Teach Me Some Greek

Yes, we teach our children Greek, and you know what? They LOVE it.

A couple of days ago Matthew (11) brought his copy work to me. He giggled as he told me how he tries to think in Greek in order to become more fluent and then he revealed the copy work page where he had written “ho kurios” (bummed that I don’t have a single Greek letter on this keyboard)  instead of “the Lord” on his copy work page.

We chose Koine Greek for several reasons including vocabulary development and as a good basis for learning other European languages, but the mainly because we hope that they will all find it useful to be able to read and study the New Testament in its original language.

What is “Hey Andrew”

We’ve been using Hey Andrew, Teach Me some Greek for nearly 2 years and our children love it. This is a workbook style program that has eight levels and aims at having the child be able to translate First, Second and Third John by the time they’ve worked through all the books.

We’ve found that the work texts are self-teaching and our children have been able to work through them independently.

Each “Hey Andrew” text begins with review of the Greek alphabet, vocabulary words and the grammar that has been learned previously. Then vocabulary and new concepts are introduced with plenty of review and practice at translating both from Greek to English and from English to Greek.

The texts are well organized, easy and fun for the children to use.

Level 2 Vocabulary Review

It seems that the author has thought of everything even down to font size. In level 1 the font size is large making is simple for children to read and practice their Greek writing. As the difficulty increases throughout the levels so does the font size.

There is one particular aspect of  the “Hey Andrew” approach that allows children to succeed in a subject that can be rather daunting.

Rather than starting with Greek grammar; conjugations and declensions, the first levels of “Hey Andrew” teach different forms of words as vocabulary. For example in level two, the kids learn that “anthropos” means “man” when used at the beginning of a sentence and “anthropon” means “man” when used at the end of the sentence. It is only later that they learn that “-os” is the second declension, nominative ending for masculine nouns. This allows the children to understand how the language works before having to learn the technical aspects of Greek grammar.

This is closer to the way we learn our primary language and it’s made good sense to our children and they’ve progressed quickly even when they did dive into the technical grammar portion of Greek in Levels four and five.

How we use “Hey Andrew”

We have adapted the program to suit our home. In the beginning levels “Hey Andrew” is simple and moves slowly. Rather than allow our children to rush through these pages we allow them to do only one page a day. This allows them to really learn the vocabulary and concepts that are introduced and since they must go through their Greek flashcards every day, gives them more opportunity for review and helps move these things into their long term memory.

Level 5 Translation Practice

Because our goal is fluency in Koine Greek, it is one of the subjects that our children do everyday year round, whether we are “doing school” or not. So since they move directly from one level to the next, we allow them to move quickly through the review portions. When they come to new material we have them move back to their one page a day pace until they’ve shown proficiency and wisdom in knowing how quickly they can move and still gain a good understanding of the material and remember the new vocabulary.

Can you really teach your children Greek even if you don’t know it yourself? Yes, this program makes it simple.

Buy it.

You may purchase ” Hey Andrew” from Greek ‘n’ Stuff for between $30 and $60 depending upon the level for both a student and teacher text.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Deborah who won a level of “Hey Andrew”.

Win it.

Greek ‘n’ Stuff has offered to give away one complete level of “Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek”. This will include both a student work text and full version answer key in the level of your choice. (Trust me, you want the full version answer key!)

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me why you’re interested in teaching your children Greek.

Additional entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.)

Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway will end on Thursday, April 14.

I was given a copy of “Hey Andrew” level 5 to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated and all opinions are my own.

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231 Responses to Teach Me Some Greek
  1. Gwenyth
    April 11, 2011 | 10:58 pm

    I would love to learn Greek along with my children to increase our Biblical ‘literacy’ as a family and enhance Bible study too.

  2. Ella
    April 12, 2011 | 8:51 am

    I would like my children to learn a language and Greek seems like a really worthwhile one to learn because they could study Scripture better.

  3. Karen
    April 12, 2011 | 9:26 am

    Compelling post. My teenage son wants to learn Greek and I want the whole family to learn Greek for deeper Bible study. We’re in a hurry. My children are all teenagers.

  4. Bekah Huet
    April 12, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    I studied some Koine Greek in college to help in my understanding of the New Testament. I would love to provide my kids with the same knowledge!

  5. michelle
    April 12, 2011 | 8:00 pm

    My son has been wanting to begin learning Greek and I have been looking into this program for all my children to start. It looks great!

  6. Tamara
    April 13, 2011 | 6:37 am

    I would love to help my children learn Greek in order to read the New Testament in its original language! I’ve studied Greek myself and I’m impressed with how this program makes it so accessible to kids!

  7. Penny
    April 13, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Thanks for the review. I have been looking into Greek so that my 13 year old son with autism can read Scripture as it was written rather than translated. He is so interested in it but I didn’t want to buy it if it didn’t work. Now, I know it works. :) Maybe I’ll win it instead of buying it which would be a huge blessing!

  8. Stephen Thompson
    April 13, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    My oldest daughter (9) loves to read the Bible and wants to learn Greek like Daddy learned at seminary. I’ve tried starting her with Mounce but she’s had a hard time getting started … this looks like a great, child friendly approach and I would be delighted to try it.

  9. Stephen Thompson
    April 13, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    I “liked” Raising Olives on Facebook too! :)

  10. Sandy
    April 13, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    Following Raising Olives on FB

  11. Melodee
    April 13, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    We want the children to study both Latin and Greek for vocabulary purposes.

  12. Janelle Knutson
    April 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    My oldest daughter (13)wants to learn Greek so she can read the Bible in its original translation. Been looking at different programs. Appreciated your review!

  13. Janelle Knutson
    April 13, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I “liked” on facebook too!

  14. Kelly Brumley
    April 13, 2011 | 7:07 pm

    I would love to teach my son Greek, he has been wanting to learn a foreign language and Greek would be useful as well as fun!

  15. Diane
    April 13, 2011 | 8:13 pm

    We currently use this program and love it. Originally we started because my daughter was fascinated with ancient Greece. We would love to win the third level.

  16. Tiffany
    April 13, 2011 | 10:27 pm

    To urge my children to grow deeper and deeper in their knowledge of God and to teach them a language that enables them to read God’s Word word for word.

  17. Dacia
    April 14, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Would love to learn Greek myself while teaching the kids – with the goal of understanding the New Testament in original as well! At what age do you start your kids? Or did I miss that in reading?

  18. Tami
    April 14, 2011 | 11:02 am

    We would love to win this program! I think you are exactly right re the value of learning NT Greek rather than Latin, and I would appreciate so much this “jump start”.

  19. abiga/karen
    April 14, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    Is this still open. I would love to win it for my grandies.

  20. Karen from CO
    April 14, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    I would love to teach my children Greek so that they can do work studies in New Testament passages. There is so much more we can understand when we know what the original words were meant to say!

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  21. Amber
    April 14, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    We’d like our children to learn Greek so they can read God’s word in the original language for better understanding, and enjoyment of nuances that don’t come through in English. Additional benefits: the mental training resulting from the discipline of learning another language, help with understanding English as well, and potentially they could read other Greek authors in original language.

  22. Amber
    April 14, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    I already follow you on Facebook.

  23. Andie
    April 14, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    My daughter would like to learn Greek and this sounds like a great program! Do you buy each kid their own workbook? We have seven children….

  24. Rebecca R.
    April 14, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    My husband has been learning Greek at our church’s seminary, and has taught the alphabet to the two oldest of our 9 children. He has been saying that he would love for them to be able to learn Greek in order to be better equipped for Bible study. These sounds great!

  25. Cindy
    April 14, 2011 | 8:37 pm

    I’m interested because my almost-4 year-old is really interested in languages. He makes them up. He loves to sing in Spanish. Maybe I have a budding linguist here!

  26. Cindy
    April 14, 2011 | 8:38 pm

    I follow on FB: Cindy Dyer

  27. Beth
    April 14, 2011 | 11:17 pm

    Hope I’m not too late! Thanks for the chance!

  28. Beth T.
    April 14, 2011 | 11:30 pm

    My daughter who is only in the first grade actually told me she wants to learn Greek…kind of blew me away. (she became interested from part of the MFW first grade curriculum). So needless to say, we would be thrilled to win this free curriculum!

  29. Amanda
    April 15, 2011 | 2:10 am

    I would love to learn Greek, and my son, who’s 3, has been picking up some basic spanish so why not throw in some Greek too!
    I’ve also thought it would be great to be able to go back and read some of the scripture in Greek,