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Russian Immersion Weekday Program for 2.5 - 4 year olds
Introducing a new weekday immersion program as part of AlphaMinds Russian School!
Step by Step Preschool, 720 Monroe St Hoboken, NJ 
2 Day Program:

Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday

9 am-12pm


3 Day Program:

Schedule: Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays

9:00 am-12pm

4 & 5Day Program:

tbd, based on demand

About Our Program

Our Russian Immersion Program provides children with a strong linguistic and cultural foundation in a comfortable and authentic Russian immersion environment,

Our curriculum places strong emphasis on the social-emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child. By providing consistent routines and setting a daily schedule, we help children feel comfort and familiarity in their environment, and develop independence and responsibility for themselves and their surroundings. Our classroom offers a reassuring daily structure that balances learning through play and teacher-facilitated instruction. During these activities, children explore our daily themes, develop their own interests and skills, learn how to interact with their peers, cooperate, help each other,  practice problem solving, and begin to understand the concept of cause and effect.


We believe that some of the most profound lessons can happen during everyday moments. Our teachers work with each child’s natural inclination for exploration and investigation to create fun, flexible learning experiences that foster well-rounded development in a safe and caring environment. We provide children with all the tools and opportunities to develop and explore new social and academic skills, to build a positive association with learning, nurture their interest in reading, math, and scientific inquiry that will give them a leg up in school and beyond.  Finally, children will greatly benefit from receiving a very strong foundation in Russian language and being a part of their Russian-speaking school community.

Our curriculum is based on the innovative preschool education program "FROM BIRTH TO SCHOOL" (N. E. Veraksa, T. S. Komarova, E. M. Dorofeeva) 

Sample Day Schedule

   8:30 -  9:00 - Arrival/Free Play

   9:00 -  9:20 - Circle Time/Theme of the Day

   9:20 -  9:45 - Morning WarmUp /Guided Activity 1

  9:45 - 10:00 - Snack*

10:10 - 10:45 - Lesson/Guided Activity 2

10:45 - 11:15 - Outdoor or Gym Play 

11:30 - 12:00 - Lesson/Guided Activity 3

    12:00 - Dismissal / Transfer to the extended day program at Step by Step

*Children are welcome to bring their own snack with them.  Snack must be nut-free.

Activities include Arts & Crafts, Language Development, Logic & Math, Movement, Science Explorations & World Around US, Sing Along, Story Time, and Yoga.

Our Teacher


My name is Maria Filatova. I am a teacher of Russian language and literature. Even while at school, I realized that I was tired of physics and mathematics (I was in a specialized physics and mathematics class), and I decided to apply to the Pedagogical University for the degree of a Russian language and literature teacher. I have been working with children all my life and I enjoy communicating with them when I see how interest awakens in their eyes, how their eyes light up when they themselves (!) find the answer to a question, make a discovery or just have a good time while learning. Sometimes I teach them something, sometimes we learn together, and sometimes I learn from them. 

Click here for the complete teacher profile for Ms. Maria.

Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our Russian Program is part of the Language Immersion Program offered by Step by Step Preschool.  


  • Children must be at least 2.5 years old by September 1, 2022.  Due to the state regulations, we are unable to admit children younger than 2.5 years old into the language program.  However, children can enroll into Step by Step preschool, and start in the language program as soon as they turn 2.5 years old.​

  •  You can enroll your child only for the Russian program, 9:00 am-12:00 pm or for the extended/full day program, 7:00 am-7:00 pm.  The extended day (after 12 pm) or the early drop off (7am-9:00 am) will be part of the Step by Step regular program, conducted in English.

  • Children who are only enrolled for the Russian program will be dismissed to parents/caregivers at 12:00 pm.


  • Children who are enrolled into the extended/full day program will be transferred into their Step by Step classroom for lunch, nap and the afternoon activities.

How to Enroll

  • For questions pertaining to the curriculum, schedule and to enroll, please contact us at or by phone (201)844-8535

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