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Small World

A first school experience designed to trigger curiosity, stimulate creativity and sow the seeds of multilingualism

Small World is Avenues’ innovative program for 2-year-olds. As a joyful and enriching first school experience, Small World provides:

Exposure to three languages

The facilitation of healthy separation from caregivers

An emphasis on self-help skills

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LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

A balance of structured activities and free play encourage children to learn while having fun, making discoveries for themselves and developing their fine motor skills.

THREE LANGUAGES

Daily exposure to Spanish and Mandarin (as well as English) through read-alouds, songs, and immersion-style instruction builds confidence and communication skills.

MOVEMENT

An emphasis on physical play and expression promotes fitness, coordination and gross motor skills.

HANDS-ON EXPLORATION

STEAM and World Course activities, including cooking, gardening, music and crafts foster observation skills and curiosity.

SELF-HELP SKILLS

Fundamental skills such as eating with a knife and fork, putting on and removing coats, and taking care of one’s possessions prepare children for a full-day school experience the following year.

The Fundamentals

The program is based on the five core learning experiences of early childhood, as defined by Nancy Schulman, head of the Early Learning Center at Avenues New York, in her book Practical Wisdom for Parents:

  • Separation
  • Being part of a group
  • Initiation of socialization
  • Basic communication skills
  • Establishing and following routines

A Global Curriculum for a World School

What do Avenues students learn? The Avenues World Elements table is our answer to that question. Designed by our research and development team, the Avenues World Elements is a global curricular system that defines the learning outcomes of Avenues students at all grade levels, at all our campuses.

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