Henle 2 before Henle 1?

I received this inquiry:  

“My son completed Classical Conversations Challenge 1 with Henle Latin 1.  They only got about 2/3 of the way through the book.  Which class should I sign him up for from you…1 or 2? Thanks!”

Here is my reply:

Why not both?  🙂

Seriously.  

There are several things I am afraid of.  

Spiders.  But, that is not what we are talking about.

First, I am afraid Henle 1 will be a boring review for your son.  

But, I am also afraid Henle 2 will be too much.  I am guessing your son reached chapter 24 or so in Henle 1.  The problem with that level is that he has likely not encountered the subjunctive voice.  It is important that he understand the subjunctive before tackling Caesar’s Gallic Wars (Henle 2).  

You have several options.  You could have your son finish Henle 1 on his own.  He has about two and a half weeks before classes start.  He would have to hustle, but he could possibly finish Henle 1 on his own, then join Henle 2.

Or, he could join the Henle 1 class, review for a while, and then finish the book by the end of the year.  From there, joining Henle 2 would be a natural move.

He could join both Henle 1 and Henle 2.  Henle 1 would likely bore him for a while.  Henle 2 would challenge him.  At some point, I believe the content and his abilities would merge.

Finally, you could choose the “audit” option, have your son show up for class, or not show up, until we reach the chapter he last completed.  At that point, in the spring semester, he could jump into class and finish up.

Do these options make sense?

Let me know if you have more questions.  Happy to help.

Thanks!