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IPS Gives Back: City Harvest NYC

Our Location/Education Director, Monique Tabbs, meets with the Pre-K children about the IPS food drive with City Harvest NYC.

The holidays are the perfect time to teach young children about giving back to those in need, and IPS students are no exception.

Each year, the school community participates in food and toy collections to give to outreach organizations in New York City. Our Location/Education Director, Monique Tabbs, spearheads the November food collection in which the contributions are distributed in time for Thanksgiving. This year, IPS is working with City Harvest NYC, which is the city’s largest food rescue organization.

The Green Room children place their food donations into our City Harvest NYC basket.

To introduce the concept to the children, Monique visited our Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) classrooms to read them a story about giving. She tells the children about the goal, which is to collect food for people who do not have enough to eat. She encourages the children to bring in canned goods and other food items for donation. Each day during the food drive, Monique wheels her basket into each classroom and, if the children have brought in an item to donate, they place the can or box into her basket. The children are so excited to take part in this activity, and by actually “donating” the items themselves, a home/school connection is created.

Monique visits the Junior Kindergarten classroom to collect donations for City Harvest NYC.

In December, we are looking forward to partaking in a toy drive for those less fortunate in time for the holidays.

Thank you to all those who donated to this cause, which will help fellow New Yorkers!

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Celebrating the Fall Season at The International Preschools

Fall is a busy season here at The International Preschools. We celebrate the seasonal changes that occur in the fall (i.e. apples, pumpkins, leaves, acorns) as well as the holidays that occur: United Nations Day, Halloween, Diwali, and Thanksgiving.

United Nations Day (October 24th) is a special day for the IPS community. Much of the month of October is spent highlighting and appreciating the multiculturalism that sets IPS apart from other schools. The children and teachers spend time observing what is the same and different about each other.

Preparing for our United Nations Day celebration with families via Zoom in the Pre-K 2 class at 76th Street.

After United Nations Day, our school quickly jumps into Halloween mode, with festivities at both locations. On November 2nd, IPS then celebrated the Hindu holiday of Diwali with Zoom presentations from the Ajna Dance Company, as well as “culture shares” initiated by families who observe the holiday. Rounding out the month of November is the American holiday of Thanksgiving, which is commemorated at IPS with classroom “feasts” as a way of coming together to share a meal with friends.

Please enjoy some highlights from the last month, which includes photos from our classroom learning about United Nations Day, Halloween, Diwali, and the fall season!

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Thanksgiving 2020: Different, But Still Special

The Pre-K 3 children display their leaf collection projects

The students at The International Preschools spent the month of November learning about fall, harvest, and Thanksgiving. In previous years, IPS celebrated the holiday with feasts shared among age-levels, school-wide Thanksgiving Day Parades, and the idea of coming together as a whole group. This year, due to our commitment to social distancing and remaining in our static pods, the children were unable to congregate as a whole school to commemorate Thanksgiving.

A Green Room student plays “Feed the Turkey,” a fun Thanksgiving game that strengthens their fine motor skills!

However, Thanksgiving was still recognized and studied within our IPS classrooms. Instead of sizable feasts and coming together as a large group, the teachers shifted the focus of Thanksgiving to fall, families, and the harvest season. Many classrooms discovered the types of foods typically grown during fall harvest (corn, pumpkin, apple) as well as foods from around the world. Children examined their family structures and talked about what made each family similar and different.

Children making Thanksgiving-themed pumpkin pie play dough as a whole group project!

Of course, turkeys and other symbols of the Thanksgiving holiday were decorated, discussed, and read about in all of our classrooms. In the Green, Pre-K, and Junior K classes, children and teachers discussed their plans for Thanksgiving instead of At 76th Street, the Green Rooms decided to have pizza parties to celebrate Thanksgiving; while the groups may be smaller, they still function as a “family,” and the Thanksgiving holiday is always worthy of a celebration!

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Thanksgiving Curriculum at The International Preschools

The students, faculty, and administration at The International Preschools recognizes and celebrates holidays from all over the world throughout our play-based curriculum.  Thanksgiving is especially festive here in New York City, as both an American holiday as well as providing a cherished tradition:  the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  On the Upper West Side near our 76th Street location, the giant parade balloons are inflated just blocks from our school.  At both of our schools, children in all IPS classes explored Thanksgiving in an age-appropriate manner.  Continue reading to learn about and view examples of the Thanksgiving curriculum in action!

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IPS Gives Back: Community Outreach

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF coin collection box

The season of giving is upon us, and it’s never too early to start teaching children about the importance of giving back to your community.  Every year, The International Preschools participates in community service projects to help the less fortunate both locally and worldwide.  Here are a few of the programs that our school proudly contributes to:

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A Look Back at a Great Year: 2016-2017

The International Preschools ends the 2016-2017 school year on Wednesday, June 7th…and what a wonderful year of play-based learning it has been!  Here’s a look back on some of the fabulous events of the past school year…

September: We welcomed the new school year by getting to know the daily routines in our new classrooms...not to mention, meeting new teachers and friends!
September: We welcomed the new school year by getting to know the daily routines in our new classrooms…not to mention, meeting new teachers and friends!

October: Fall units and our annual United Nations Day celebrations took place at all three locations. After UN Day, "culture shares" begin; this is where families are invited into the classrooms to share a family tradition with the children.
October: Fall units and our annual United Nations Day celebrations took place at all three locations. Classrooms began their international “culture share” units, asking parents to join the class to teach about a holiday their family celebrates.

November: Classrooms begin their "culture share" units, often by asking parents to teach the class about a holiday that their family celebrates. The American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated via themes of family, food, and friendship.
November: The American holiday of Thanksgiving was celebrated via themes of family, food, and friendship.  Food, clothing, and toy drives took place, teaching children in a hands-on manner about the importance of helping those less fortunate in and around New York City.

December: Units on "light" and "dark" take place in honor of our Winter Solstice celebration. Families are invited to IPS to take part in a sing-along and international potluck during the holiday season.
December: The concepts of “light” and “dark” were explored in honor of our Winter Solstice celebration. Families were invited to IPS to take part in a sing-along and international potluck during the holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pre-K (4 years old) and Junior K (4/5 years old): Fall Themes at The International Preschools

November is in full swing, and the oldest students at The International Preschools are learning about a wide variety of fall-related topics.  This week, we will take a look at the fall themes inside the Pre-K (4 years old) and Junior K (4/5 years old) classes at The International Preschools.

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How Toddlers (Two Year Olds) Learn About Fall: November Classroom Themes

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Children in 45 Creche (1.5s-2s) sat as a whole group to sing songs, using fall props such as pumpkins and leaves.

At The International Preschools, play-based learning is used to help students acquire a love of learning.  This week, we will take a look at how our youngest students in the Crèche (1.5-2-year olds) and Red Rooms (2-year olds) explore the season of fall via thematic units and play-based learning.

Children at 45th Street learn about the inside and outside of a pumpkin by observing its seeds. They also learned a new vocabulary word - jack o'lantern - which is a pumpkin that has a face!
45th Street children learned about the inside and outside of a pumpkin by observing its seeds. They also learned a new vocabulary word – jack o’lantern – which is a pumpkin that has a face!

Songs and books are an effective way to explore classroom themes and expose young children to new vocabulary. The classes at 76th Street used real pumpkins to act out the story of the “five little pumpkins.”  Here, the children practiced counting with correspondence and provided another visual cue for storytelling.  Some fall books that were read in the classrooms were Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills, Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Von Rynback, Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell, and Clifford’s First Halloween by Norman Bridwell.

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