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5.0 out of 5 stars Continues great approach begun in Minimus.
Minimus Secundus continues the rich combination of language instruction, Roman-British culture, grammar concepts, vocabulary, Roman culture, British culture, photos of real museum artifacts, and stories from classical times that characterized Minimus.
Flavius's family is picked up 5 years later, after the daughter is married. They are transferred to York, and the...
Published on 18 Nov 2007 by Fred Brooks

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1.0 out of 5 stars Secundus for second-rate
As a homeschooler, I was looking for a solid Latin teaching book and started off by trying Minimus. Big disappointment, unless page after page of cutesy mice and smatterings of fake Latin is what you are after. I bought Secundus in the hope that we could actually have the chance to start learning real Latin, only to find that the drivel moved to a whole new level...
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues great approach begun in Minimus., 18 Nov 2007
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Fred Brooks (Lakenheath, Suffolk, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Minimus Secundus Pupil's Book: Moving on in Latin (Paperback)
Minimus Secundus continues the rich combination of language instruction, Roman-British culture, grammar concepts, vocabulary, Roman culture, British culture, photos of real museum artifacts, and stories from classical times that characterized Minimus.
Flavius's family is picked up 5 years later, after the daughter is married. They are transferred to York, and the move is detailed. The difficulty of the Latin accelerates noticeably.

I found the use of the Minimus series added a break in formal instruction that was eagerly anticipated in every day's lesson. The comic-strip illustrations and the continuing story holds interest high.

I very much appreciate the approach of using forms that have not yet been explicitly introduced, and then explaining grammar concepts one at a time after their use in the stories. It is a natural learning approach that works well for my students.

The photos of real artefacts that my students have themselves seen in the museums adds great immediacy, and the fact that the Roman life is set in Britain, with a British family slave, also makes the material much more relevant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Latin book, 16 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Minimus Secundus Pupil's Book: Moving on in Latin (Paperback)
Considerably harder than first Minimus book. Same fun format. Recommended for age 10 and up to help with bifold up towards GCSE.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Secundus for second-rate, 25 Aug 2014
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As a homeschooler, I was looking for a solid Latin teaching book and started off by trying Minimus. Big disappointment, unless page after page of cutesy mice and smatterings of fake Latin is what you are after. I bought Secundus in the hope that we could actually have the chance to start learning real Latin, only to find that the drivel moved to a whole new level.

It may "tick the boxes" for a school that needs to churn every Fred, Margaret and Bob through something which qualifies as a foreign language, but, as a homeschooler, I get to choose for my child to be taught from the best materials. This book is far from that, in our experience.

Conjures up images of someone trying to put together a book on "Calculus for Primary School" and drawing pictures of a mouse running all over graph paper with some numbers and sums and a smattering of Greek letters (pi, theta, rho), then claiming kids were being "introduced" to calculus, and so would find it easier later on. This sort of 'dumbing down' can really confuse a kid about what the subject really entails.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Aug 2014
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