The Latin for Children course centers around a series of three Primers (labeled Primer A, Primer B, and Primer C) that might be used with children third grade and up. While the Primers are the core element of the course, you should also have both the Activity Book and the Answer Key for each Primer.
This series is especially good for the parent with no Latin background. The lessons speak directly to the learner, so the parent/teacher does not have to present the material in his or her own words. The writing style is very engaging and easy to understand.
The 32 lessons in each Primer are grouped into Units that each deal with a particular topic such as 2nd declension nouns, pronouns, or numbers. There are from two to five chapters per unit with an additional culminating review chapter at the end of each unit. The final chapter of each Primer is a "Yearly Review" that both reviews and quizzes students on everything taught that year.
In addition, each Primer has extensive appendices. There are two glossaries: one arranged chapter by chapter (for new vocabulary as well as for review vocabulary) and the other alphabetically. Reference charts for all conjugations and declensions taught are mixed with chant "flow charts" for memorization and recitation. The chants appear in lessons where they are taught, but this provides an easy reference if children forget them.
Each Activity Book correlates directly with lessons in the Primers. Three activity pages per chapter (including activity pages for reviews chapters) present mazes, word searches, and crossword puzzles as well as many other types of activities that are not easily labeled. These are truly challenging learning activities rather than simple busy work. I suspect most students will really enjoy them, but with three to select from each week, you can always skip one if it doesn't appeal to your child.
Children chant aloud the lesson material as they work through each chapter. A parent/teacher needs to be present to "coach" children or make corrections as they practice their chants. The chants are to be practiced repeatedly throughout each week. New material is introduced incrementally within each unit so lesson instruction on a new concept within each chapter is relatively brief. Students complete some written exercises within the Primer, and they discuss or answer some questions aloud.
Classical Academic Press says that LFC is integrated with Shurley Grammar. This is not lesson by lesson correlation, but rather a purposely-designed similarity in methodology. They explain on their website: "We use the same abbreviations for the parts of a sentence, teach similar parsing methods for breaking a sentence down into its parts and make use of similar terms, concepts and definitions wherever possible. The theory is that student's needn't be taught one set of terms and abbreviations in Latin class and another in English class." This makes Shurley Grammar a perfect companion for those who choose LFC. Nevertheless, you can still use a different grammar program if you prefer.
Optional but useful supplements are the Latin History Readers, one for each Primer. The first Reader begins with individual sentences rather than paragraphs to translate. The historical content correlates with Veritas Press's history cards: The first Reader matches the Veritas cards about halfway through the set on the New Testament, Greece, and Rome. The second Reader works with the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation cards. The third Reader should be used with the Explorers and Early American History cards. This correlation is useful if you also use the Veritas cards, but it is not dependent upon them.
Another optional supplement that many parents will find useful is the DVD/CD set for each Primer. This includes three DVDs where Dr. Christopher Perrin teaches students the chants and vocabulary as well as the new concept for each chapter. Parents and students might watch these together or parents might watch to get an idea how to teach the course. Two CDs include all the chants--one presented with classical Latin pronunciation and one with ecclesiastical pronunciation. You can choose which pronunciation approach to use, but be aware that on the videos Dr. Perrin primarily uses the classical form. Christian content is very minimal.
The Classical Academic Press website has a number of free resources that you might use to enhance the program. Flash Dash Latin is a free online computer game for Latin review. Additional exercises, quizzes, and tests for Primer A and additional exercises for Primer B plus answer keys have been submitted by a number of Latin for Children users. A suggested weekly schedule for the complete Primer A bundle is also available.
Latin for Children is very thorough and easy to understand. It doesn't "dumb down" the content for the younger audience, but it presents lesson material in manageable chunks with plenty of practice, repetition, and review. Students learn 240 new words in each Primer, and by the end of Primer C, they will have covered all five noun declensions and all four verb conjugations, six verb tenses and much more. This content is equivalent to about 1 1/2 years of high school level Latin. While LFC could be used for high schoolers, there are more efficient programs that target older students. LFC is very easy for teachers to use without lesson prep time. Older students might even be able to work through lessons on their own.
You can purchase individual books if you wish. You definitely need the Primer, Answer Key, and Activity Book. If you are not familiar with chants and the pronunciation, you should also get the DVD/CD set. Ideally, you should start out with the Mastery Bundle that includes all these plus a History Reader. Check the website for all the purchasing options.