My youngest is learning Greek with Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 Set by Greek ‘n’ Stuff. It will give her a good start to learning how to read the Bible in Greek, because it teaches the koiné (biblical) form of Greek. In fact, Greek ‘n’ Stuff recommends that while your child is using their Level 3 book, they also begin using a Greek Interlinear New Testament, beginning with the gospel of John, to help practice and put to use what she/he is learning. (Other Homeschool Review Crew members reviewed other books by Greek ‘n’ Stuff… Click HERE to check them out!)
My older two kids have studied Greek and Latin morphemes, so they have a small sense of them both and how they relate to our current language. My youngest has never studied either, so this is all brand new to her! The only other language she has learned at all is Spanish, but of course, the letters look the same as ours. Which is okay, because the books starts off with a review of the Greek alphabet.
Which Greek ‘n’ Stuff book should I get?
I want to first start by saying the Level 2 book is intended for kids in grades 2 to 4. Older students and adults are encouraged to start with the Level 3 book.
Since my daughter has never learned any Greek and she is in 4th grade this year, the Level 2 is perfect for her.
If you have a younger child (younger than 2nd grade), I would recommend their Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek – The Reader and/or Level 1 books.
That being said, I highly recommend you check out their Frequently Asked Questions page. There is SO MUCH information there regarding the levels, the type of instruction, and so on. If you are interested in Greek ‘n’ Stuff for your older children, at the end of the FAQ page is information on assigning high school credit.
For the purposes of this review, I received the Level 2 workbook, the Level 2 “Answers Only” answer key, and the Pronunciation CD.
They also have an answer key that has the full text with answers. I’m happy with having received the “Answers Only” book. I have so many books and running out of room to put them, so it’s nice to have a smaller book!
What’s in it?
The Level 2 book begins with a review of the Greek alphabet. Although, like I said before, my daughter has never studied Greek, so it wasn’t a review for her. That was not a problem though. It is definitely taught it a way that can be used by first time Greek students or as a review.
She started with a bang on Lesson 1 by learning alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet. It taught her how to write the letter, how to say the letter, and finally what the letter sounds like. For example, alpha is pronounced “al-fa” and it sounds like the a in “father”.
In each lesson, your child will add to her flashcard set. The flashcards are an integral part of the learning process. They are in the back of the workbook. In the beginning of the book, it suggests you either copy them onto index cards, or glue them onto index cards. My daughter still loves to cut and paste, so that is the way we went. :) (You can also buy the flashcards premade and on a ring if that works better for you.)
By the end of the book, your child will have learned all of the Greek alphabet, six nouns, four verbs, and a conjunction. This will prepare them for the Level 3 book.
There are 30 lessons in the book. That being said, your child will progress at his/her own pace. Do not feel as if you have to finish a lesson a week. Your child may get through the material faster and be able to move on to Level 3, or she may take the entire year to finish this level. Either way is fine, because the goal is not speed! The goal here is mastery!
There are 8 total levels in the Hey Andrew! series. By the end of the series, your child will have learned everything he/she needs to know to be able to read Greek. And, maybe even pick up a Greek Bible and translate it!