I am so excited about this post. We have been enjoying Prima Latina this year for our Latin studies, spending each week working through our workbook (love that open and go!), listening to our audio, and making our own flashcards to learn the vocabulary.
Which is all very nice, but we reached a point where I felt like we needed to add a little spice to our Latin studies, to help cement and review the vocabulary and concepts we have learned. Since we are huge game fans around here, it seemed only right that the review should take the form of a Latin review game.
So Race to the Colosseum was born. I made an early version of the game using clip art from the Internet and we played, and played, and played that game. Olivia never failed to ask anyone who came to visit if they knew Latin (not a common occurrence she discovered) so they could play the game with her. We had a hit on our hands.
With the popularity of the game soaring in our own home, I began to consider the idea of making it available to others. It’s been a long journey of acquiring artwork, requesting permission from Memoria Press, and the actual production of the printable files, but now I can offer it to you, and I hope that your family has as much fun playing it and learns as much from it as our family has.
The game, which is geared towards the elementary crowd, features fun artwork from my good friend Lisa Healy at Syncopated Mama. It is fast-paced and the winner is not necessarily determined by who knows the most Latin, but instead the luck of the roll.
Latin Review Game Play
A player’s turn begins when their opponent draws a card and reads them the question or word to translate. If the player can give the correct answer, they roll the die and move the number indicated.
Squares on the game board provide various directions that can have players moving three or four times in a turn and even winning on the very first roll. We don’t let that bother us — we simply reset the game and play again (until Mom decides we have reviewed enough or we get tired of the game — usually the former).
You have to provide your own die and markers. As you can see, we stick with the oh-so-Roman teddy bear counter.
There are two versions of the game board available in the download — one you print and assemble yourself at home or one you can send to the print shop for an oversize printer. I chose the print shop version and had mine printed in color and laminated at Office Depot for about $4.
Everyone loves to play — I even have to make up questions Thomas can answer so he can have a turn.
Other Latin Curriculum
But what if you are not using Prima Latina? I’ve got you covered. If you are using another beginning Latin curriculum, then version two reviews basic Latin vocabulary. A list of the words reviewed in version two is posted on the item description page.
As you can see, there will be other products available in the Latin printables membership including prayer folders (more about those next week).
I add about two new items to the Latin printables area each September to keep building the collection. Members have lifetime access and get all updates for free.