Mr. Thomas… What would you do?

I received this series of questions:

If you could choose any method for teaching a child Latin, how would you do it?

Would you do Visual Latin for one year? I see there is a VL 1 & 2.

Is that one year or two? Would you do Lingua Latina simultaneously with VL or would that come after?

Here is my reply:

I can tell you exactly what I would do.  

I would start with a modern language.  I did not always recommend this, but I have recently changed my position for one simple reason.  

If you start with Spanish and never get to Latin, you will still have Spanish.  If you start with Latin, and never get to Spanish, you will likely end up with neither.  Most students never really reach fluency in Latin and they forget it as soon as they are done with their studies.

If you choose to go with Latin, though, I recommend this: Start with Visual Latin.  Go through all of Visual Latin 1.  When you start Visual Latin 2, add Lingua Latina.  As for Lingua Latina, just start reading.  

Of course, as a subscriber to my site, you have access to Henle as well as Lingua Latina anyway.  You don’t really have to choose if you don’t want to.

I hope I have answered your questions.

Let me know if you need more help!