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REVIEW: Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!

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This year Team KEMP Academy decided to learn Greek with the help of a curriculum created by Karen Mohs of Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  For approximately five weeks we have been learning this language via the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set which includes the Student Workbook, “Full Text” Answer Key, Flash Cards, and the Pronunciation CD.

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Going through this language as a family has definitely been fun, interesting, and full of adventure.  The Greek language has often been associated with higher education, finer lifestyles, and biblical scholarship so one might find it initially intimidating.  At first, I was a bit hesitant in attempting to learn Greek because my only familiarity of the language included a few mythology lessons in high school and several academic organizations in college.  Growing up in the south I’ve also heard quite a few preachers break down scripture using Greek which was always a sign that they attended seminary.  However, after a quick discussion with the family, Bear had convinced us all that we could handle the language and shouldn’t skip out on the opportunity to truly try something we’re not familiar with.  A few weeks in and I’m so glad we all listened to the courageous Kemp.

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Even though we are newbies at this language, Level 3 is recommended because it starts with a review of the Greek alphabet as well as previously taught vocabulary from Level 1 and Level 2.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set is thirty-six lessons which include reviews, plenty of activities to practice reading and writing, and bible copy work.  To complete the bible copy work a Greek interlinear version of the New Testament and blank journal/notebook must also be purchased.  Bible copy work begins with the book of John and students are encouraged to start copying only one word each session and add more as they progress in the curriculum.  This allowed practice of correctly placing accents, punctuation, and breathing marks.

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The provided schedule of lessons suggests students complete one lesson in the student workbook per day.  Our homeschool will continue to complete a lesson daily, Monday through Thursday during the upcoming school year.  The Flash Cards were located in the back of the Student Workbook and I just cut them out, affixed them to colored paper, laminated the set, and placed them in Ziploc bag for storage.  The process didn’t take long but you can also purchase the Flash Cards on a Ring to avoid having to personalize your family’s set of flash cards.  The Pronunciation CD is definitely a MUST HAVE because there were a few words that I have been mispronouncing.  If it wasn’t for the CD, I would’ve never known and definitely could have passed my ill-informed Greek to my children.  The alphabet song is easy to learn, teach to others, and would be a great way to introduce the language to young children.  I even found myself singing it to the preschool class during Vacation Bible School.

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Overall I thing this will continue to be a good fit the Team KEMP Academy because it introduces the language in small doses and has plenty of repetition.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set  breaks down the language all while including activities that challenge you to dig a bit deeper and increase knowledge daily.  The courageous Kemp, Bear, has enjoyed using these items and never forgets to practice the flash cards everyday.  Funny that I have to remind him to clean his room, but he reminds me to practice Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  I wonder why…

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You can check out additional Homeschool Review Crew blog posts featuring more products offered by Greek ‘n’ Stuff via this multilingual hyperlink.  There you will find reviews on the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 as well as several KJV and NIV bible studies including Jonah & Ruth, Esther, I Samuel, and Acts.

 

Κάνει πλάκα αυτή την εβδομάδα,

TaNeisha κ.

 

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BLAZING! Firefighters to the Rescue!

Our homeschool was recently given the opportunity to review an e-book from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.   After letting our eldest son look over the list, he decided on WannaBe™-When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter.  The WannaBe™ Series consists of books detailing various careers and our choice has proven to be a great introductory resource for Firefighter information.

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This e-book has some awesome features including creative writing and storytelling prompts, review quiz, math, memory verses, and science.  There vocabulary words throughout the book with the definitions located in the back.  Various language arts activities were also included along with print and cursive copy pages.  These additions are phenomenal because you don’t have to find additional activities for your child to reinforce the topic. I love that all the work is done for you!

Via this book we, yes my children and I, learned so much about the history of the profession from the bucket brigade to now, equipment needed for the job, financial compensation, and the importance of building codes.  It also includes a day in the life view of the job, hiring requirements, and salaries for the various ranks.   Our 3rd grader enjoyed creating the robotic arm and I used the provided vocabulary words for his spelling test this week.  He also decided that he wants to read the video game designer e-book next.  Our preschoolers enjoyed pretending to be building inspectors and searching for safety hazards in our home. This was my favorite game because it got them to clean up voluntarily.

During our Science time the robotic arm experiment and games went over very well.  The instructions were easy to understand and we only had a minor misunderstanding when asked to mark the pattern provided dots on our model.  This was easily fixed by using Figure 15 as our guide when joining the pieces.  You can watch this fun project come together in my recent video.

 

 

Kenden has spent the week saying random “Mama (or Daddy), you know that firefighters. . .” statements.  His favorite thing he learned about firefighters is that they should arrive at your quickly and they are trained for medical emergencies too.  He told us “it makes me sad that firefighters have died in the line of duty.  Even though their family won’t be able see their loved one anymore, they should be happy because they died saving somebody.”  We decided that we will dedicate time weekly to pray for all those involved in dangerous jobs and comfort to those that have lost people they love while on duty.

10409526_10152380735276845_4633557883176420313_nAll in all this is a great resource to introduce your students to the profession and has activities that will keep them engaged.  There are even end of unit party ideas included in this book!  I would only add a field trip to your local fire station to complete this unit. We live near a Firefighter museum and took a guided tour to complete our study.

Again, I hope you enjoyed my review of WannaBe™-When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter via The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  This review opportunity was provided by and written for the Homeschool Review Crew. This crew is a lifesaver for homeschoolers!  I love the unique applications each member provides and most reviews leave me saying “I would’ve never thought to use it like that.”

Make this week brilliant,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Happy Homeschooling Giveaway

I was blessed by a teacher friend of mine with a box full of school worksheets.  These worksheets were helpful to us to  review concepts as we ended our Second grade school year.  From this massive box I saved several sheets for our two younger children to use in a few years.  I also prepared two packages for friends that just had babies to help them transition into the next school year.  I even had more than enough copies to create not one, not two, but three packages for a HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING GIVEAWAY!!

Here are the **OFFICIAL RULES**

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For a quick glimpse at some of the worksheets that will be included in the prize package check out this one minute video.

Again, there will be a different winner chosen via each social media avenue. And YES, you can enter each giveaway one time. 

Happy homeschooling and make this week wonderful,
~Ta’Neisha K.

Comment on this blog post and tell me your plans for the current/upcoming homeschool year.  Feel free to share any curriculum you’re using or ideas you may have to help others.