Greek Alphabet Primer
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 3–4
Schedule: 1x / week, 45 min.
Section 1: Thu. 1:15 p.m. ET with Mallory Stripling
Mrs. Stripling is excited to offer Greek Alphabet Primer again this year! Through art and music, students will spend a gentle and fun year learning how to read, write, and pronounce the Greek alphabet, as well as getting a head start on vocabulary. Students in grades 3–4 will enjoy:
- Learning to read and write the Greek alphabet (Modern pronunciation)
- Beautifully illustrating each Greek letter with a vocabulary word
- Learning about and coloring an icon of a saint for each letter
- Beginning to develop Greek vocabulary
- Memorizing short prayers and hymns of the church in Greek
- Learning to read icons with Greek inscriptions
This is a great introduction to Greek for students who are interested in learning the Greek language but aren’t quite ready to dive into the grammar. Perhaps your child is busy studying Latin but would like to get a head start on Greek. Maybe he or she is not completely confident reading English but loves the idea of learning a new “secret code” and reading icons.
This course focuses on the Greek alphabet, but Mrs. Stripling always calls on the students to participate with their “whole selves” through art, music, and speech! The course incorporates copy work, illustrations, icon coloring pages, and saint stories, divided into daily lessons which parents can easily follow.
Syllabus: View the course syllabus here.
Note: Mrs. Stripling uses Modern Greek pronunciation, with a view to helping students understand the Greek that they would hear in Greek Orthodox church services.
Introduction video from the teacher:
- The Greek Alphabet Primer course text by Mrs. Stripling is scheduled to be published by Paidea Classics this summer. As soon as it is available for purchase, the link will be provided on the page for this course. In the event that the publication of the text is delayed, Mrs. Stripling will provide students with the necessary materials by uploading them onto Schoology.
- Set of crayons (Crayola are recommended) with a sharpener
- Set of colored pencils (Prismacolor are recommended but not required) with a sharpener
- Primary composition journal, with space for drawing and writing practice on each page (see image below for an example).
- Binder for collecting handouts and coloring pages
- All other lesson materials will be provided by the instructor
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Mallory Stripling is a second-generation homeschooler who discovered both Orthodoxy and Ancient Greek at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After four years of studying and discussing great works from the ancient Greeks to the moderns, she turned to teaching Orthodox students in the same liberal arts tradition, informed and inspired by the life of the church. For St. Raphael School, she has focused on creating a biblical Greek program that combines the riches of Orthodox hymnography with the discipline of deductive language study, allowing students to integrate their pursuit of Greek with the prayer life of their families. For Orthodox Christians of any heritage, there’s no need for biblical Greek to be a “dead” language!
Mallory teaches from a farm in Maryland, where she and her husband, Matthew, are “prehomeschooling” their two little ones. When she’s not teaching or studying Greek, she measures out her life in drinking coffee, baking bread, folding laundry, knitting, singing with her family, watching the seasons change, painting and drawing icons, and reading. Mallory and her family attend Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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