I Love Latin and You Can Too! – Teaching Latin to Elementary Students with Song School Latin

Latin with young children?  Why- elementary, my dear Watson.  At least it can be- with Song School Latin!

When I started our homeschool journey and contemplated the idea of foreign languages I felt rather unmotivated until a chance encounter with Classical Academic Press – the makers of Song School Latin (SSL)- piqued my interest.

Maybe it was the exoticness of Latin or the fact that I already had humdrum personal experiences with French and Spanish from my own school days.  Whatever the reason I grabbed Song School Latin 1 a few years ago and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.

We’ve been using Song School Latin since 2011.  I loved their first book so much that I waited (rather impatiently, I might add) for SSL2 to be released and stretched my daughter’s lessons from SSL1 to try and fill in our time until 2 came out.

It was so worth the wait.

Honestly I love Song School Latin 2 even more than Song School Latin 1; and I already LOVED Song School Latin 1.  My preference probably stems in part from the fact that 2 slowly introduces more grammar concepts and begins conjugation work versus the more vocab-centered SSL1.

What I Love About Song School Latin

  • Song-based – The SSL CD is filled with kid-friendly songs with your choice of Classical or Ecclesiastical pronunciation.  What kid doesn’t like to sing?  Why not sing in Latin and learn a thing or two?
  • Ease of Use – Nothing makes me happier than having a solid resource that’s not only fun but easy to implement.  SSL requires minimal prep time.  Just open and go!
  • Extras Not Needed but Recommended– It’s possible to give your young child a solid introduction to Latin using nothing but the Song School Latin Student Workbook. The lively CD is included and the workbook itself is gentle enough that parents with no Latin background can still easily teach their students.  If frugality is steering you right now, stick to the basics.  However, if you have a little extra to splurge on you can easily give your child a fuller immersion by adding on SSL’s bells and whistles: DVD, Monkey Match Card Game, and Teacher’s Manual which includes additional activities and worksheets that work great for delving deeper or using as review.
  • Make Connections – With their Grow Your English and Famous Saying sections, SSL makes it easy to connect the dots in your child’s education by giving
    relevant tidbits and facts that you can use to reinforce your other subjects.  We started a classical co-op, Classical Conversations, this year and SSL has helped my daughter immensely with the Latin memory work the co-op throws at us every week.  Song School Latin 2 introduces Latin conjugations and it was amazing to watch my daughter’s face light up as she realized she already knew the conjugations and was able to ‘see’ with SSL what’s happening to a verb when you conjugate it.

 How To Implement Song School Latin with Young Children

  • SSL is gentle introduction to Latin grammar geared to early elementary.  However, it can be made even more gentle by starting off using just the CD and holding off on the workbook.  You can read about how I did this with my pre-k children here.
  • Be sure to utilize Classical Academic Press’ supplemental website Headventureland.com where you’ll find free coloring pages, games, and videos.
  • Grab your SSL CDs the next time you get in your car.  Our SSL songs are a staple of our car rides and a fabulous resource for carschooling.

See?  Latin, my dear reader, can be elementary after all.  Be sure to check out Classical Academic Press to see the wide assortment of resources they offer for multiple languages and subjects.

Play With Your Latin With These Fun Supplements

Now that you know about all the fun your children could be having with Song School Latin, how about a chance to win your very own full program!!!  Thanks to the very generous folks over at Classical Academic Press one lucky reader will win their own complete package set of Song School Latin 1 OR School School Latin 2!  Winner’s choice!

*  * *And that’s not all!  Classical Academic Press is offering my readers 20% off everything in their store.  Use the code TS20 to receive 20% off your entire order. It is good on all products, except online classes and Singapore Math, and expires April 5th, 2014.  Classical Academic Press offers resources in numerous subjects: Latin, Spanish, Greek, Logic, Writing and Rhetoric, Bible, Poetry, Reasoning and Reading, Art and Drawing!

Me?  I’ve had my eye on these “Dare to be Wise” shirts for awhile.

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72 Responses to I Love Latin and You Can Too! – Teaching Latin to Elementary Students with Song School Latin

  1. Deb says:

    Song School Latin would be great to start this summer in a leisurely manner with my 3 kids!

  2. We love SSl 1 and 2. I also love 2 even more than 1. I’d love to win this because I will need a second book for my son and we’d love all the extra bells and whistles we did not splurge for when I purchased SSL2. Great review. We also use CAP’s Writing and Rhetoric. Bear loves that writing program.

  3. Yahiliz says:

    We have SSL 1 (but not the complete set) and absolutely LOVE it. We’d love to get SSL 2. It would be a huge blessing to our homeschool. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  4. danielle drown says:

    We have been thinking of starting some language lessons. The latin and the greek really interest me!

  5. Sarah Rosenberg says:

    We are planning to start with Song School Latin this fall when my son is in Second Grade and my daughter is in Kindergarten. I really love the look of this program. I also hope to start Greek in another year or two.

  6. Olivia says:

    We would love to try SSL 2 We have SSL! and love it!

  7. Mary Bristol says:

    I had been hoping to find a good Intro to Latin program for next year. This looks like it would be perfect.

  8. I’ve been dying to try Song School Latin 1. It is in my plans to start it in the fall or summer with my 3 older children.

  9. Tamara says:

    We are using Song School Latin yr 1 right now. My kiddos LOVE it. We actually switched from another program because this one was too fun to continue to pass up.

  10. Lori H. says:

    We have used SSL and loved it! I’d love to find out if we would love SSL2 more! =D I love all of CAP curriculum and Dr. Perrin’s lectures.

  11. Stefani says:

    I’m already using Latin for Children with my 3rd grader. It is great! (We are learning Latin together.) Next year, my 1st grader will be starting Song School Latin. 🙂

  12. Mandy says:

    I just ordered prima Latina DVDs and student workbook, but song school Latin looks fun for my younger student 🙂 I just looked through the catalog I got in the mail and I love all your products!

  13. Karen says:

    I used Song School Latin 1 with my girls – kindergarten and preschool – and they both LOVED it! We’ve finished the workbook and look forward to starting up book 2 in August!

  14. Erica says:

    We’re planning on starting SSL in the fall with our first grader and pre-schooler. looking forward to it!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I haven’t used any of their products yet, but SSL looks like a great product with which to start! 🙂 Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  16. We are using Song School Spanish – would love the chance to try out Song School Latin, especially since we are in Classical Conversations!

  17. Kate D says:

    I would love to introduce my family to Latin beyond what we are learning in CC! And SSL is my choice!

  18. Nicki says:

    I’d love to try Song School with my youngest! (And hopefully my olders would pick up a bit of Latin as well! )

  19. Kathryn says:

    We loved SSL1! I’d love to use SSL2 with my second child!

  20. Amy G. says:

    I’ve been pining over the SSL volume 1 for months and months now! I would love to start using this with my 6yo. I failed out of Latin in college and I’m hoping that learning with my daughter will rejuvenate my love for the language and help me to learn too!

  21. Julie Metcalf says:

    SSL has been one of our favorites this year. We are looking forward to SSL2 next year.

  22. Je says:

    I’ve been considering this since songs seem to work better for us.

  23. Susan says:

    My children and I are going to begin learning Latin together next year. This looks like a solid and fun program that will be our launch pad for future Latin coursework.

  24. Katie D says:

    We are using Song School Spanish and Writing & Rhetoric, and enjoying both very much. We would love to do Song School Latin as well!

  25. Tiffany says:

    We use SSL 1 and it so much fun! I love how quick and easy (and gentle) it is.

  26. Kristin says:

    I have and love SSLatin 1 and I would love to have SSL 2.

  27. Ticia says:

    We play around with Song School Latin, but need to get more serious with it.

  28. Nicole Brigger says:

    We used Song School Latin 1 with my son and daughter this year and loved it. The DVD was a great addition the songs and workbook. They are already asking to do the next book.

  29. Erica says:

    I want to start this with my girls!

  30. Jamie says:

    We use latin for children A and B and I would love to add song school latin for my soon to be 2nd grader!

  31. Elise Dalton says:

    I definitely want to start with Song School Latin 1! Been looking at it for quite awhile!

  32. Cheryl says:

    I really want to try this program with my daughter! I think she would love it!

  33. Kristen Chapman says:

    We are starting Latin with my older kids next year and I hoped to get the younger kids interested earlier with SSL 🙂

  34. Brooke says:

    we are planning on starting SSL1 this next year… i previously won SSL1…but would love to have all the extras!!!

  35. April L. says:

    Hoping to begin latin next year so this would be perfect! 🙂

  36. Lisa Wiesman says:

    Can you start with 2 even if you have not done 1? We started with Memoria press but don’t care for it. Would love to win this set!

    • Kristen says:

      Yes, you could. However, I really love them together. Depending on the age of your child I would be tempted to go through SSL1 quickly and then pick up SSL2. But SSL1 is not a prerequisite for SSL2.

  37. Jean Later says:

    I have heard and seen such great reviews for this curriculum that I am now sold on the idea and would love to use this as part of homeschooling journey.

  38. Kristine says:

    We’re not using SSL yet…but it is certainly on my list of curriculum to acquire before next year! Or even over the summer…we are a part of Classical Conversations, also, and it would be great to make connections between the two. Since my kids are young, we’d go for the early elementary languages. When they are older, I’d love to do more with logic and reasoning.

  39. Casey says:

    I would love to use this as an additional tool for my kids who are enrolled in Classical Conversations. From my experiences with CC, when things are set to music, or rhyme, they really stick in their memory. Thanks for putting this up in a contest.

  40. Lara M says:

    We just bought SSL to use for K this fall!

  41. Sarah says:

    SSL1 is a huge hit with my kid. He *asks* to review the songs. All of them. I would love to continue with SSL2.

  42. Jill says:

    I would love to try out Song School Spanish. Maybe for next fall?

  43. Vicki says:

    This would be a great addition to our homeschool curricula with my 7 year old. I hope I win! 🙂

  44. Nicole says:

    I just purchased SS Spanish, but haven’t gotten my act together enough to use it.

  45. Rachelle says:

    I would love to try Song School Latin! We’re using CAP Writing and Rhetoric now. I love, love, love that program!

  46. JenRay says:

    I haven’t used any of their products, but I have looked at SSL a number of times. I’d love to give it or the Spanish a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Amy says:

    Looks great! Thanks for hosting this and for the coupon code!

  48. Amy says:

    Forgot to say, I’d most like CAP W&R or SSL.

  49. Kristi says:

    We used SSL with my big kids, and I need to get it again for one of my smaller for next year. We’ve got my daughter enrolled in the Greek for Kid summer intensive at Schole Academy, and we’re planning in putting her in The Art of Argument class, too. :).

  50. I have had my eye on SSL1 for next year, we love learning through songs and I’m so excited to try this! I’m also glad to hear that I can teach it with just the CD and workbook, that’ll help my budget so much! Well, winning would help even more 🙂

  51. Heather says:

    I’m using SSL 1 with my 6 yo and about to start LFC with my older one, but that Greek Code Cracker book looks like fun.

  52. Julie Holmansky says:

    I needium latinum.

  53. Crystal says:

    We aren’t using anything yet, but plan to! Song School Latin and Spanish have caught our interest, as has Drawing with Children since our son loves all things art.

  54. vivian mcwhiney says:

    We do classical conversations and i have being looking for something to supplement with our 7 kids . thanks for letting us know about this program

  55. Beth Williams says:

    We have used CAP latin materials with all our girls. We are so excited that SSL 2 is now available and would love it use it with our youngest next year.

  56. Lexi says:

    We used Song School Spanish and really enjoyed it. Now we want to start working on Latin so this is our program of choice! We are also using their writing program (CAP Fable) and we are going to try their Bible program this summer. We are really liking their products!

  57. Sara B says:

    We are currently loving Song School Latin and planning to use SSL 2 next year!

  58. Amy says:

    We have been using Song School Spanish and we love it!

  59. Jodi says:

    I am starting my homeschooling journey with my kids next fall. I am having a hard time deciding between Song School Latin or Song school Spanish. . . I guess winning would decide for me 🙂

  60. Credence says:

    My younger kids will probably take Latin classes in a few years, and I would love to give them a head start!

  61. Shannon says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! I’d love to use it with my son!

  62. Staci says:

    We are planning to use Singapore Math and I would LOVE to teach my kids Latin. My husband has learned it recently, so it would be ideal. Thank you!

  63. Jerilyn says:

    I would love to win! Looking at using ssl for my three sons next year

  64. Karyn says:

    We have been using the first volume & would love to win the second!!

  65. Salve! We also love SSL we just started it last week. Really so my rising Logic student could get a good introduction to Latin before moving to their more advanced product. In the meantime our Grammar students are getting a laid back, fun and effective introduction to Grammar. Your list of extra resources is wonderful! Blessings, Kyle

  66. We are currently using The Art of Argument with our 9th grader. I would love to have Song School Latin for my younger two to get started with earlier than me teen has. She is using something called Vocabulary Vine – Latin & Greek Roots right now.

  67. Cyndy says:

    We’ve been using Song School Latin 1 with just the workbook. I think I’d like to get more of the package with 2. You’ve peaked my interest. I’m going to check out the resources you mention.

  68. Teish says:

    We used Song School Spanish, and I’d love to try the Latin next!

  69. Monique LABARRE says:

    I would love to win this and get started with Latin. Thanks!

  70. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! I would love to win it–I have been saving for it for months!

  71. Kathy Gossen says:

    I am hoping to be soon! This would be a perfect start! I’ve heard great things about it.

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