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Spotlight on Specialty Classes: STEM Program at IPS

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A student at our 86th Street location working on a sound-related STEM project. STEM is offered as an after school program at each of our IPS school locations.

This week’s blog spotlights a new specialty class at The International Preschools.  The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program begins this month and take place bi-weekly through the end of the school year in our 3s, 4s, and 4s/5s classrooms.  The curriculum has been brought to us by NORY, a company founded by Peter Seo and Matthew Trainor.  

The International Preschools is excited to introduce a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum into our Green, Pre-K, and Junior K classrooms this winter.  The program is brought to our school by NORY, a company founded by two fathers, Peter Seo and Matthew Trainor.  The basic foundation for their business is to teach children the core “soft skills” necessary for the next generation to thrive.  According to the NORY website, When these children enter the work place, “….more jobs will have been displaced by machines. Rather than finding work, our children will have to invent their own. In the waves of change, some children will paddle to stay afloat or surf on the waves, while still others will create the waves. NORY was founded by two dads committed to nurturing the wave makers. It all started with a single question, ‘What do we want our own children to do?'”  

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Spotlight on Specialty Classes: iPads/Technology with Ms. Nikki

This week’s blog focuses on another amazing specialty class at The International Preschools:  iPads and Technology with Ms. Nikki.

I started working in the classroom as an assistant teacher in September 2012.  I worked in the classroom for two years before I became the iPads/Technology teacher.   During my time in the classroom, I was very intrigued by the use of iPads as listening centers.  When Ms. Eira, the former iPads/Technology teacher, visited the 76th Street location, I would discuss apps and other fun ways to integrate iPads into the classroom setting.

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ENCORE: Preschool + After School Programs: An Enriching Addition to Your Child’s School Day

Children boost their individual coordination and motor skills while playing together in a large group during Super Soccer Stars.

Although dismissal time signals the end of the school day for some, the fun continues “after hours” at The International Preschools.  Our school provides a wide variety of after school program choices for parents to choose from, all of which build upon the concepts being taught inside the classrooms each day.

  • Language Development:  Children acquire new vocabulary words when playing sports (i.e. “dribble” during Soccer) and learn to process and follow directions when playing games.
  • Social Skills:  Making friends and initiating play is an important concept taught in every IPS classroom.  After school programs allow children to meet fellow students who are not in their everyday class.

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#IPSNYC Staying Connected!

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This week’s blog post was written by Donna Cohen, Director of The International Preschools, as well as location director for the 76th Street school.   @Donna_Cohen13

In October 2016, I attended a day-long workshop titled: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and family Relationships in the Digital Age. The presenter was Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of a book titled The Big Disconnect. For hours I was spellbound by the information Dr. Steiner-Adair shared with us, such as:

  • Tremendous brain growth occurs in the first two years of life. It’s more dramatic than at any other age. The overall brain size DOUBLES in the first year of life, reaching about 70% of its adult size; it reaches 85% of adult size by the age two.
  • The brain was designed to develop in all areas through natural human interactions and play, by putting young children in front of screens, we are changing their brains. The most important interactions for babies are the spoken word, human comfort, human touch, eye contact, and repetition.

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice at The International Preschools

img_3928Each December, The International Preschools commemorates the Winter Solstice as a way to collectively observe the holiday season, and the international holidays that our community celebrates.  At all three of our locations, parents and children come together for a multilingual sing-along in the school gym; afterwards, a delicious international potluck is hosted in each classroom.

Traditionally, the Winter Solstice is a worldwide celebration of the return of light after the darkest day of the year.  Festivities include food and music (much like the event at IPS), as well as the honoring of light and nature.  In many parts of the world, people pay tribute to this holiday by being cognizant of nature and by feeding animals when food is scarce.  To emphasize this, children at IPS work with natural materials such as pinecones, evergreen branches, twigs, and more in the classrooms during this time of year.  Branches and twigs might be used to paint with, and pinecones and other items are available in Discovery Centers for exploration.

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How To Choose The Right Preschool Program: The Benefits of Pre-K and Junior K Programs at The International Preschools

An IPS Pre-K class learning about coding via BeeBots during an iPads/Technology class.
An IPS Pre-K class learning about coding via BeeBots during an iPads/Technology class.

This week’s blog post was written by a former parent whose older child attended The International Preschools’ 86th Street Location.  We were reunited with this mom when the family reapplied this year to IPS for their younger child.  She offered to share her experience with the New York City public school’s Universal Pre-K (UPK) program to assist other families grappling with making a choice between UPK and The International Preschools.

Our daughter attended The International Preschools for two years: in the Red (2s) and Green (3s) Rooms. We chose to send her to Universal Pre-K (UPK) after her year in the Green Room because of the cost, and because we knew she would be ultimately attend public  kindergarten.

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Spotlight on Specialty Classes: Science #IPSNYC

Ms. Mary works with students during her science class at The International Preschools.
Ms. Mary works with students during her science class at The International Preschools.

Throughout the month of November, the blog will highlight the specialty classes offered at The International Preschools.  This week’s post will focus on our science program, taught by Mary Stetten Carson.
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Spotlight on Specialty Classes: Creative Movement #IPSNYC

Throughout the month of November, the blog will focus on the specialty classes offered here at The International Preschools. This week’s post is about Creative Movement with Miss Peggy.

Ms. Peggy leads a creative movement class at The International Preschools.
Ms. Peggy leading a creative movement class at The International Preschools.

For the past 30 years, Ms. Peggy has been immersed in the dance world as a student, educator, dancer and choreographer. She has taught dance education extensively in New York City in both private and public schools, dance studios, after-school programs, and community-based theatrical programs.

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Spotlight on Specialty Classes: Library with Miss Talcott-#IPSNYC

Throughout the month of November, the blog will focus on the specialty classes offered at The International Preschools.  This week’s post is from Miss Talcott, our library teacher.

As a librarian for The International Preschools, I have been asked many questions about reading, such as how to read a story aloud or what types of books to choose.  Here are two stories relayed to me by parents, with a goal at the end.  I hope you find these anecdotes helpful during your child(ren)’s bedtime story routines.  (Perhaps they can be considered a variation on a fable.)

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