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Small World

A unique program for 2-year-olds that fosters developmental skills, kindles curiosity and sets young children upon the path of lifelong learning

Small World is Avenues’ innovative program for 2-year-olds: a joyful and enriching first school experience that fosters healthy separation in a bilingual English/Mandarin environment. Small World is offered at two locations in Nanshan District: the Avenues Shenzhen Learning Innovation Center and the Avenues Shenzhen campus. The program emphasizes:

The acquisition of developmental skills through play, exploration and specialty classes

Daily exposure to English and Mandarin in a bilingual environment

The fostering of social-emotional and self-help skills


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.


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


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


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


The cultivation of 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:

  1. Separation
  2. Being part of a group
  3. Initiation of socialization
  4. Basic communication skills
  5. 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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