News: Registration Discount Until December 9

$25Social Arts Atlanta is pleased to announce a $25 discount for families who register students between November 11 and December 9, 2015. This offer is valid for classes during the 2016 Winter/Spring Semester.

Social Arts 101 and 102 will be offered starting on January 22 and run through May 14, 2016. 101 teaches and practices basic social skills including dining, introductions and social dances. 102 continues to practice the basics and adds skills such as interviewing for jobs and internships, managing specific difficult foods and leading and following turns for the five dances learned in 101. Both of these classes are five monthly sessions and tuition is $275.

Note: Families that are currently registered for a Winter/Spring Semester program will receive a $25 credit towards the tuition of their next Social Arts class or program.

Notes: Why No Screens

Cell_PhonesWhy no screens at Social Arts Atlanta events?

We have all come to rely on these “smart” devises as a way to communicate, make notes, find information and take pictures. This collective data, words and images, can make so many things easier. Need to change the carpool schedule? Send a text. See just the right layout for a meeting? Snap a picture and email it to your assistant.

Yet, as with many fantastic and amazing things, there are down sides.

Screens document and broadcast the good and the bad. Creating an environment where students can make a mistake without the fear of being the subject of a post on social media, well intentioned or not, is important. We all need the space to mess up and try again, to practice and get our footing.

Phones, tablets and MP3 players can be used to create a physical barrier, a crutch, the techo means to “look the other way” from something uncomfortable. In social situations, this discomfort is likely caused by not knowing what to do or say. Because Social Arts’ classes do not allow screens and are relatively small and, student more naturally engage and learn that knowledge and practice are empowering. Most situations are not as difficult as you could ever image.

SAA’s no screen policy is both a protection and a way to make students open up, be uncomfortable to get more comfortable.

Quotes: Good Ways

The good ways, or the good rules for behaving, have lasted a long time – so they must have something.

-Munro Leaf

Leaf_HowBehave_OldWaysThis quote is from the author of The Story of Ferdinand, he wrote more than 40 children’s book from the mid-30s to the mid-70s. He even had a cartoon series. Munro was an observer of human behavior. In How to Behave and Why he works through honesty, fairness and strength (not physical but moral) which are the unpinning of manners and then etiquette.

Leaf, Munro. How to Behave and Why. New York: Universe, 1946. Print.

News: Social Skills Class with APFM

APFMA Place 4 Me Counseling  has announced that they will offer a Preteen Social Skills Group. It will take place on Saturday, March 21st from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. It is open to any 10-13 year old.

The group will cover such topics as;

  • Feeling better about who you are
  • Standing up for yourself
  • When is the right time to say or do something in a conversation
  • Dealing with things when they do not go your way

The fee for the group is $50 and will take place at the PFME offices which are at 427 Moreland Ave, 30307.

Further information about and registration for the group is available by contacting Amanda Murray at A Place for Me Counseling via amanda@aplaceformecounseling.com or 404-228-3976.