… 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 Smarty, of course, doesn’t have 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 Smarty 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.