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Greek Studies

During this past year, my daughter AppleBlossom (nearly eight-year-old working on a generally third-grade level) has been studying Greek. Ancient Greece as it meets with the New Testament, Greek Myths as they relate to story telling and a Classical history and education. Now, as her course on New Testament, Greece, and Rome history comes to an end we are adding in the study of the Greek language (specifically Biblical or Koine Greek). She will continue her in depth studies of Greek Myths for the next year as we continue with the Greek Language (in addition to our studies of the Latin Language).

In our journey of a Classical Christian Education, I have had the desire to try different Greek Language products to see where we want to go. It started with Veritas Press high school recommendation and my fondness of Zondervan Publishers with the Basics of Biblical Greek. While it will be years before my students are ready for this level, coming out of my Bachelor of Arts education with a Religious Studies degree I felt that I might be able to jump in to it with a little primer first.

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The Basics of Biblical Greek set consists of many different pieces. Starting with a durable hardcover 8×11″ grammar textbook, followed with a consumable 8×11″ workbook. There is also a heavy duty, laminated, hole punched, 4-page study guide, Vocabulary CD, Lessons DVD, and a plethora of flash cards. I believe you can also buy each of these elements individually as well.

I find myself thoroughly impressed with the durability of these materials. I definitely believe they would last the year or two coming in and out of a backpack in heavy use for a student. The study guide is awesome and worth it even if you are using a different Greek language program, but for a high school level, I am heavily leaning toward a recommendation of the Biblical Greek materials. Later this year, it appears that this same author/publisher is releasing a new program Greek for the Rest of Us. I haven’t seen that program yet, but it also intrigues me!

One of the things that I love about the Basics of Biblical Greek is the depth and history included. For instance, the first chapter is a history on The Greek Language. This type of context really brings it all together.

Backing up…

My Kindergartener, almost 1st Grade student, Princess, is working on Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1. This is the most basic of the programs I have picked up so far and goes at a gentle pace teaching only the Greek alphabet. Her older sister, a 3rd Grade student, AppleBlossom, is working on Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 2. One lesson teaches two alphabet letters and contains review, and continues this way until about lesson 7. While it starts out gently, as well, around Lesson 7 (of 30) jumps into starting word translations of many letters. There is a lot of review, but it does get challenging at a quick pace. So far, we are trekking along and enjoying our time. My daughter’s copy of Level 2 and a key is a review product set with my review for the Homeschool Review Crew, while I went and purchased my copies of Level 1 set, my workbook for Level 2 and test booklet, and Level 3 set for our future studies, because I am that fond of the program thus far. Each of these three levels includes a decent elementary size font with a midline for letter formation guidance.

While if you follow the Veritas Press trek, your first introduction to Greek will be as a language option in the high school Rhetoric grade levels. However, if you adhere to the structure of the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum, Greek is recommended much earlier in a 4th-grade Logic academic level.

Related: Make sure to note my backlist reviews for Memoria Press: Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, First Start Reading, Second Grade, Greek Myths, Iliad & Odyssey, and Ancient Romans.

Studying Greek with Memoria Press

The path laid out for Memoria Press starts in seventh grade, yet, they also have recommendations for those starting earlier. The first course recommended is The Greek Alphabet. This is a Teacher Guide and Workbook written by Memoria Press teacher Cheryl Lowe, the author of Memoria Press’ well-known Latin curricula. While per written to the age of a student, one could begin The Greek Alphabet in third grade. Memoria Press’ earlier Greek language path starts in fourth grade. In the long term plan, this is followed by three years of Open Texture’s Elementary Greek which has been adopted and is in the process of being rebranded to Memoria Press. Then in eighth grade to path continues to First Form Greek by Cheryl Lowe and then they recommend two years with A Primer of Biblical Greek by N. Clayton Croy. (I have no knowledge of this book or First Form Greek.) Their later start plan goes with The Greek Alphabet in seventh grade, followed by First Form Greek, and then A Primer of Biblical Greek.

Personally, I have been working through The Greek Alphabet following the Lesson Plans as designed by Memoria Press. I love their version of alpha, as it looks more like what I’ve seen of the Greek letter rather than just a cursive or D’Nealian “a”. In this text, I also love how it describes the sound the letter makes and brings in descriptions and examples such as…

The letter alpha is often used to designate the first in a series. For example, in astronomy the brightest star in a constellation is called the alpha star. Alpha is also used to describe high achieving personalities. An alpha person wants to achieve and be first.
Memoria Press, The Greek Alphabet

There is tracing, copying, and fill in the blanks from the descriptive information. Each lesson is one letter and review, however, it is so much more than just learning the alphabet. Unit 2, starting with Lesson 9 even begins spelling practice with the Greek letters and their letter names. The fonts used through out are attractive and the consumable workbook is perfect bound in typical excellent Memoria Press quality. The Teacher Key is identical to the Student Guide with the answers provided in-line. Lesson Plans show studies taking two days per week at a thirty-week goal with review days built in.

Since the adoption of Greek language lessons to the Memoria Press listing of courses, they have also created a set of Greek Alphabet Charts in both a desk and wall chart format. I have the desk charts and LOVE them! They are a lovely shade of green and provide all the information we need at a glance for the alphabet on one 8×11″ cardstock page. A second page contains more information that we will study eventually.

On my shelf, I also have the original Open Texture Elementary Greek Year One from before Memoria Press adopted their curricula and started rebranding and improving. I have flash cards, pronunciation CD, textbook, and a consumable workbook. The new set seems to have more books, tests, and keys. (My textbook does have a small print answer key in the end of the book.) From samples that I have looked at online, it appears that the textbook is the same as mine. Perhaps with the answer key removed to a separate book than from the end. The workbook also appears the same. I do not have any tests or quizzes, which now appear to be another book.

The lessons in this book are divided up into parts and easily make it good for days of the week, for instance, Lesson 1 includes 1.1-1.5. It is as early as in lesson 1.5 where students get to translate their first words! In Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! we are doing two letters in a lesson. In The Greek Alphabet, I am doing one letter in a lesson. In Elementary Greek, it is four letters in one lesson. This gets you to translating quickly! There are crossword puzzles, matching, fill in the blank exercises, and fun picture to word translation skill builders from the first week of lessons. After only sixteen letters, full word translation exercises begin. For example, beta-alpha-gamma = bag and mu-alpha-theta = math.

There is a midline for letter guidance, but the print is much smaller than what I found in Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! (Levels 1-3). In Elementary Greek, in later lessons, there are also word searches, translation, copywork, and even Bible verse translations. One could start in Elementary Greek without having taken a prior Greek alphabet course and there is a lot of built in review. It looks challenging, but looks very appealing to me! I enjoy the review and creative drill built in through out to keep it interesting and keep the learning flowing. The English derivatives will also be a very valuable tool for vocabulary study overall. I love the smaller hand-held size of the textbook. It makes it very nice for easy reading while learning a lesson, later to be met with the 8×11″ consumable workbook.

Studying Greek with Classical Academic Press…

A brand new book to our collection, that I forgot to include in my original Instagram post is a purchase I made at the request of my oldest daughter. She is working hard in Latin for Children A from Classical Academic Press and as we were upgrading our studies to their brand new full-color and story integrated living books version of Latin for Children A (again, at her request!) she begged me to buy their full-color consumable workbook known as the Greek Alphabet Code Cracker. Ownership of this book includes a password protected website access with a plethora of downloadable review and practice materials that made this mama squeal with educational delight!

This book is only eight chapters and can be completed in a matter of weeks in comparison to the other programs I’ve mentioned so far that are designed to be curricula for a full 30-weeks year long study. In this study, students add six letters to their alphabetic repertoire and thus will be prepared with the full alphabet in merely three lessons. Also, there is a Greek Alphabet Song! Classical Academic Press also continues their study with options in the format of lower grammar levels Song School Greek, much like their Song School Latin, and upper grammar grades of Greek for Children, much to the tone of their Latin for Children curricula.

Greek Alphabet Code Cracker is for grades 1 and up! Song School Greek is for grades 1-3. Greek for Children A is for 4th grade and up. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to let your older student dive in with the Greek Alphabet Code Cracker in its fun and lively atmosphere! I haven’t gotten my hands on Song School Greek or Greek for Children A, however, with my experience with Song School Latin and Latin for Children A… I am quite certain if I did I would recommend them also.

 

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

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