Each year, the faculty, staff, parents, and children of The International Preschools come together to celebrate a special holiday: United Nations Day. More than 50 years ago, The International Preschools was created as a way to assist international families who relocated to the United States. Formerly known as The International Play Group, the school opened locations throughout Manhattan and Queens. Today, we celebrate United Nations Day as a way to commemorate IPS’ inception and to introduce our students and families to the many cultures that make up our school community.
Every spring, The International Preschools hosts a Spring Benefit here in New York City. Faculty, administration, current and former IPS parents, and friends gather to support our school in a variety of ways.
Each year, the benefit has a special theme, usually with a multicultural motif. Cuisine, clothing, and music at the event represent the chosen theme (much like the teachers facilitate with each month’s classroom subjects!). During the first part of the evening, the IPS community enjoys great food and drink and mingle with each other.
At The International Preschools, play-based learning is used to help students acquire a love of learning. This week, we will take a look at how our youngest students in the Crèche (1.5-2-year olds) and Red Rooms (2-year olds) explore the season of fall via thematic units and play-based learning.
Songs and books are an effective way to explore classroom themes and expose young children to new vocabulary. The classes at 76th Street used real pumpkins to act out the story of the “five little pumpkins.” Here, the children practiced counting with correspondence and provided another visual cue for storytelling. Some fall books that were read in the classrooms were Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills, Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Von Rynback, Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell, and Clifford’s First Halloween by Norman Bridwell.
The month of November truly reflects the season of fall here in New York City. The weather is noticeably cooler, the leaves on the trees have changed colors, and with the recent celebration of Halloween, fall finally feels upon us. At The International Preschools, fall, food, families, and Thanksgiving are the topics that we focus on within the classrooms from late October through November. The blog posts over the next few weeks will focus on how these themes are implemented into the classrooms. This week, we will take a look at Halloween and the overall theme of fall in the Green Rooms (3 year olds) at all three locations….
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.
At The International Preschools, a different theme is assigned to every month of the school year. Teachers incorporate this theme into every classroom center, from the sensory table to the discovery center to the songs that are sung and books that are read.
A common unit for the month of September is called “All About Me,” where children learn and share information about themselves and their families with each other. Last year, many classrooms incorporated this unit into the month of September and into all of their classroom centers. Each classroom and age level explored this topic in a variety of ways. Listed below are some highlights from the classrooms across the three locations: