After Visual Latin?

I received this question:

Do you have a lot of experience with students who have gone through this whole program (Visual Latin)? What will the student study when they are done with this program?

Will they be prepared to read Ceasar; do Henle 2?

If we do it for 5th and 6th grade I am wondering what they would do next.

Here is my reply:

I am afraid the jump from Visual Latin to Caesar (Henle 2) is going to be painful.  But, to be honest, the jump from Henle 1 to Caesar (Henle 2) is painful.  I have yet to find a perfect transition from Latin 1 to Latin 2.  

Well, that is not quite true.  After you finish Visual Latin, read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  You will not regret it.  Visual Latin will give you the grammar you need to read the book.  Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg will give you the vocabulary you need to read nearly any Latin 2 course.  

There is nothing quite like Lingua Latina.  It is a novel, written completely in Latin.  Starting with the very basics, it advances quickly into very challenging Latin.  By the end of the book, students are reading sections of the New Testament in Latin.  The book teaches about 2,000 Latin words.  Henle Latin 1, on the other hand, teaches about 500 Latin words.  That is really not much vocabulary.  Certainly, it is not enough to open many Latin doors. 

My recommendation after Visual Latin?  Read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  It will prepare you for almost anything.