Our Russian classes develop the children’s interest in Russian language and culture, and build confidence in their abilities to speak, read, and write in Russian. Reading material is carefully chosen to be age-appropriate, interesting and sufficiently challenging without being overwhelming. All Russian language classes heavily rely on interactive game-based activities to keep student interest and involvement in the learning process. Students are placed in groups based on a number of factors, including age, level of Russian fluency, level of maturity, group dynamics and availability of space. We assess all students' language abilities periodically to ensure appropriate group placement.
Please note: Our programs are geared towards heritage speakers with at least a basic ability to understand and speak Russian. If your child is starting to learn Russian as a foreign language, please reach out to us for private lesson recommendations.
Age: 2-5 yo
The Early Childhood programs are the first introductory classes for our youngest students. The emphasis in these classes is placed on gaining familiarity with the spoken language, being able to answer simple questions and respond in Russian, and getting accustomed to being surrounded by Russian speakers for the duration of the class. During class, we sing song, play games, dance and do things with our hands to refine our motor skills. Click here to learn more.
The Russian language enrichment programs are structured in a way that best allows our students to be both nurtured and challenged. The younger groups focus on language fundamentals, such as spoken language acquisition and learning the basics of reading and writing. The programs progress as the students get older, and by 3rd-4th grade, we introduce elements of grammar to structure our students thinking and explain language rules and patterns. Click here to learn more.
Literature and Poetry
Reading literature courses are stand-alone courses for students in grades 3-7 to read and discuss specific works by classic and modern Russian authors. Courses are designed for bilingual students and include elements of language study and some writing practices. Required reading level varies by course. All Literature courses are conducted in small groups of 3-6 students to allow for active discussion and student participation. Click here to learn more.
Culture and Geography
The program will be dedicated to a combination of Russian literature and the study of many different elements of Russian culture – history, geography, music, art, etc, with discussion of historical context and major personalities. Click here to learn more.