Picta Dicta Natural World: A Roman Roads Media Review
Picta Dicta is a self-paced online program designed to assist in learning Latin vocabulary in such a way that it is easy, useful and permanent. The Crew reviewed two of the Picta Dicta programs: Picta Dicta Natural World and Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder. Each program comes with multiple difficulty levels so that every student can be successful. It even appears that if you pick the wrong level, through the parent account you can go in and change it.
As you can see in the picture above, they divide the lessons into categories (like Nuts and Berries or Land Forms and Terrain) and then teaches them in multiple different ways. There are review sections regularly and they seem to build on what has already been taught. This provides a lot of opportunities for solidifying memorization. Once accounts are all set up, students are able to work independently with little to no help from parents/teachers.
What We Thought:
Since both of my kids did a different level, they often watched each other work through the program. This really benefited miss Z, as she was only doing the English level. This way she started picking up on the Latin too. I started my subscription after the kids had already been working through theirs for a while so J would often come and watch over my shoulder. The Express level was aptly named because it moved very fast and would show my weaknesses sometimes. J would step in and start helping me. Before you know it, it was a group effort. For learning Latin, this is a huge tool. It was simple to use and everyone enjoyed it while being sufficiently challenged.
Whether you are looking for a stand-alone curriculum or simply a supplement to your already active Latin program, Picta Dicta is a great choice!
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If you are interested in some of the other programs like Fitting Words or Vocabulary Builder, check out the rest of the Crew's reviews!