Greek Alphabet Primer

Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: 3–4
Schedule: 1x / week, 45 min.
Price: $250.00

Course Section
Section 1:
Tue. 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 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 in Greek short prayers and hymns of the church
  • 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. It is also a great fit for those students who are busy studying Latin but would like to get a head start on Greek and for those students who are not completely confident reading English but love 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! Copy work, illustrations, icon coloring pages, and saint stories, divided into daily lessons which parents can easily follow, are incorporated into the course.

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:

Required Materials*

  • The Greek Alphabet Primer
  • 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 begins her sixth year of teaching Greek with St. Raphael School in September of 2020. She embarked on her teaching career as a founding faculty member in an Orthodox classical school, where she taught children of all ages across the curriculum. Mallory is a homeschool alumna and a 2010 graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she studied philosophy, history, literature, French, Greek, mathematics, science, and music. In Santa Fe, she also met and fell in love with the Orthodox Church (into which she was baptized in 2008) and her husband, Matthew (whom she married in 2011). Matthew and Mallory live with two kindergarteners and a baby in Annapolis, Maryland, where Mallory likes to read, make bread, drink coffee, make music and art with her family, and begin knitting projects. E-mail: mstripling.raphaelschool@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: 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 a much better solution, as such devices 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.

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Red checkmarkHeadset: 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.

Red checkmarkZoom: 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.

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To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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