Children have the ability to learn a second language much faster than adults, perhaps because they have recently learned their first language. Simply exposing a child to a second language in an unstructured but regular way can imprint vocabulary and conversational phrases on their brains. To become fluent, immersion is recommended but creating a full immersion environment will not work for most families; parent/teachers will need to rely on tools to expose their children to the chosen second language. Technology has made it much easier to teach a second language in a fun and immersive way so that students may not even realize how much they are learning. Homeschooling families who choose to include foreign languages in their curriculum should research websites, videos and apps to add to their tool belts.
These top 3 apps for teaching beginning Greek can be integrated into any lesson plan and will help children get started in the Greek language education.
1. My First Greek Book Volume I features 12 lessons including interactive games and quizzes. Students will have an opportunity to write the Greek alphabet, match images to words to increase vocabulary, and practice their skills with flashcards and quizzes. There are even 5 original karaoke music videos that provide kids a chance to practice reading and pronouncing their newly acquired Greek vocabulary. Music is one of the best ways to memorize anything, especially a new language, as evidenced by the popularity of songs such as Frere Jacque which includes French lyrics and So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music which features German.
2. First Greek Words with Phonics is designed to help children learn letters names, letter sounds and eventually Greek words and spelling through interactive and exciting games and activities. The sound effects and animations will keep even very young children engaged as will the initial subject matter: animals, colors and shapes, and vehicles. Children love to learn different names for animals and vehicles and will be entertained by the accompanying animation. Parent/teachers can adjust the difficulty settings as children learn, making this an app that will grow with your child through 6 stages of learning.
3. Flying First Greek Words for Kids and Toddlers will keep kids engaged and entertained for hours as they navigate their own personal hovering drone over a range of animated figures to learn the Greek words associated with the image. Children can choose which objects to learn about, keeping them focused and interested. An audio feature teaches students proper pronunciation of each word or letter; settings can be adjusted to reveal upper or lowercase letters, letter sounds or letter names. Each family member can create their own avatar and drone through unlimited user accounts; parent/teachers can track the progress of each child and adjust the difficulty settings when necessary.
Teaching a second language in a homeschool setting can be an intimidating idea but starting the process when children are young will be beneficial for both parents and children, especially if parent/teachers are learning alongside their children. These apps are not only great tools for children but can also jumpstart a parent/teacher’s Greek language education.
For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.