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River School understands the importance of expanding the educational experience with extra programs that can enhance learning. When looking for a preschool in New York, this should be a key consideration in making your decision.
Recently, River School brought in Dr. Limb from Broadway Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to teach the children about the importance of dental health. The children practiced brushing and flossing on the dentist’s friendly dinosaur and also learned how to get rid of “sugar bugs” on teeth that can lead to “boo-boos.” It was a fun and friendly way to introduce the importance of taking care of our teeth, reinforcing good hygiene and getting little ones comfortable around a dentist.
River School also provides a variety of art activities, like lessons with Mr. Atsushi. The kids recently discussed landscapes, and then enthusiastically created their own beautiful works, complete with magnificent snow-capped mountains and fields of flowers.
This type of hands-on learning is essential for any preschool in New York, or elsewhere. It can help unleash a child’s potential, sparking an “aha moment,” that can’t be derived from a text book. Children tend to love hands-on activities – what seems like playtime is actually helping them to learn quite a bit and is important for developing and practicing all types of skills.
As the world is a lot smaller than it used to be, with travel and communication much more accessible, it’s important to provide children with an informed, international perspective. This is an important educational opportunity that a preschool in New York should provide as well as a way to instill greater understanding and empathy for others.
In February, River School’s children took part in a Lunar New Year celebration that included parading throughout the school waving Chinese lanterns, wearing dragons and celebrating the start of the Year of the Horse. The kids also shared good wishes for the New Year as well as a delicious steamed rice snack, and practiced eating using chopsticks. Not only was it a great time, but it was also an outstanding learning experience that introduced the children to the Chinese culture.