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Super duper small print!
5 Stars Out Of 5
Needed as a companion with the Alphabetarion
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.
My children have enjoyed this book, and I have appreciated the Bluedorns' style of clear instruction and good, thorough exercises. I've been impressed, and I plan to buy the next in their Greek curriculum.
We have only had it a few weeks, but it seems to be well laid out and very detailed for learning at whatever pace is desired. I wouldn't go any younger than about 2nd grade, as the student needs to be able to read (or at least sound out) English words very well in order to hear the pronunciation.
I'll admit, that when I had first decided to teach my children Greek that I was very daunted by the thought of the task that lay before me. How would I do this? I know nothing about Greek! But after looking at A Greek Hupogrammon by Harvey Bluedorn, I feel much more confident...at peace even. This book is called 'A Beginner's Copybook for the Greek Alphabet', but truly that description does not do this book justice. In this book your child (and you!) will not only learn how to write the Greek alphabet, but you will learn so much more. You will also learn about marks, obsoletes, and and breathers. There is practice for the sounds of each letter, along with vowel combinations. Now before actually seeing this book, just the idea of markings and breathers would have had me nervous. But Mr. Bluedorn has done a phenominal work in the set up of this book. The lessons are done up well in bite sized chunks so as not to overwhelm, and there is review after each 4-6 lessons.The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 is learning each letter, how to pronouce and write it with reviews. Part 2 is where you'll learn about vowel combinations, diphthongs (proper and improper), and also with a review. Part 3 is called Chrestomathy where the student practices writing phrases in Greek, while learning how to do some beginning translation. The translation even gives numbers superscript to show the English 'word order'. I especially enjoyed learning the Greek number system...I had no idea they used the letters themselves in a certain order, very interesting! The book includes a full answer key in the back.I highly recommend this book, and will definitely be using it myself when I begin teaching my children (and myself!) beginning Greek. This book corresponds with A Greek Alphabetarion also by Harvey Bluedorn. However, it is also a comprehensive stand alone, or supplement to another beginner's Greek text.
If you are planning on teaching your kids ancient Greek, this copybook will prove very useful. A Greek Hupogrammon is a consumable workbook that gives the beginning student generous practice in writing Ancient Greek words, marks, and sentences. Though designed to correspond with A Greek Alphabetarion (also by Harvey Bluedorn), the Hupogrammon is comprehensive enough to be used alone. However, the two books do compliment each other quite nicely, and the student would gain extra benefit by using them together. Each exercise in the Hupogrammon begins with an example of a capital and lowercase Greek letter with a corresponding scripture. The student then finds the letter in the sampling, practices writing the letter in a given chart, and concludes the lesson with underlying English letters that have the same sound as the practiced Greek letter. Greek letters are reviewed through a matching exercise, where the Greek phonetic spelling is paired with its corresponding English word. Also included is a section devoted to writing out verses of scripture in Greek (the English translation is conveniently provided).The material layout is organized, and the bold large type makes this non-threatening and student friendly.This format works. The Hupogrammon is a very practical way to enhance your childs Greek lessons. Your kids will find this type of copy work fresh, fun and challenging. My 10-year-old son is breezing through this and retaining what hes learning without difficulty. Ancient Greek has suddenly become his favorite subject-I never saw that coming!