Hello. I teach how to talk, how to write and how to read in the Russian language at the same time. At first, my students learn how our letters sound and we write them down. Next vocabulary: I give a word, type it in skype for my student, he or she reads it and write it down. This I do with students who can read and write, it means after we learn Russian alphabet.
Plus, I teach my students how to describe their weather (cold, warm, hot, rain, snow, wind - are main words for it). So, my student can tell me about his weather at our second lesson already.
My lessons are VERY EASY!!!! I don't take a lot of grammar rules and first vocabulary we learn with colorful cards. So, pretty quckly my students find out HOW to talk and WHAT to say. I use grammar rules very carefuly (for God sake I'll take a bit more grammar and kid-student loosing his or her interest).I do the same with adults but we take more words to learn. But everything depends on student and his or her target.
I work on my own teaching method for almost 8 years. It's made on consistency of building the vocabulary and grammar rules, that begins with simple word, short sentence and we "create" base of the Russian language knowledge. I spent years of finding logic ideas and plans for my lessons that were based on my own teaching experience and my students' inputs, removing all mistakes and misunderstanding in my lessons, so my lessons are useful, interesting and helpful.
I watch Masha and a Bear with my kids-students, in Russian, it's 10 minutes. We describe the episode later (5 minutes) and take new words and phrases from the show. But I do the same with adult students as well. But it depends only on my student desire or hie or her parent!
I prepare an audio recording with our new words and phrases after each lesson, so students can listen to it any time they want to and repeat everything, plus it's practice of pronunciation. But if my student has Russian parent, the parent can help with practicing new words with just looking at our lesson vocabulary and practicing it with his or her kid, that's why typing all new words is a great idea!