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Friday, April 29, 2011

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! (a review)

I never thought my kiddos might think studying languages was a cool thing, but then Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! by Karen Mohs arrived on my doorstep, and suddenly they all wanted to learn the new “secret code,” lol!

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The kind folks at Greek 'n' Stuff sent us the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1 (A Biblical Greek Worktext) and Answer Key to try out in our homeschool. Level 1 is very basic and covers the Greek alphabet from alpha to omega (lowercase), plus a few Greek words for vocabulary practice. It is intended for about 1st grade and up.

The Worktext presents each letter, giving its name and the sound it makes. Exercises consist primarily of copying the letter (about every other page is essentially a copywork page) and various activities that involve identifying each letter by name and sound. There’s some matching, some dot-to-dot, some circling the correct letters from groups of letters and even within Greek words, and so on.

In the back of the book you will find flashcards to be removed and cut apart for daily practice. There’s even a reminder at the bottom of each page to go over flashcards (I like this, we need all the reminders we can get).

The Answers Only Answer Key is a booklet that contains the answers to the activities. There are other options available, including a Full Text Answer Key and a Quizzes/Exams book. You can view sample pages of Hey Andrew! here.

What did we think?

Mary (age 7) is enjoying using this 112 page consumable text, though her older brother, David (age 11), has been following along and making his own flashcards. Each new letter is clearly introduced with a clear diagram showing the correct way to form it, which I like. There are 4 pages for each letter: 2 copywork pages and then 2 activity pages.

The copywork pages are a bit dull, as they consist of nothing more than writing the same letter over and over again, line after line after line. But the activities are interesting and nicely varied. I found that rather than have Mary copy the letter so many times all at once, it worked better to have her do one line of the letter, in her very best handwriting, and then do one of the activity pages. The next day she might copy one line and then review her flashcards. And so on for a week.

But we very quickly found that this pace was too slow for her taste, so we settled on introducing 2 letters a week. Even so, it’s a very gentle introduction to the Greek alphabet, taking no more than about 15 minutes or so a day. For extra practice, Greek ‘n’ Stuff does have downloadable Biblical Greek Alphabet Practice Pages available for purchase as well.

I’ve found the Answers Only Answer Key to be somewhat superfluous. The activities are simple enough that I can figure out the correct answers (provided I’m willing to learn the Greek;0), but it’s nice to be assured I’m not goofing it up.

Overall, we like it, and may look into purchasing Level 2 if we decide to continue studying Greek.

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1 Worktext is available from Greek ‘n’ Stuff for $14.95.

For pricing on answer keys, bundles, optional extras and other levels, please visit the Greek ‘n’ Stuff website.

For reviews on other products available from Greek ‘n’ Stuff, including Latin’s Not So Tough!, other levels of Hey, Andrew! and more, please visit the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclosure: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1 Worktext and the Answers Only Answer Key free of charge in order to review it. I received no compensation. The opinions reflected in this review are my own and I was in no way obligated to write a positive review.

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