I've been working with Henle's First year Latin for quite a few years now, 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. See how I set up my Latin resources here!
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 is the Memoria Press Teacher Manual. 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:
You'll want a good dictionary:
Cassell's is a wonderful choice. The 501 Latin Verb reference is also a valuable tool when you encounter verbs. My dust jacket on the Cassell's dictionary is no longer with us, so it's a green cloth-covered book now, but it's so very helpful!
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 discovered 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 is 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.
Here's a good way to get started:
If the idea of jumping into the Henle textbook intimidates you, a great way to dip your toes into the Latin language is to try out Andy's Latin Code Breakers series. He loves to share fun and easy ways for students to learn the foundational concepts of the language, so that you and your student can enter into the Henle world with confidence. And if you watch to the end of the videos, you might just find a hilarious surprise.
The best part of this resource is that all of the videos are FREE to watch on YouTube, or you can find them all organized here!
If you'd like to follow along with his videos, check out these free video companion guides. They're great for taking notes!
If that is still not enough...
Try Latin with Andy
My son and I collaborated on a Latin resources site of our own to help our friends learn Latin with us! There are videos, printables, additional reading exercises, and much more. You can watch the first lesson for free or, here's a sample from the first-year videos:
The video series covers concepts practiced in every exercise of Henle's First and Second-year text. Here's a sample of the second-year videos:
While the exercises are not directly from the Henle book, Andy helps students learn the concept before they have to go practice it. He also has a Facebook group for members to join and ask him questions. It's his favorite thing! Find out how to join this Latin learning community here!
I hope you find your journey into Latin as much of a blessing as I have.
Believe it or not . . . that's not all!!
There are so many other great Latin resources for you to explore! Here are some more Latin tools you might find helpful! Happy translating!
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.