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Back-to-School Books For Preschoolers

IPS is currently closed for summer vacation. Please enjoy an encore post on a very timely back-to-school subject!

Stick and Stone tells the story of two friends who support and show kindness towards each other.
A book to help promote self-esteem and self-confidence for the new school year!

A great way for parents to prepare their children for a new experience is to read books about the topic at hand.  A story read aloud provides children with a setting, characters, and activities that they can relate to.  Books also act as a springboard for questions both raised by the children and facilitated by the readers.  Reading a book aloud, as well as discussing and answering questions, can help alleviate anxiety about a new situation.

There are many wonderful back-to-school books available for your child’s reading pleasure.  Read on for a list of highly recommended books from The International Preschools to help kick off the school year!

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Food: A Toddler’s Journey (And How Preschool Snack Time Changed Its Path!)

My daughter (age 5) is, and always has been, a fantastic eater. She loves all kinds of food (steak at age 1.5!) and will try most things, even if she ultimately decides she doesn’t like it.

My son (age 2.5), not so much. He is (and always has been) a picky eater, eating mostly berries, cheese, crackers, yogurt, bread, and the like. Then, a few months ago, he suddenly started eating what I consider basically nothing, other than milk, yogurt, and the occasional slice of bologna.

Green Room kids enjoying ice cream sundaes at snack time on the last day of school!

Our beloved pediatrician did not have any problems with what was going on…he said kids go through phases and to keep on offering all types of foods to the little man. Which we did, to no avail.

Then, one day, we turned a corner. That corner, my friends, was preschool snack time. The little man joined summer camp in June, and after a day or so of politely refusing snack options, he was suddenly eating multiple helping of foods. Grapes? Yes please! Pretzels? Wow, never seen these before! String cheese? Absolutely!

I write this post, on this topic, in hopes of sharing my toddler’s food journey with you, as I’m sure there are many families out there who have struggled, worried, and battled this topic in their homes. Simply put, my little man wanted to do what his friends were doing, and as a result, he began eating more and trying new foods. It will happen for your family, too! (Even if it doesn’t seem like it.)

86th Street Summer Camp: Three cheers for ice pops!

In next week’s blog post, I will cover the topic of snack and lunch at school and some helpful hints when packing your child’s lunch for preschool. Many families will have children making the switch to eating lunch at school in September, and I hope these posts will help your child make this transition smooth and easy!

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We Love IPS Mothers (and Fathers)!

Parents Day celebration at 86th Street!

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.

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IPS Parent/Teacher Conferences: What You Will Learn About This Fall

Working well in a group setting is an important skill in the life of a preschooler!

At The International Preschools, parent/teacher conferences are held twice a year:  once in the fall and once in the spring.  This year, the fall conferences will be held on November 4th and 5th for Green, Pre-K, and Junior K classrooms.  The Red Room conferences occur in December, to allow for our youngest students to acclimate better to school.

Parents of students new to our school, or new to the preschool environment in general, may wonder why it is important to attend a parent/teacher conference for such young children, or what they will learn that’s necessary to know at this time.  Here’s what you’ll learn at your child’s conference, and why it’s so important for parents to attend…

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IPS Celebrates United Nations Day 2019: Food, Fun, and Photos!

Red Room children in traditional dress at 76th Street for United Nations Day

The International Preschools held its annual United Nations Day celebrations this week.  Children, teachers, and family members entered IPS dressed in clothing that represented the countries that they identify with; this clothing ranged from soccer jerseys to traditional dress.  Families in the Red, Green, Pre-K, and Junior K classes gathered together to sing songs in a variety of languages such as Portuguese, Hebrew, Mandarin, and Serbian, to name a few.

Happy United Nations Day!

Afterwards, the children and their guests enjoyed an international potluck for each class that parents had contributed to.  Many teachers also provided an activity for children and families to engage in that helped demonstrate how IPS teaches children about United Nations Day.  The food was delicious, the singing was vibrant, and the day overall was, as always, a wonderful experience!

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Getting Ready for the 2019-2020 School Year!

The International Preschools begins the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, September 9th (76th Street location) and Tuesday, September 10th (86th Street location).  We are looking forward to welcoming our families to school after a relaxing, fun-filled summer!

Read on for a link to a great article about preparing your little ones (and the rest of your family!) for the transition between summer and school!

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76th Street Museum Night at The International Preschools

76 Pre-K 1 created a replica of the Empire State Building for their New York City-themed book study.

Families observing the Pre-K 3 exhibit at the 76th Street Museum Night.

On Tuesday, April 9th, The International Preschools’ 76th Street location hosted its second annual Museum Night for the Green Rooms (3s) and Pre-Kindergarten classes (4s).  Museum Night first took place in 2018, as a Green Room function. Families were invited to observe artwork, photos, and other projects created during each class’ curriculum theme.  Pizza was served and children were invited to dress up for this special evening celebration!

This year, our Pre-K classes joined the Green Rooms in displaying work from their winter author and book studies. Read on to find out more about this special event!

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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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Celebrating United Nations Day at The International Preschools

Creating a flag collage in honor of United Nations Day.

Each year, the faculty, staff, parents, and children of The International Preschools come together to celebrate a special holiday:  United Nations Day.  More than 50 years ago, The International Preschools was created as a way to assist international families who relocated to the United States.  Formerly known as The International Play Group, the school opened locations throughout Manhattan and Queens.  Today, we celebrate United Nations Day as a way to commemorate IPS’ inception and to introduce our students and families to the many cultures that make up our school community.

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