Last week’s blog post talked about water safety and getting your preschoolers used to the water in a safe, fun way via play-based learning.
At The International Preschools, where our learning philosophy is play-based, we use a variety of tools from books, games, art, role-playing, and other methods in order to teach different skills and lessons. To supplement your child’s exposure, comfort, and experimentation with the water, here are a list of books that he/she will enjoy reading…
The highlight of my summer as a child (and now, as a grown-up!) was/is spending as much time as possible in and around the water. As an adult, I became a Water Safety Instructor with the American Red Cross and learned how to teach children of all ages how to swim. Providing children with swim lessons is vital in order to promote a safe and comfortable relationship with the water.
As parents and caregivers, there are many simple things that we can do with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and bigger kids to get them comfortable in and around the water. Similar to the play-based learning philosophy at The International Preschools, these tips and ideas will allow children to learn and be comfortable in the water while having fun at the same time!
After a spring filled with COVID-19 and quarantine rules and precautions, it’s been so nice to welcome the warm weather and a (hopefully) less restrictive, but still safe, summer! With New York City beaches scheduled to open on July 1st, summer seems a bit more like…summer. Another tried-and-true tradition, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, will also run this year…with a twist!
The end of the 2019-2020 school year has arrived, and with it comes end-of-the-year ceremonies for our Red (2s), Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) classes. Usually, this time of year brings parents and children together within the classrooms to celebrate this milestone together. Unfortunately, COVID-19 derailed our plans…but not to worry, the teachers at The International Preschools provided its students with memorable events to close out this school year!
Our classroom teachers are not the only people to “go remote” at The International Preschools! In early April, Ms. Talcott, Mr. Doug, and Ms. Peggy joined the Zoom movement by visiting and hosting their library, music, and movement classes respectively. For fifteen minutes a week, the children welcome library, music, and movement classes into their homes, in an adjusted manner appropriate for remote learning.
A spring curriculum tradition at The International Preschools is to learn about life cycles. Every year, IPS teachers receive caterpillars and/or ladybug larvae and, through observation, watch these tiny animals transform into butterflies and ladybugs respectively. Although COVID-19 has prevented us from maintaining this tradition in person, our crafty teachers were able to still take part in this amazing unit via Zoom (and their homes)!
In mid-May, The International Preschools celebrated the traditional Mother’s Day holiday. While our 76th Street location honored mothers in a few different ways, the 86th Street location chose to commemorate “Parents Day” with the children and their families.
May 5th marked National Teacher Appreciation Day. Here at The International Preschools, we like to think that are teachers are appreciated every day! The fabulous IPS Parents Association, in honor of the immense amount of work that our teachers are preparing and executing every day via our Zoom sessions, decided to present the faculty by coordinating a special surprise…
The International Preschools celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd. Though we are weeks into our remote learning experience, the children were able to immerse themselves in the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling…and taking care of the Earth…with the help of their amazing teachers!
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