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