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Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). "Kids do as well as they can."
We did Cyrillic alphabet blocks from pretty early on, but have since abandoned it. Once she started learning the Latin alphabet at pre-school, it all became a mess for her (for example, what is P or C? The ones that are totally different were a bit easier, but it still seemed to be very confusing to her).
Anyway, I've decided just to wait. She's four and knows the Latin alphabet very well (names and sounds) and can read some words. But she's not really secure in reading yet, and really can't write at all, except her name (in Latin letters). She has developed awareness of which language is which, and I think she did need to develop that concept and awareness before throwing different alphabets at her. After all, it requires the ability to differentiate between two systems.
I think all of this rambling is to say that I'm going to wait a bit. We're trying to improve her spoken Russian right now (which is far behind her spoken English, unfortunately). Reading and writing will come later. Maybe 1st or 2nd grade when she feels more confident in reading and writing in general.
Udachi Vam. K sozhaleniu, sama ne znayu chto delat v etoi neprostoi situatsii. Vremya pokazhet, kak govoritsya.
|if like a PP noted, traveling to the "mother country" is really the key.|
|Unfortunately, I have very little desire to travel to Russia or Ukraine|
Although I have set the goal of renewing dd's passport this spring so that maybe we can go this summer before she starts kindergarten. For her part, dd is VERY excited about the (possible) trip to visit babushka and dedushka. She talks to them every week on the telephone and very much wants to FINALLY see them I really hope we can get organized and go.
That was exactly my concern, that some of the letters look the same but have very different sounds.
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