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Greek Alphabet Code Cracker Paperback – January 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Classical Academic Press; Bilingual edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600510353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600510359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While geared towards elementary-aged children, I found this book a perfectly appropriate--not to mention very fun!--introduction to the Greek alphabet for teens as well as adults. Becoming fluent in a new alphabet and its phonology is essential to a smooth start in a new language, and this book delivers what it promises.

The premise of the book takes you, the student-sleuth, on a mystery adventure where you must "crack the code" in order to find out who has stolen the priceless (though fictional) "Vase of Achilles" from a museum (there is an entertaining YouTube video to whet your appetite for the book; just go to the publisher's website, Classical Academic Press). Along the way you are instructed in "the code" (i.e. the Greek alphabet) and provided with plenty of reading, writing, and puzzle exercises to develop a comfortable working knowledge of the Greek alphabet. The letters are introduced incrementally over a period of eight lessons using English words written in Greek "code". Included are essential lessons on consonant blends, breathing and accent marks, diphthongs, as well as an introduction to some real Greek words by the sixth lesson. The text itself is attractively laid out in full-color, glossy pages, though this latter aspect may not be the best medium upon which to do the writing exercises.

Additionally, the publisher provides online audio files for pronunciation help. There are also other supplementary learning aids, including alphabet flash cards. My only complaint has been with the flash cards: a couple of the letters' pronunciations have been erroneously mislabeled. I have alerted the publisher to this problem; the folks there are usually very responsive, so I have no doubt that it will soon be corrected. In any case, the problem does not affect the otherwise excellent book. Even if you choose to go no further with the study of Greek, learning the alphabet is a worthwhile exercise in and of itself. Highly recommended.
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I thought my oldest (11-year-old, 6th grade) would be studying Latin in our homeschool this year. He had other plans. ;0)

He wanted to try Greek. Greek? Eeek!

I think the idea of using a special (different) alphabet is what most appealed to him. It's a little like writing in code. But, I know nothing about Greek so I was a little at a loss. Then I came across this book and it seemed a perfect fit for him.

And it is.

The overall goal of Code Cracker is to solve the "The Greek Urn Caper" while learning the Greek Alphabet, which is introduced 6 letters at a time over the course of 8 units. Your child will collect the clues of the case while they learn to recognize, write, and sound out the Greek letters. The book also covers blends and diphthongs and some actual Greek words.

Also included with the book:
A Cypher Wheel which you cut out and assemble (you'll need a brass paper fastener), necessary for some of the assignments.
A link to a website where you can download audio files and flashcards.

The introduction recommends teaching the book over 8 weeks (with modifications depending on the child's ability). You can do that if your child completes about 2 pages a day, 4 days a week. This pace was a little too fast for my son, who has some minor learning issues. Memorizing is one of his difficulties. He needs constant review and one unit a week was not giving him enough time to acquire the new info in each unit. He simply needed more practice. So he is doing 1 page a day, 3-4 days a week. I highly recommend using the flashcards for review and encouraging your child to say the letters and out loud and practice their sounds. My son found the audio files annoying, so we stopped using them, but he's more of a visual learner anyway.

Overall, a good value, especially for the price here on Amazon.
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I just finished using this book to teach my 11 and 9 year-old daughters the Greek alphabet. We spent 15 minutes a day, over 4 weeks, to get through the 8 chapters. I gave them 15 minutes a day of homework, as well.

It was a fun, painless exercise, but, more to the point, it worked. They are completely comfortable sounding out Greek words, and are not intimidated by the alphabet, at all. It is a great springboard into teaching them Biblical Greek.

I will say that my girls refused to listen to the audio files on the website(they thought that they were for "little kids"), but it was no great loss.

Hats off to the publisher - lots of books promise to deliver a fun-yet-effective introduction to a language, but few deliver. Highly recommended.
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We recently started using Greek for Children (by the same publisher). I wanted my son to have a firmer grasp of the Greek alphabet before we started learning words. I felt like it was too much for him to learn to recognize the new words while at the same time trying to learn the new letters. We set aside Greek for Children and turned to this. Now my son is becoming a master at recognizing the Greek letters and the sounds they make. He is also enjoying solving the puzzle. At the beginning of the mystery, we all wrote down our guesses on who, what, where. My son gets a kick out of finding out who was right. I feel that using this before Greek for Children will make our whole Greek language experience just that much richer. Thank you for making Greek fun and easy for my 8 year old to learn!
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