On what days is the Kalinka Russian School open?
The Kalinka Russian School is a Saturday school of complementary primary education. Kalinka is only open on Saturdays.
When can I enroll my child at the Kalinka Russian School?
Normally, enrollment takes place before the start of the school year. We always provide information about the beginning of the enrollment process and the date of the first school day on our site in advance. We strive to create classes at the end of the summer, so pupils can study from the very first day at school. However, in exceptional cases, enrollment is possible during the school year.
What do I need to enroll my child at the School?
Please follow this link to download all the documents that are necessary for enrollment at the School: Contract, Addendum to the contract, etc. Please fill them out and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you and let you know if there’s a possibility to join a respective class. Usually, we manage to find a place for everyone as we work with different age groups and levels of proficiency in Russian.
Do I need any special documents for enrolling in Kalinka?
No, you don’t need any special documents other than those listed above.
Can my child join a class in the middle of the school year?
We normally try to figure something out and we can totally understand that there are different situations. However, if you have the possibility for your child to start from the very beginning of the school year, use this opportunity, so your child doesn’t need to catch up with his classmates who are far ahead.
How are the classes formed?
The primary criterion is the age. In the cases where the proficiency in Russian does not match the age of the pupil, it is possible to put the child in a class with younger pupils or in the special Russian as a foreign language group. This allows the child to catch up with his peers and to join the class which is fully appropriate to his age group the following year.
Who determines the level of knowledge of the children before enrolling?
All the teachers in our School are professionals with extensive teaching experience and specialists in the field of teaching bilingual children. They estimate the level of knowledge of the Russian language and other skills essential for studying in Kalinka and suggest the most relevant class according to their age and skills. In addition, when filling out the registration form, parents can provide information about the skills of their child, i.e. if he can speak Russian, can read or write (printed or cursive letters), etc. It is our goal to ensure that all our pupils study in groups that suit their level.
What is the duration of one lesson?
The duration of one lesson is 45 minutes. The number of lessons depends on the schedule of a particular class. Normally, every class has three lessons. In addition, children can attend optional educational clubs. The schedule of classes can be viewed here and the schedule of clubs can be viewed here.
Which textbooks are used?
In our School, we use the textbooks, developed in accordance with a special method for teaching Russian children living outside the Russian-speaking environment. The set of educational materials consists of a textbook, workbook and writing templates.
Where can I find out more information about the teachers?
Please, visit this page to learn more about the teachers of our School. All teachers at Kalinka are high-class professionals with extensive experience.
Which subjects are taught at the Kalinka Russian School?
One of the most important goals we have set for ourselves is to help children to master the Russian language, so much attention is given to subjects such as Speech & Language Development, Reading and Writing. Special attention is given to music classes aimed at the development of the language skills in a relaxed atmosphere: while singing, playing musical games, doing choral performances, etc. We also offer classes in chess and mathematics to help improve children’s logic. In elder classes, children get more information about geography, history and culture of Russia.
Most classes offer the following subjects: Speech & Language Development, Literacy Skills Development, Music & Dramatic Art. Some elder classes introduce other subjects, such as Russian Language, Reading, Social Studies, Mathematics.
How are the classes in the youngest groups of three-year-olds organized?
The classes for the youngest students are held from 9.00 AM till 10.00 AM and from 10.00 AM till 11.00 AM. The first lesson lasts 30 minutes and takes place in the gym. First, we do a warm-up that represents various rhythmic exercises, counting each repetition when we complete a full motion (with elements of logorithmics) and reciting nursery rhymes (to develop speech and phonological (sound) awareness). Then the teacher plays with children on the floor some games to develop attention, logical thinking and memory, using letters and pictures. After that (on a magic train), kids go to the classroom, where their parents are waiting for them. They pass their second lesson together with their moms and dads. It also lasts 30 minutes. Children glue, cut out, mold, draw paths, color pictures, make cereal images, hatch and write letters. While playing, kids get acquainted with the seasons, shape and color, animals, plants. The teacher is Olga Ponomareva (teacher, speech therapist). Tuition rate: 435 euros per year, 290 euros per semester.
Children of what age can be enrolled at Kalinka?
Our youngest pupils are three years old, and the oldest ones are 14 years old.
My child almost can’t speak Russian, but he understands when I speak Russian to him. Will he be able to study at Kalinka?
Of course! We have a special Russian as a foreign language group with an experienced teacher for children who need to study more.