How to Read at the First Class?

Many parents have concerns about their children reading at the first class. They open the Student’s Book, see the words written there and are shocked: “My child cannot read this!”

That is true, your students cannot read in Russian yet, but it is not necessary. All the future exercises are geared toward them beginning to learn the Russian letters and the reading rules of the Russian language. Therefore, it is important to use common sense and what we have just learned during the lesson.

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Why Do We Need Dictations?

Dictations are an excellent practice for our students. Dictations require a lot of skills: You need to hear, recognize, write — look how many skills are worked on simultaneously!

I usually carry out dictations at the end of the class, before the final game. By this time my students have already reviewed the words necessary for the dictation.

There are different types of dictations. There are simple dictations. A teacher dictates and a student writes. You can dictate words and sentences. When you start the Soroka Course, you dictate words only.

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Working with Audio Files

What are the audio files for the Student’s Book for? How do you work with them? I am going to reveal secrets of experienced teachers.

I would like to start with the fact that we begin to learn a language through our ears. As I was taught: “Language is initiated through our hearing.” This is a natural process.

When a child lives in a linguistic environment, he constantly hears the language, which is spoken by people around him. Then a child starts to recognize words and to repeat them. His speech starts to form in his native language (the language of his environment).

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Manual for Parents – Part 3

In the manual, you are going to find lesson planning. Partially it is going to be the same as it is in the Soroka 1 manual for teachers. For this manual, I did not include the exercises/activities that can be completed in a group setting.  Furthermore, I would like to note that the difference will be that the manual, which you are reading now, is geared toward individual/one-on-one lessons with children regardless of whether the parents or teachers conduct the lessons.  However, I am going to focus my attention on parents, for they have less experience and need to be guided/assisted more.

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Manual for Parents. Part 2

We set up the goals. Now let us look at the schedule. I am going to describe an individual situation, and it is up to you to apply it to yourself, agreed? Examine your schedule and the schedule of your child. When are you both free and when can you both sit down and study in a peaceful manner? It is necessary to have this time when nobody disturbs and bothers you. Do you have this time during the week? Mark it on your calendar. I would like you to study 2- 3 times a week, about 35-40 minutes every time. It is not necessary to make the lessons long. First, you do not have time, and second, your child gets tired.  Your language lessons must be on a regular basis in accordance with the schedule. Remember to have short and frequent lessons

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