Greek Alphabet and Grammar Primer
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The purpose of the lessons in this course is to help each student grow in their love for God and the Church cultivating a deeper understanding of living as Orthodox Christians in the world, Studying Greek trains children in the art of grammar universal to all language, as well as giving them access to the New Testament and Septuagint, Byzantine hymnography, and Patristic writings in the original tongue.
The Primer course aims to best develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through purposeful and age-appropriate lessons that acquaint young learners to the illustrious Greek language used as a tool to spread The Word of God.
Students will engage with the Greek alphabet in the following ways:
• Learn to recite the entire Greek alphabet
• Learn to recognize, pronounce, and write both the sound and name of each Greek letter (both lowercase and uppercase)
• Learn to read, pronounce, and write many Greek words through copy work
• Read the life of saints whose name starts with the letter being studied, learn to recognize their icon, and read the name as inscribed in Koine Greek
• Learn to sing short Orthodox hymns and recite short prayers
• Learn to read and speak words through Syllabication
• Learn to Count to 20
• Learn the Days of the Week
• Learn the Names of different Colors
• Learn different styles of Greetings
• Learn to formulate words that are used into sentences
• Learn and memorize the Trisagion hymn which invokes God as the thrice holy and the Lord’s Prayer both in Greek and English
• Learn to read the Icons and Study the Lives of the Holy Persons and Historic Events depicted in Icons
Saint Raphael’s School teaches what is often called “Koine Greek.” It is the dialect of Greek which was spoken throughout the Eastern Mediterranean following the conquests of Alexander the Great in the late 4th century BC, and persisted throughout the Roman and Byzantine periods and eventually evolved into the Modern Greek language which is currently spoken in Greece today. Koine Greek is the dialect of Greek with which the New Testament was written (which is why is Koine Greek is often called “New Testament Greek”).
Along with the New Testament, the various services of The Eastern Church, hymns, prayers, and saints lives were also composed in Koine Greek. At Saint Raphael’s School, Koine Greek is taught using the “Modern” or “Received” pronunciation. This pronunciation is identical to that used by speakers of the Modern Greek language today, and it is also the pronunciation currently used for the liturgies and services of the Orthodox Church of Greece, and most of the Orthodox Churches under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch, including The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOARCH).
Composition book or notebook for daily written exercises at the start of class.
Greek Alphabet Primer Book by Mallory Stripling: https://www.paideaclassics.org/store/p158/Greek_Alphabet_Primer_Book.html
Classic Level 1 Package Paploizos Publications First Grade Primer, Student Book, Activity Book, and Audio Program: https://www.greek123.com/product/level-1-package/
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Hymns, Prayers, and Other Supplementals will be given by the instructor.
Potamitis Publishing My Prayer Book in GREEK includes CD: https://potamitis.us/collections/hard-bound-books/products/6-my-prayer-book-includes-cd-english?variant=21167832924219
Potamitis Publishing Orthodox Kindergarten Hardcover #11 in GREEK: https://potamitis.us/collections/hard-bound-books/products/orthodox-kindergarten-for-2-year-olds?variant=21178394935355
Potamitis Publishing The Three Hierarchs in GREEK: https://potamitis.us/collections/saints-of-january/products/20-paterikon-for-kids-the-three-hierarchs?variant=21160504066107
Ramona V. Saridakis Bean, a first generation Greek-American, born in Vero Beach and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida. After finishing at Cardinal Newman High School in 1996, graduated from University of Florida in 2001 after completing a student-athlete career as a Lady Gator Cross-Country and Track runner with a B.A. in English.
Served as a congressional aide for former U.S. Rep. Mark A. Foley, serving a legislative portfolio that included Ways and Means appropriations and issues regarding education and the environment. Followed with an appointee position for President George W. Bush’s administration in the office of Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Currently serving as “CEO of the Home” administering home and online education for three children, managing care of a widowed grandfather 96 years young, and recently acquired her MBA degree from University of Florida in December 2020. Her other teaching pursuits include helping Saint Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton with their Sunday School program and her children’s Greek School.
In addition to serving as a parish council member at Saint Mark, she’s a volunteer for Junior League of the Palm Beaches and a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Authority. Ramona loves running, singing, painting, gardening and helping others. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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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