Monthly Archives: November 2014

Family Workshop – Positive Discipline

In addition to our well-known programs for children 8 weeks up until 6 years, we also run family workshops for the parents of our students.

Last month we had Robin Aronow from School Search NYC speak to parents about New York City’s public and private school admissions, and this month we had a workshop about positive discipline with Teresa LeSala.

These workshops were held at both of our Jersey City locations as well as our New York City preschool.  Positive discipline helps your child learn how to handle situations more-appropriately, while you as a parent remain calm and respectful.  It is important to remember that there are no bad children, only good and bad behaviors.







River School’s Exciting November Field Trips

November has been a very exciting month for our little River School’ers. The children at our Upper West Side preschool have had some exciting trips – both off school grounds, and on-campus as we continue to bring events to River School.  On the 12th we took the children to the Lincoln Center Library to enjoy the Sesame Street exhibit, where they enjoyed all of their favorite characters, including Elmo, Grover, and Big Bird.

On the 21st we took the children to the Big Apple Circus (they especially liked the animals and all of the tricks they could perform. )

We also started a program where we have a local librarian come into the school and read with the children. They have been actively involved, asking questions, and participating in the storytelling.  It was a very exciting month, and we are looking forward to more activities like this in December.

River School visited the Sesame Street exhibit at Lincoln Center on a field trip
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Moving to NYC? Enroll today and start tomorrow!

Moving is stressful.  Movers, realtors, timelines and work transitions can be least of it when you have children; finding a good preschool only adds to it.

In New York, many private preschools don’t have rolling admissions; if your career necessitates a mid-semester move, you could be struggling to find a quality preschool.  River School knows that your job won’t necessarily match traditional summer/​fall starts, so we offer rolling admissions.

With our rolling admissions, you can enroll your child today, and have them start as early as the next day!

Whether you are moving into the area, or are just looking for a new learning environment for your child, River School is the place for you. We currently have openings in our New York City preschool location for the preschool program.

Enroll today and your child can be learning tomorrow!

Join us for a Thanksgiving Feast at River School!


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Thanksgiving is around the corner.  It’s a time to get together with loved ones, eat delicious food, and of course, be thankful for all that we have.  We are thankful for all of the children and their parents who help make River School the great place that it is.  We want to share Thanksgiving with you!  Please come out and join us for lunch on November 26th, we will be serving all of the Thanksgiving classics.  All students and their families are welcome to join us at our preschools in Jersey City and New York for this extra special Thanksgiving feast. Come hungry!

18 Ways to Ask Your Kids “How was School Today?” Without Asking “So How was School Today?” and Other Helpful Tips

Trouble getting your child to talk about school?  If so, you’re not alone.  Try adding some variety with your questions.  Find out what they enjoy by asking them these questions or coming up with your own.

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today?

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today?

3. Who do you like to play with at school?

4. Tell me a new word that you heard today.

5. How did you help someone today?

6. How did somebody help you today?

7. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

8. When were you the happiest today?

9. Tell me something good that happened today.

10. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

11. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/​she so funny?

12. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

13. What is your favorite area in the classroom?

14. What is your job? Tell me what you like to do.

15. What would you like to learn more about at school?

16. What did you do on the playground today?

17. What do you like the most during center time?

18. What books did you read today?


Here are a few other helpful tips to encourage positive conversations with your children about their time in school.

  • Make talking about everyone’s day part of your daily routine
  • Put away digital distractions
  • Try talking while playing or doing some other fun activity, this takes the pressure to perform off of kids
  • Tell them something about your day, and then ask them about theirs.
  • Show interest in your child’s answers
  • When your child gives you a short answer, follow up with a longer question