I’m moving into my third year using Henle’s First year Latin, and I’ve found some great resources to help students and teachers make the most of this material.
First of all, there is no way you need everything in the picture above. My goal is to help steer you to what would be most beneficial so that you don’t have to try them all out like I did!
Let’s start with the basics:
If you have a limited budget, this is all you need to begin.
To make my books more user friendly, I had them spiraled at the office supply store, and I tabbed the lessons for easy reference.
Next you might want to amend your answer key. The white Henle answer key leaves out some answers to seemingly obvious lessons. While it may make sense to someone who has been previously introduced to Latin, I needed something more. Here are your options:
My personal favorite are the Memoria Press Study guides. They have simple helps for each of the lessons as well as a well formatted answer key in the back. The only downside is that there are three study guides that cover Henle’s First Year Latin text. Here’s a sample of the answer key section of the book:
If you’re looking for one full answer key, then Our Lady of Victory has an option for you. They have the answers to all of the skipped lessons in the front, and then the complete Henle answer key following. I don’t like the formatting as well, but it is a complete resource.
You’ll want a good dictionary:
Finally, you’ll be looking for resources to support you as a teacher.
The Henle teacher’s manual is great for classroom settings, but may not be as helpful for the home schooling mom. Thankfully, there is another resource that I have found makes the Henle material approachable for the average mom who’s never studied Latin before (that’s me).
Jennifer Jones has created companion guides for Henle’s First and Second year texts, as well as audio files for the Classical pronunciation of the vocabulary (again helpful for those of us who speak Texan-Latin).
Another great resource she has developed for free are printable worksheets of the Henle lessons, so that if you have a student who struggles with tracking in the text, you can print off the worksheets. We have found these very valuable in cutting down the time it takes to complete the exercises.
If that is still not enough…try Visual Latin
Visual Latin is a video series that connects the concepts of English Grammar with the Latin language.
While the videos are not directly from the Henle book, they’ve created a guide to connect all the Visual Latin videos to the concepts introduced in Henle. You can see a sample below.
I hope you find your journey into Latin as much of a blessing as I have.