Monday, December 28, 2009

Greek Mythology Resources

The kids in my Greek School class love learning about Ancient Greece. They learn so much about the agora, art, schools, clothing, armies, and the Olympics. Their favorite activity is acting out the story of the naming of Athens and pretending to be Athena and Poseidon. Although I don't go into detail about the gods of Olympus, we do touch on them briefly.

For a Greek mythology go-fish game take a look at this link at
From, a nice power point presentation on Ancient Greece, in Greek

Friday, December 11, 2009

St. Spyridon Resources

Life of St. Spyridon from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Send an Iconogram of St. Spyridon

From, lots and lots of sheep crafts

From Katihitis, coloring page of St. Spyridon

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More Christmas Activities

Visit for Greek Christmas carols, poems, coloring pages, activity pages, skits and information on Christmas, New Year and Epiphany.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 can be heard live on line. It is the first Greek children's radio station. Programming information and a link to their site can be found here

Monday, December 7, 2009

Greek Christmas Vocabulary Reader

For a short reader to introduce children to Christmas vocabulary in Greek and to the phrase "I see" visit my scribd page
After printing out the pages, cut them in half and staple them all together on the left hand side to create a little book.

Learn some Greek everyday

Visit and sign up to have three Greek words sent to your mailbox every day!

" was created to provide everyone with an opportunity to improve their Greek vocabulary on a daily basis. Three words from different levels of difficulty are chosen each day and displayed with their translations, pronunciations, example phrases and recorded audio files."

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Lesson Ideas

Visit for many Christmas activities, including Greek Christmas carols, crafts and lesson ideas.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Φρόστυ ο Χιονάνθρωπος

There is a wonderful Greek children's YouTube channel called Paidiki Fwlia... I encourage you to take a look along with your children. There are so many things to watch, all in Greek, incuding Barbie Princesses, Disney songs, Warner Brothers cartoons and more. So much fun!

Playing and Learning

The Παίζω και μαθαίνω series is geared towards 5-6 year olds learning Greek as a second language. By using colorful pictures to begin discussion, the goal of this series is to get children speaking and understanding Greek. The Workbook and cards encourage children to learn the Greek Alphabet and letter sounds. Produced by Ε.ΔΙ.Α.Μ.ΜΕ

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Frist Words in Greek and English DVD

I recently received an e-mail from Tony at Greek Toys and Books in Australia informing me of their new Greek language video
My First Words in Greek and English

Take a look at their promotional video on Youtube.

For more information, go to the Greek Toys and Books website at

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Clothing Vocabulary

From Tools for Educators, generate vocabulary writing sheets (input only the clothing items you would like and leave text area blank so you can write in the Greek)

From Tools for Educators, generate bingo cards with clothing theme

From Εμείς και οι Άλλοι - Ε.ΔΙΑ.Μ.ΜΕ series, clothing vocabulary sheet and worksheets,1621,11

From the Μαργαρίτα- Ε.ΔΙΑ.Μ.ΜΕ series conversation sheets on clothing and colors,1832,11

From the Μαργαρίτα -Ε.ΔΙΑ.Μ.ΜΕ series worksheets on clothing and colors,1844,11

From TheEmperor's New Clothes in Greek

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Say YES! to Greek Arts Education

The Four Seasons by Yannis Tsarouchis
As a child going to Greek school, I never realized that there were Greek artists. Greek art for me, and I believe many who grew up Greek-American, consisted of ancient Greek temples, pottery, Byzantine iconography and portraits of the heroes of the Greek revolution (who can forget Bouboulina on the boat, or Kolokotronis on the horse). There was just never enough time in class to talk about "modern" Greek artists, and their contributions to Greece. To be honest, I didn't know much myself until I stumbled upon the National Gallery of Greece's website a few years ago. They have a wonderful site that allows you to see their permanent collection along with biographies of the artists. Since then, I have been hooked! I include art from the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum in my class all the time. Let me give you an example:

The image above is used when I present my lesson on the four seasons. There is so much for the kids to look at... what is each person holding? What are the differences? Can they tell what season each person represents? What are some things that are around them that gives clues? What are the seasonal fruit in Greece? You will be amazed at the response you get, and the kids will remember the artwork and the artist. Not only that, in your lesson you have discussed clothing, colors, fruit, and flowers!

According to Richard Kessler, executive director of the Center for Arts Education in New York City "research shows that children who spend time in school doing visual art, performing music or dance or even acting in a ply gain a whole set of creative and analytical skills that are quickly disappearing from the rest of the curriculum." Why not cultivate these skills in our children by showing them what talent Greece has to offer! Show your child Greek art, teach them a Greek dance, encourage them to learn Greek songs and poetry. It will be a memorable experience for both you and your child.

The National Gallery of Greece


Sunday, November 8, 2009


Last Friday at Greek School we learned the letter Κκ. K is always a great letter to learn because it becomes Karagiozis day. The kids really enjoy looking at the different "figoures" and making their own Karagiozi to take home. Here are some Karagiozi resources for you to join in the fun.

Make your own Karagiozis figoures

Karagiozis the Cook

More information about Karagiozis and characters
in the shadow puppet theater from the Karagiozis Museum at

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Archangels Resources for November 8th

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, & Barachiel
November 8

Reading in English from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Reading in Greek from

Activity page from

Send an Archangels Iconogram

Archangels Activities from

Coloring page from Potamitis Publishing of Archangel Gabriel

Coloring Page of the Archangels from Katihitis

Απολυτίκιο. Ήχος δ’.
Ο υψωθείς εν τω Σταυρώ.Των ουρανίων στρατιών Αρχιστράτηγοι, δυσωπούμεν υμάς ημείς οι ανάξιοι, ίνα ταις υμών δεήσεσι τειχίσητε ημάς, σκέπη των πτερύγων, της αΰλου υμών δόξης, φρουρούντες ημάς προσπίπτοντας, εκτενώς και βοώντας, εκ των κινδύνων λυτρώσασθε ημάς, ως Ταξίαρχοι, των άνω Δυνάμεων.

Κοντάκιον. Ήχος β’.
Αρχιστράτηγοι Θεού, λειτουργοί θείας δόξης, των ανθρώπων οδηγοί, και άρχηγοι Ασωμάτωv, το συμφέροv ημίv αιτήσασθε, και το μέγα έλεος, ως τωv Ασωμάτων Αρχιστράτηγοι.

Hymn to the Archangels - (Troparion)
"O Leaders of the heavenly armies, although we are always unworthy, we ask you that with your prayers you may circle us with the protection of the wings of your angelic glory. Watch over us as we bow low and earnestly cry out to you: “Deliver us from trouble, O Princes of the heavenly armies.”

New Address

Please note the address for Time for Greek School has changed to

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Η Αλεπού και ο Κόρακας

illustration by Rachel Smith

Aesop's Fables are a big hit in my class. By retelling them and acting them out we build our vocabulary and have lots of fun.

Fox and Crow Story in card format from Ε.ΔΙΑ.Μ.ΜΕ
The originals are two sided with one side having a picture and the back having the story to read to the kids. Print out both sets and paste them together to get the same effect. Please note that there are some with no words on the back because they do not go with the story, but are meant the get the kids thinking about what is wrong with the picture. These cards are labeled with a number and a letter, where the ones that go along with the story are labeled with only a number.

Back of cards:

Front of cards:

Fox and Crow Masks (plus other various masks) for acting out the Fable

Fox and Crow coloring page from

Monday, November 2, 2009


Download traditional Greek song lyrics and sheet music to be used in class or at home from the Greek Minstry of Education and Religious Affairs' Παιδαγωγικό Ινστιτούτο.

Teacher's Edition Music Book for grades 1-6

Friday, October 30, 2009

Greek e-cards for Feast Days and More

At, you can send an e-card for any occasion. They even have personalized Feast Day cards that include the first name of the recipient in Greek. How neat is that?! Send one to a friend today.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Greek Children's Music

I don't know about you, but my kids love Greek music. Not only do they enjoy it, but it also boosts their vocabulary! I am amazed at what they learn, and when I ask them about it, they will tell me in many cases it was from a song they heard.

Join the fun, by listening to Greek children's music and videos at ΠαιδικάΤραγούδια.gr at

Monday, October 26, 2009

Classroom Vocabulary

illustration by Sarah Beise

Label things around your classroom or home from

From the Εικονογραφησμένο Λεξίκο Α' Β' Γ'Δημοτικού published by ΟΕΔΒ scroll down to page 437 for a colorful picture of a classroom labeled with classroom vocabulary

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Background information on Greece in World War II

Paintings of Alexandros Alexandrakis

Having fought at the war front, painter and draughtsman Alexandros Alexandrakis (1913-1968) found time to document the harsh life of soldiers up on the Pindos mountains.

Friday, October 23, 2009

St. Demetrios Resources

St. Demetrios coloring page from Potamitis Publishing

Life of St. Demetrios in Greek from

Life of St. Demetrios in English from
the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Μέγαν εύρατο εν τοις κινδύνοις
Σε υπέρμαχον η οικουμένη
Αθλοφόρε τα έθνη τροπούμενον.
Ως ουν Λυαίου καθείλες την έπαρσιν,
εν τω σταδίω θαρρύνας τον Νέστορα, ούτως,
Άγιε Μεγαλομάρτυς Δημήτριε, Χριστόν τον Θεόν ικέτευε,
δωρήσασθαι ημίν το μέγα έλεος.

Troparion (Tone 3)
O victorious Demetrios, thou wast a protection for the world and an invincible soldier of Christ. Thou didst inspire Nestor to humble Lyaios. Intercede with Christ our God to save us

The coloring page to the right of the post was created by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis. More of her work can be seen at the Potamitis Publishing link under learning resources.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ελλάδα μου όμορφη....

Η Αλφαβήτα Ταξιδεύει

I am always on the lookout for fun and colorful materials I can use in my classroom, and with my kids at home. Last year at the Metropolis teacher's meeting each school was given a folder with a little train carrying the Greek alphabet that included a matching game. My kids loved it! My students loved it! I hope you like it too.,284,0,0,1,0

I would suggest these be printed out on card stock and laminated if possible.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The main reason this blog was created was to disseminate information about Greek education. Greek education in America has changed drastically since I was in Greek school. The demographics are different, lifestyles are different, priorities are different. There was no getting out of Greek school when I was younger, we never even dared to ask our parents to skip school, because we knew it was so important to them (1st generation) for us to learn the language of their homeland.. they needed that connection. They sacrificed and worked at factories and restaurants so we could have the best education, including Greek School, and in return they expected us to study. They expected us to be good Orthodox Christians and honorable "Ellinopoula". But as I stated before, times have changed and many things take priority over Greek school... baseball, birthday parties, life. Every family has its priorities, and sometimes, Greek education does not fit in... and there is nothing wrong with that, it just comes with the territory of being Greeks in the diaspora.

Thirty years ago, Greek textbooks used in America were the same ones used by Greek children in Greece. As a matter of fact, when I went to Greece at 8 years old, I went to school with my cousin and guess what... we were on the same lesson . These books worked then because mom and dad in most cases spoke Greek and if not, Γιαγιά and Παππού did and they would help with homework. But now the books used by children in Greece do not work for us. The Greek government knows this and spends a lot of money developing books to teach kids in the diaspora Greek (your talking about over 40 countries speaking that many different languages with kids learning Greek as a second language).

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has also started producing a series of leveled books (not grades) called Τα Ελληνικά Μου. These books have been created for the Greek American student, using stickers, music, a dialogue CD and a supplementary book that explains everything in English for the non-Greek parent who does homework with the child. Anyway, I can go on and on.

Please take a look at what the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the Univeristy of Crete (Rhethymnon) in has produced for us...

Alphabet Matching

Prasini Priza is a great website from Cyprus with many resources, games and lesson ideas. Click on the links below to print out the Greek alphabet (upper and lower cases), cut out and have fun playing a Greek alphabet matching game.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Victory, Freedom... Panagia with him

Our Greek School presents numerous programs throughout the year... Christmas, Three Hierarchs, Greek Independence Day, Graduation, and the OXI Day Commemoration.

"The Anniversary of NO", that we so endearingly call OXI (ochi) Day commemorates Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas' rejection of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Mussolini on October 28, 1940. Who would have thought that a poor, small country like Greece would have been so brave in their simple response of "OXI" No!. No, Greece would not allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy strategic locations. Yes, they would follow their simple answer with bravery of heart and spirit and mark the beginning of Greece's participation in World War II. Since 1942, October 28th has been celebrated in Greek communities around the world with programs and parades.

In presenting this history lesson to my students, I like to include images of the time period. They are always so interested. And although many include soldiers and weapons, the ones that grab their attention the most are those that include the image of the Panagia. They inherently know that Panagia is in these images because she protects and prays for soldiers, she protects and prays for everyone. Their responses to these images are so genuine, and so right on point that they teach me a lesson or two in the end... like one of my students said yesterday, Panagia is always hugging us, just like she hugs the soldier in the poster and how she hugs "Christouli" in church.

Join in the celebration of OXI day by coloring your own Greek flag to display at home:

Monday, October 19, 2009

I love Greek School!

I really do! It is such a blessing to be able to instill a love of Greece, its language and culture in these beautiful children.

This blog is my humble offering of activities that I do in class to teach beginning modern Greek, Greek history and culture.