The International Preschools held its annual United Nations Day celebrations this week. Children, teachers, and family members entered IPS dressed in clothing that represented the countries that they identify with; this clothing ranged from soccer jerseys to traditional dress. Families in the Red, Green, Pre-K, and Junior K classes gathered together to sing songs in a variety of languages such as Portuguese, Hebrew, Mandarin, and Serbian, to name a few.
Afterwards, the children and their guests enjoyed an international potluck for each class that parents had contributed to. Many teachers also provided an activity for children and families to engage in that helped demonstrate how IPS teaches children about United Nations Day. The food was delicious, the singing was vibrant, and the day overall was, as always, a wonderful experience!
Continue reading to view photos from both locations’ United Nations Day celebrations!
In late October, The International Preschools commemorates United Nations Day with a school-wide celebration. United Nations Day is special to The International Preschools because more than 50 years ago, our school was created in order to assist families who were affiliated with the United Nations. IPS (back then, known as IPG, The International Play Group) gave families who were new to the United States a place to come together, to make friends, and to acclimate to a new culture. Today, IPS honors our roots by hosting a multi-lingual sing-along for families and children, as well as an international potluck.
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.
The following blog post originally ran in September 2018. Continue reading for the pros and cons of technology for young children, including how it affects a child’s ability to self-soothe…and what we can do to help them!
If you’re like me, you’re one of the many parents who are amazed at how quickly toddlers and preschoolers work their way around an iPad or an iPhone. Scrolling and clicking on various apps seem to be second-nature to young children these days. With technology being an ever-prominent aspect of day-to-day life, it’s a wonder that activities such as drawing, building with blocks, and movement or dancing haven’t fallen completely by the wayside.
Unfortunately, a reliance on technology to entertain young children is apparent everywhere you go. I’m always surprised by the amount of toddlers clutching an iPhone instead of playing with a favorite toy or looking at a book while riding in a stroller. In restaurants, it’s not abnormal to see children watching videos on an iPad instead of engaging in conversations with their parents or siblings.
On Monday, September 16th, the after school programs at The International Preschools welcomed excited children into a variety of engaging classes. Enrolling your child in after school programs allows him/her to make new friends, practice transitioning between classes, and most of all, learn a new skill while having fun!
If you haven’t signed up already, there’s still time to join us! Read on to see what we offer, why you should register your child for one (or more) of the classes, and finally, how to enroll!
Separation anxiety (and the separation process) can be one of the most difficult times of the year for children and parents alike! At The International Preschools, we take separation seriously and strive to provide the most productive and nurturing route for our students. Click below for a blog post on separation anxiety and how to deal with it, which I run every year in September. Happy first days of school!
A great way for parents to prepare their children for a new experience is to read books about the topic at hand. A story read aloud provides children with a setting, characters, and activities that they can relate to. Books also act as a springboard for questions both raised by the children and facilitated by the readers. Reading a book aloud, as well as discussing and answering questions, can help alleviate anxiety about a new situation.
There are many wonderful back-to-school books available for your child’s reading pleasure. Read on for a list of highly recommended books from The International Preschools to help kick off the school year!
The International Preschools begins the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, September 9th (76th Street location) and Tuesday, September 10th (86th Street location). We are looking forward to welcoming our families to school after a relaxing, fun-filled summer!
Read on for a link to a great article about preparing your little ones (and the rest of your family!) for the transition between summer and school!
In 2015, The International Preschools’ Board of Trustees established the ElizabethPatrick Leadership Fund in appreciation of Ms. Patrick‘s leadership as the Board Chair. An annual award is given to a faculty member who has made a notable contribution to living out and promoting the IPS mission statement by taking initiative within the school community.
This year’s recipient is 76th Street head teacher, Jamie Raboy. Read on to find out more about Ms. Jamie, and why she was chosen as this year’s winner!
As a parent to a three-and-a-half year old and an eight month old, one of the most difficult concepts to navigate is how to help your child when he/she is upset. It pains me beyond words when my daughter or son is (seemingly) inconsolable. Adults use distraction techniques to help soothe themselves and avoid having to deal with unwanted feelings. As an adult, I’ve learned to “compartmentalize” as a coping mechanism; that is, instead of being overwhelmed for weeks about an upcoming event, I’m able to shorten the anticipatory anxiety to occur only just before the experience.
Children, however, need to learn how to handle these difficult feelings not only with the support of their parents or caregivers, but also through the ability to self-soothe. (This is a technique best learned, in my experience, when you are younger, rather than having to learn it as an adult!) . The only way to learn to self-soothe is to allow your child to experience all of the feelings in the moment: sadness, despair, hysteria (on occasion), to name a few. A few years ago, I was aghast when our beloved pediatrician suggested that we leave our (at the time) nine-month-old daughter in her crib, whether she was crying or not, for short amounts of time in order to teach her how to get herself to go to sleep. After one or two nights of extreme upset (where I actually left the apartment, leaving my husband to hear the brunt of the tears), my daughter magically was able to go to sleep on her own. Who would’ve thought that could happen? Not me, even as an experienced teacher, but sure enough, it happened.
I recently read a blog post by Katie McLaughlin called, “The Train Analogy That Will Change How You See Your Crying Child.” It reminded me of what our pediatrician told us, and how incredibly helpful it was to myself, my husband, and our daughter, despite the pain I may have felt at the time. I’ve provided the link to the article for you all below, in hopes that it can help other parents and families.
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