Category: Parents’ Interests

Fun Outdoor Activities For Your Kids During COVID-19

Building and sharing at the sand table during IPS Summer Camp a few years ago.

Although we are well into July and the COVID-19 outbreak, at least here in the tri-state area, has decreased significantly, more families are choosing to make the summer of 2020 a low-key summer. This means less going out, less traveling, and more time spent in and around the home.

As adults, we sometimes forget about the simplicities and plethora of activities that can entertain little and big kids alike.  Looking for some ideas to up your outdoor game?  Read on!

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Swimming-Related Books For Your Preschooler

Having fun and staying safe in the water at IPS Summer Camp!

Last week’s blog post talked about water safety and getting your preschoolers used to the water in a safe, fun way via play-based learning.

At The International Preschools, where our learning philosophy is play-based, we use a variety of tools from books, games, art, role-playing, and other methods in order to teach different skills and lessons.  To supplement your child’s exposure, comfort, and experimentation with the water, here are a list of books that he/she will enjoy reading…

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Swim Time: Getting Preschoolers Used To The Water

Penguin City Swim teaches IPS students to swim during the 2019 camp season.

The highlight of my summer as a child (and now, as a grown-up!) was/is spending as much time as possible in and around the water.  As an adult, I became a Water Safety Instructor with the American Red Cross and learned how to teach children of all ages how to swim.  Providing children with swim lessons is vital in order to promote a safe and comfortable relationship with the water.

As parents and caregivers, there are many simple things that we can do with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and bigger kids to get them comfortable in and around the water.  Similar to the play-based learning philosophy at The International Preschools, these tips and ideas will allow children to learn and be comfortable in the water while having fun at the same time!

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Fourth of July Fireworks Are On In New York City!

Fourth of July celebration from last year’s IPS Summer Camp

After a spring filled with COVID-19 and quarantine rules and precautions, it’s been so nice to welcome the warm weather and a (hopefully) less restrictive, but still safe, summer!  With New York City beaches scheduled to open on July 1st, summer seems a bit more like…summer.  Another tried-and-true tradition, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, will also run this year…with a twist!

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Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud: Winter 2020

Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud in a classroom at our 76th Street location.

The International Preschools is in the middle of its annual Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud.  For this event, male relatives and friends of our students are invited into the classrooms to read to the children.  This person can be a father, brother, grandfather, cousin, uncle, or special friend.

While the program was originally founded many years ago to identify male figures as reading role models for young boys, it has evolved simply into a wonderful opportunity for cherished caregivers and loved ones to provide a literacy-based activity for our preschoolers.

 

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Looking Ahead: The IPS Spring Benefit

IPS parent Adrien Meyer was our auctioneer at the 2019 Spring Benefit.

The International Preschools’ annual Spring Benefit will take place on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Yale Club here in midtown Manhattan.  Our Parents’ Association has already begun working on this exciting event.

Whether you’ve attended several benefits or never been to one, here’s a few reasons why you should join us this year…

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Extended Day 2020-2021 at The International Preschools

Red Room having fun on the playground!

Attention families!  The International Preschools is offering an extended day program for the 2020-2021 school year.  The program would run 8:00am-6:00pm on Mondays-Fridays at our 86th Street location, while the 76th Street location would offer 8:00am-6:00pm on Mondays-Thursdays and 8:00am-4:00pm on Fridays.  The extended hours (4:00pm-6:00pm) would add on to our current after school programming.

Additionally, The International Preschools has added a few options to the program offerings for next year.  For the Red Room children, IPS is presenting several opportunities for the school day, which include a 9:00am-12:00pm choice and a 9:00am-3:00pm choice.  Also, Red Room children can choose to attend school for either two, three, or five days a week at both locations.

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New IPS After School Season Starts in January 2020!

Chess@3 offers a fantastic chess class at both IPS locations.

IPS is in our last week of school before the two-week holiday vacation, but we are already preparing for the Spring 2020 after school session, which begins upon our return to school on Monday, January 6th.  Traditionally, our spring season has a higher turnout, as families are now settled into school and the children have acclimated to the daily routines. It’s also a great way for children to make new friends and reconnect with old friends of all preschool ages.

Have you signed up your child(ren) for one (or more) after school programs yet?  Still having trouble deciding what to choose?  Here’s a breakdown of what we offer and why it’s the perfect place for your child this spring!

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IPS Parent/Teacher Conferences: What You Will Learn About This Fall

Working well in a group setting is an important skill in the life of a preschooler!

At The International Preschools, parent/teacher conferences are held twice a year:  once in the fall and once in the spring.  This year, the fall conferences will be held on November 4th and 5th for Green, Pre-K, and Junior K classrooms.  The Red Room conferences occur in December, to allow for our youngest students to acclimate better to school.

Parents of students new to our school, or new to the preschool environment in general, may wonder why it is important to attend a parent/teacher conference for such young children, or what they will learn that’s necessary to know at this time.  Here’s what you’ll learn at your child’s conference, and why it’s so important for parents to attend…

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Curriculum Night 2019 at The International Preschools

Working with math manipulative toys in the classroom.

On Wednesday, October 16th, The International Preschools will host its annual Curriculum Night for the families of our students.  The purpose of this evening is to teach parents the important aspects of the school day, including IPS teaching philosophies, topics of study, daily schedules and routines, and upcoming events throughout the school year, as well as answer any questions that parents have about their child’s school day.  On Curriculum Night, the 76th Street and 86th Street locations will allow visiting families to take a look at their  child(ren)’s classrooms from two points of view:  the teachers’ and the students’!

The curriculum of The International Preschools centers around the philosophy of play-based learning.  Play-based learning allows for children to organize and make sense of their social worlds.  It supports a child’s ability to acquire cognitive skills (i.e. number/shape/letter/color recognition), increase motor skills (used for writing, climbing, running, etc.), boost language development (the ability to converse with teachers and peers, and express needs and wants), and assist with problem-solving.  Teachers facilitate learning by sitting with and observing the children when engaged in independent or small group play, answering questions or providing guidelines.  During whole group activities, teachers prompt the children with verbal and visual directions which allow the children to complete tasks at hand.

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