4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734 730 0604

Class Programs, 2016-2017

Early Development Classes (2-3 years old; teacher - Natalia Novak)

Children find out about the world primarily through play. Little children are curious by nature, so we aim to develop their minds and imaginations through play. We intend to familiarize children with elements of mathematics, awaken their creativity through group activities, and perhaps the most important of our tasks is to help them develop their speaking abilities, both in the technical sense of learning to make correct sentences and express thoughts effectively, and in the social sense of communicating in a group of peers. To reach our goals, we use different teaching methods, from talking about a topic and describing pictures to learning short rhymes accompanied with finger games. Our lessons consist of three parts: speech and cognitive development exercises, active play and art. In class, we implement various techniques and use various materials, including Nikitins' early development games and "The Kind Tales" ("Dobrye Skazki") by A. Lopatina and M. Skrebtsova.

Development of Reading and Speech (3-4 years old; teacher - Natalia Novak)

The program is tailored for the speaking capabilities of the age group of 3.5 – 4.5-year-olds. This age is characterized by active imitation in speaking, as well as intensive vocabulary growth, the ability to hear and understand questions and answer them, at the same time coupled with the limited ability to participate in a dialogue, since speech development is still at the early stage. These specifics of the age group determine the goals of the class to be the development of cognitive abilities in speaking, and creating the necessary basis for mastering such language skills as speaking, listening and reading. The main direction of our work lies in the following:

  • Drawing the child's attentions to his/her own speech and that of others
  • Developing the child's organs of articulation
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Enhancing use of grammar in speaking
  • Developing skills of cohesive speaking
  • Introducing the child to the notion of sounds and the elements of sound analysis

At this age speech development is directly linked to fine motor development, therefore finger games and articulation exercises are included in the program.

Development of Reading and Speech (4-5 years old; teacher - Natalia Novak)

The main goal of the class is to develop cognitive skills in speaking, particularly the following:

  • Learning to listen and to speak
  • Paying attention to words, the child's own speech and that of other people around
  • Developing the child's active, passive and potential vocabularies
  • Developing grammatically correct and cohesive speech
  • Developing sound recognition, production and understanding of the system of sounds in speech

We put a great emphasis on word games, in which children learn about word formation and word change, grammatical compatibility of word and sentence structure. The course as a whole, as well as each individual session, is planned based on children's life experiences and speaking experiences.

Reading (5-6 years old; teacher - Anna Philips)

The purpose of the class is to assist the language and speech development of the children and to help them view themselves as Russian speakers. In class we work on sound recognition, learning to hear separate sounds in a word, and understanding how syllables and sounds make up words. At this stage in learning we pay special attention to the development of oral skills, namely listening and speaking. We introduce such notions as "word", "word stress" , "sentence", "vowel", "sound" etc. The lessons will help your child master the Russian alphabet, begin to read, create grammatically correct sentences and make up short t stories on topics provided by the teacher. We teach through play, with the elements of speech exercises and finger exercises. Our materials are Russian traditional and folk tales and rhymes, as well as the works of famous Russian writers like Tolstoy, Pushkin, Marshak and Chukovsky.

Writing (5-6 years old; teacher - Anna Philips)

Writing classes for this age group are divided into two levels. The 1st semester is devoted to activities that prepare the child to write, such as drawing, coloring, tracing, writing elements of letters. The 2nd semester is dedicated to studying the block and cursive letters and the graphic elements they are composed of; comparing letters to other letters with similar components, letter writing practice, joining letters into combinations, words and sentences, copying of words and texts from print.

Drama Studio (teacher - Margarita Barvinok)

Our theater studio will give the children a unique opportunity to express themselves creatively, engage in teamwork, and experience performing in front of an audience. The children will communicate with each other while playing, and collaborate on staging a play. Our sessions will include breathing, speaking and moving exercises, as well as those developing imagination and focus. There will be dance and music practice, to help develop rhythm; we will work on stage movement and stage acting. The project will culminate in a theatrical performance in which all the little actors will take part.

Math Club (10-11 years old, teacher - Vasilina Filonova)

We invite students interested in math to our new Math Club. The goals of this Club are to improve logical and creative thinking through active learning and applying obtained knowledge to solve various mathematical problems. We will broaden knowledge in math by introducing various, sometimes nontrivial, mathematical objects and demonstrating how to work with them. Curriculum will follow materials used for Math Clubs in Russia and will be flexible to meet students' needs.

Russian Conversation Group (Adults, teacher - Anna Krushelnitskaya)

Come one, come all who are able to converse in Russian to any degree! We meet every Saturday to talk in Russian about all manners of topics, from daily life to film to politics to anything that interests us that particular week. The group discussion is facilitated by a native speaker, an experienced educator in the field of foreign language teaching. In addition to being a valuable resource for language acquisition and cultural exposure, our group is a perfect place to mix, mingle and make friends with other adults that share the rare skill of speaking Russian.