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Building a Community: School Events at The International Preschools

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I have been a member of The International Preschools’ faculty for over ten years now, and while many things have changed – use of technology, our social media presence – other fundamental concepts have remained the same.  Building a sense of community has long been a priority at our school.  This sense of community is built within the classrooms from the very first days of school: daily jobs, circle time, and collaborative projects allow children to work together to experience a genuine sense of belonging among their teachers and peers.  Shared experiences create kinship, and this helps the children to feel comfortable and safe in their school setting.

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Welcome Back to School!

The a371914cc72ec524eb3b93202cb28d6c-elementary-school-library-preschool-libraryInternational Preschools opened its doors to students on September 11th, excitedly welcoming families and students to the 2017-2018 school year.  We are off to a great start!

The IPS Blog has also returned with its first new entry of the school year.  We hope that you have enjoyed the summer and reading (or rereading) some of the blog posts from the previous school year.

 

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ENCORE: Preparing Your Child For the New School Year

IPS is rerunning blog posts from the 2016-2017 school year.  The first blog post for the 2017-2018 school year will be available next week.  Enjoy!

Our amazing maintenance staff worked all through August to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year!
Our amazing maintenance staff worked all through August to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year!

Welcome back to school!  Here at The International Preschools, the teachers and staff are preparing for the children’s arrival.  Our hallways are being decorated with fall-themed photos and art, and the classrooms are filled with play-based centers for the children to explore. Continue reading →

ENCORE: Back To School Books For Your Child

Throughout the month of August, the IPS blog will rerun entries from the 2016-2017 school year.  Enjoy!

books-2Exploring books in the Red Room (2s)

Story time is an important part of your child’s day at The International Preschools. Each day, at least one book is read aloud to the class that is related to the current classroom theme. During these first days and weeks of school, most teachers focus on getting children acquainted with the daily routines inside their classroom, in addition to following simple rules: cleaning up after themselves after choice time and snack, hanging their coats and backpacks in their cubbies, and playing cooperatively with their peers, to name a few. The books read aloud at IPS during the month of September often center around the topic of the first day of school.

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ENCORE: Learning Through Play

Throughout the month of August, the IPS blog will rerun entries from the 2016-2017 school year.  Enjoy!

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children, play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers, educator and Emmy-winning creator of the children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

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Learning math skills is fun and educational! Junior Kindergarten children play a game where they ultimately create a boy-girl (AB) pattern.

The idea of learning through play is a key principle here at The International Preschools. Our school mission states in part that “through play, we promote the cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth of each child in a nurturing atmosphere.” It is believed that, through this practice, children will learn the necessary social and cognitive skills that they will use throughout their lives.  How, you might ask, can these goals be accomplished?

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ENCORE: Preschoolers + After School Programs = An Enriching Part of Your Child’s Day

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

Throughout the month of August, the IPS blog will rerun entries from the 2016-2017 school year.  Enjoy!

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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ENCORE: Why We Celebrate United Nations Day at The International Preschools

Throughout the month of August, the IPS Blog will rerun some of our blog entries from the 2016-2017 school year.  Enjoy!

Happy United Nations Day!  Our UN Day celebrations have been an annual tradition at The International Preschools since the founding of the school in 1963.  The themes of peace, friendship, and acceptance run through the 2s, 3s, Pre-K, and Junior K classes at all three locations during this time of year.   Here is a window into some of the classrooms for you to see the fun and various way students are preparing to celebrate this unique tradition.

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That’s a Wrap: Final Days at IPS Summer Camp

Outdoor fun at 76th Street!
Outdoor fun at 76th Street!

The end of camp has arrived at The International Preschools!  Our campers have been getting in their last bits of fun in the sprinklers, on the playground, and other activities before they embark on more exciting summer activities with their families!

Our fourth and final bi-weekly theme is called “Summer Camp Superheroes.”  At camp, the teachers defined a superhero as being “a person who helps someone else.”  Children identified pretend superheroes (i.e Wonder Woman, Batman) and real-life superheroes such as police officers, fire fighters, doctors, and nurses, to name a few!

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Theme Days at IPS Summer Camp

Face painting at the Camp Carnival!
Face painting at the Camp Carnival!

Throughout the summer, the campers at The International Preschools celebrate “theme days.”  Each week, a different theme day is assigned, usually aligned with the bi-weekly theme (i.e. ocean, nature, USA, superheroes).  For most of the theme days, children are invited to bring in or wear an item from home to “show and share” at camp.  This activity provides children with a “home-to-camp connection”; that is, parents, who are the greatest provider of education to children, actively participate in their child’s learning by helping them find an item to bring/wear to camp.  By asking questions and facilitating learning at home, children become more confident in participating in activities at school.  Teachers and parents working together provide the ultimate example for a positive learning experience.

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The Great Outdoors: Celebrating Nature at IPS Summer Camp

Camping by the "fire" at IPS Summer Camp!
Camping by the “fire” at IPS Summer Camp!

Our third summer camp theme, “The Great Outdoors,” is in full swing!  Although The International Preschools is located in New York City, our outdoor camp theme is designed to expose and explore elements of nature that we might not see every day in the city (unless we are at the park, of course!).  During weeks 5 and 6 of summer camp, the children have learned about a variety of nature-related objects and animals, including bugs, plants, and trees.  Many of our camp rooms have incorporated camping into their summer activities and classroom dramatic play areas, which has been well received by the children!

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