Notes: Success at the Museum

A parent whose son completed Social Arts 101 shared this success story with us. We hope you enjoy reading it!

My mom took John and Cindy to the Fernbank Museum recently. She relayed this story to me:
Cindy was thirsty and they didn’t know where the water fountain was located. John offered to find out. He left my mom and Cindy and made his way to the gentleman taking tickets at the entrance. (Mom said the man was pushing 80 years old. She kept her distance to see how John would handle the situation.)
John said “Excuse me, sir. My sister is thirsty, will you tell me where the water fountain is located.” The man told him. John offered his hand, they shook hands and John thanked him. As my mom walked by, the ticket taker complimented her on “that polite young man.”
I’m proud of John for his behavior, and thrilled this went down in front of my mom. Woo hoo! Sometimes it’s the little things…
Thanks for working with these kids. I know mine isn’t the easiest egg, and I really appreciate you offering your time and patience!
Note: The names have been changed in this post for privacy.

News: Social Arts Classes Start Soon

IntroductionThe Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Atlanta’s Social Arts Classes will begin Friday, January 22.

Social Arts 101 for ages 11-13/grades 6-8 is designed to give knowledge and practice. Interactive exercises demonstrate the importance of manners and key etiquette rules related to events such as introductions and dining. Each class also includes the introduction of a social dance.

Social Arts 102 is for students through age 14/grade 9 who have completed Social Arts 101 or its equivalent with another organization. In this class students continue to practice the basics while adding new skills such as eating difficult foods, entrepreneurship, interview skills and managing emergencies. Social dances will be practiced with the additions of turns and traveling.

Both classes are five monthly lessons. Tuition is $275 and class enrollment is limited to 26.

Register for 101 & 102

ClassThe Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Class will begin Friday, January 22. Openings are still available for both classes and registration is being accepted both online and by mail.

The feedback that we have received about classes is that they are a great balance of information and fun. As the session goes by, the hands-on activities and practice increase the confidence and abilities of the students.

Social Arts 101 is for students in grades 6 – 8 and covers many primary social skill such as introductions and dining etiquette. The students also learn and practice a repertory of social dances.

Social Arts 102 is for students in grades 7 – 9 that have either completes Social Arts 101 with Social Arts Atlanta or its equivalent with another organization. The class continues to practice the basics and adds important next level actives such as managing social media, interviewing skills and how to handle difficult foods. Social dances are practiced and turning and traveling are added.

Both classes are five lessons and tuition is $275. Registration is first come, first served and class size is limited to 26.


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.