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After-School Program
English: Grade 6

The program is focused on:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing

Placement is based on the initial assessment.

Class requirements:

  1. Systematic attendance.
  2. Homework must be completed on time.
  3. Students should complete reading for the class.
Reading List: Grade 6
Book Title
I, Robot
Isaak Azimov
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defo
Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen
Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne
White Fang
Jack London
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
Farenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
The Time Machine
H.G. Wells
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Russian Writing & Grammar Level I

This class is appropriate for students who are fluent Russian speakers, but do not know how to read yet. In this class we will learn the alphabet, to read and to write in Russian.

Summer Learning Program

Summer Learning Program is an academic program that will run from June 6 to August 14. It focuses on Math and English. The program offers a variety of options to meet the needs of the students with different knowledge levels:

  • Advanced-level students will be challenged with gifted-level education to maximize their academic growth.
  • Students, who found certain areas of English and Math challenging, will get an opportunity to catch up and get ahead for a successful start to a new school year.

Based on their level, students will be encouraged to enroll in either a Math Track or English Track.

Math Track will offer 2 academic hours of Math, and 1 academic hour of English per day twice a week.

English Track will offer 2 academic hours of English, and 1 hour of Math per day twice a week.

Track enrollment will be based on the assessment that should be completed prior to the beginning of the program.

Youthful Academics: Kindergarten Enrichment Program – 1st Grade Prep

Ages 5 – 6

Children are eager to learn and ready to succeed when they enter our kindergarten enrichment program. This program offers a wide variety of activities and materials that will nourish our kid’s creative and logical thinking, self confidence, concentration, cooperation, and respect for others.  The curriculum will include reading and writing in the language of choice (English or Russian), advanced mathematical concepts, architecture, artistic expressions and interactive play.  Our children will benefit from daily projects and hands-on activities that will focus on areas of practical life, sensory exercises, health and nutrition, history, biology, geometry, geographical relationships and scientific projects with real life materials. Our Youthful Academics Kindergarten program is the perfect blend of learning and preparing your child for a real school setting.

Summer Russian Camp Chicago 2017

Blooming Minds Academy opens registration for Summer Russian Camp 2017!

Now is a great time to start thinking about summer and summer camps! Our Summer Russian Camp offers children an opportunity to practice their Russian, or learn it, if they are English-speaking, through full immersion into the program that also includes arts, crafts, dance, and music for children 3 – 12 years old. For 6-7 weeks, your child will have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our Russian camp, and share the fun with those sharing interest in the Russian language. We are sure we will make your child’s experience a great one!

Why Kids Love Our Summer Program?

Russian Summer Camp inspires kids to reach beyond their current knowledge of the Russian language and create language experiences unique to them. By practicing Russian in a fun creative atmosphere, kids feel empowered to be creative and expressive. It’s amazing to see just how kids progress when given the freedom to explore and to express themselves creatively! Imagination, as well as their language vocabulary soars! Whether they want to learn to communicate in Russian, or they would like to get a more in-depth knowledge, like reading and writing, we are glad to be of assistance!

Why Blooming Minds Russian Program will be good for your child?

From June 12th till August 11th we are  launching our Summer Russian Camp. The program will run for 10 weeks. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end by 3:00 p.m. daily. Kids will have fun combining music, dance, and crafts, all taught in Russian for full language immersion!

Programs for Kids includes:

  • Russian
  • reading
  • writing
  • puppet theater
  • creative movement
  • music
  • crafts
  • etiquette and manners
  • amateur

And also games, stories, ton of smiles, laughs and FUN!!!

Our Schedule here

  • Time and the order of the classes in the program may be changed according to the needs of the group.

General tuition


1 Week

10 weeks

Russian Summer Camp $650 $6000.00

Camp Registration Fee – $50.00

Pre-activity and after-activity times are available. ($15 per hour).

Snack is provided at additional cost.


Registration deadline is May 20th.

If you register before May 1st – no registration fee. 

We hope to see you this summer!

If you have any questions about programs please contact us

Program director – Olga Khamichonak



Registration – Mariana Babiy




BMA Music School

Соприкосновение с прекрасным позволит ребёнку раскрыться как личности, укрепит его положительный эмоциональный потенциал, приобщит его к культурным ценностям. Известно, что музыка сильно развивает пространственное мышление, математические и коммуникативные способности!

Наша музыкальная школа предлагает комплексный подход в обучении музыке. В основе обучения лежат индивидуальные уроки, на которых ребенок под руководством профессиональных и опытных педагогов постигает игру на музыкальном инструменте и развивает вокальные навыки. Важным составляющим нашей музыкальной системы являются групповые уроки, которые объединяют сольфеджио, теорию и историю музыки, развитие вокально-хоровых навыков.

Мы принимаем студентов в возрасте от 4 лет. Наши занятия не бывают скучными. Наше кредо “Обучение с радостью”. Диагностика развития музыкальных способностей проводится бесплатно.

Расписание строится с учетом Вашего расписания.

Ждём Ваших Детей! Запишитесь на бесплатное прослушивание сегодня!

Russian Level: 3rd Grade

The class curriculum is designed for students who have completed 1st and 2nd grade-level of the Russian program. The curriculum in most classes will be enhanced to meet the individual needs of the class participants. Students will be placed into the program based on their skill level, to challenge more advanced students appropriately.

The program will include:

Reading Comprehension

Math Level III

This class is appropriate for students who have completed Math Level II, and at the 3rd grade level of the traditional school program. Placement into the program is based on the initial student assessment, and approval of the program director.

English & Math Academic Enrichment – 4th Grade

The class curriculum is designed to prepare students entering 4th grade to get a good grasp of fundamentals of Math and English at their grade level and beyond. The curriculum in most classes will be enhanced to meet the individual needs of class participants. Students will be placed into the program based on their skill level, to accommodate students of various levels, and to challenge more advanced students appropriately.

The program will include:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Math


May 2014 Olympiad in Russian and Math

Dear Parents; As you already know, Blooming Minds Academy will host Olympiad 2014 in Russian and Math from May 22 to June 7 for all children ages 4 – 6, who attend our classes in the morning, in the evening, and on Saturdays. We consider this to be an important […]

BMA STEAM Students Transition to Online Learning

In consideration of the COVID-19 virus and the Governor’s mandate, we are transitioning our BMA STEAM students to online classrooms effective Monday, March 16.  To transition smoothly, we ask all parents to: Allow students the use of a computer or iPad on the day of their class. Log in to […]

Teaching Math. Grade 2.

1. First, and the most important aspect of teaching Grade 2 Mathematics is to understand Common Core Requirements for students of this age. Please, see the link below to study.  2. Next, it is imperative to understand Russian requirements. Please, read and study. Math Requirements for Russian Federation. 3. BMA […]

Olympiad Math Team Try-Outs

Every year, Blooming Minds opens its doors to all students who want to participate in Olympiads. This year, we would like to compete both on an individual level and as a BMA STEAM Team. Two teams will compete, elementary school team – grades 1 – 5, and middle school team […]

2019 – 2020 Enrollment

New 2019 – 2020 School Year will begin on Monday, August 26. Please, ensure New Student Registration form is completed and payment is submitted for Trimester 1. All important communication will be done through email, so please verify your email address to ensure we are able to reach you. We […]

Happy Independence Day!

Grade 4. Writing & Grammar. Saturdays at 11:00 AM.

Summer Session: June 15 – August 10 Days: Saturdays Time: 11:00 – 11:45 AM Cost Per Session: $207 Materials to bring: Notebooks (2), Pen, Pencil, & Eraser.   Class size: 6 students Summertime is the time to get a head start for the next school year. Writing is usually more […]

Our new Logo & Brand Identity

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Academy logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our brand. We’ve been growing and evolving over 10 years, and now it is time for a change. We have refreshed our logo for older children to reflect who we are […]

BMA Daycare – Open House, February 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Blooming Minds Academy Daycare will open its doors to prospective students and their parents on Friday, February 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Enrollment for 2019 – 2020 is now open, and we want to answer any questions you may have and let your children experience what our academy is […]

Academy Closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Due to the anticipated arctic weather tomorrow, Blooming Minds Academy will be closed. Please, be safe and warm.

Academy Open, Monday, January 28, 2019

Dear Parents, Although, we do not recommend driving this morning, as the road conditions are very bad, Blooming Minds Academy will be open today to accommodate those of our parents who are not able to take time off work. Please, stay safe!

Winter Storm in Effect Monday, January 28, 2019

Dear Parents, A winter storm warning is currently in effect. A number of schools in the area canceled tomorrow’s classes. As it has not started snowing yet, we have not cancelled school tomorrow morning. However, please be advised, in the event the roads’ conditions will be bad tomorrow morning, we […]

Choose your Summer program

Are you dreaming about Summer of convenience and peace of mind? Blooming Minds STEAM Academy took care of it. We have developed a summer program right for your child. Choose exactly what works to you. And yes, we begin early, when no other camps are available yet. Click on the […]

Open Enrollment for annual mathematical competition Math Kangaroo 2019

Dear Parents, The International Math Kangaroo Olympiad is a once a year event that is going to take place on  March 21st, 2019. We are happy to be a part of it.  Enrollment is in process and will take until December 15 while space is available. Any students in grades 1 through 12 […]

Blooming Minds Academy Closed on Labor Day

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Students, Blooming Minds Academy will be closed on Monday, September 3 in the observance of Labor Day. Please, note: students who will miss classes because of the holidays will have their classes extended 15 minutes for 3 weeks to make up for the missed hours. (This […]

English Classes for kids – Enrollment is Open

Now enrolling! Hurry to register your children before classes fill up.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day to all our students, parents and friends!

Enrollment Now Open for 2018-2019 Season

Classes Company Enrollment Performance About Us

Kangaroo Math Olympiad Winners

The drums are rolling, and all of us at Blooming Minds Academy in Wheeling are excited! We have received the list of Kangaroo Math Olympiad results and are ready to post the list of national and state winners. Thousands of students have participated, so the battle of great minds was […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our families!

Fun Science – Ages: 4 – 6

Dear Parents of our Saturday Arts & Crafts Class’ Students: Since the beginning of the school year, we had a pleasure to observe the inquisitive nature of our students. Through our observation and based on the advice of our parents, we have decided to adjust the course of this class, […]

September 16 – Music School Concert

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English Reading List: Grade 6

We are excited to see that we are off to a great start this year! All pre-assessments will be completed during next few weeks. Our students are in top academic shape, as always, which makes us very happy and proud. As time flies, we would like to remind our 6th […]

2017 – 2018 School Year Enrollment Open

2017-2018 School Year enrollment has officially begun. This year, we will have limited enrollment for Blooming Minds Academy classes. We will only enroll 30 students for our morning classes (which is substantially less than usual) and we will have limited enrollment for our evening and weekend classes. As such, we […]

Young Architects

I can’t stop admiring the power of children’s creativity and imagination. During our science class, we discussed different architectural styles, learned how to read drawings, built various constructions, based on the drawings offered. At the end, children could build anything they wanted. Not only they were able to build AMAZING […]

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

Having pets can be healing for the family. Pets have proven to tighten the bond between family members. In normal family dynamics, tensions erupt, as we are in fact human beings. Family life can be further stressful when there is a child involved, or two. However, studies have proven that […]

MidTerm Break

Dear Parents: To celebrate Thanksgiving, the Academy will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. We will resume on Monday, November 28. Happy Thanksgiving!

Halloween Carnival

October 29 at the Academy was a magical Halloween carnival. All tickets were sold a few weeks before this evening. Our teachers have prepared an interesting and varied holiday program. And our students and their parents took part in a costume ball and competitions. There was a lot of music, […]

Our Faculty

Olga Khamichonak is a founder of Blooming Minds Academy. Olga has graduated from Minsk State Pedagogical College and Minsk State Linguistics University with Bachelor’s in Teaching and Master’s in Linguistics of the English Language. Olga began her career as a teacher of English in Minsk, Belarus. For almost 20 years Olga […]

Open Enrollment – Dance & Dance with Mommy in Wheeling

Enrollment is currently open for a Dance program for children ages 2 – 14 at our Wheeling location. Children and their parents (for Mommy-and-Me Dance Project) will enjoy a variety of dance styles: classical dance, ballet, folk dance, contemporary dance, creative movement, and more.          

Register Today and Save!

Register for a free music skills assessment prior to August 15, and you will not have to pay an annual registration fee! (New students only, please.) http://bloomingmindsacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/Music-School-Flyer_A2.pdf

Happy 4th of July from Blooming Minds Academy

REGISTRATION OPEN: Summer Learning Program for Grades 1-6

Summer Learning Program is an academic program that will run from June 6 to August 14. It focuses on Math and English. The program offers a variety of options to meet the needs of the students with different knowledge levels: Advanced-level students will be challenged with gifted-level education to maximize […]

BMA Music School for Children

We are excited to announce our new program: Academic Music School for children ages 4 – 18. Our music program is based on the traditional Russian musical school approach: children are taught not only their chosen instrument discipline, but they are also required to attend classes in solfeggio, music literature, music […]

Fall Trimester Begins August 24th

We are excited to begin our 2015-2016 School Year on August 24th. Please, ensure that all registration forms are submitted by this date, and tuition is paid in full. We are looking forward to a productive and exciting new start!

Reminder: July 4th – Blooming Minds Academy Closed

Dear Parents: This is just a reminder: on Saturday, July 4th, Blooming Minds Academy will be closed. Happy 4th of July!  

Chicago After-School Program – Begins Monday, September 14.

Intellectual Development Through Play Dear Parents, We are grateful for the opportunity to continue offering our intellectual development after-school programs at GEMS World Academy! Beginning Monday, September 14, we will be offering our Blossoming Threes (ages 3-4), Kindergarten Prep (ages 4 – 5), and Youthful Academics (ages 5 – 6) […]

What Makes Blooming Minds Academy Unique?

Our unique educational method is the Game-Based Learning in a Small Group. What is better: one-on-one tutoring or interaction in a group? Our answer: a combination of the two. At our educational learning center, children achieve specific learning goals through constant involvement in interactive entertainment and consistent individual attention of […]

New Location in Niles – Class Schedule

Finally! Class schedule is ready and posted for our new location in Niles. Enrollment is now open for all classes. To register, please call our main number: 847-340-0427. Niles Class Schedule

Monday, February 2nd – Evening Classes – Regular Schedule

Evening classes will run according to the usual schedule on Monday, February 2nd.

Monday, February 2 – 9:00 a.m. Classes Will Start at 10:00 a.m.

Dear Parents: Due to inclement weather, we will move our morning classes from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, February 2nd. We hope this will allow for the roads to be cleaned, so that you can safely come to school. If by 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, we will not see […]

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