I started a formal Latin study with my 8 yo son so I purchased this to give a gentle introduction to Latin to my 6 yo daughter. She loves the monkey in the book and really enjoys the songs on the CD. It has also worked well to review the Latin words and pronunciations with my son. Both kids love to sing along with the songs on the CD. It is working for my goal of sparking interest in Latin studies for my daughter.
We only just started this, but my young children (3 and 5) are already using the Latin words they've learned from listening to the CD in the car. The songs are fun and catchy and my sons beg me to "turn on Latin!"
Okay, if you're reading this review, chances are you're as geeky as I am, and wanting to start your young ones out on Latin. You may, like me, even be enough of a language freak to have studied some Latin in the past, and you want to make sure your kids get the real deal, not some poofy song and dance thing. I reviewed Latin programs for almost 2 years before I decided my kids were ready to start one. I passed on Song School Latin over and over because I thought it would be useless fluff (okay, the dancing monkey kind of threw me off, but Mom always said, don't judge a book....). I had decided to move into Latin For Children because I really like the enjoyable ways they have of presenting Latin to young people. I mean, let's face it, you can find someone to converse in most languages that you learn, but you can't exactly Skype Marc Antony for your Latin practice, so the creative ways of reinforcing the learning really appealed to me. Song School Latin is the primer for the series. It would actually make a great primer for young children regardless of which program you end up going with. I bought it for my Kindergartner and first grader, and they absolutely love working on it. The songs are actually catchy and pleasant and we really enjoy them. You will NOT want to rip your ears off after listening to it, unlike a certain Spanish audio Cd I've checked out. Over all, I'd say if you have any kids under about 8 that you would like to introduce to Latin, don't even consider buying the "real" program without starting here. It is well worth your time. If you have a language background (particularly in Latin) you can probably get away without buying the Teacher's guide, but there are some exercises in there that are not in the student book.