Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! - Level 3 Set REVIEW

Hey, Andrew!Teach Me Some Greek!

I was so excited when I saw that we were going to have the opportunity to review Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! - Level 3 Set from Greek 'n' Stuff.  I have had my eye on this curriculum for a long time, but knew that my struggling learner just wasn't ready for it yet.  He is entering the 8th grade and I figured now would be as good a time as any to give it a try!

We received the Worktext and Answer Key for Level 3 and also the Pronunciation CD for Levels 3 and 4.  The Worktext is a consumable workbook for the student to use.  If you have more than one student they will each need their own Worktext.  The flashcards that are to be used daily are in the back of the Worktext.  I cut ours out and laminated them so they would last.  The Answer Key is basically a copy of the Worktext with all the answers filled in.  It also has a nice suggested Schedule of Lessons.  There is also an Appendix in the Answer Key that has a quite a bit of information including Glossaries for Greek - English and English - Greek words, the Greek Alphabet (24 letters), punctuation, breathing marks, and word order just to name a few.  The last two items in the Appendix are an Index and Flashcard Tips. The Pronunciation CD has the Greek Alphabet Song and pronunciations for all the words in the Worktext. The CD also has a key that tells you what page in the worktext goes with the pronunciation on the CD.

CD key

There are a total of 36 lessons and it is recommended that you complete about a page a day, which amounts to about a lesson per week.  A typical lesson takes 20 minutes or less depending on how slowly they write and how much time they take to review the flashcards.  This would actually give you a full year plus some summer school to complete if you did not complete some extra lessons along the way.  Students who have had Greek in the past or who learn languages quickly may proceed at a quicker pace.  The page a day/lesson per week has worked pretty well for my guy.  We are a little behind because he went a little slower in the beginning to try to learn all the letters of the alphabet well.  He didn't feel confident to move on before he had a better grasp of the letters.

Even though we have had no previous Greek experience, it was recommended that 4th grade and above begin in Level 3.  I can understand that after seeing the worktext because it reviews the alphabet and teaches from a standpoint that the student has had no prior Greek study.  Please be aware that the Greek taught here is Biblical Greek (Koine), not that which is currently spoken in Greece right now.  It is the language that the New Testament was written in and is taught using that form of Greek.

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Sample Lesson page

A typical lesson, once you get past the alphabet review lessons, consists of a word introduction, pronunciation of word (you would also use the CD for this), then you practice writing the word, next you generally complete a matching exercise, additional practice with the word, a reminder to practice your daily flashcards, and finally a page allowing you to write the word 16 more times. This helps to solidify the spelling of the word in your mind.  There are practice pages continually throughout the lessons.

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Sample Practice page

I am so glad we had the opportunity to review this.  I definitely recommend Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! - Level 3 if you have ever considered learning some Koine Greek in order to better understand scripture from the New Testament.  We will definitely be continuing this into our school year and hope to have it completed by next summer.  There is a copywork copy book available for the Gospel of John and that might be something we consider in the future too!

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