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Early childhood Education

Russian language PROGRAMS

Teremok and Funtik


Our Teremok program is for our youngest students aged 2-4. Class is conducted entirely in Russian and students participate together with their parents. The main focus of this class is language acquisition and development.  During this class, our students sing songs, play games, work on fine motor skills, and do a little arts and crafts.​  This is a parent/child program and a parent or caregiver must attend class together with the child.

Our Funtik group is similar to Teremok but is targeted to kids who already completed a full year of Teremok and are older than 3 but not in Pre-K yet. Teacher recommendation required to enter this level. 

Program highlights: 

  • During the class children learn how to grow emotionally as they start learning how to to work in a group setting and prepare for independence as they progress through the curriculum. 

  • We start building vocabulary and learn basic concepts, including shapes, colors, numbers, replicating patterns

  • Elementary math and letter concepts are introduced

  • We work on small motor skills and pre-writing skills

  • We learn to introduce ourselves and answer some basic questions about ourselves

  • We use our shakers, dance to the music and practice our sense rhythm. 

Class options: 

  • In-person class runs once per week for 1 hour.

  • Online class (conducted via Zoom, if offered) has two 30-min classes per week - not offered in 2023-24.


  • Child must be at least 2 years old by September 1 of academic year. 

  • Teacher recommendation required to enter Funtik level. 


Kolobok and Cheburashka


For 4-5 year-olds who are ready to take on a class without parent supervision, we offer the Kolobok Russian program (pre-K). The program focuses on speech development, vocabulary building, early literacy and early writing skills. The kids work independently with the teacher on learning words and expressions. For early reading they study letters and start putting together syllables. The teacher leads the children in telling stories about themselves and their family members, situations and objects. During class, the children also sing songs, dance and play games. 

Program highlights:

  • Children learn to introduce themselves and speak a few sentences in response to some simple questions. 

  • Children are encouraged to listen more carefully to the teacher and to each other's answers.

  • We start learning the Russian alphabet based on the Zhukova Alphabet book (Букварь Н. Жуковой). By the end of the year the children are expected to know about half of the Russian alphabet and read 2-3 syllable words or simple sentences consisting of the letters learned. 

  • As part of our pre-grammar work, we recognize genders in nouns, adjectives and pronouns, and try to find the placement of a sound in the beginning, middle or end of a spoken or written word.  We also start listening to the difference in the pronunciation of vowels and consonants. 

  • We learn about our environment - animals, plants, fruits and vegetables, seasons, clothing

  • We start learning comparative abstract concepts, such as near and far, big and small, etc. 


Class options: 

  • In-person class runs once per week for 45 minutes.

  • Online class (conducted via Zoom, if offered) runs once per week for 45 minutes - not offered in 2023-24.


  • Child must be at least 4 years old by September 1 of academic year. 

  • Child must be potty-trained.

  • Child needs to understand Russian and be able to say at least a few words.

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