Tag: movement

IPS Summer Camp 2021: Theme Days and Specialty Classes

The Goldfish group at 76th Street designed their own hats on “Crazy Hat Day.”

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!

On “Favorite Sports Team Day,” children in the Little Dolphins Group at 76th Street colored in sports-themed pictures during Choice Time.

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.

Campers at 86th Street participate in the Chickenshed NYC show via Zoom.

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!

Ready to join the IPS community? Apply online on our website today!

IPS Specialty Teachers Go Remote, Too!

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.

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Preschoolers, Technology, and Its Many Usages

Children at our 76th Street location engaging in movement activities.

If you’re like me, you’re one of the many parents who are amazed at how quickly toddlers and preschoolers work their way around an iPad or an iPhone.  Scrolling and clicking on various apps seem to be second-nature to young children these days.  With technology being an ever-prominent aspect of day-to-day life, it’s a wonder that activities such as drawing, building with blocks, and movement or dancing  haven’t fallen completely by the wayside.

Unfortunately, a reliance on technology to entertain young children is apparent everywhere you go.  I’m always surprised by the amount of toddlers clutching an iPhone instead of playing with a favorite toy or looking at a book while riding in a stroller.  In restaurants, it’s not abnormal to see children watching videos on an iPad instead of engaging in conversations with their parents or siblings.

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Uniquely IPS: The “Learning Through the Arts” Curriculum


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Mrs. Foss displaying the clay birds created for last year’s performance

The International Preschools offers unique specialty classes to supplement the already multi-faceted play-based learning curriculum in our classrooms.  Currently, we offer five specialty classes:  music, creative movement, clay art, library, and iPads/technology.  To connect and culminate a year of enlightenment in our specialty classes, the Pre-K and Junior K children participate in a performance for the Green (3s) classes entitled “Learning Through The Arts.”

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Specialty Classes: An Important Part of Your Preschooler’s Day

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During Music class, children have the opportunity to assist creatively in making up songs and patterns.

 

Children build up their attention spans by listening to stories read aloud in a whole group during Library class.
Children build up their attention spans by listening to stories read aloud in a whole group during Library class.

At The International Preschools, interdisciplinary classroom themes are taught through play-based learning.  Children are exposed to units on topics from transportation to hibernation via science, math, art, literacy, music, and other subject areas.  Our school is proud to also offer a variety of specialty classes to help enrich your child’s learning.  Here’s a look at what skills your child is fine-tuning during each of our specialty classes…
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