Friday, April 29, 2011

Greek 'n' Stuff Review

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Way back at the beginning of the school year I was sent a box of review items from Greek 'n' Stuff. In the box was the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek Level 1 Workbook, answer key and pronunciation CD. Greek 'n' Stuff has been the only review I've done that had requested such a long review period--months really, and I think it was wise of them. You can only know if a product stands the test of time if you spend time with it, and that's just what we on the Homeschool Crew did with this product.

Greek 'n' Stuff offers 8 levels of workbooks to teach the student Greek. Level 1, the level we received is for the child who knows no Greek, and who is capable of paper and pencil work. It focuses mainly on learning the Greek alphabet--writing the letters, knowing their names and sounds. The CD is a must when using this level since it tells you how to pronounce each letter.

The level 1 workbook is $14.95, and the Answers Only Answer Key is $4.00. The pronunciation CD is $10.00 and includes pronunciation for the words and letters in both Level 1 and Level 2. Greek 'n' Stuff also offers partial starter sets and complete sets if you want to order more levels at a time.

Little Bean started this when he was 5 and is now 6, which is the target age range for this level. He really enjoyed the workbook, which has a variety of activities to keep things interesting. Cut out flashcards are at the back of the book, and are at the heart of this program, since they provide frequent review and opportunities for memorization beyond what a workbook can provide. Greek 'n' Stuff recommends that older children or adults begin at level 3 in their study of Greek.

This was a very thorough program, but I'll be honest, my son could probably have learned the Greek alphabet in just a few short weeks or days. There aren't a ton of letters, and many of the sounds are intuitive, it seems. Thus, while we did take our time using the workbook, doing only one letter per week, we could have moved at a much faster pace and probably been on the next level or two by now. It's a very simple program, I think my son would have enjoyed something a little more engaging, but for many children, a no-frill program works well since it doesn't have anything to distract the child from the work at hand.

Will we be continuing our study of Greek at this time? No, probably not. However, if we do go back to Greek at some point, I now know of a source for quality workbooks that I will look into if we do decide to go that route one day.

Note: I was given this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

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