that it was more expensive than it needed to be, and they called me to double-check on what I was trying to order, and to let me know they were changing it to the appropriate, less expensive option! IOW they could have sent me the exact same materials, but gotten more $$ out of the deal, but they did not. Also, both orders I have placed with them shipped the same day, with tracking info.
I really can't recommend these enough for absolute beginners. Granted, I'm brand new at Latin, but I am talking about something that is for people brand new to it
I began adding in other Latin resources (remember, we do about an hour a day of Latin) after A. Perfect. But if one took a more typical tract of having Latin be just another subject (ykwim) it would work just as well IMO.