REVIEW: Song School Latin

Classical Academic Press offers several levels of Latin instruction. Song School Latin is for young beginners – and it’s a terrific introduction to the Latin language. It’s extremely engaging and so much fun.

The basic program is simple – there is a student book, a teacher book, a card game, and a CD. The CD has songs for all of the vocabulary in the book, and the songs are super-catchy (a mixed blessing when you wake up in the middle of the night singing them in your head and can’t stop!). My kids loved the songs and quickly learned them.

Happy, happy, happy!

The Latin Monkey Match card game is a bunch of fun. It’s basically a memory game where the children make matches between a Latin word and its English equivalent. My kids enjoy playing matching games, and this was no exception – even .handsome-will gave it a go.

There are 31 chapters in the Student book. Each chapter is succinct and builds on the previous lessons. There is a bunch of review, and, of course, you can listen (or have your kids listen) to the CD over and over for review. Your kids will learn vocabulary for pets, animals, people, body, manners, household items, and others. It’s a gentle beginning to a lifelong study of Latin.

The Student book and Teacher book are essentially the same, with the Teacher book having the answers filled in plus a few additional notes. The books are black and white, but they have very lively illustrations and the kids enjoyed working with them. I appreciated the fact that there wasn’t too much content on a page, so the wee ones weren’t overwhelmed. It was so much fun to practice our Latin.

There are additional helps on the Classical Academic Press site, including audio pronunciation guides and coloring pages.

Let me tell you that this program is wonderful and easy to use – even for those of us who have never seriously studied Latin before. There are notes throughout the Teacher book and a discussion on Classical versus Ecclesiastical pronunciation complete with pronunciation guide for each.

You and your kids will enjoy this program – and you’ll learn a lot, too. My family liked it so much that I have recommended it to the staff at Hayden’s Way for use in their new K-1st class next year! I’ll keep you posted on that!

The Song School Latin program is a great introduction to Latin for young learners. The Teacher and Student books are priced at $22.95 each. The Latin Monkey Match card game is priced at $24.95. The entire kit is sold for $64.95, a savings of almost $6. Note that the CD I mention in the review is included in the student book. You may purchase the program directly from Classical Academic Press.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free trial of the product in exchange for my genuine and unbiased review.

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