[quote=Chris C.]I strongly encourage you not to teach your children Church Latin. They must learn classical Latin first. No serious program of education since the Middle Ages taught Church Latin first. You want your kids to read Cicero and Catullus. Erasmus and Saint Thomas More studied classical Latin.
Ancient Greek before Koine Greek, too.
Interesting! I took 4 years Classical Latin in high school. I didn’t even know there was a difference until I started homeschooling. I always wondered why the Latin always sounded different on the rare occasions I would hear it in Church :whacky:
Are there any other differences than pronunciation between Ecclesiastical Latin and Classical Latin?
I have used Latina Christiana with my kids in grades 5 & 6. I have browsed the Prima Latina, but am still debating. It seems to have the same vocabulary and lessons as LC-I, but in smaller lessons. I thought the LC-I went slowly, but it’s a good pace for young students. I do think the kids should have some basics in English Grammar before tackling Latin, or they’ll never understand all those cases and case endings, let alone declensions! Perhaps Prima Latina teaches more of this? Don’t know.
I do like the Catholicism incorporated into the program My kids liked learning the liturgical songs and prayers - helpful when it occasionally comes up in Mass. We recently heard our new bishop plans to someday hold Latin Masses at our parish, so we need to study some more…
That brings me to another question - has anyone used Lingua Angelica - the music program from the same company? Wondering if this might be good to use with my little ones, just to get them familiar with some of the hymns if the Latin Masses ever come to pass…