The Youngest Greek School Class Outside of Greece?
Traditionally, Greek School begins at seven-years old. It was felt that children with no experience in a classroom would have difficulty functioning in a second-language learning environment. Having lived and taught and Greece and Japan, I learned there is no such thing as 'too young,' especially when it comes to languages.
So, we undertook to create a class for children with little or no classroom experience. There is no textbook in the 30-minute classes, and a parent must be in the classroom with their child. It brings together children who already see one another regularly in Sunday School and/or the Trinity Learning Center, at an age when they are at their most receptive and responsive.
The class has been very successful. Kids come out of it and go into a reading class already armed with experience and vocabulary.
Parents and grandparents are strongly encouraged to substitute new vocabulary for already-learned English. So, instead of saying "Good morning," try "Kalimera", making the Greek they learn relevant.
Class meets every
Please check the main Greek School page for more information.
Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium; Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentum; Ischyrion, Bishop of Egypt; Afterfeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple; Dionysios, Patriarch of Constantinople; Sisinios the Confessor