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

Class Programs, 2017-2018

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.

Math and Logic Are Fun (3-4 years old; teacher - Olga Balyabo)

The aim of the course is to develop memory, attention and cognitive skills. Our classes will support the child's curiosity about the world, as well as help teach numeracy and spatial skills and develop logical thinking in game-based activities. Most of the assignments will improve the study skills of children by focusing their attention on rules, examples and following the procedure in solving a problem. We use methods that foster both creativity and self-control, and our homework assignments are tailored to the individual capabilities of each student.

Math and Logic are Fun (5-6 years old; teacher - Olga Balyabo)

This class is for first-graders who are able to read. We use Holodova's book "Informatics, Logic and Math for 1st- Grade." In addition to logic, arithmetic and geometry components, the class includes elements of applied math, physics and chemistry; it also features exercises to develop memory, attention span, eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. We also solve math problems and get familiar with strategy games. In every class children receive both individual and group assignments. We do group project where each group member is important. The objectives of the class are:

  • Developing children's imagination and quick thinking
  • Supporting their natural curiosity about the world
  • Developing their logical thinking and argumentation skills
  • Facilitating their individual and group creative efforts
Math Club (8-9 and 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.