We just arrived home from the local spelling bee. We had memorized
lists of words and tried to understand the rules of the words from
different language origins. On our porch that day was Greek
for Children. Now I understand the influence that the Greek
language has had on English!
My nine-year-old daughter absconded with the Greek Alphabet
Code Cracker. I had a difficult time removing it from her
hands to complete this review! My son, who is not fond of learning
foreign languages, asked why he didn't get the book. Needless
to say Greek Alphabet Code Cracker is now a must-have
in our house.
The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker has mysteries for the
children to solve. In the first lesson there are three Greek words
written in Greek imbedded in the mystery. The students have to
use the Greek alphabet to solve for the words. The book has the
upper and lowercase Greek letters, their names, and their sounds.
In unit 2 the book focuses on six Greek letters. There is an exercise
where the student matches the Greek letter to the English letter.
For example, my daughter matched "beta" to "b." There was also
a place to learn how to write the six letters. Then the students
match the three letter English words to Greek words.
Greek Alphabet Code Cracker has a diphthong and breathing
mark reference. It also has an answer key. The book comes with
a password to use the Web-based materials. We enjoyed listening
to the Greek alphabet song on the website.
Greek for Children Primer A is organized into units:
verbs, nouns, adjectives, imperfect tense verbs, future tense verbs,
case nouns, and prepositions. Each unit begins with a Bible verse
written in Greek and English. Then there is some instruction about
that part of speech. The children then look at a word in Greek
and write it in English. For nouns they also write the singular
and plural. Sometimes they need to write the nominative, genitive,
dative, and accusative.
Greek for Children Primer A is a great sequel to the Greek
Alphabet Code Cracker, although you don't have to use the Code
Cracker to benefit from Greek for Children Primer A.
It uses Koine Greek. For me it was a bit overwhelming. I knew
the capital letters in Greek but not the lowercase letters. Many
of the words are written in lowercase Greek. The children use
their code sheet to write out the word in written English. While
I was a bit overwhelmed, my three children were not. The youngest
is six years old, and she had no trouble keeping up with the
ten-year-old. After a few lessons, there is a quiz to take. The
children are encouraged to speak Greek often. I liked that it
listed verbs out in the first, second, and third person both
singular and plural. By the end of the book your children will
be translating Greek sentences into English, such as "The fruit
will be bad."
While I have wanted to introduce my children to Latin, which I
have studied, and Greek, which I know nothing about, I have been
very hesitant. I wonder if the books will be easy enough for my
children to understand but not so easy that they don't really learn
the language. For years I have stared at the Latin and Greek books
in the local bookstores. I have interviewed many homeschooling
parents about their choice of text. Greek Alphabet Code Cracker is
awesome! My nine-year-old uses it as an independent study book.
She was informing me of the sounds that the Greek letters make.
She is enthusiastic about learning Greek. For moms like me who
didn't know where to begin, Greek Alphabet Code Cracker is
an excellent place for your children to start learning Greek. The
tagline for Classical Academic Press is "Classical Subjects Creatively
Taught." I would wholeheartedly agree. I would write more about
this great series of Greek books, but I would need to go and hunt
the books down!
I found that I needed one Greek Alphabet Code Cracker and
one Greek For Children Primer A per child. This is the
one series of textbooks that keeps disappearing from my teaching
table. It seems that each child wants his own copy! I wish all
foreign languages were this fun.