Just got Minimus this morning! It does look really good. Its a very gentle introduction to Latin, IMO, which was what I was after. I would say, for anyone moving onto Minimus after anything else before...it is VERY basic for a 7 year old.
There are three things I really like about it. First, it is exactly right in terms of interest for my kids. Its very home-based, family based. The stories are very gentle. For anyone unfamiliar with the Cambridge Latin Course...the first series ends in carnage when Vesuvius erupts, and actually its quite emotional (insofar as first year Latin can be ;-) ). Its also a bit unexpected, it goes from happy tales of gamboling in the garden to nuclearesq holocaust. Which would, I think, be a bit much for mine at this age.
Second, it integrates the history really well, much better than the CLC (to be fair, I think the CLC is meant to run alongside class civ lessons)
Finally-and this is specifically great for me-its set in Britain, not that far from where my extended family live. So we have potential to actually go and see vinodolana!
Have had a look at song school also and did like the look of it. I think they have some great resources for when things get a bit more serious. My concern with it was that it didn't seem so rooted in history. Is this fair, do you think?