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Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Levels 1 – 8 Review by Tawnee Hinton and Kendra FletcherSet Includes:
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1 Worktext
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1 Answer Key
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 2 Worktext
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 2 Answer Key
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3 Worktext
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3 Answer Key
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 4 Worktext Only
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 5 Worktext Only
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 6 Worktext Only
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 7 Worktext Only
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 8 Worktext Only
Greek Bible Copywork: The Gospel of John
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! The Reader: A Biblical Greek Primer
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! The Greek Alphabet Song Sheet Music
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1 Quizzes and Exams
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 2 Quizzes and Exams
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3 Quizzes and Exams
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 1, 2, and The Reader Pronunciation CD
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3 and 4 Pronunciation CD
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level1, 2, and 3 Flash Cards on a Ring
Greek ‘n’ Stuff
P.O. Box 882
Moline, IL 61266-0882
Whether you are a Classical educator or just someone who has an interest in the classical languages, studying the Greek language can seem interesting and intimidating all at the same time. But it doesn’t have to be!
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! from Greek ‘n’ Stuff provides an easy-to-use, complete Greek program that even the most language beginner will find useful. Each of the Level 1 though Level 8 levels provides a student workbook that is used as the work text, making independent work easy for both the student and the teacher.
What is the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! program?
Additionally, Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! has all you need for a solid Greek study program. You can purchase a “short set” for each level, which includes the Student Workbook, “Answers Only” answer key, Quizzes and Exams book, and Flashcards on a ring. However, Greek ‘n’ Stuff does recommend that if you have little to no experience with the Greek language, you consider the “full set,” which includes all that is found in the short set but then includes teacher tips, grammatical charts, and translation help.
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! teaches Biblical (koine’) Greek. By level 3, the student will be also reading from an Interlinear New Testament Bible to begin integrating their Greek learning with reading.
Workbooks are designed for the student to work through page by page, not the traditional lesson by lesson, which is a unique aspect of the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! program. This makes for easy independent working and teaching of their program.
Level 1 has 107 student pages encompassing 28 lessons. Level 2 contains 143 student workbook pages over 30 lessons. Beginning at Level 3 and moving through level 8, the student workbook contains a full year, 36 lessons, with 170 pages.
Also included with the complete program, beginning at Level 3 and moving through Level 8, the student will use the Greek Bible Copybook: The Gospel of John book. This is used for Level 3 through 8 and used for daily copywork, reading, and practice. It can be used in concert with reading from the Gospel of John in an interlinear Bible; however, it can be used as the sole additional passage reading for the student.
Lessons on each level contain introduction to letters, words, grammar, and translation. Fun exercises included in every level make learning Greek enjoyable. Students will do lesson activities such as matching Greek words to their translated English word; answer true/false statements; parse sentences; circle the correct letter, word, or phrase, or even similar nouns. The lessons are a good length and have a daily reminder to work through the flashcards, which are integral at all levels of the program.
Each level builds on the previous.
One of the hardest things that homeschooling parents do is learn to include more in their student’s day without overwhelming them with busywork and time-consuming studies that drag out the school day. We all battle with how much to study in our school year and how to add courses of substance or interest without adding too much.
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! is a great program if you are trying to add the study of classical languages or a foreign language in general to your student’s workload. The easy-to-use, pre-planned lessons are great. In the beginning lessons, Levels 1 through 3, the student has 2-3 student workbook questions that review previous concepts, introduce something new, and then give exercises to practice what is being learned. Each lesson ends with “Practice Your Flashcards” since the flashcards are integral to the mastery of the program and the Greek language as a whole.
Though you could make your own flashcards or have your student make them as the words are introduced with each lesson, the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! programs make it easy to have your students working on their flashcards from Day 1 with high-quality flashcards on a ring available for purchase or all flashcards needed for the study year in the back of the workbook to be cut out and used. You could even laminate them if you wanted.
Learning as a family is easy with the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! program too. You can have each person with their own workbook but then use the pronunciation CD, flashcards, etc., together. We played vocabulary games with the kids so they could all learn the letters and words as we worked through the program.
Levels 1 and 2 of the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! program are a very easy introduction to the Greek alphabet and a few words such as “Lord,”“my,” and “helper” in Level 1 and several more like “man” and apostle” in Level 2 as well as some additional words and phrases.
Level 3 is a good place to start if you have an older child wanting to study Greek. There is a good introduction/review of the Greek alphabet, and then the lessons begin with conjugation of verbs and introduction of tenses and declensions. The vocabulary does get more comprehensive, and copywork in the Greek Bible Copybook begins. Lessons are typically 4 to 6 pages long in Level 3 and have fun matching games, crossword puzzles, and writing exercises to work on the language. Again, each page reminds the student to practice the flashcard and even add new flashcards as new vocabulary words are introduced, which I really do love the reminder being there in the print at the bottom of the page.
In all books beginning in Level 3, there are also included notes for the student at the bottom of the pages. Notes include additional information on vocabulary words and pronunciation hints as well as accent marks and grammar rules. These notes are very helpful as the student advances through the levels.
Level 4 introduces accent rules and other declension rules. There is a good amount of review at each of the levels that starts out the course. Brief translation begins at Level 4 and continues through Level 8. Levels 7 and 8 are heavy on translation, though still carry a good amount of review to keep the materials fresh.
What does it look like at home?
Using the Hey, Andrew! program is easy for every level in your homeschool. Each level is made to do a page a day; however, it is stated that older students occasionally do more than one page a day along with practicing flashcards, which is continued through all levels. At home, we tended to do one page each day as we are in the beginning stages of learning the language.
After completing one page, we then would go through the flashcards and review the letters. Between the lesson, the practice worksheet, and the flashcards, we typically would spend 15-30 minutes, depending upon how much we needed to review. If you are at Level 3 or above and adding Biblical copywork and reading the interlinear Bible, you could spend between 30-60 minutes on a Greek lesson depending upon how much you add.
I worked through Level 1 and 3 in the program at the same time with Level 1 for my 7-year-old beginner and Level 3 for my 12-year-old beginner. This is what our weekly schedule looked like with my 7-year-old working in Level 1 and my 12-year-old working in Level 3:
Day 1 – Lesson Level 1 (Greek alphabet)
One Level 1 workbook page
Lesson Level 3
Level 3 – 2-3workbook pages
Flashcards for each level
Day 2 – Level 1 - one workbook page and flashcards
Level 3 interlinear Bible reading and Biblical copywork (1 line) and flashcards
Day 3 – Level 1 – one workbook page and flashcards
Level 3 – 2-3 workbook pages and flashcards
Day 4 – Level 1 flashcard review
Level 3 – finish up workbook pages, flashcards
It was easy to work through both levels simultaneously because the Level 1 was easy to use as the review portion for Level 3 and then the Level 3 review portions went quickly. However, once we moved to new material, the Level 1 was a quick continued review of the alphabet while we were working through Level 3.
We spent a maximum of 30 minutes each day on Greek. Level 1 typically was only 15-20 minutes. We did use the Primer in addition to the Level 1 to help my son learn the alphabet and expose my 3-year-old to the Greek alphabet.
Overall, the program was very complete and easy to use.
Overall, the program is an excellent Biblical Greek program that is easy to use at the pace of the student. Fun activities and beautiful Bible translations allow the student to learn and grow through the program.
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! program is complete and can be used to award high school credits in a foreign language. The Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! program is a complete Biblical Greek program that can begin as soon as your student has pencil and basic reading skills to begin working through the lessons. Your students will love learning Greek with the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! program.
-Product review by Tawnee Hinton, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, July 2017
Neither my husband nor I have any background in the Greek language, and especially not in Koine Greek, the language of the New Testament. God caused the biblical writers to use the everyday terminology of their time, spoken in the streets and in the marketplaces, so people could clearly understand His message to mankind. Koine--or "common"--Greek is not spoken in Greece today. That being the case, we felt we already had two strikes against us.
But we had more concerns: where were we going to find a curriculum that could give an elementary student a strong but not overwhelming start in Greek study? And if such a curriculum existed, would he be able to continue his study of Koine Greek in such a complete way that he would be able to understand and translate a Greek text of the New Testament? After all, that would be the ultimate goal and motivation for pouring several years of study into Koine Greek.
When the box of the complete set arrived, my son ripped it open as quickly as he could. Inside we found Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!-The Reader, all seven student workbooks, all seven "Full Text" answer keys, all seven quizzes/exams packets, all seven "Flashcards on a Ring" sets, all three pronunciation CDs, a Bible Copybook - The Gospel of John, and sheet music for "The Alphabet Song", sung on the first CD. This is what Greek 'n' Stuff calls their "I Want it All Complete Greek Set", and it is recommended for those who have not had previous experience with the Greek language. At $375, this is an investment but one that is well worth it if you have several children or one or two considering the ministry as a vocation. You can also purchase each item individually and take it one level at a time. Because we are a large family, our son is not writing in his consumable workbook; the price of purchasing new workbooks for each student would be prohibitive for us. It is something you may want to consider for your family as well.
We have been using the curriculum for a month now, and I have to say I am very pleased with its gentle and slow start. Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! is perfect for an elementary or beginning student. The Reader is geared for preschool children. The booklet contains pictures of four-year-old Andrew in various poses demonstrating the Greek letters. Catchy rhymes and giant Greek letters with directional arrows teach the alphabet in an appealing way. Once your child has pencil skills, he can begin the Level One Workbook.
Level One commences with the Greek alphabet. The student listens to the lively pronunciation CD and then practices writing the Greek letters. They stay on the same letter for several pages of fun drill exercises, insuring that they become familiar with each letter and proficient at writing and pronouncing it. If your student is mid-elementary or older, you may want to begin with Level Two. If your early elementary student already knows the Greek alphabet, you may want to begin with Level Two. Greek 'n' Stuff's website offers a quiz to help you determine with which level you should begin. I found the site to be extremely helpful in determining which level to start with, including recommendations such as, "If your student is currently studying Latin (or has already studied Latin), and is familiar with Latin conjugations and declensions, you may want to begin with Level Four. If your student has had experience with another inflected language, you may want to begin with Level Four. If you strongly prefer a deductive approach to language study, you may want to begin with Level Four."
To get a thorough idea of what exactly is covered in each level, take some time to peruse Greek 'n' Stuff's website. I found it to be very helpful.
Greek grammar is also thoroughly covered in Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!. In fact, if I were planning to take a child through all seven levels of this curriculum, I would ditch any other grammar study, particularly in the elementary years. What is learned and put to use here will translate beautifully to the study of English grammar, or any other language for that matter. But because the curriculum is written for younger children, the authors purposely refrain from introducing grammatical terms and paradigm memorization until the fourth level.
When a student begins Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level Three, the authors recommend that he start spending time each day in a Greek Interlinear New Testament, beginning with the gospel of John. Of course, at this point, the student will just be beginning to understand Greek words, forms, and sentence structure. As he progresses through the workbooks, understanding will continue to increase.
By the time the student finishes Level Seven, he will translate and write Greek sentences, as well as parse (break a sentence down into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of each part) and translate the first two chapters of I John. I'm estimating several years for our eight-year-old to complete this course of study, and we are looking very forward to seeing the fruit of his hard work. Certainly Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! will make his time studying Greek enjoyable and profitable.
You should also know that there will be further levels of Hey, Andrew!Teach Me Some Greek!, and the authors suggest that you consider purchasing New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen or Basics of Biblical Greek by William D. Mounce. A portion of these texts will review the material the student has already learned, after which further aspects of grammar and new vocabulary will be presented. Machen's text is used in colleges and seminaries and is a favorite among many New Testament Greek professors. Mounce's text is relatively new, but is gaining in popularity. Having studied Greek using Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! should give your student a solid basis for upper-level Greek study. It might make the difference between familiar and confident and overwhelmed.
If there were a criticism against Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!, it would be that I feel the casual, almost silly title might be off-putting to more seriously academic families. Don't let it fool you, however. Karen Mohs of Greek 'n' Stuff has done an excellent and thorough job of presenting this material and it is of a caliber that should be sufficiently pedantic for even the most scholarly.