Tag: play-based learning

Swim Time: Getting Preschoolers Used To The Water

Penguin City Swim teaches IPS students to swim during the 2019 camp season.

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!

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June Zoom at IPS

Back by popular demand!  Several parents at The International Preschools showed interest in signing their children up for Zoom classes through the month of June.

As a result, we have had extra Zoom classes running at our 76th Street and 86th Street locations!

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Fourth of July Fireworks Are On In New York City!

Fourth of July celebration from last year’s IPS Summer Camp

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!

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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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Caterpillars to Butterflies at IPS

Creating butterflies with coffee filters in Pre-K 1!

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)!

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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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WE LOVE IPS TEACHERS!

Green Room students love their teachers!

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…

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Earth Day is Every Day (Even Remotely!) at IPS!

Pre-K Earth Day art!

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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IPS Remote Learning: Our (New) Adventure Begins!

Greetings via Zoom from 86th Street!

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our play-based learning environment has taken on a new look.  After a two-week spring break, The International Preschools reopened on Monday, March 30th…online!  Every day, our Red (2s), Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) Rooms are logging into their technical devices and bringing the IPS curriculum into our (currently socially distant) homes.

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