This is emotionally very difficult for children of 2 or 3 years old to be separated from their mothers for a long time, for this reason we offer a half-time programme (from 8 a.m. to 13 p.m.) for the progressive adaptation.
The basic unit of our programme is the comprehensive developing classes conducted by native speakers in English. In two hours we reach the effective immersion in language without haste and overload.
The competent and clear structure of classes including the alternating different activities helps ensure that children do not have time to get tired during the lesson. The paradox is that the younger the child is, the more naturally the language immersion will take place. Think about it in fact he learns the mother tongue without interpreters. The meeting with the foreign language is held in the same way. Our classes enable to absorb English, so English becomes not the foreign, but second language. This is bilingualism. It is possible to reach such result because of the young children have the unique mechanism of understanding the world through imitation or simulation.
You should not expect that the child immediately starts speaking. The sensitive period for learning of language, described by Vygotskiy and Montessori, or period of speech activity formation is divided into two natural phases: language accumulation period and the period of speaking, which comes after 4 years as a rule. It is important that the child hears the grammatical speech and the brain records it.
Kids learn the world imitating and playing. It is very interesting and comfortable for children to be at our place. They play, draw, and sing. They are very active and all their activities are accompanied by English speech. The great attention is paid to the sensory development and development of fine and gross motor skills. We give the kids a chance to try everything by touch, use the finger paints and the toys made of natural materials.
Dedicated classes, music and art, are given by subject teachers who have fluent English. That is why their lessons are given partly in English and partly in Russian. The sport sessions and comprehensive developing classes with psychologist are offered for kids as well.