We offer classes that are designed to fit different age groups and Russian language skills levels. The group placement depends not only on the age of a student but also on his/her level of language proficiency.
2-3 years old:
Developing memory and listening skills; working on correct pronunciation and word meaning; learning basic counting skills and such concepts as color, shape and size; learning how to follow the game rules and how to interact with peers; developing language skills by means of easy rhymes, songs and riddles.
3-4 years old:
Introducing the Russian alphabet; reading and discussing the works of famous Russian children’s authors (A. Barto, K. Chukovsky, V. Suteev, E. Blaginina, S. Marshak, etc.), developing language skills through age appropriate games and songs.
4-5 years old:
Introducing the sounds of the Russian language; understanding the difference between a sound and a letter; learning to read by syllables; memorizing short Russian poems; developing vocabulary through introduction of interesting and age appropriate colloquial topics.
5-6 years old:
Continuing to work on reading skills; introducing basic grammatical topics (gender of nouns, plurals, numbers 1-100, days of the week, months, seasons, etc), memorizing Russian poems; reading and discussing age appropriate and informative Russian books (V. Oseeva, V. Bianki, N. Nosov, etc.); writing separate words and sentences in print; preparing for writing in cursive; learning about Russian culture and traditions.
7-10 years old:
Strengthening reading skills; working on comprehension while reading; introducing cursive writing and practicing it; writing sentences and short stories; introducing more grammatical topics (adjective, verb, pronoun, telling time, etc.); increasing awareness about geography, history and culture of Russia and other countries with the Russian heritage.
11+ years old:
Intensive and profound learning of the Russian language which includes a more detailed study of the Russian language grammar rules and their practical use; analysis of the meaning of Russian idioms and proverbs and their use in speech; writing essays; reading and discussing the works of Russian and foreign authors as well as age appropriate magazine articles; memorizing poems and prose extracts.