Compass classroom and I received a series of questions….

I have some questions about the Latin program. We are doing the First Form and Second Form with two kids and Henle for our oldest. I like the idea of visual Latin but was wondering what grade levels this is for. How many lessons per year the kids should do and where will they be after they are done with 1 and 2? How would they continue after that?


First reply:

Visual Latin can be used for students 10 and up. We recommend using the 60 lessons included in Visual Latin 1&2 on a lesson/per week basis. You can also check to see how Visual Latin lines up with what they already know by looking at the pdfs included with the series here:

They are all free to download.

Hope this helps!


Second line of questions:

Hi again,

some more questions.

Do you have a lot of experience with students who have gone through this whole program? 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.

Thanks again,


My reply:

Good morning!

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.

Have a happy Thursday!


A few more questions:

Thanks for your answer.

Two more questions:

1. So does Visual Latin essentially cover Henle 1?

2. I see that you have a grammar section every week. Is that enough grammar for the kids or should they do a separate English grammar?



My reply:

Good morning!

Visual Latin 1 and 2 covers all of Latin grammar.  So, yes.  Visual Latin does cover Henle 1… and some of Henle 2.

As for grammar, I would say that Visual Latin reinforces what children learn in English grammar.  I would not use it as the only grammar education for children, though.  The structures of the two languages are certainly similar, but they are not identical.

Let me know if you need more help!

Have a happy Tuesday!