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.
Fine Motor Skills: Activities that require a child to use his/her hands (i.e. preparing food during TasteBuds Kitchen, hitting a ball during Tennis) will strengthen his/her pincer grip (the muscles between the thumb and forefinger needed for proper handwriting).
- Gross Motor Skills: Walking, running, jumping, balancing, and climbing are just a few of the gross motor skills that students develop during their preschool years. The C.A.T.S. Ballet/Acrobatics class focuses heavily on gymnastics; children learn to tumble, balance, and climb. During Yoga and Lil Ninjas Karate, students learn (and hold) different positions and poses which ultimately tone their muscles and strengthen their core.
Math/Science Skills: Patterning, counting, observations, predictions, experimentation, and more are explored in classes such as Chess at 3 the NORY STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and TasteBuds Kitchen.
- Multiculturalism: At IPS, children are exposed to a broad range of holidays, cultures, and languages. Language classes such as French and Mandarin, along with World Dance, expose preschoolers to a variety of cultures in a play-based manner.
- Transitions: Children are escorted from their classrooms to the after school program by their teachers. Here, they adjust to being with
different instructors and peers. This is a skill that some children may have a difficult time with. By providing children opportunities to naturally transition between activities, it becomes easier for a child to feel comfortable in new surroundings. The lifelong skill of adapting to new environments is important for ongoing schools and as New Yorkers know, life in an urban environment.
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