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Russian LanguagE

Cheburashka (Kindergarten-1st grade)
  • As part of our vocabulary building and speech development, we work on using complete sentences when we speak (using verbs and proper word agreement)

  • By year-end the children are expected to learn the entire Russian alphabet (based on the Zhukova Alphabet book - Букварь Н. Жуковой)

  • Transition from learning to read letters, syllables and words to reading phrases and sentences. Working on reading fluency. 

  • Elementary reading comprehension and working on being able to answer simple questions based on the text read

  • Speech listening comprehension

  • Poem memorization (short poems, 1 stanza)

  • As part of our pre-grammar work, we learn to distinguish vowel and consonant sounds as well as hard and soft consonant sounds. We also draw attention to words with different gender attributes. 

  • Writing block letters, simple dictations based on learned words

  • Word and language songs and games

Gorbunok (1st-2nd grade)
  • Continue to build vocabulary and strengthen speaking skills

  • Transition paragraphs to reading short texts and stories.

  • Reading fluency is a central focus of this level. We read forwards and backwards, sitting up and laying down, we use funny voices and intonations and play various reading games. 

  • We continue working on reading comprehension and listening comprehension based on books by Bogomazova (Н. Богомазова - Осмысленное чтение - серия книг для малышей), simple chapter books (Raschitaiki series - серия книг для детей Расчитайки), etc.

  • Practice student understanding of written language

  • Speech listening comprehension

  • Poem memorization - we learn short poems in class (1-2 stanzas)

  • Writing words and sentences, simple dictations based on learned words

  • Word and language games

Vinni Pukh (1st-3rd grades)
  • Build more complex vocabulary

  • Reading simple chapter books 

  • Group topic discussions based on read texts, inference development

  • Telling stories based on visual stimulus (pictures), making up sentences with new words, utilizing new vocabulary and basic grammar elements

  • Dictations based on learned new or somewhat tricky words

  • Speech listening comprehension

  • Poem memorization - we discuss, work through and learn poems in class (2-4 stanzas)

  • Word and language games

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