Ascanius Curriculum

Pre-orders for the Ascanius Curriculum are now available. 

Ascanius: Elementary Latin Curriculum (Grades 3-4)

Want your elementary student to get started with Latin? The Ascanius Curriculum (Grades 3-4) contains everything your student needs to get started reading and speaking the language of the West. Through interactive digital exercises, animated stories, physical workbooks and storybooks, and video lessons created by the Latin experts at the Ancient Language Institute, your student will encounter Latin vocabulary and grammar the way it is meant to be encountered: through meaningful and compelling communication. Perfect for homeschoolers or any young student who wants to start studying Latin without enrolling in an ALI course. The Ascanius Curriculum moves at about half the pace of the Aeneas Curriculum

Cost Per Year

  • Year 1: Volume I, Lessons 1 – 15
    • Cost: $250
  • Year 2: Volume I, Lessons 16-30
    • Cost: $100
  • Year 3See Aeneas Year 2

What Does Ascanius Include?

Picta Dicta Latin Primer, Vol. I

This digital & print platform is the backbone of the Ascanius Curriculum. It introduces students to vocabulary and grammar concepts in the context of engaging stories, with lots of pictures and audio. You will receive a 12-month license to the digital platform, the hard-copy Student Workbook, as well as the hard-copy Quiz Pack and Homeschooling Guide. Picta Dicta Latin Primer, Vol. I is included in both Ascanius Year 1 and Ascanius Year 2

Introduction to Philology Video Series

Every lesson in Ascanius includes a video introducing students to the field of philology, a term that literally means “the love of words.” These videos dive into the ancient world, since that is the world the Romans described with their language: Latin. These videos feature Dr. Colin Gorrie, PhD, the Dean of the ALI Latin for Kids Program and a Latin and Old English Fellow at ALI. Ascanius Year 1 includes the videos for Lessons 1 – 15. Ascanius Year 2 includes the videos for Lessons 16 – 30. These videos are exclusive to the ALI Latin for Kids program – you can’t find them anywhere else. But check out Lesson 1 on YouTube, which we’ve uploaded as a sneak peek.

Puer et Monstrum hard-copy book + Digital Vocabulary Builder

Once your student completes Lessons 1 – 15, he will be ready to read his first Latin book: Puer et Monstrum, the story of a boy who discovers a monsters hiding in his room. Your purchase of Ascanius Year 1 includes a hard-copy of the book, as well as a 12-month license to the associated Digital Vocabulary Builder, an online platform that introduces your student to all the vocabulary he will need to read Puer et Monstrum with ease and enjoyment. Note: In Ascanius Year 2, students receive a new book: Fabellae Simplices, as well as its associated Digital Vocabulary Builder.

Audio Recitation of Puer et Monstrum

The most valuable activity in language learning is hearing the language. In these audio recitations, the world-renowned Luke Ranieri reads the entirety of Puer et Monstrum, so your student can listen along as he reads and studies the book. These audio recitations are exclusive to ALI Latin for Kids students – you can’t find them anywhere else. But check out the Chapter 1 recitation on SoundCloud, which we’ve uploaded as a sneak peek. Note: In Ascanius Year 2, students receive Ranieri’s recitation of Fabellae Simplices.

Latin-Immersion Video Lessons for Puer et Monstrum

Dr. Gorrie is joined by ALI President Jonathan Roberts in these full-immersion Latin video lessons, walking through every page of Puer et Monstrum. Your student will follow along as Dr. Gorrie asks Roberts questions and explains tricky passages in simple Latin – and tries to make sure Roberts doesn’t fall asleep like the puer does in the book! These video lessons are exclusive to ALI Latin for Kids students – you can’t find them anywhere else. Note: In Ascanius Year 2, students receive the video lessons for Fabellae Simplices.

What You Need to Know

  1. Pre-orders for the Elementary Latin Curriculum will open in July.
    1. The Elementary Latin Curriculum will be sent to pre-ordering customers at the beginning of September, and will then open for purchase for others.
  2. The Elementary Latin Curriculum is available in two different packages: Ascanius (grades 3-4) and Aeneas (grades 5-6):
    1. Ascanius Year One covers Volume I, Lessons 1-15; Ascanius Year Two covers Volume I, Lessons 16-30
      1. Ascanius Year Three is identical to Aeneas Year Two. 
    2. Aeneas Year One covers Volume I, Lessons 1-30; Aeneas Year Two covers Volume II, Lessons 1-30
  3. Both Ascanius and Aeneas flow naturally into our Middle School Latin Curriculum (release date: Fall 2024).
  4. Interested in a bulk purchase for your school or homeschool co-op? Get in touch!
  5.  Signing up with ALI is risk-free. We want to make sure you’re completely satisfied. If you don’t love the Elementary Latin Curriculum, we’ll give you a full refund within 30 days. No refunds are available after 30 days.

Ascanius Curriculum

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