Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Even though it was my intention to use this Latin program with my youngest 3 children- ages 9,7, and 6. However, everyone within ear shot was soon singing the cute and catchy tunes.
The lessons are easy to follow and easy to learn. My children breezed through each question and would have liked more. They enjoyed asking each other questions as well. It is the only time I have heard them spontaneously reviewing their school work outside of school.
I felt the teacher's manual should have explained more about the reasons behind Song School Latin, the way it works and the reason(s) it is a better method for young children. Clearly, my children love it and that is enough for me- since I didn't pay for it. If I had paid for the teacher's manual, I would have been disappointed. There are a few worksheets for each level in addition to the answers for the blanks. At K- 3rd grade level, I would expect the teacher to be doing the work with the child and certainly know the answers to the blanks without needing a teacher's guide for that purpose.
I find the price of $22.95 for the student manual and CD to be extremely worth it. I am not sure I would spend the same for the teacher's manual. Also, there are wonderful card game- Latin Monkey Match for $24.95. This set includes 210 cards of Latin words for all levels sold by Classical Academic Press and not just the Song School Latin. Instructions for 3 different games are included.The whole set is available for $64.95.
We have tried to learn some Latin before, but I felt I was slaughtering the pronunciation (now I *know* I was!). I was too afraid of teaching the wrong way and was intimidated by it. Now, I am convinced my children will be more eager to learn higher Latin because of this fun and easy introduction. It reminded me of how much I love educational songs. My children have been humming and singing the songs all along. Vale!
The Song School Latin and Teacher's guide was provided to me at no cost, for my honest review.