A day in the Small World Program

The Avenues Small World program will expose children to developmentally appropriate practices and activities that will foster experiential learning through sensory, discovery, song and language activities that revolve around a child’s natural way of learning: play.

Arrival/Free Play: Teachers will greet each child at the door to assist them in transitioning smoothly into the classroom and beginning their day. Free play will include diverse activities in the classroom that promote creativity as well as small-group learning experiences that foster social interaction. Children develop their fine motor capabilities with a variety of activities during center time, where much of the individualized instruction will take place.

Meeting: Together we discuss a range of topics and prepare for the next part of the day. This circle time experience will be conducted in English, Spanish and Chinese through a broad range of stories and songs and movement activities.

Gross Motor/Indoor PlaySpace: In the indoor play area, the children will have opportunities to practice necessary gross motor skills by running, tumbling, leaping, hopping and climbing. Each child will learn to be aware of his or her body in space.

Experiential Learning: Children will explore the world through their five senses during daily enrichment activities such as cooking, food study, library, art and music.

Snack Time: While enjoying a light snack provided by the school, children practice self-help and social learning skills while communicating with one another in each of the languages.

To learn more about the Small World Program, please join us for one of our upcoming parent information events in October.

Small World Teachers

Head of Small World

Rita Truong has been a lead teachers at Avenues for the past six years, since the school’s opening.  This past year, as head of Small World, Rita was responsible for developing, leading and teaching children in the program’s inception year.  Prior to this, Rita spent five years as head teacher in the nursery program within the Avenues Early Learning Center. Before joining Avenues, Rita taught children ages 2 through 4 at the Washington Market School in Tribeca and 3- and 4-year-olds at the Riverside Church Weekday School in Morningside Heights. She also taught 2-year-olds at Preschool of America, Tudor City, in New York City. In Hong Kong, she also served as a governess of a child from age 4 through 6, teaching her math, writing, reading and piano. Rita is fascinated by young children’s development. “My favorite part of being a nursery teacher,” she says, “is working with families and understanding the critical role parents play in their child’s education.”

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