Archive for the ‘Greek’ Category

Have Your Cake and Eat Pi Too

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Cupcakes of psi, pi and tria (3)

Mandi sure can bake.  Those are cupcakes with chocolate icing.  Isaac asked for an “alphabeta” cake for his birthday.  Isaac wanted a yellow cake instead of pumpkin cake, and Mandi offered white or chocolate icing.  Isaac chose chocolate.

The photo to the left has psi and pi on the top.  The bottom cupcake has “tria,” or the Greek word for “three” on it.  We had no idea Isaac would want Greek alphabeta cupcakes.  Isaac also helped Mandi put the ingredients in and counted with her while mixing them.

Children develop their own interests.  Isaac for now is interested in
helicopters and Greek letters.  I figure Why not? Not everyone agrees.  A couple of people on Facebook commented that his interest is weird.  The ironic thing is they spelled it “w-i-e-r-d.”  Any child-initiated opportunity for learning is a good thing.

A wise Chinese proverb says “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

Free Resource: Videos Teaching Greek, Latin and Other Ancient Languages

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

We were searching on YouTube for more “alphabeta” that Isaac wanted.  I ran across a YouTube channel by a gentleman named Kleber Kosta.  He teaches Greek (both modern and ancient) as well as Latin and a few others.  It is really interesting and very comprehensive.


Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We have been listening to the Song School Greek CD to see what it contained.  I thought Levi ignored most of it.  He came over and I pointed at each letter in the student book once or twice.  He looked at them and went back to playing.  So I continued to play the CD on our TV not really thinking much of it.

Levi kept playing with his blocks.  He stopped and brought two E blocks up to me.   In one hand was one of his Greek blocks (Epsilon) and in the other hand an English E block.  He held the English E block up and said, “Eh-eh-E, Daddy” and then with the other hand he held up the Greek Epsilon block up (looks like a capital E) and said, “Eh-eh-epsilon, Daddy.”  I was stunned.  I never thought he paid that much attention, let alone get some of it so quickly.  He was mad when I turned off the CD.  Kids are surprising sometimes as to what they are actually listening to and are learning.   I guess I had better watch what I say around them.

So you are teaching your kids Greek?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Levi playing with Greek blocks

Someone on Facebook asked if we are teaching our kids Greek.  I responded that yes, we are.  I previously discussed some of our reasons in the Isn’t Latin a dead language? post.

We will introduce Latin and Greek from Preschool age in the age appropriate form.  We are using Song School Latin and Greek for early learning.  We have gotten the kids Uncle Goose Greek Alphabet blocks. These blocks are simply to get the kids used to seeing the Greek alphabet.

In later years we will likely use either Classical Academic Press Greek for Children Primer or Memoria Press Latina Christiana.

From Plato to the New Testament, Greek has many works that cover various subject matter.  The twin classical languages being taught early in a fun way rather than pure rote memorization is an important goal for our children.

It will likely be easier for our kids to learn the languages with mastery than for us adults.  Its not just about teaching our children challenging subjects, but also doing it in a way that they find interesting.

Levi and Song School Greek DVD – First impressions

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Levi watching Song School Greek DVD

We received Song School Greek, Teacher’s Edition on Saturday.  This is published by Classical Academic Press.    We opened and started looking through it.  The teacher’s edition does not include the music CD.  You need to get the student edition for that.  We are ordering that as well and will have a post on that as well in the near future.

Song School Greek, Teacher Edition is targeted towards parents who know little or nothing of Greek.  The song school products are designed for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  Since Levi is strong in language, we decided to try it for preschool.  Even though the DVD is geared towards teaching parents, Levi still enjoyed the alphabet (or alphabeta), especially when it was as a song.  Isaac even paid attention to it.

The curriculum covers both traditional/koine (New Testament era) and modern pronunciations.  It advises teaching one pronunciation or the other.  We will be teaching traditional pronunciation.  It is designed towards being fun for the age group, but straightforward and comprehensive.  The content is not “dumbed down” in any way.  The DVD also includes a chapter-by-chapter section to assist parents with teaching each chapter of the book.  I look forward to probably needing that assistance.

My initial impression of the Song School Greek, Teacher’s Edition is very positive.  The price is very reasonable, and it is well-targeted to those who (like me) think gyros when hearing “Greek.”  We will post more about it as we begin using this product to introduce Greek to our children.

Why Classical? – An introduction

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

There are many schools of thought on homeschool methods and curriculum.  Mandi and I are choosing to follow a modified classical model of teaching.  This post is the first in a series which will explore the reasons why we chose the classical method.  Both of us will share our perspectives on the issue and some of the history behind this decision.  First, we thought we should provide a brief overview of the method.

The book and web site The Well-Trained Mind is our guide on the method.  The model itself hails back to the time of Socrates.  For K – 12 education this is often called the trivium because it proceeds through three stages.  Each subject can be taught using this method.

The three stages include:

  • Grammar – Learn the facts of a subject.
  • Dialectic or Logic – Learn the logic or lack of logic in relation to the facts.
  • Rhetoric - Learn to express a coherent viewpoint based on logic and the facts.


These stages are roughly applied at the following “grade levels:”

  • Grammar: PS/K – 4
    Roman Colosseum By: Jimmy Walker
  • Dialectic or Logic: 5 – 8
  • Rhetoric: 9 – 12


Your mileage may vary so to speak.  Children develop at different rates.  Some children may go faster and others slower.  This one of the benefits to homeschooling, that children can learn at their own pace.

Subjects are not taught as separate items, but as interrelated as they truly are.  This allows connections to be made across various disciplines. Another unique distinction is the entirety of human history is taught three times once during each stage.  The final significant difference is the teaching of the classical languages of Latin and sometimes Greek.

We will go into more detail about the classical method and how we apply it in future articles.