Summer camp at The International Preschools was a blast! We recreated the Summer Olympics 2021 in our very own school, and enjoyed (virtual) visits with the Chickenshed NYC and musician Lou Gallo. We celebrated special days like Crazy Sock Day and the Teddy Bear Picnic. Everyone had a great time!
Here are some photos from the camp season for you to enjoy:
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There’s lots of fun things happening at IPS Summer Camp every day! Although our overall camp theme for summer is the upcoming Summer Olympics, the children are participating in additional special days and specialty classes that are engaging and exciting!
The “special days” at summer camp will require parent participation from home! For “Crazy Hat Day,” each child will wear a hat or headband selected from home to show to his/her fellow campers. On Red, White, and Blue Day, the children are encouraged to find red, white, and/or blue items to wear to camp. Activities such as these build a strong “home-to-school” connection; that is, when an activity for school is included or done, in part, at home, and vice versa). It is a great way to help children cultivate positive feelings towards learning, and allows parents to be actively involved in the child’s learning as well.
In addition to special days, IPS Summer Camp also has specialty classes! These classes are different from our school year specialty classes and are with different instructors. They are also brought in via Zoom…and are a huge hit at both locations! On Tuesdays, the children participate in activities with the Chickenshed, an inclusive and interactive children’s theatre. The Chickenshed actors use songs and puppets to bring laughs and entertainment to our campers! On Thursdays, Lou Gallo visits our IPS campers with his catchy, lively music and entertaining songs for kids (and teachers!). Some song favorites include “My Shoes Light Up!” and “No, Molly!”
Both Lou and the Chickenshed visited IPS’ 76th Street location in early 2020, before school was closed due to COVID-19. We are happy to have Lou and the Chickenshed back at IPS this summer!
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Our camp season was derailed in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but The International Preschools is back for three weeks of summer camp in 2021!
The theme for this year’s summer camp season is the Olympics, in honor of the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympics are a perfect theme for IPS Summer Camp, as it not only puts gross motor skills to the forefront, but also embraces countries and cultures from all around the world coming together, which is the founding principle of The International Preschools.
To open up the 2021 camp season, our two IPS locations celebrated the Olympics with some fun activities. At 86th Street, campers participated in individual events in the gym such as egg-on-a-spoon and other balancing activities. At 76th Street, the campers welcomed the season with a torch lighting ceremony, where the children practiced lighting the Olympic torch from the Olympic cauldron. Then, they had a turn to march around the room as the Olympic theme played in the background. The Goldfish at 76th Street also made their own flags out of stickers, as part of the groups’ “Parade of Nations” (similar to what takes place during the actual Olympics).
Be sure to return to the blog next week for more IPS Summer Camp fun!
Want to learn more about IPS Summer Camp? Though it’s only open to current and incoming students, you can read about our program on our website.
Ready for your child(ren) to become an incoming student? It’s easy! Apply online here.
Camp is back! Although COVID-19 derailed the summer camp season in 2020, the IPS community is happily welcoming our fun-filled summer session back to its students and teachers in June 2021.
Here’s what to expect from IPS Summer Camp 2021, and why you should sign your child(ren) up immediately…
Transitions: Camp provides a relaxed environment for children new to IPS. It’s a great way for incoming IPS students to get used to our school prior to the start of the new year. For children transitioning from half-day to full-day, the easygoing setting allows for students to become accustomed to the longer school day, which in the afternoon provides outlets for increasing self-help skills (i.e. taking out and cleaning up after lunch, setting up rest mats, etc.).
Friendships: Current and incoming IPS students will have the opportunity to make new friends and foster old friendships. For our Pre-K students, camp provides the chance to be in “class” with peers that will be in different classes in the fall. It’s also a great way for exiting IPS students to spend one last summer in a loving, nurturing, comfortable environment.
Gross Motor Activities: Let’s get moving! Half-day campers will receive one hour each day of indoor (gym) and outdoor (backyard) play, depending upon the weather. Full-day campers will receive two hours of free play; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Sensory Activities and Water Play: All campers of all ages will engage in a variety of sensory-stimulating activities, from sand tables to water tables to sprinkler time!
Flexible Schedules: Camp is being offered for three weeks this summer, from June 14th through July 2nd. You can choose to sign your child(ren) up for one, two, or three weeks. The best part is, the weeks do not have to be consecutive; you can sign up for whichever weeks fit your summer schedule. It’s a win-win!
Special Days and Camp Themes: In keeping with IPS’ play-based learning philosophy, our camp will boast an Olympics theme. The sports, flags, and international theme of the Summer Olympics will play a role in many parts of the camp day, from art to games to books!
IPS Teachers and Staff: The camp is staffed with current IPS teachers and administration…all familiar faces to our current students, and faces that will become familiar to our incoming students!
We are looking forward to seeing you this June at IPS Summer Camp!
Not a member of the IPS school community, but would like to be? Apply online so your child(ren) can come to IPS Summer Camp as well!
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