My five-year-old daughter pays attention to every little detail. Even when you think she’s not listening to your conversation (or taking notes on what you are watching on TV), she is. I know I’m not the only one who is constantly maintaining the balance between sharing information simply and concisely, while keeping other unnecessary news (that is, news not needed for a five-year-old’s ears) at bay.
In light of all the media coverage, be it on television or an iPad, about a variety of scary visual topics for our young ones (the storming of the Capitol Building, to name just one), I researched ways to answer questions or attend to comments that may come about.
I found a great article on the PBS website that gives great advice about tackling topics from the assault on the Capitol building to (unfortunately) more frequent occurrences, such as a fire. I hope you find it helpful! Here’s the link:
Each year, The International Preschools commemorates those faculty and staff members who have achieved a milestone; that is, completing five, ten, fifteen, twenty years and beyond at five-year increments.
This year, IPS is celebrating sixteen staff members across both locations who have reached milestone status! Here are the awardees for the 2020-2021 school year:
Klara Reisinger, 76th Street Head Teacher – 35 Years
Anja Loefken, Library Aide – 30 Years
Judith McIntyre, 86th Street Teacher’s Aide – 30 Years
Mayu Cavior, 86th Street Office Aide – 30 Years
MacKerrow Talcott, Librarian – 30 Years
Charlene Sison, Finance Department – 25 Years
Babette Ayassamy, 86th Street Assistant Teacher – 20 Years
Doug DaSilva, Music Teacher – 20 Years
Grace Zukowska, 86th Street Head Teacher – 20 Years
Jerilyn Rubenstein, 76th Street Floater – 15 Years
Deborah Matlovsky, 86th Street Assistant Teacher – 10 Years
Donna Cohen, IPS Director – 10 Years
Chelsea Mayorga, 76th Street Head Teacher – 5 Years
Jamie Raboy, 76th Street Head Teacher – 5 Years
Jaya Misra, 86th Street Assistant Location Director – 5 Years
Margarit Santiago, 76th Street Head Teacher – 5 Years
Congratulations to all of our milestone recipients!
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Every December, The International Preschools celebrates the Winter Solstice with a month-long curriculum on light, dark, and how families around the world celebrate the holiday season. This year, our Winter Solstice festivities were held via Zoom, live from each individual classroom. Although we missed having our traditional international potlucks and our school-wide sing-along, the feelings of community and togetherness were still evident.
Currently, IPS is closed for the holiday break. Please enjoy some photos from our classrooms, commemorating the Winter Solstice, light/dark curriculum, and the 2020 holiday season. Happy Holidays!
The International Preschools’ annual Book Fair went virtual this year, taking place during the week of November 30th. This year’s fair was hosted by Main Street Books. Teachers from both locations created recommendation lists of well-loved books to assist parents with their shopping. In addition to children’s books, Main Street Books also contained reading for adults as well, including cookbooks and novels as well as writing journals.
As in previous years, a guest author was invited to read to the children at the book fair. This year, author Anna Kim visited the 76th Street classrooms via Zoom. She read her book, Danbi Leads the School Parade, about a little girl from Korea who starts a new school in the United States. Despite eating different food and not knowing the language or the games played in her classroom, Danbi connects with her classmates by marching with them in a parade. Anna also facilitated a few fun activities for the 76th Street children related to the book, including a drumming session with the Green and Red Room students and creating bento boxes with the Pre-K students. Thank you Anna Kim for a wonderful presentation and reading!
At 86th Street, some students became authors and illustrators via a Zoom meeting with Miss Birdy! Children worked with Miss Birdy to create a book based upon their own ideas and suggestions. The final result was a book called Emma and Sparkle’s Adventure. Well done!
Special thanks to the IPS Parents Association, Anna Kim, Miss Birdy, and the IPS community for helping to make the 2020 Book Fair a great success!
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The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of year. One of the best things about this time is seeing my two young children experience the traditions that I’ve loved and carried out when I was their age (and beyond).
This year’s holiday season will look different…for example, in our area, live performances of The Nutcracker and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular have been postponed until 2021, and tree lighting ceremonies are either not occurring or not allowing visitors. It is disappointing to miss out on those fun events, but there are many other ways to celebrate the holiday season that are memorable and meaningful for your children. Here are a few ideas that worked for my family (and ones we will try in the coming weeks):
Crafts: Our family celebrates Christmas, so this year, we’ve spent a lot of time gluing, painting, and decorating wooden, paper, and plastic ornaments to hang on our Christmas tree. For a great resource outlining some fun holiday craft and homemade gift ideas, click here: https://www.pbs.org/parents/sharing-your-creativity
Lights: We spent an hour last weekend driving around our town admiring the holiday lights that residents have used to decorate their homes. (We also saw a lot of inflatable holiday icons, since we live outside of the city.). Families in both urban and rural areas can enjoy this activity by walking or driving.
Cooking/Baking: Toddlers and preschoolers can help with the cooking and baking process for your holiday celebrations, whether they are with just your immediate family or with extended family members. Chopping vegetables (with a child-safe knife), decorating cookies, and mixing batter is fun for both children and adults and provides an opportunity for practicing skills such as problem-solving, following multi-step directions, and measurement, to name a few.
Books: My children love reading books about any and every holiday. Books provide opportunities for children to ask questions and make connections between the text and home (or school) experiences.
Holiday TV/Movies: There’s nothing more cozy than snuggling with your little ones and watching a holiday favorite. As an adult, one of my favorite holiday activities is to break out all the classic cartoons and movies (I’m talking about you, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street”) and watching them as often as possible throughout the month of December.
Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!
No matter who you voted for, the 2020 election season brought up strong feelings…not to mention no clear winner on election night!
Many classroom teachers at The International Preschools turned this current event into a teachable moment, incorporating the concept of voting, casting ballots, and holding an election into the curriculum.
The International Preschools is closed from Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th in honor of Thanksgiving. Please enjoy the following photos from Thanksgiving celebrations within our classrooms. Wishing you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday!
Halloween, like United Nations Day and other IPS events during the 2020-2021 school year, looked a bit different than years past. We weren’t able to have our usual school-wide Halloween fashion shows or parades. Happily, there were many things we were still able to do. The children and teachers had a great time attending school in costume. Many classrooms held Halloween-themed activities, including pumpkin carving and the baking of Halloween treats. Everyone had a great time!
Here’s a look at Halloween 2020 at The International Preschools:
The International Preschools celebrated United Nations Day last week with a virtual sing-along in each classroom, as well as United Nations-related activities via Zoom. See below for some photos of the creative festivities!
Happy United Nations Day to all!
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Learning about ourselves, families, and flags is an ongoing unit throughout the school year. At The International Preschools, the children familiarize themselves with the flags that represent their families in the fall. The children will play flag matching games, recreate flags at the art table, and explore flags from around the world at the discovery center. In many classrooms, each child’s family flags are present on his/her snack time placemat. Our play-based learning philosophy and thematic units allow for even the youngest children in our school to grasp this concept in honor of United Nations Day, and for use throughout the school year.
In addition to our study of flags, common themes for the month of October include “All About Me” and “We Are Different, But We Are The Same.” For both of these topics, children notice and identify characteristics that make them unique, while acknowledging that though we may have different colored hair, skin, or eyes, we are still the same on the inside. We all have families. We all eat food and drink water. We all have feelings.
The celebration of United Nations Day, in conjunction with these units of study, help kick off our yearlong “Culture Share” theme. Here, families are invited to “visit” school (in person during previous years; virtually this year) to share a family tradition, holiday, or cultural aspect (music, dance, books, activities).
Be sure to return to the IPS blog next week, where we will post photos from our United Nations Day celebrations!
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