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IPS Parents’ Interests: “A Train Analogy”

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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Kicking Off IPS Summer Camp With Sports!

Children at the 86th Street location learn the basics of basketball at summer camp.

Summer camp at The International Preschools is midway through its second week, and so much fun is being had by our campers! During the summer season, IPS focuses on increasing physical activity in both a structured and non-structured manner via play-based learning.  This, in turn, helps the children strengthen their gross motor skills and muscles, while allowing them to naturally regulate the energy in their bodies.  As a result, our IPS campers are stronger and have more stamina for all types of tasks.  Here’s a look at some of the adventures that the children are partaking in…

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A Fond Farewell to IPS’ 45th Street Location

It’s hard to believe that we have arrived at The International Preschools’ final day of the 2018-2019 school year.  It has been an exciting, event-filled nine months, filled with celebrations, curriculum, and community building.

45th Street Junior Kindergarten Class, 2018-2019

As we do every year, goodbyes are said not only to our oldest students (and to those who are moving on to other schools), but also to faculty and staff who are also going on to new adventures.  Unfortunately, this year, IPS will be saying farewell to an entire third of our school, as our 45th Street location will be closing for good this week.  In honor of our 45th Street location and its beloved staff (one of which I was a part of from 2008-2012), read on to view some photos from the final 45th Street year.  Wishing the best of luck and lots of love to our faculty and friends from 45th Street!

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IPS Community Outreach: Ronald McDonald House

At The International Preschools, families support a variety of causes that serve our community throughout the year.  Currently, IPS is hosting a drive for Ronald McDonald House New York, which houses families whose children are receiving treatment for cancer.  The drive includes a collection of goods plus a special event that will take place on Saturday, May 18th.  Read on to find out more!

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2018 Elizabeth Patrick Leadership Award Winner: MacKerrow Talcott

IPS librarian MacKerrow Talcott teaches a class at our 76th Street location.

In 2014, the Elizabeth Patrick Leadership Award was established at The International Preschools.  Named in honor of IPS Board of Trustees member Elizabeth Patrick, the award was created to honor a faculty member who has demonstrated leadership via initiative and creativity to the classroom and the school community.  The award is given each year to a head, associate, assistant, or specialty teacher.  Read on to find out more about the 2018 winner, MacKerrow Talcott, who received the honor in June.

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Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud at The International Preschools

Each year, The International Preschools hosts an event called the Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud.  It was created ten years ago to foster a love of reading in young children.  Because, in the past, mothers and female relatives had often made up the majority of guest readers, the Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud provided an opportunity for fathers, as well as other male relatives and friends (brothers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors, etc.), to model positive feelings about reading to preschoolers.  Currently, our Read-Aloud occurs in conjunction with the author and literary studies that take place in the Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) classrooms during the winter months. Continue reading →

Celebrating Lunar New Year at The International Preschools

Lion dancers (left and above) perform at IPS in honor of Lunar New Year.

The International Preschools welcomed some special visitors this week.  We celebrated Lunar New Year with a performance by lion dancers at all three of our locations on Friday, February 1st, to commemorate 2019 as the “Year of the Boar.”

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2018-2019 Milestone Recipients at The International Preschools

Ms. Christina (10 years) and Ms. Dalia (5 years) with their Green 2 class in March 2015.

An annual tradition at The International Preschools is to honor those members of the staff who have spent a significant amount of years as employees of our school.  Faculty, administration, and staff members who have completed five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, and thirty years (and beyond!) as part of the IPS community are celebrated each year at the Annual Benefit.  This year, the IPS milestone recipients will receive special recognition at the Annual Benefit, taking place at the Yale Club on Friday, February 1st.  They will also attend a luncheon later in February in their honor.  Continue reading to find out who will be honored this year!

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The Annual Benefit at The International Preschools

Pre-Party: A view of the 2017 Annual Benefit decor, which celebrated Chinese culture.

Every year, The International Preschools hosts its annual benefit, which will take place this year on Friday, February 1st, 2019, at the Yale Club in New York City.  Here, parents, teachers, and staff come together to celebrate our wonderful school with food, drinks, socializing, and music, as well as both a silent and live auction to raise money for our school.  To honor the many cultures represented by IPS families, the Annual Benefit’s theme each year centers around a particular country, including its food, music, and traditions; this year, the Annual Benefit’s country theme is France!

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IPS vs. UPK: One Family’s Choice

This week’s blog post was written by an IPS parent on choosing a pre-kindergarten class for her child.  The post originally appeared in our blog during the 2017-2018 school year.

Our daughter attended The International Preschools for two years:  in the Red (2s) and Green (3s) Rooms. We chose to send her to Universal Pre-K (UPK) after that because of the cost and because we knew she would ultimately be attending public kindergarten. I offered to share what our experience was to help IPS in marketing itself and to assist other families grappling with this decision. UPK programs do vary, so I emphasize that this was just our experience.

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