Upper Elementary Greek
CLRC’s Upper Elementary Greek program is designed for children from age 9-12. The natural inquisitiveness of elementary school-aged children, coupled with their remarkable capacity for absorbing vocabulary and language forms, makes the elementary years the ideal time to begin building a foundation in a Classical Language such as Greek.
In Upper Elementary Greek 1, students gain thorough familiarity with the Greek alphabet; learn to read and write Greek words and sentences; explore English derivatives from Greek roots; and learn first and second declension nouns, the basic use of cases (Subject, Predicate Nominative, Possessive, Indirect Object, Direct Object), and the present indicative of verbs.
All this is done using songs, games, puzzles, and conversational phrases in combination with more traditional activities like sentence diagramming and paradigm practice. We’ll look at phrases from Aesop’s fables, famous Greek sayings, learn about the fascinating gold-digging ants of Herodotus, and learn some ancient Greek geography and history at the same time!
Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.
Spring ’21 Registration in this Section is Open ONLY to Continuing Fall ’20 Registered Students!
Instructor: Jaimie Althage, B.A.
Minimum Enrollment Required: 5
Maximum Class Size: 10
Prerequisites: Part 1 (or Instructor’s Permission)
Jaimie Althage, B.A.
Jaimie Althage received her B.A. in Classical Studies from Hillsdale College in 2011 (magna cum laude). After graduating, she taught for Great Hearts Academies in Arizona for four years, and then served as a founding faculty member for another Great Hearts Academy campus in Irving, Texas, before taking a hiatus from teaching to stay home with her children. She loves teaching and classical education, and has taught History, Latin, and Greek at various grade levels. She currently lives with her husband and three children in the Dallas area. When not teaching, she loves to read, cook, and knit.
Anne Van Fossen, M.A., CLRC Classical Languages Program Director
Anne Van Fossen (for full bio, click here) has developed the Classical Language Program at the CLRC, and oversees all Classical Language instruction. Her detailed lessons and assignments lead students through the highly acclaimed Athenaze Introduction to Ancient Greek Course with a wide variety of learning aids developed especially for the CLRC: vocabulary cards, grammar charts, weekly exercises to focus on retention of the myriad verb and noun forms, and regular work to develop English vocabulary based on Greek roots. Anne works closely with all CLRC Greek teachers and oversees all aspects of the program.