Russian Language Classes

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Firecracker Academy

May 2013

I would like to share my experience about Russian Program ''Krugozor'' ( in Berkeley. My son has been attending the Early Development classes here for almost 8 months, and we really like the program. Small group size (usually about 4-5 kids), so quite a bit of individual attention for each child. The lessons are very fun: finger plays, various games for language development, counting games, a bit of dancing/movement, and some ideas from Montessori are incorporated. I 'd like to recommend it to small kids who are learning to speak Russian. Albany mom

Firecracker Academy

May 2013

My eleven year old daughter has attended Firecracker Academy since the beginning of the school year and she absolutely loves the opportunity to go there every Wednesday. She says the teacher makes math fun and interesting and that she explains math so that kids can understand it. She also says the teacher is very kind and patient. I feel that my daughter's understanding of math has improved significantly since she began attending Firecracker Academy. My daughter looks forward to attending the program this summer and next school year. I am very happy to have heard about Firecracker Academy, and I will continue to send my daughter there. It is a great opportunity for her to enhance her math skills. Pleased with Firecracker Academy

Russian Language Class For Kids?

Nov 2008

I am a Russian speaking Mum who has two smalls kids and an English speaking husband. I am trying to get my 4.5 yr old daughter to speak Russian, but I am failing. Does anyone know of a Russian class for kids or may be someone will be interested in getting together a few kids with similar situation and sharing a private teacher? elena

Please come to the Berkeley Russian School. You can look at the web site or call the director Yelena Glikman at (510)526-8892. There are a lot of families with kids similar in age to yours where only one parent is a native Russian speaker. Classes meet on Wednesdays in the afternoon and Saturday mornings. yulia

Summer camp for newly-adopted Russian 8 yr-old

April 2007

I just received the thrilling news that I can go to Russia to adopt my new son in April. Since I'll be stuck there for more than a month, we won't be home till late May, which means there's no point in enrolling him in school this year anymore. Keeping in mind that he doesn't speak English (or will just be learning then) what camps would you recommend? He's also had less schooling than American kids, so it can't be anything involving academics, either. I live in Oakland, work in Berkeley. Please drop me a line by email. Thanks so much. Monica

Berkeley Russian School runs summer camps in Russian. Russian Center of SF on Suttter and Divisadero offers classes & enrichment activities (academic, dance, etc.) in Russian. Maria

Russian classes for adults


I'm seeking Russian language classes (or possibly a tutor for 2 adults) for adults in the East Bay (used to be available thru UC Extension and Albany adult school, but no longer). Thanks!- Roxane

A few years ago I sought the same & contacted the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCB. They maintain a list of graduate students (many of whom are native speakers of Russian) who are available for tutoring. I found a great tutor and brushed up on my Russian conversational skills after many years of neglect. Strastvuyte! Eileen