It’s All Greek To Me

Wyatt started back to school this week. He hasn’t had a structured school day since March so things were a little rough getting going. Due to Wyatt’s health I decided that the best thing for him was to homeschool him this year. Some of his friends are going to school at the school building while some are doing virtual learning with teachers from the school district teaching them. We are dual enrolled so that Wyatt can still take orchestra, that is being done virtually. Then the rest of the time he is on a schedule I set up for him.

Yesterday was a rough day. He was studying Roman Numerals. I was working from the living room sofa while he was studying at the table. He excitedly came in to tell me all about Roman numerals and which each number was. Then he went back to his work. He called out that he gets to do Greek numerals next! He was excited until he got a little into the lesson. The video lesson seemed to skim over it really quickly which confused him. Tears began to fall.

I took a seat at the dining room table and turned off his math lesson. He was so frustrated that we decided to head over to Science and Language Arts. Once he was finished with the rest of his lessons for the day we went back to math. We went through his lesson together and by the end of it he got a hundred on his quiz.

Then he asked me, “Why do I even have to know how to count in Greek?!?”. You know, I didn’t have an answer for that. I don’t remember learning Greek numerals in school. I remember Roman numerals and I know that we do use them. Not every day but it gets used often enough that I can easily recognize them. Have you ever used Greek numerals? Did you learn them in school?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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7 Responses to It’s All Greek To Me

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve never learned, taught, or seen Greek numerals in a lesson. And I can’t imagine why students would be expected to learn both Roman and Greek at the same time. Best wishes to you in this new adventure!

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  2. No,I had pretty strict and ‘classical’ education but no Greek numerals came to my lessons. (I remember my mother asking where inthe heck I was going to get Arabic numerals when they asked for both in my lessons!)
    Homeschooling is wonderful and terriblle.It is great for when a kid either needs a little extra help or
    if he picks something up fast,(so he isn’t bored), but it wavers each day. Finding a way to keep himengaged and interacting with other kids is necessary.Thank Heaven for online connections; I hope that you can use them well.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Somewhere along the line, I was taught an abbreviated knowledge of Roman numerals… though the only “application” I’ve ever had with them was on public buildings erected around the turn of the 1900… and on movie credits.
    I never recall much about the Greek numerals, except as they occur in literature and in the Bible.
    And, of course, with the fraternities and sororities on college campuses. LOL

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  4. In school, I studied Roman numberals, but never Greek, and I studied the Greek language. It must be a new phase. For the life of me, I can’t see why anyone would need Greek numerals, unless they were studying Greek. And I never needed them even then.

    The Roman numerals, I’ve used often. They are a simple and elegant way of numbering things.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Never used them. Sounds like a waste of time to me.


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