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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!)
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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.