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  1. My 7 year old asked me yesterday if he could please learn Greek. We talked about the differences between Greek and English and his reasons for wanting to learn and I'd like to give him some exposure so he can decide if it fits for him or not. Ideas for Greek curriculum for a grade 2 student who loves learning and tends to pick things up fairly quickly?. His Dad or I would be learning alongside him as neither of us have any prior Greek experience.
  2. My 7 year old asked me yesterday if be could please learn Greek. We talked about the differences between Greek and English and his reasons for wanting to learn and I'd like to give him some exposure so he can decide if it fits for him or not. Ideas for Greek curriculum for a grade 2 student who loves learning and tends to pick things up fairly quickly. His Dad or I would be learning alongside him as neither of us have any prior Greek experience.
  3. Has anyone tried this yet? My son has been wanting to take Classical Greek, but the time zone difference with Lukeion just didn't work out. I'm wondering if this would be a good alternative. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/greek-101-learning-an-ancient-language.html
  4. So, my eldest, if I don't send her to a brick-n-mortar high school next year (as she's driving all of us crazy), wants to add Greek to her list of languages. She will NOT have the time for a full on high school level Greek course & I'm not interested in outsourcing to an online class at this time (again, lack of time). What are your recommendations for a kid who will only have time to spend 15 minutes a day learning Greek as a fun (!?!) addition to her day? She's already doing Latin & Spanish. We're adding either French or Italian starting this summer, completely at her request (and with me protesting the whole way). I have NO background in Greek - so I'm completely lost on the Koine vs. Attic vs. Modern Greek debate. So, let me know what makes sense. Reading stuff in their original language is not a goal of hers (at least at this point), but if she wants to continue her study in college, I should probably start her with something that will be useful. Does it make sense to start with something like Elementary Greek or Greek for Children? Could she do Athenaze on her own? Something else? Help!
  5. We started Athenaze 1 in January. So far so good, but I would like to have a schedule/planning how to relate the workbook to the textbook. I can make my own, but if it is already done, the better. Does anyone knows an already existing schedule / checklist for the Athenaze books? TIA!
  6. I'd like some advice from the Hive Mind. We started HSing in August, switched to a private school in November (long story), and I'm pulling her out in the next two weeks. During all this time, she's been obsessed with Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. My poor, beleaguered husband, who is the designated bedtime reader, pretty much has D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths and D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths memorized at this point. He's also read to her: Padraic Colum's The Children of Odin, Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William Russell, Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber, Asgard Stories Tales from Norse Mythology by Cummings, Mabel H. and Foster, Mary H. The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by Sir James Knowles (not a hit) While I'm pleased she's so into mythology, it's a little disconcerting. My mother (who lives with us), was talking about Vikings, and so I mentioned that the Vikings are the Norsemen, and she was puzzled. :huh: Clearly, I need to do some context with her, so I thought that this spring would be a great opportunity to use some history and geography for background on the stories. I'm just a leeetle unsure how to go about it. I thought perhaps that we should at least do some maps, because she likes maps, I like maps, and we have maps on the wall. She's kind of familiar with the world map already. I bought Dover's Around the World Coloring Book for her, as well as Dover's Greek and Roman gods coloring books. I'm tempted to start SOTW Ancient Times, but I'm not entirely sure that's really where I want to go. I just don't want her to end up like the gifted, PS 4th grader I met this winter, who had no idea what a continent was. :thumbdown: Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?
  7. My son has chosen to study Greek next year. Languages are not my strongest subject, so I am hoping some of you other fabulous homeschooling parents out there can help me a bit. Is Ancient Greek a foundational language for any other foreign languages? I understand it's foundation in English, but the language goes through the transformations of Latin first. Is it the direct predecessor of any other languages? Does learning modern Greek lend itself to learning any other languages (in the same way Spanish helps learn Italian, Chinese and Japanese lend themselves to learning each other)? Lastly, any good curriculums out there for modern or ancient? I have heard Athenaze is very comprehensive, but then also heard it is difficult because the curriculum jumps and is muddled. This is not his first language, and he prefers a grammar based approach over narratives. Any thoughts, whether I have asked the right questions or not, would be very helpful. Thanks!
  8. My son has always been into languages and we are doing well with Latin and Spanish. The deal was he could add another language next year. He has chosen Greek, but then decided (with no research, in like 15 seconds) that he wanted to learn modern instead of ancient. After perusing the Internet, my search for direct information has come up a bit lacking. I realize they are pronounced differently, and the modern version is simplified in its vowels, accent/breath marks, and declinations have been combined. However, it is a spoken language. A "dead" language isn't a problem. I chose Latin for my son because of his direct interest in languages and the foundational part it has played in the Romance languages. It was a building block leading to Spanish and many other Romance Languages, as well as English. Is Ancient Greek foundational in any other languages in the same was Latin is to the Romance Languages? The foundations of English did begin in Greek, but then passed through Latin. Less than 10% actually come directly from Greek. Is it in this way that Ancient Greek is foundational in its structure or vocabulary? Any info from veterans out there would be great. Thanks!
  9. The complete three-year course is available now for only $80! This is a great deal, if you're interested in teaching your children Koine Greek. http://opentexture.com/products/greek/default.aspx
  10. My dd8 really enjoyed Prima Latina this year, though she struggled with keeping up with the vocabulary. As much as she wants to move on in Latin, she really is not ready for LC. She finds worksheets really difficult. I was looking at possibly buying the Word Roots software from the Critical Thinking Company. Has anyone used this? Is it stand alone? Or is it a supplement to the Word Roots program? Is it more of a game, or more of digital worksheet? Any experience with the program, or suggestions for other software would be greatly appreciated.
  11. Planning for the future, but I sat down with DH the other night to talk things over and set a direction. I'd always assumed we'd teach Latin at least, and maybe also Greek. I see it as an asset when understanding language roots (English, as well as others), spelling, and vocabulary/etymology. DH (who was a Classics major at university...go figure) does not. He thinks it's a waste of time. Help me change his mind? :)
  12. My daughter wants to teach herself Ancient Greek or Koine Greek (is that the Biblical Greek ?). I have N O clue where to begin. Does anyone have any suggestions? She would need a program that she could use on her own. I'm looking at the Hey Andrew series, but it seems like we would have to buy a new level every month. Thank-you for any advice!
  13. I have been working with Greek to GCSE on my own, but it has no answer key. I'm still in the first chapter and I think I know how to translate these sentences, but I'm not sure I'm doing it correctly. Can anyone help me out so I know if I've got it right? Ό στρατηγος βουλην ούκ έχει. Ό θεος την τιμην έχει.
  14. I've heard a lot of good things about GP Greek. Their samples are slim on the samples though as most of what you get it intro pages (they should rethink this). They currently have Classical Greek for Beginners, but in Nov will be coming out with So You Really Want to Learn Greek and wondering if I should hold off until that comes out as it will likely be similar to the Latin version which we will be using. I like the style of the Latin book and think Indy will find it engaging. For those who have used CGfB, are there pronunciation guides or do you really need the CD?
  15. Who has used Galore Park's Greek program, Classical Greek for Beginners, and what are your thoughts on it? Is it appropriate for a 5th grader? I'm planning on gently starting dd10 on Greek in the fall. She wanted to start it this year for 4th but I wanted to wait in order to get another good year of Latin under her belt. I would like to eventually move her into Athenaze and our long-term goal is Attic rather than Koine (although facility with Koine would be a wonderful benefit) so I've been eyeing Galore Park's program, Classical Greek for Beginners. I really like the look of Elementary Greek but I wonder how much of a problem it would be to use EG, a Koine program, for maybe two years and then move into Athenaze? Otherwise, I'm thinking we'll do Greek Code Cracker and CGfB this year and then start Athenaze slowly in 6th. Thoughts?
  16. Last year my son completed EG 3 and then his teacher did extra work with him on grammar and translation. I don't know what resource she used for this. This year he began Athenaze. Athenaze is 16 chapters, and he will complete through chapter 10 by the end of the year. How much high school credit would you assign for these?
  17. Is there a reason we should NOT study Greek before Latin? I have never taken Latin but I did have a year of Greek in school so I'm familiar with the alphabet. I have Greek Code Cracker and it looks really fun. I'm considering starting my dd8 on Code Cracker and then move into Elementary Greek for 4G then add in Latin when I think she can handle it. It seems that most people do Latin first so, I'm wondering if the different alphabet is the only reason. Ideas????
  18. We're looking for flashcards for Classical Greek... How do people normally do this? the Greek word on the front and then on the back is how it would be written with our alphabet or is there just the definition? I found these on Amazon....but can't see what they are like.. Does anyone have any other suggestions or experience? I've searched old threads but they are mostly about Greek roots and I saw that someone had made their own cards, but I don't think I'm up for that... Thanks! Joan
  19. I have looked at a lot of the threads, but still felt I needed to make a post. Thanks for indulging me! :001_smile: I have a 13-yr old dd, going into 8th grade. She really wants to study Greek. She has studied a very little bit of Latin. (Currently, we're using GSWL, very gently. But, she's had exposure through a co-op to vocabulary, some roots, and Prima Latina work. A very little bit of Latin over a very many years.) Meanwhile, I really want her to work on Latin in order to continue to progress there and for all the obvious benefits. And then, add the Greek. The question is how much & when (and what). I was looking into Latin programs (and posted here re feedback - thank you!). I decided that for Latin, we have just too much on our plate (this year) to attack it in a way that I think it needs to be attacked (via online class) if you're serious. (She has a lot of extra-curricular going on this year that are great opportunities we can't pass up, but also leave less time for schooling. But, that's also why we home school. To have time for these other things!) At any rate, I realized that an online class w/ Wheelock (1st choice) is not the smart move for this year. But, the goal for the year after this one, when she's in 9th grade. SO, I decided to just keep up w/ GSWL this year (maybe add something else, if we have time, dabble online w/ Cambridge games, etc), keep it light, and let her start w/ Greek. (We're studying Greeks/Romans in history this year, and we'll get a LOT of exposure to the history/culture.) So, now the question is about Greek! Where would you start if you had an older child who wanted to learn Classic Greek (not modern or koine)? She has read up a bit and wants to start with Ancient Greek. (I understand the further back you go, the harder it is. Sigh. But, it's easier to go from Ancient to Koine vs the reverse?) I have seen references to Ancient, Classic and Attic Greek (and of course, Koine). I guess we're looking at one of the first three? We also need a gentle and independent-learning approach. DVDs/CDs would be fine, too. Just not time to keep up w/ an online class. (And, should involve very little help from me!) The plan after 8th grade (this coming year) is to go w/ online courses for Latin & Greek. Either 2 years of Latin (9th/10th) w/ online courses (Wheelock) and then 2 years of Greek (11th/12th) w/ online courses (Athenaeze). Or, start Latin in 9th and continue and add Greek in 10th. Depends on how well she does, how far she wants to go in each, and what the schedule looks like.(She has also studied Spanish w/ Rosetta Stone and will likely keep that up.) She does like languages. So, what advice would you have as to where to start this year (with Greek)? We have zero experience w/ Greek. I looked at Galore Park, Classical Greek for Beginners. It looked very doable, logical and well laid out. Has anyone used that? She has a sense of humor, so if there is something of quality that teaches to the student and covers the material well, and has a sense of humor, she'd love that. (Also, do you recommend Latin Prep from the same co? Could she do both, at her own pace for 8th grade? We could work on and finish out GSWL this summer, as one option.) Thanks so much for any seasoned advice! Oh, as for time spent per day, I'd say she has about 20-30 minutes per language per day this coming year, with her schedule; but that's on a good day. Perhaps it's safer to say she'd have about 1.5 hours per week to devote to each language. (And some of that might be car-schooling this year!) Thank you for helping!!! Dana PS I still need to talk w/ dd about "why" she wants to learn Greek. I know this will impact our course. She is VERY interested in Greek culture and Ancient History and this may be part of it. And, she insists she wants to learn Greek. No question there. (I know it's hard!) (She is fine learning Latin, too.) It is quite possible she might go into the Classics as a major. Hard to say. She is gifted with lots of "interests"... arts, music, science, literature....loves to travel and likes the idea of solving problems. :auto: Thanks again!:bigear:
  20. My children just completed their first year of Latin this past school year using Latin for Children A from Classical Academic Press. They loved it so much that they wish to start Greek in the fall! So, now I have TWO foreign languages to learn myself as I'm helping them to learn. I've browsed Latin curriculum on this board, on Amazon, on Ebay, etc., but I really haven't been able to look at enough pages/samples to decide which would be a good program for me to use this summer to get a jump start on these languages before we delve back into serious study this fall? Any recommendations from experts out there who have been there / done that? If it makes any difference, we are planning to continue with Classical Academic Press materials (for Latin and Greek) for the first level, and we are using traditional classical pronounciation of Latin. Not sure yet about any considerations for Greek pronounciation---maybe advice here too? Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post. Looking forward to hearing some great insights! Lisa
  21. Seeing how much more accepted the Swiss matu is than the high school diploma, I'm thinking ahead for my daughter... She could do the matu with Greek or Latin if she does the language track. She's already doing Eng, French and German. She seems to be good at languages, already speaking German with not much accent. But she doesn't like studying as much as her brother... I don't forsee being able to do both Greek and Latin, but am leaning towards Greek. Is this possible if she has not studied Latin? Are there any advantages of Greek over Latin? I want to start sooner, as in next school year, and will be returning to the US in May, so want to order the books now - thus the question for the hive... Any suggestions about the path (she'll be going into 8th grade next year)? Curriculum suggestions? Thank you! Joan
  22. I know some will think this is not acceptable for HS, but it is what we will be doing, so please keep the torches and pitchforks put away. My ds will cover his Latin requirements by learning to just read Latin: not writing in Latin or speaking it. My question is can he do this with just a book and a Latin Dictionary? He will start out with simple books written in Latin and slowly move to more advanced and some classics over two years. Along the way he is to keep a notebook of words and any form they take, also at first he will translate the simple books into his notebook. I know with other languages it is doable, just using a dictionary and a book, but can it be dome with Latin? Note: He will be learning a modern language for 2 years after Latin, so it is not the only language he will have for HS.
  23. Does anyone know of a program or website that will allow me to make Greek flashcards? I would prefer to type them out and print them instead of writing them by hand.
  24. DD is using Hey, Andrew 1 this year. It is just lowercase letters and sounds with 3 vocabulary words at the end. She is a strong reader (going into 2nd grade LA this fall), but will be not-quite-6, so still a short attention span and her hand gets tired with too much writing. Would you recommend continuing with Hey, Andrew 2? Song School Greek? Something else? I like the look of Elementary Greek, but it seems to move really, really fast, and I think it would be better for her to have a year of English grammar under her belt before starting that. My hope is to do one more year of just Greek and either Spanish or Mandarin (she's had a very basic intro to both this year due to unexpected opportunities). Then in 3rd grade add in Latin and 2nd semester 3rd or 4th add the other modern language. I'd love any suggestions/recommendations. Thanks!
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