Natalia's teacher is a gem. She taught her how to read USA Level 1 books in two months! Natalia has now mastered 60 flashcards and is writing quite well; here are some recent samples of her schoolwork. Every day the kids do some kind of project involving art and writing. They also have a notebook with lined pages; each day the children take turns coming up with the sentence of the day--every child then writes that sentence down, using proper spelling and punctuation.
Here is her (rather short!) letter to Santa. The "jumping beans" that she wants are magnets--and she'll be so happy to get them next week for her birthday. I think Santa will still come up with many other good ideas of things she would like...
This girl was one of her first projects, done a month ago. Sometimes the teacher lets them just write on their own to gain confidence with phonetics.
If you're in Moscow and looking for a great English-language nursery school/kindergarten, contact me and I'll share the name and contact info with you. The school is so great!!!