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Learn the Greek Alphabet!
April 5, 2017
Super duper small print!
Greek has always been a puzzle to me, a mystery that I didn't know how to decipher. Like any language that one attempts to learn in addition to one's native tongue, learning Greek starts with learning the letters--how to pronounce them, memorizing their shapes, and learning how to write them. The Greek Alphabetarion gives some vague directions on how to study the letters, but they are a little too vague for my liking. This is where the Hupogrammon comes in. I am very glad that the author wrote this second book with exercises for how to study the letters. This book is well formatted and easy to navigate. It walks the student through each letter and gives exercises which are simple and clear. Together the two books make a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but alone they just aren't the same.
If I were learning Greek, I would consider this curriculum. I have watched my husband teach two homeschooled high schoolers for the past two years. He began with the alphabet of the language he was teaching, which took them quite some time, because it was completely foreign to their English letters. So, I know that starting with the letters in this way is a good way to start with Greek. Once students have learned the letters, they can move into Bluedorn's Homeschool Greek 1 Curriculum. I am very glad they wrote this curriculum to build upon what is learned in this book and the Hupogrammon.
I would recommend this curriculum to middle and high school students. The workbook pages have large letters--so it would also be possible for a younger child to use the workbook if they have the propensity to do so. The formatting of both books make these books much easier to use than many books I've seen. The size of the font of a book can make a book daunting to a student if it is very small.
My only caveat is that you need to buy both books. In the first book, Mr. Bluedorn writes about how to use the book and says that students/teachers must create exercises to go with the letters. I would liken this approach to what I read in the first grade Horizons mathematics curriculum years ago when I read that I should "Teach the clock." My mind spun--"How? How do I teach the clock?" I see Greek in the same way. When a parent is unfamiliar with the language but desires to teach the material, more specific directions are needed--and that is where the second book comes in handy.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of these two books from Trivium Pursuit for review, but these opinions are my own.
I am so pleased with this series of Biblical Greek resources by Harvey Bluedorn. My 13-yr old son has been thoroughly enjoying teaching himself Biblical Greek, with minimal assistance from me. We just reinforce the letters using the cards - the rest he does himself. The CD is also very helpful, as the pronunciation of letters differs from English. We are extremely happy with this product.
This is one of the best primers on Biblical Greek that I have discovered. My 9 year old and I are working through the book together, and it is working for both of us. It is not too technical, yet it is challenging and provides snippets of extra information to keep our interest up.
This program was developed by Harvey Bluedorn who along with his wife Laurie authored Teaching the Trivium. Having encouraged parents in the wisdom to consider teaching Greek, Mr. Bluedorn now provides us a venue to do so.This program is designed so that a parent can easily and systematically begin to teach and learn Greek alongside their young children. An older child can easily go through the program at his own pace. The text is clear, well laid out and includes a valuable pronunciation CD. After completing this course one can continue a more in depth study of Greek with Mr. Bluedorns Homeschool Greek program.
I wanted to write in to encourage anyone who finds the idea of teaching your children biblical Greek a daunting task. I have followed the Bluedorn's advice on teaching (and learning it myself) biblical Greek, first learning the alphabet and then the sounds of each. This week we bought our first interlinear to actually begin READING Greek and building our vocabulary. Wow. We are really doing it!!! Our 11 yo son and I are learning Greek as we go and thoroughly enjoying ourselves. It isn't nearly as hard as I was afraid it would be. My middle 2 children (6 & 7) already know the alphabet and most of the sounds as we do this together as recitation aloud each morning.Thank you Bluedorns, for all you have done to change the quality of life in our homeschool family. :-)