(Really) Little Greeks

From: Nichael Cramer (nichael@sover.net)
Date: Mon Sep 15 1997 - 14:25:39 EDT

Not exactly on topic, but surely someone in this august group can give me
some pointers.

Does anyone have any experience with/recomendations for/suggestions about
teaching Greek to young children?

For some time now, my daughter, Asah (who turns seven on Saturday) has
been climbing up in lap as I study my flash cards. This is actually a
useful exercise for both of us; I drill on the Greek and she on the
English. (Moreover it appears that she has actually picked up a handful
of the words.)

Recently, however, she has expressed an what appears to be a genuine
interest in learning more (i.e. she has explicitly asked to do more).
Thus far this has taken the form of her starting to learn the Greek
alphabet. But my question is where do I go from here?

Now, I know there are plenty of systems around for teaching --or at least
exposing-- modern foreign languages (notably French and Spanish) to young
children (i.e. tapes, semi-bi-lingual kids books, etc.) But I certainly
know of nothing comparable for Greek. Futhermore, even setting aside the
fact most of the Greek grammars I know are certainly nothing I'd want to
inflict on a defenseless six-year-old, how I would actually even approach
this is not clear to me.

Now, it's very likely this may be a phase, and in a couple of months she
may have forgotten ever having thought about it. But it's such an
enchanting idea --and she seems so genuinely interested-- that I can
hardly say no without even trying.

So, any suggestions?


Nichael Cramer
work: ncramer@bbn.com
home: nichael@sover.net

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