Tag: Valentine’s Day

What’s Happening At IPS: Chicks, Literacy, and More!

Before: Children observe the fertilized eggs in the incubator at our 86th Street location.

Throughout the months of February and March, there have been a variety of themes displayed within our classrooms. Interdisciplinary themes, combined with our play-based learning philosophy, were evident everywhere you went at The International Preschools!

In February, both locations welcomed twelve fertilized eggs in incubators, which produced many fluffy chicks that were born on Valentine’s Day! At 76th Street and 86th Street, the classes visited the chicks throughout the hatching process and celebrated with a “birthday party” to commemorate our feathered friends’ entry into the world.

After: A successful “chick hatch” at 86th Street!

In addition to Valentine’s Day, the Winter Olympics, and Pediatric Dental Health Month (February), our annual literacy units began in the Green and Pre-K Rooms. Our Green Rooms studied a particular author in the weeks leading up to our two-week Spring Break, while the Pre-K Rooms concentrated on a chapter book study of their choosing. The Red Rooms worked on a color unit, focusing on a different color each week.

Blue Week “Show and Share” in the 76th Street Red Room. Children were asked to bring in an object of their choosing in the color of the week to “show” and “share” with the class.

Take a look into our classrooms at the wide range of themes and learning that’s happening at The International Preschools!

When we return in April, we will turn our studies to Earth Day, life cycles, and of course, the spring season!

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IPS Classroom Events: January/February 2021

Pre-K children display their polar animal scenes (with special guest stars – themselves!) during the class’ polar region study. The children conducted experiments (such as testing out how blubber keeps animals warm in the polar regions) during their science workshops as well.

The classrooms at The International Preschools continue to overflow with exciting and engaging curriculum themes and activities. Among the classroom studies and events: polar regions, Valentine’s Day, and a long-awaited Pajama Day! Among the curriculum themes, you’ll also find the usual business of “workshops” (a 20-30 minute focus on a particular skill in our Green, Pre-K, and Junior K rooms, such as handwriting, building, math, literacy, or science). Scroll through this post to take a peek inside of our 76th Street and 86th Street locations!

Pajama Day at 76th Street was postponed twice due to winter snowstorms! The beloved event finally took place on February 5th…here, the 76th Street Red Room children and teachers pose in their PJs!
A Green Room student at 86th Street works on creating the letter H during her Handwriting Without Tears class. Each week, there is a focus on a new letter, where the children explore constructing the letter using a variety of materials from play dough to wooden lines and curves.
Working on a Valentine’s Day craft in the Red Room at 86th Street! While learning about Valentine’s Day, our teachers use a color scheme of red, pink, purple, and white, allowing the children to make an association between those colors and the holiday.
Some classes have a “Building Workshop” in their schedule, while others simply open the block building area during Choice Time. Either way, block building provides children with practice in problem solving, spatial sense, and working individually or collaboratively. These are just a few skills that the Junior K students at 86th Street (pictured here) are acquiring while playing in the block center.

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Love, Love, Love: Valentine’s Day at The International Preschools

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Students created their own valentines for family members at the art table.

The topics of love, friendship, and being kind are underlying themes throughout every school year at The International Preschools.  In February, the students at The International Preschools bring these concepts to the forefront of their learning by celebrating Valentine’s Day.

The teachers at all three locations approached this subject in ways that were both similar and unique.  Colors commonly associated with Valentine’s Day (red, pink, purple) popped up in many classrooms.  In fact, many of our Red Rooms (2s) used this opportunity to begin their color units.  Children were invited to wear red, pink, and purple to school on Valentine’s Day, and some classes also held a show-and-share of red items.  The “heart” shape was also used as a symbol of Valentine’s Day and love; in one classroom, students learned about the heart muscle and became versed in how to take their own pulses!

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Some children built on their letter acquisition skills by learning to spell Valentine’s Day-related phrases!

To further the concept of friendship and working together, many students participated in whole-group projects such as collaborative collages to promote the idea of functioning as a team.   Many classroom writing centers provided older children with the tools to make their own valentines, including word boxes (with Valentine’s Day-related words and phrases for children to reproduce, such as “I Love You”), markers, crayons, pencils, paper, and scissors.  This type of open-ended activity allows for students to work at their own ability level, the common goal being that the “process” is more important than the final “product, thereby reinforcing the school learning through play philosophy.

Small group and whole group discussions are important in our preschoolers’ learning.  Many classrooms discussed ways that we can express our love and friendship to our families and peers.  Children came up with a variety of answers as to how to do this, ranging from “giving hugs” to “playing with friends.”

Below is a list of love-and-friendship-themed books that various classes have read at school:

  • Clifford, I Love You by Norman Bridwell
  • The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
  • Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Heart Prints by P.K. Hallinan
  • Love is You and Me by Monica Sheehan
  • We Love Each Other by Yusuke Yonezu
  • Love by Eric Carle
  • Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid
  • The ‘I Love You’ Book by Todd Parr
  • Clifford’s First Valentine by Norman Bridwell

We at The International Preschools wish you and your family a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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