Thursday, December 5, 2013

Things I Bind: Song School Latin Coloring Pages

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We've been using (and loving!) Song School Latin this year.  You can read my review of it at The Curriculum Choice if you would like.  Classical Academic Press offers free coloring pages to go along with each vocab word that is introduced, which my kids really like.  It is a nice activity for them to do while they are listening to the song that goes with the page.

For a while, we had been hanging the coloring pages on a cork board so the kids could see them and review throughout the day.  With about four pages per lesson, the pages began to fill the board and creep onto the wall around it.  Soon, Song School Latin was taking over our wall!  Honestly, I didn't really mind because the kids loved looking at them and it really did help them review, but at some point enough is enough =)

This was after I had already taken a bunch down!

Then I got the great idea to use my favorite new tool, my Spiral Binding System to make all the pages into a book!  (You can read my New Favorite Tool review and see videos of it in use if you'd like.)

Now the kids can flip through the book anytime they would like, and we also go through it at the beginning of each lesson.  I love that it keeps all the sheets together, and the kids love seeing the pages that they colored.  Most coloring pages end up in the trash, but these are really great to keep for review, so this is a great, permanent way to preserve them!

Do you use Song School Latin?  What do you do with all the coloring pages?

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    1. What do you normally do? I'm a big coloring-page-thrower-outer, but I can't bear to throw these out!

  2. I printed them all so that there were four color pages on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and then had them cut up. When that was done I wrote the translation on the back and laminated them so now I have flashcards! We use them frequently, but not every word in the book has a corresponding color page so we quiz those strictly orally.

    If I had it to do all over again, I would print them on cardstock instead of laminating them. And I would've let the kids color them so they could "own" some of the process too.

    1. Woah! That's a great idea! I think your flashcard idea along with using them as coloring pages would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, I LOVE SSL!! I hadn't thought about binding the pages when my big kids went through it, and my littles are *just* getting to where we can use it again. I was going to order it next week, in fact, for them. I'm so glad you thought of this!

  4. Oh, I LOVE SSL! I didn't do anything with the pages when my big kids went through it, and now my littles are *just* getting to where they can do it. I was going to order it next week, as a matter of fact. I'm SO glad you thought of this!!

  5. Our walls were getting taken over, too! But I turned them into flashcards instead...

  6. Ooo! That's a good idea. Did you scan them and shrink them after your kids colored them, or just print them smaller to begin with?

  7. We put our in a binder and made our own Latin dictionary. (That's growing as we go through SSL2...)


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