During Russian lessons, children learn how to read by syllables, using such teaching aids as the board, Zaitsev’s blocks, and other distributed materials. Prior to learning to write using both print and cursive letters, they will develop using their hands with games. Part of the lesson is dedicated to speech development; students are asked to come up with stories based on images, describing the time of year, etc. Mathematics and geometry will be studied within the parameters of the class.
Homework is assigned.
In math class, children study the principles of measuring length, volume, and weight. Students learn the order of writing numbers as well as counting orally, while developing their logical and abstract thinking skills. They also learn about geometrical shapes and their areаs, applied equality in equations, addition, and subtraction.
Homework is assigned.
(3 days per week)
At the beginning of the lesson, children move or dance to music, learning how to distinguish the speed, volume, and tempo of music. After that, children learn a short song, and then clap along to the song. Then, they each pick a musical instrument, and the song is played as an orchestra piece, accompanied by the teacher's piano. Students learn to note musical phrases and counts. During the process of the lesson, the pupils learn one or two dances. At the end of the lesson, the teacher has a one-on-one lesson for a few minutes with each student. The individual lessons are aimed to develop hearing, proper hand placement during playing on the piano, learning the basis of reading musical notes and simple melodies.
Next lesson level – puppet theater. We have a giant collection of gorgeous toys and a special stage for performing puppet shows. The children come up with a story, that is set to music. The first time the story is shown by the instructor, while the students sit as the audience. After the lesson, they are given the chance to play the puppet show themselves. Usually, two children perform while the rest watch, and then they change to allow others to perform too.
Once a week, every student will have a private piano lesson with the instructor.
(1 day a week)
During these lessons, children learn fine and applied arts. They learn techniques for constructing a picture, and how to draw with gouache, watercolor, and pastels. History of art is included. We make various appliques, and draw with our hands on a plate with scattered semolina, which helps develop fine motor skills in the hands. Students create artwork on wet clay with plant seeds, decorate rocks, and create rocks out of cement. The last are used for creating patterns by imbedding various pieces of glass, beads, and little rocks in them. We often make things like candle holders, vases, plates, figures of animals, etc out of clay, and then paint them.
(5 hours a week)
Lessons with a speech therapist last 2 hours. The children are divided into approximately 2 groups based on destinct pronunciations of specific sounds. The groups study in order. At the end of the lesson, the speech therapist works with each student individually. Recommendations will be given to parents if their children require further instruction.
At the Academy, we offer the following after-school elective classes:
On Saturdays, Russian School is held in the Academy building. It is open for our graduates and current students between 5-9 years of age. The following classes are offered: