Russian for Toddlers

Elite Kids Academy
508 South Livingston Ave
Livingston, NJ 07039

Russian Language Development for Toddlers 

Ages: 2-3 yrs
Days: Monday and Thursday
Time: 9:00-12:00
Instructors: Angela (Russian, math) and Marina (Music)


The program consists of several alternating lessons (20-25-30 min.) and "downtime", i.e.
a free play, snack, and lessons based on movement. It includes:

1. Зарядка  large motor movements, travelling games, stationary movements, different steps - all accompanied by many ditties and songs. This period also includes conversation about weather, time of the day, kids present and their clothing etc.

2. Language development.  Working at (1) pronunciation, because if a child can't hear the difference between "L" in ЛУЧ (LООCH) and Ключ (KLYUCH) how will they read it? So they learn to recognize sounds, syllables etc, as an oral preparation for reading. We call it phonemic awareness. It's extremely important component of reading readiness especially challenging for children growing in English-speaking environment, because their ear may not be used to the sounds of Russian words. Working at pronunciation includes finger play ("Сорока-Ворона" kind).  Another big area is (2) building a vocabulary. The kids learn new words by groups, e.g. traffic, house, vegetables, furniture, meals etc. Also, we are trying to provoke (3) expression in full sentences, "I'm going to the store, I'm buying apples." I'm going to the store, I'm buying carrots" etc. The changing part of the sentence is not said by the teacher, the object is shown, so the kids have to make connection between which part of the sentence repeats and which changes; this is how verbal thinking develops, step by step.

3. Math. For this age it means learning the concepts, such as more and less, one and many, above and below, in front and behind etc. They start learning numbers along the way. Some hands-on project may be offered to reinforced the concept (gluing a butterfly ABOVE  and a cat BELOW; apple behind the pear etc.

4. Music and Movement. This is taught by Marina Goldin. This program is actually responsible for founding of  the Do-Re-Mi School, because Marina started it on request of  Russian-speaking parents  to teach music to their children in Russian. The first group of 5 kids started their lessons in her home, and soon the home couldn't accommodate growing number of students - this is how the school started. For many current Do-Re-Mi students this program is their first acquaintance with the school. 

The program also includes fine motor development activities, like putting the beads on the string, occasional hands-on project, listening to the book read by a teacher and related "discussion": what kids just heard, what happened, who did what, what may happen after etc.; acting out the story (Теремок) and a snack (sent by parents), where related vocabulary and good manners are reinforced.

When the weather is good, reading may take place outside (at the fenced playground), or kids may play outside - on a teacher's discretion, depending on a group dynamics.

Parents receive a few sheets of "homework": concepts to review at home, ditties to memorize, excersises for th toung to perform etc. Once or even twice a week contact with the teacher is not sufficient to establish new habits (like pronunciation) or train memorization; so the program relies on parents' help.

Monthly Tuition:

Once a week: $220, 
Twice a week: $400 
Materials included 

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We also offer Hine Ma Tov, a Hebrew Singing Circle for 3-5 yrs.