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I am looking into buying LFC for my ds (12) who has studied only word roots so far. I want something he can enjoy that won't be too taxing (for him or me) and will give him a solid foundation for future Latin study. I've looked at many different programs and LFC seems to fit the bill.

 

Do you think my 3rd grader can follow along with LFC A, or will I need to teach them separately? It would be nice to have them work together, but I won't want her to hold back DS.

 

Is it necessary to complete LFC all the way to C before starting Latin Alive or another program like Wheelocks, Helene, or Oxford? TIA

 

Shannon

 

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I'm using LFC A with an 11 year old, She loves it!! I think your 3rd grader would be just fine going along. We listen to the chant cds and ALL my other girls join in the chants, even my almost 2 year old. When I quiz my 11 year old, my 5 year old dd can give me the answers. :) I'm not sure about your other questions, but I wanted to say we are thoroughly enjoying LFC.

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Latin Alive would probably be more appropriate for your 12 yo. He will probably find LFC too young. There is no pre-req for Latin Alive, as it starts at the beginning, so he can go into it with no LFC or with one level of LFC. he definitely doesn't need to finish LFC C in order to do it.

 

 

Thanks, Angela. I looked at the samples and I think it is too much for him to add into his schedule right now. I think he would handle LFC much better, and I like the idea that my dd can listen in and get something from it too. Maybe I can star with LFC and move at a faster pace through A&B this year. That way I would have it for DD to use. I don't know. I'm just thinking through it now.

 

Shannon

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I would suggest having your 12yo go through LfC A & B before jumping into Latin Alive...that can work as a middle school program for students who have had a lot of Latin, but I wouldn't recommend it as a beginning Latin for anyone under an 8th grade level.

 

I have 12 & 13yo's taking LfC A this year before jumping into Latin Alive either next year or the year after (I teach both MS & HS Latin at our co op), and they're doing really well with it. I can definitely tell a difference in my high school classes, between those who took LfC in middle school and those who didn't - everything "clicks" right off the bat.

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I am doing LfC B with my 12 year old this year (did LfC A last year in 5th) and my 3rd grader will be using LfC A. I actually plan for my older son to be the middle son's primary teacher - we will see how that works. Just wrapping up our "summer" Minimus Latin review.

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Thanks, Angela. I looked at the samples and I think it is too much for him to add into his schedule right now. I think he would handle LFC much better, and I like the idea that my dd can listen in and get something from it too. Maybe I can star with LFC and move at a faster pace through A&B this year. That way I would have it for DD to use. I don't know. I'm just thinking through it now.

 

Shannon

 

Okay, I think he would be fine doing just A or A&B before doing LA. I wouldn't worry about him not having C. LA literally starts from zero knowledge, though a good grasp of English grammar helps. :001_smile: One of my students hasn't had any Latin, and she is doing fine, but the heavy grammar is getting many of them. ;)

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