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Alpha is for Anthropos: Teacher's Guide
This book describes in detail how to use Alpha is for Anthropos as the basis for a curriculum to introduce children to Ancient Greek language, art and thought in twenty-five imaginative lessons.
For fifteen years, author Therese Sellers has been successfully using the verses of Alpha is for Anthropos as the core of a unique curriculum to introduce Ancient Greek to children aged four to twelve. In this teacher's guide, she describes in clear and engaging prose the 25 complete lessons that make up the course and explains the ideas behind the texts and pictures. In addition to lesson plans, the guide includes literal translations of all the Greek texts in the book, summaries of all relevant stories and myths, and descriptions of activities and craft projects. Explanations of special features of the artwork help make this book an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to get the most out of Alpha is for Anthropos.
Reviews of Alpha is for Anthropos
"My experience in using [the songs] with my students has been thoroughly successful - and, moreover, adds to their pleasure in learning what is often a daunting language. ... The illustrations completely enhance the verses for children, and offer chances to tell versions of the myths to curious little ones. ... In short, this is a beautifully produced, charming, engaging, and fun introduction to Ancient Greek. Alpha is for Anthropos should be a welcome addition to one's teaching repertoire, nursery, and list of shower gifts for classicist friends."
-- Elizabeth A. Manwell, The Classical Outlook Vol. 90, No. 2 (2014)
"Alpha for Anthropos is gorgeous. Illustrated by Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers in the red-figure vase style, each page is rich and inviting. The matching coloring book is just like the hardbound book, minus the color, and my 'we're too big to color in coloring books' boys even wanted to color in some of the images (the Trojan Horse was the first to catch their eye). ... We love to listen to the audio, and sing along with it. The songs aren't difficult, and the twins often sing them to themselves. Alpha is for Anthropos is a wonderful introduction to ancient Greek, in a format that makes it accessible to younger students, but students of all ages will love this."
-- Gail Nelson, Learning Tangent (read the full review)