Russian

 

During Russian lessons, children learn to read by syllables, using such teaching aids as the board, Zaitsev’s blocks, and other distributed materials. Before 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.

Mathematics

(Daily)

In math class, children study the principles of measuring length, volume, and weight. They also learn about geometrical shapes and their areаs, applied equality in equations, addition, and subtraction. Students learn the order of writing numbers as well as counting orally, while developing their logical and abstract thinking skills.

Homework is assigned.

Music

(3 days per week)

At the beginning of the lesson, children move or dance to music, learning how to distinguish the music's speed, volume, and tempo. After that, children learn a short song and then clap along to the music. Then, they each pick a musical instrument, and the theme 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 class, the teacher has a one-on-one session 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 basics of reading musical notes and simple melodies.

Music - puppet theater

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 a chance to play the puppet show themselves. Usually, two children perform while the rest watch, and then they change to allow others to act.

Once a week, every student will have a private piano lesson with the instructor.

Speech Therapy

(5 hours a week)

Lessons with a speech therapist last 2 hours. The children are divided into approximately two groups based on distinct 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.

Art

(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 is used for creating patterns by embedding various pieces of glass, beads, and little stones in them. We often make things like candle holders, vases, plates, figures of animals, etc., out of clay and then paint them.

Electives

At the Academy, we offer the following after-school elective classes:

Sarodgini Russian School CLASS offers additional classes for students 5 - 12 y.o.