The International Preschools Blog

IPS Specialty Classes Have Begun!

Ms. Peggy leads a Green 2 Movement class.

The children at The International Preschools enjoyed their first week of specialty classes beginning on September 14th. Our Green Rooms (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) classes will take part in Library, Music, Movement, and Technology once a week, as they have in previous years.

Mr. Doug plays the ukelele to one of the Pre-K classes.

To accommodate our new social distancing and hygiene guidelines, a few changes were made to the way that specialty classes take place. Our specialty teachers will be visiting each classroom, rather than having the classes come to them in each location’s multipurpose rooms. Books are not being lent out to students for the time being to minimize contact germs. The specialty teachers will sanitize any equipment used between classes as well. And this year, Mr. Doug will be playing a ukelele instead of the guitar, as he has obtained a new ukelele for each location!

Ms. Nikki introduces IPS’ Technology class to Green Room students.

Other than that, the specialty classes will remain the same as they have always been. The children will sing and explore with instruments and music tempos in Music class. In Library, the children will learn finger plays and poems, and of course listen to lots of stories both read from books and told from memory. Technology class will continue to utilize the iPads, BeeBots, and StopMotion to strengthen early coding skills. Movement class will incorporate creative dance and gross motor skills via music and storytelling.

Ms. Talcott reads a story to the Junior Kindergarten class.

We are looking forward to some wonderful experiences in our specialty classes this year!

Interested in joining the IPS community? Learn more about our school by clicking here: https://www.ipsnyc.org/public_class/example-class/

Welcome Back to IPS!

After being closed since March due to the global pandemic, The International Preschools opened its doors to many happy parents and students during the week of September 7th.

Red Room students choose a "mask" each day as a welcome activity during meeting time.
Red Room students choose a “mask” to “wear” each day during Morning Meeting. It’s a fun way to normalize and make masks a part of a preschoolers’ day.

To accommodate new hygiene protocols and social distancing guidelines, IPS has implemented certain aspects to our daily routines. All adults wear masks when inside the school building. Parents drop their child(ren) off at the door instead of walking children to their classrooms to reduce the amount of people in the building. Parents and caregivers are required to fill out a “health questionnaire” upon entering the building, confirming that their child (and themselves) have not been exposed to, or exhibited symptoms of, COVID-19.

Finally, our school has strongly encouraged that all children, from the Red Room (2s) to the Junior K (4s/5s), to wear masks for the duration of the school day. We are happy to report that our students have embraced “masking up,” wearing masks of their own choosing. Some students have excitedly displayed their homemade mask designs…IPS sent each student a white cotton mask to decorate as a gift for the 2020-2021 school year.

Wearing a mask while playing with the farm animals = fun!

We are looking forward to an exciting, fun-filled 2020-2021 school year!

Do you know a family who is looking to apply to preschool? Tell them about us and send them a link to apply online: https://www.ipsnyc.org/apply/

Helpful Hygiene Habits at The International Preschools

With the 2020-2021 school year approaching, the team at The International Preschools have been preparing to welcome back children into our 76th Street and 86th Street locations.  This will be the first time since mid-March that classes will take place in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IPS faculty and administration have put into place several increased safety and hygiene practices and protocols in order to keep our students and staff as safe and healthy as possible.  Some of these practices will include more frequent sanitizing of equipment and common use areas, limiting interactions between classes, and smaller class sizes.

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Books to Promote Diversity in Young Children: Part 4

The IPS blog will highlight books on diversity that are age-appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners over the next few weeks.   The following post is #4 in the series.

At The International Preschools, celebrating diversity and an awareness of how we are all different, yet we are all alike, is the cornerstone of our play-based learning philosophy.  Children as young as age 2 are able to pick up on differences…and the acceptance and reactions of adults around them.

Books are an instrumental way to foster learning and to use as a springboard for discussions, in even our smallest students.  Here are a few books, appropriate for preschoolers, that promote diversity in a tangible, understandable way.  These books also celebrate traditions and everyday activities that look different, yet alike, in each family’s household.

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Books to Promote Diversity for Young Children: Part 3

The IPS blog will highlight books on diversity that are age-appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners over the next few weeks.   The following post is #3 in the series.

At The International Preschools, celebrating diversity and an awareness of how we are all different, yet we are all alike, is the cornerstone of our play-based learning philosophy.  Children as young as age 2 are able to pick up on differences…and the acceptance and reactions of adults around them.

Books are an instrumental way to foster learning and to use as a springboard for discussions, in even our smallest students.  Here are a few books, appropriate for preschoolers, that promote diversity in a tangible, understandable way.  These books also celebrate traditions and everyday activities that look different, yet alike, in each family’s household.

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Books to Promote Diversity for Young Children: Part 2

The IPS blog will highlight books on diversity that are age-appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners over the next few weeks.   The following post is #2 in the series.

At The International Preschools, celebrating diversity and an awareness of how we are all different, yet we are all alike, is the cornerstone of our play-based learning philosophy.  Children as young as age 2 are able to pick up on differences…and the acceptance and reactions of adults around them.

Books are an instrumental way to foster learning and to use as a springboard for discussions, in even our smallest students.  Here are a few books, appropriate for preschoolers, that promote diversity in a tangible, understandable way.  These books also celebrate traditions and everyday activities that look different, yet alike, in each family’s household.

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Books Promoting Diversity for Young Children: Part 1

At The International Preschools, celebrating diversity and an awareness of how we are all different, yet we are all alike, is the cornerstone of our play-based learning philosophy.  Children as young as age 2 are able to pick up on differences…and the acceptance and reactions of adults around them.

Books are an instrumental way to foster learning and to use as a springboard for discussions, in even our smallest students.  Here are a few books, appropriate for preschoolers, that promote diversity in a tangible, understandable way.  These books also celebrate traditions and everyday activities that look different, yet alike, in each family’s household.

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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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