Social and Cultural Learning

With student-teacher ratios lower than the majority of preschool centers, we are able to dedicate more time one-on-one with children and to help guide them through social interactions with their peers.

Additionally, we have both child-directed and structured programs focused specifically on social development: Special Learning Days, Art Explorer Gallery, Monthly Learning Themes, Circle Time and free play.

Special Learning Days

The Special Learning Days calendar lists the national, ethnic, and cultural celebrations that we observe outside of the normal curriculum that help create awareness of the diversity of our communities.  Lessons are developmentally-appropriate, interactive, and fun.

If there is a cultural, ethnic, or national celebration you would like to co-create with us, listed or not listed below, we would be ecstatic and honored if you would share it with us and the children.

Observed Dates 2021 Holiday or Celebration Activities or holiday closure
Fri., Jan. 1st New Year’s Day Avalon is closed for the holiday
Mon., Jan. 18th MLK, Jr. Day Avalon is closed for the holiday
Thu., Feb. 11th Chinese New Year Story, art projects, celebration food
Fri., Feb. 12th Valentine’s Day Valentines cards, Art Project, Cupcakes
Mon., Feb. 15th President’s Day Avalon is closed for the holiday
Tue., Mar. 2nd Dr. Seuss Day / Read Across America Day Stories and activities
Wed., Mar. 17th St. Patrick’s Day Story, activity / art project, celebration food
Mon., Mar. 29th Holi Indian Festival —story, food, and activities
Fri., Apr. 2nd Easter Egg decoration and hunt, Tea Party
Mon., Apr. 12th Ramadan Story, activity / art project, celebration food and Charity Drive
Thu., Apr. 22nd Earth Day Terrarium art project, stories, gardening
Fri., May 7th Mother’s Day Surprise for mom / mother figure
Mon., May 31st Memorial Day Avalon is closed for the holiday
Fri., Jun. 18th Father’s Day Surprise for dad / father figure
Fri., Jul 2nd Independence Day
Activity / art project, celebration food
Mon., Jul. 5th Independence Day Avalon is closed for the holiday
Mon., Sep. 6th Labor Day Avalon is closed for the holiday
Fri., Oct. 29th Halloween Costume party and pumpkin decorating
Tue., Nov. 2nd Dia de los Muertos Story/movie, activity / art project, celebration food
Wed., Nov 24th Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Potluck and Food Drive
Mon., Nov. 29th Hanukkah Story, activity / art project, celebration food
Thu., Dec 23rd Christmas Christmas Party, Gift exchange, and Toy Drive

 

Monthly Learning Themes

Social and cultural awareness are large, abstract concepts for little ones; however, these are important skills for your child to learn before they start kindergarten because once they are in elementary school, children will be interacting with hundreds of other children and adults from a variety of backgrounds.

To make it easier for children to develop in these areas, monthly learning themes provide a consistent framework for social experiences.

March and September are dedicated to social and cultural lessons that we emphasize personal connections to.  The first week of March, Class Heritage, is based on student interest and learner-directed lessons (Reggio Emilia and Montessori pedagogies).  For example, a child with Italian heritage might want to learn how to make homemade pasta or how to sculpt with clay.  Perhaps they are only curious about where the country is on our globe, so a teacher would take that opportunity to ask the child questions to draw out the child’s curiosity further.