Summer camp at The International Preschools was a blast! We recreated the Summer Olympics 2021 in our very own school, and enjoyed (virtual) visits with the Chickenshed NYC and musician Lou Gallo. We celebrated special days like Crazy Sock Day and the Teddy Bear Picnic. Everyone had a great time!
Here are some photos from the camp season for you to enjoy:
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The International Preschools’ (IPS) Summer Camp 2021 season ended on Friday, July 2nd, and a great time was had by all! During the last week of camp, we commemorated the Fourth of July via our “Red, White, and Blue Day.” Children were invited to come to school wearing…what else?…red, white, and/or blue and participated in some fun activities, including viewing a fireworks presentation from a previous Fourth of July celebration!
Here are some photos and descriptions of our camp activities from week 3:
There’s lots of fun things happening at IPS Summer Camp every day! Although our overall camp theme for summer is the upcoming Summer Olympics, the children are participating in additional special days and specialty classes that are engaging and exciting!
The “special days” at summer camp will require parent participation from home! For “Crazy Hat Day,” each child will wear a hat or headband selected from home to show to his/her fellow campers. On Red, White, and Blue Day, the children are encouraged to find red, white, and/or blue items to wear to camp. Activities such as these build a strong “home-to-school” connection; that is, when an activity for school is included or done, in part, at home, and vice versa). It is a great way to help children cultivate positive feelings towards learning, and allows parents to be actively involved in the child’s learning as well.
In addition to special days, IPS Summer Camp also has specialty classes! These classes are different from our school year specialty classes and are with different instructors. They are also brought in via Zoom…and are a huge hit at both locations! On Tuesdays, the children participate in activities with the Chickenshed, an inclusive and interactive children’s theatre. The Chickenshed actors use songs and puppets to bring laughs and entertainment to our campers! On Thursdays, Lou Gallo visits our IPS campers with his catchy, lively music and entertaining songs for kids (and teachers!). Some song favorites include “My Shoes Light Up!” and “No, Molly!”
Both Lou and the Chickenshed visited IPS’ 76th Street location in early 2020, before school was closed due to COVID-19. We are happy to have Lou and the Chickenshed back at IPS this summer!
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Our camp season was derailed in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but The International Preschools is back for three weeks of summer camp in 2021!
The theme for this year’s summer camp season is the Olympics, in honor of the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympics are a perfect theme for IPS Summer Camp, as it not only puts gross motor skills to the forefront, but also embraces countries and cultures from all around the world coming together, which is the founding principle of The International Preschools.
To open up the 2021 camp season, our two IPS locations celebrated the Olympics with some fun activities. At 86th Street, campers participated in individual events in the gym such as egg-on-a-spoon and other balancing activities. At 76th Street, the campers welcomed the season with a torch lighting ceremony, where the children practiced lighting the Olympic torch from the Olympic cauldron. Then, they had a turn to march around the room as the Olympic theme played in the background. The Goldfish at 76th Street also made their own flags out of stickers, as part of the groups’ “Parade of Nations” (similar to what takes place during the actual Olympics).
Be sure to return to the blog next week for more IPS Summer Camp fun!
Want to learn more about IPS Summer Camp? Though it’s only open to current and incoming students, you can read about our program on our website.
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Last week’s blog spoke about the end-of-the-year celebrations that were occurring (or about to occur) at The International Preschools. Many classrooms initiated the first (and only!) in-person celebrations to happen all year long, all of which took place outdoors at nearby Central Park or Carl Schurz Park. Please enjoy some photos from the end-of-school festivities!
Thank you for a great year!
Be sure to visit the blog in the coming weeks for more IPS fun, including a look at IPS Summer Camp!
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What a year! Nine months ago, in September 2020, the teachers, students, and administration of The International Preschools entered the school year with a mixture of feelings, from hope to excitement to uncertainty. A lengthy list of protocols allowed for our school to remain open five days a week, for the entire school year.
And what a success it has been! With copious amounts of hand washing, sanitizing of materials, and the wearing of masks, IPS students were able to come to school safely to play, learn, and socialize. With support and trust from the IPS parent community, we were able to remain open during an uncertain time. With hard work and dedication from the IPS teachers and staff, an environment as similar as possible to the one that IPS children had known pre-pandemic came to be.
As the last days of school come and go, many classes are commemorating the end of school with something that hasn’t happened all year: an in-person picnic for families, students, and teachers at Central Park (for the West 76th Street location) and Carl Schurz Park (for the East 86th Street location). For other classes, “Zoom parties” have been scheduled, so that parents, families, teachers, and students can come together to mark the end of a wonderful (albeit different) school year.
Thank you to all of the members of the IPS community for your dedication and support of our school!
After the butterflies have been set free and the life cycle curriculum comes to an end, the classrooms at The International Preschools concentrate their learning on the celebration of growth. The teachers and children reflect and reiterate on how much growth has happened in the nine months of the school year, as well as the growth that has occurred from the day that the children were born (which doesn’t feel like all that long ago, from a parent’s perspective!) to now, as a preschool-aged child.
For some classes, the observations of the children’s development focus on what they can do now as a three, four, or five-year-old, which they could not do as babies or toddlers. In other classes, growth is measured in inches (or in some cases, Unifix cubes!); the children track how tall they’ve gotten over the last nine months using various units of measurement. Many classes have enjoyed seeing photos (submitted by parents) of each student (and some teachers!) as a baby, and have excitedly tried to guess (using clues) what that baby looks like now.
Overall, these celebrations of growth assist in building confidence in our young students. We commemorate how far they’ve come, what they have learned, and how they now have the tools to be successful in kindergarten, in another preschool class, and beyond. Congratulations to all of our IPS students, as they “move up” to new classes and places in September 2021!
During the month of May, classrooms at The International Preschools focus their curriculum on growth and transitions. We use several topics to assist the children in understanding the idea of growth and “moving on” (in terms of changing classrooms or schools, or transitioning into summer vacation and/or camp).
One of these themes is studying life cycles of plants and animals. There is a correlation between the children “growing” and the plants/animals “growing”: for a time period (the school year), the children learn and grow in their classroom, much like the caterpillars, ladybugs, and plants do. The children are taken care of by their teachers; the caterpillars, ladybugs, and plants are taken care of by the children. Finally, when they are ready, the animals are “set free” to go out into nature and the plants are “sent home” with the children; the children, meanwhile, are also “set free” from their current classrooms, to go forth into summer vacation, summer camp, and the upcoming school year.
During April and May, IPS students will plant lima beans, grass seeds, and flower seeds. They will learn about the parts of a plant and/or flower, and learn what plants need in order to grow (i.e. water, food, air, sunlight). By participating in play-based, hands-on learning through caring for their plants, the children really share in the growth of their plants.
Continuing with the life cycles theme…all of the IPS students bear witness to the life cycle(s) of caterpillars and/or ladybug larvae. The process is similar to that of the plants: the children learn the specific parts of the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly (i.e. egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly) and observe the changes that occur each day. The children also take care of the butterflies, once hatched, by feeding them fruit and sugar water. Once the butterflies are ready to move on to the outside world, classes will travel to the school playground or a nearby park to release the butterflies into nature. For the ladybugs, once they are mature, children will guide the ladybugs onto outdoor plants for them to create their new homes.
Next week, the blog will showcase the next part of IPS’ end-of-year curriculum: the growth of the children from babies to “big kids,” and how each class goes about its learning in different ways.
Camp is back! Although COVID-19 derailed the summer camp season in 2020, the IPS community is happily welcoming our fun-filled summer session back to its students and teachers in June 2021.
Here’s what to expect from IPS Summer Camp 2021, and why you should sign your child(ren) up immediately…
Transitions: Camp provides a relaxed environment for children new to IPS. It’s a great way for incoming IPS students to get used to our school prior to the start of the new year. For children transitioning from half-day to full-day, the easygoing setting allows for students to become accustomed to the longer school day, which in the afternoon provides outlets for increasing self-help skills (i.e. taking out and cleaning up after lunch, setting up rest mats, etc.).
Friendships: Current and incoming IPS students will have the opportunity to make new friends and foster old friendships. For our Pre-K students, camp provides the chance to be in “class” with peers that will be in different classes in the fall. It’s also a great way for exiting IPS students to spend one last summer in a loving, nurturing, comfortable environment.
Gross Motor Activities: Let’s get moving! Half-day campers will receive one hour each day of indoor (gym) and outdoor (backyard) play, depending upon the weather. Full-day campers will receive two hours of free play; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Sensory Activities and Water Play: All campers of all ages will engage in a variety of sensory-stimulating activities, from sand tables to water tables to sprinkler time!
Flexible Schedules: Camp is being offered for three weeks this summer, from June 14th through July 2nd. You can choose to sign your child(ren) up for one, two, or three weeks. The best part is, the weeks do not have to be consecutive; you can sign up for whichever weeks fit your summer schedule. It’s a win-win!
Special Days and Camp Themes: In keeping with IPS’ play-based learning philosophy, our camp will boast an Olympics theme. The sports, flags, and international theme of the Summer Olympics will play a role in many parts of the camp day, from art to games to books!
IPS Teachers and Staff: The camp is staffed with current IPS teachers and administration…all familiar faces to our current students, and faces that will become familiar to our incoming students!
We are looking forward to seeing you this June at IPS Summer Camp!
Curriculum at The International Preschools (IPS) in April often centers around planet Earth and, ultimately, Earth Day, which falls on April 22nd. Children in every age group, from the Red Rooms (2s) to the Junior Kindergarten (4s/5s), learn about the topography of the Earth, as well as what we can do to help keep the Earth safe and clean for plants, animals, and people.
At our 76th Street location, a special in-class celebration was held for Earth Day. The Red (2s) and Green (3s) Rooms learned about recycling by playing a sorting game; the children had to find plastic and paper from around the classroom and place the items in the appropriate boxes. The Pre-K (4s) Rooms repurposed cardboard boxes from packages to create toys and buildings to play and build with. Everyone gained a new understanding of the importance of recycling for our planet!
At our 86th Street location, individual classrooms approached the topic of Earth Day in different ways. Some classes collected cardboard boxes, paper, and plastic and used it to create magnificent art projects. In the Junior Kindergarten (4s/5s), children are learning about the solar system, to help determine the Earth’s place in space.
Happy Earth Day to all!
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