Friday, March 16, 2012

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… And my daughter is reading in Russian as well as can be expected from a Russian child her age! I find it hard to believe my ears when I hear her read in Russian considering that just two months ago she knew about 5 words and no letters at all. Even her tutor (she teaches second grade in a public school not far from us, but I found her through Russian classifieds) is amazed at her progress. What amuses me is that Anna, of course, doesn’t Mar14_Russian2have active vocabulary yet to comprehend what she is reading. I have to translate the meaning back into English for her when she is trying to read Russian books. Her tutor compensates for it by making fun projects where she labels words for Anna to read. This lantern with Russian alphabet on it is a pretty neat idea that can be reused for someone learning English letters too.

I wish I had more age-appropriate language exposure for her. Ironically, we have Hebrew, Hindu and French speaking kids in the neighborhood, but no Russians. I was contemplating Russian-language summer camp, but she is begging to go to a summer camp in her Y. Hopefully a visit to grandparents will help her to start speaking/understanding more than she does right now, but I am still very pleased with her progress.

9 comments:

Kylie said...

wow that's pretty impressive :-)

Sarah said...

That's amazing. Way to go Anna!

Ticia said...

That is impressive. Knowing her it's just a matter of time before she translates that over into actual understanding.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Fantastic! That's a very useful accomplishment. I can't wait to see how she progresses.

Debbie said...

Good job Anna! This is such a great achievement.

Joyful Learner said...

Yeah! Isn't it exciting! It's just like when they began reading in English for the first time. Do you have access to stories in Russian? That might help with vocabulary development.

MaryAnne said...

That's fantastic!

I bet a visit with grandparents would work wonders with her comprehension :)

Susan said...

That's awesome! Go Anna :)

Christy said...

That is great! Keep us posted!!!