Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: Song School Latin


Do your children like learning with music?  Are you looking for a fun and simple Latin curriculum for geared toward ages 5 – 9?  Look not further……check out Song School Latin.  It is a gentle and delightful introduction to Latin!

I am not one to implement foreign language in our school day.  In fact, I did not consider using it until the girls were in junior high.  I have had the opportunity to review Classical Academic Press’ Song School Latin.  It has been a wonderful experience!

Overview of Song School LATIN:ssl_LRG

  • Designed for students grades K-3rd
  • Music CD with rhythms of Latin words paired with catchy melodies
  • Easy master and memorization
  • 31 weekly lessons
  • Teaches more than 100 vocabulary words – seasons, greeting words, family members, household items, pets, Christmas words, the body, weather, gardening, and much more!
  • Classical and Ecclesiastical pronunciations in both text and CD
  • Very gentle introduction to Latin grammar

Here is the table of contents for the program:


My thoughts:

My girls played the Latin Song CD everyday at the start of school. They absolutely LOVED the program.  The songs are fun and catchy for kids and parents alike.  They liked to be quizzed on the vocabulary words of the week.   

Mom’s thoughts:  The program was easy to implement in our school day.  The lessons are brief and simple for younger children.  We would do one lesson twice a week for about 20 minutes.  A typical lesson consisted of songs, vocabulary review, a worksheet page (handwriting or word match) and a few pictures to color.

I plan to complete the program this fall and buy the Monkey Match game cards to master the vocabulary!


The lessons are brief, only 3 to 4 pages a lesson.  Each lesson contains Latin vocabulary words, songs, illustrations, hand-writing practice, stories to help for easy mastery.  There are also extra activities pages in the teacher’s manual.  See samples lessons from the teacher’s manual here.  The website offers a Headventure Land game – it includes videos, games, and stories to help your child master Latin - check it out!

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View more Lessons from the Student Workbook here


sslbundle_MEDSong School Latin Bundle – includes Teacher’s Edition, Student Workbook with CD & Latin Monkey Flashcard Game (210 Latin cards) $64.95

Teacher’s Edition – $ 22.95 

Student’s Edition with CD – $ 22.95

Latin Monkey Match game – $24.95

More details on Song School here !


Be sure to view more curriculum offered by Classical Academic Press


th_TosCrewButton-125See what other TOS Crew mates had to say about Latin Song School here!

Disclaimer:  This product was given to me free of charge.  The opinions expressed in this review are mine.



Monday, March 28, 2011

Sketch Tuesday: Something with Claws


The girls are assigned a Sketch Tuesday theme of:

 Something With Claws

I thought they’d choose a tiger, bear or lion…. no.  They drew a bird.  Yes, birds have claws that are important to their livelihood but not what I’d consider ……grrrrrr claws.


Are you interested in your kids sketching each week?  Check out Barb’s blog – Harmony Art Mom



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Drop by 2 Ladybugs and a Lizard blog to check out more sketches.


Friday, March 25, 2011

MFW Adventures: Wk 29 & Family Fun


Our Adventures took us to Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, and Nebraska this week.  We learned about pioneer travels, the Hoover Dam, and Arbor Day.

Our favorite history Book Basket books:



  One of my favorite things about My Father’s World curriculum is their “Book Basket”  list in the teacher’s manual.  Each week, of our 34 weeks of lessons, has a list of anywhere from 10 – 20 books that I can chose from to enhance our studies.  I am blessed to live near some of the best libraries around.  

These are a few of our favorite books this week!


Science:  Our science this week was about Magnets.  The girls had so much fun that we did 2 weeks of lesson in one day!  The activities in the kit are so fun and amazing that your kids will be entertained for hours!

I bought this Magnet Kit from the MFW Adventures Deluxe Package.








The kit contains all the items you need to do about 20 magnet activities.

magTo add to our stud,y I got a DVD about Magnetism from the library.

It is geared toward kids in grades 5 – 8 but the girls and I were able to understand the concepts presented.  It is entertaining and informative.



Bible: Our memory verse this week was John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep, and my sheep know me.

We read through some of the Psalms of David.  David loved to write songs to God.  It was refreshing to hear him pour his heart out to the Lord. Check out Psalm 28, 15, 100 and 23 – they will lift you up!

HomeschoolHighlightsThat wraps up our week in Adventures – check out what other MFW families did this past week at A Heart Like Water.


It was a family fun filled week this week……..

Prairie Primer:  Our Little House co-op kids sang songs, played ‘one potato – two potato”, and hopscotch as Mary and Laura enjoyed in Little House in the Prairie.



We visited Grandma and the cousins.








The cat disrupted our school day…by shredding the paper towel roll and sleeping on it! He is so proud of himself.







…… bad bad cat…………………


The girls earned a trip to a local ‘Fun Place’ with a few friends.


And the winner of the “Fun Day” ends the afternoon on stage!



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review: ARTistic Pursuits


clip_image001[8]I was sent book 3 of grades K-3 ARTistic Pursuits book to review.  Art is not really my ‘thing’, so I have not been one to incorporate it into our homeschool on a regular basis.  Needless to say, I was not sure I would like this. 

ARTistic Pursuits is designed with the homeschool parent in mind.  The Elementary book I reviewed combines art history with hands-on art projects (check out a few projects we did below).

clip_image001My thoughts? I loved it!  I love the wide range of art mediums used and all of the options to choose from.  When I think of art, I mostly think of drawing or painting, but there is so much more.  This book looks at sculpting, painting, drawing, collage, crafting, and so much more!  It also incorporates art history. 

Another great aspect, I do not have to prepare a lesson - just gather a few arts supplies and kids.  I found that I had many of the art supplies already and what I didn’t have was easy to find.

How would I use the product? My girls loved the projects that we did.  I will be adding this to our homeschool once or twice a month.  I think it will challenge me to incorporate real art and artist into our studies.

Check out a few of Lessons! This is the biography page of the artist, Paul Gauguin, who spend some time carving wood. – Lesson 13

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The student lesson involved carving soap.  It was a lot of fun!



The finished product !


This is Lesson 21 – Art: A Reflection of Experiences

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Here the girls glued cotton string around a balloon.  Once it dried they really enjoyed gluing tissue paper inside it to make their own art.




Check out their books here!  

Would you like to see the lesson plans in more detail?  Click here

What else does ARTistic Pursuits have to offer? Their books are broken down into age ranges and topics appropriate for the skills for each age.  Check out all of their options on their website here.

Cost: For only $42.95 - your family can do 32 lessons – a year’s worth of art!  The book is non-consumable. They also offer an art supply kit to accompany each book that you can purchase, or just bargain shop around for your own supplies. 


See what others from the TOS Crew had to say about ARTistic Pursuits here!



Disclaimer:  This product was given to me free of charge for review purposes only.  The opinions expressed in this review are mine.

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