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Regarding Minimus , I have mixed feelings about this course. It is a very gentle introduction to the concept of the Latin language, with little grammar teaching. If your child is already familiar with the fact that the Romans spoke Latin, you may feel happy to skip this stage altogether. If you do use it, I’d recommend starting much earlier than the usual Year 5/6 (ages 9-11), at seven or eight (or even six with a keen child). The lack of grammar and a structured vocabulary can make it a frustrating text to use if you have no Latin yourself, yet I think the Teachers’ Book is not really worth the price.