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Minimus Pupil's Book: Starting out in Latin Paperback – January 28, 2000
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This was the first Latin book that I exposed my elementary school-aged daughters to, in conjunction with Rosetta Stone. The first chapters went well, and they were excited. About chapter 4, however, the scattershot presentation took its toll, and they were getting frustrated. The material just isn't organized in a way to methodically introduce basic Latin to a kid.
I put Minimus and Rosetta Stone on the shelf, and got William Linney's "Getting Started with Latin." After this simplified introduction to basic grammar (we took 6 months to get through the 132 lessons, spending about 20 minutes a day), I pulled out Minimus again. They enjoyed it MUCH more.
I've also got all 20 of the Minibooks in the Minimus series (each small book contains about 10 cartoon panels), as well as Minimus Secundus. My daughters enjoy them very much - but again, only as supplemental reading. Begin with the Linney book, or Primer A, and then give them Minimus once a week, to break things up.
In summary - by all means, use Minimus as a colorful adjunct to whatever Latin program you end up with. But don't use it as a primary text.
Parents without a Latin background, might want to obtain the teacher's book, which contains all the answers to the student book as well as reproducible masters for additional activities, suggestions for learning games and activities, and even a Roman recipe. The ISBN for the Teacher's Resource Book is 0-521-65961-2.
No one book can teach you all of latin. If this book does nothing else but change latin from a thing other people do to something you do... well it has served its purpose.
Its worth the money. You will spend more than this on entertainment where you dont learn a thing. Buy the book!
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I don't feel there's any real direction. We started this, and I think my daughter felt more lost than inspired.Published 6 months ago by J. Edwards
A fun, easy to work with cartoon-based introduction to Latin. But even adults can enjoy the story if they keep a light heart about it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ellerbee
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Immediately realized that this was not proper introduction for children 8 years old or higher. There was no pronunciation guide whatsoever and the book jumped into conversation... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 9-year old daughter was assigned this book for a summer class. She loves it, and read it over the summer to us. Short, sweet, and very well illustrated.Published 22 months ago by No one