Friday, April 29, 2011

TOS Review: Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!

Does the thought of teaching your children a foreign language cause your hair to stand in attention? Well, if you're anything like me it does.  Boy was I nervous when I was assigned to review Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3.  I thought how could I teach a foreign language when I could barely learn one in college.  Seriously, the only reason I passed Spanish was by the grace of God and with the help of an incredibly generous classmate who helped me along the entire semester.  Thankfully teaching my kids wasn't as painful as I feared it would be.

Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! teaches the koine` (biblical) form of the Greek language.  To review Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3, I received the worktext book, the full text worktext answer key, and the pronunciation CD.  The worktext is a 180 page (36 lessons) consumable workbook with 170 pages of worksheets/practice pages and 10 pages of appendix.  There are also an additional 13 pages containing 78 different flashcards. I laminated the flashcards for durability.

Worktext sample

The (full text) worktext answer key is virtually a copy of the worktext, but with all the answers, in addition to an instructional break down for each lesson. 

Sample of teacher's instructional page

The pronunciation CD allows you to hear the Greek alphabet sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Tea Pot," as well as, all the pronunciation of the Greek words taught in levels three and four.   

There are 8 levels to the Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! series.  Each level builds on one another. For information on which level is best suited for your student and placement tests, please see FAQ.   

In Level 3 students begin by reviewing the alphabet and vocabulary that was introduced in Levels 1 and 2. Students then learn to build sentences such as, I see a brother, I see brothers, I see a man, I see men. As the lessons progress the sentences lengthen as well, An apostle and a servant know laws, You take gifts for brothers of men, etc.  Each lesson is broken down to teach whether words are plural or regular, what words are masculine and feminine, first person or second person, and more. 

I personally had a difficult time understanding the concepts taught.  I think I would have understood it better if there was an instructional CD or DVD that went along with each lesson.  My daughter has enjoyed learning the Greek sounds, alphabet, vocabulary words, and how to build sentences, but unfortunately I was not able to give her a firm grasp on the rule behind language.  Overall, she really likes the curriculum. She enjoys singing the alphabet and has a great time stumping her friends with what she's learned.      

Even though learning/teaching a foreign language is not on my list of strengths and I had difficulty teaching my daughter Greek the way it was intended; I still feel it is a great curriculum.  Many others have found it a breezy to teach and you may too.   

Here are sample pages for 

Greek 'n' Stuff also offer Latin and Bible Study curriculums.  To make a purchase for your classroom or as a gift for someone else, go to the Greek 'n' Stuff site.  

Be sure to stop by and read what my fellow TOS Crew members had to say about Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! and other curriculum Greek 'n' Stuff has to offer. 

I'm a crew member with The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and I received Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3 from Greek 'n' Stuff in exchange for my honest review.   

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