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Learning French at Tessa International School

Preschool through the end of Primary School is a fundamental…
January 30, 2023/by Tessa School

Learning Mandarin at Tessa International School

Tessa provides an immersive language environment, which is…
January 22, 2023/by Tessa School

Tessa Receives Two New Accreditations

Tessa received two new internationally recognised accreditations.…
November 18, 2022/by Tessa School

End of Unit Projects in the IB PYP

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) promotes the holistic development…
October 27, 2022/by Tessa School

Learning centers meet students’ individual learning needs

When you step into one of our PK or kindergarten classrooms,…
October 14, 2022/by Tessa School

Cross-Cultural Celebrations at Tessa

UN Day, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Diwali… Finding simple…
September 16, 2022/by Tessa School

The Remarkable Advantages of Social Emotional Learning: A Case Study

Educational paradigms are currently undergoing a profound and…
May 3, 2022/by ruben

Why Do Children Learn Languages Faster than Adults?

By Tori Galatro

It's a commonly held belief that children…
April 12, 2022/by Tori Galatro

10 Reasons You Should Choose Chinese Immersion For Your Children

Why encourage your child to learn Chinese? Research shows learning…
November 2, 2021/by Tessa School

10 Reasons Why You Should Choose French Immersion For Your Children

Why encourage your child to learn French? So they can order pommes…
October 14, 2021/by Tessa School

A Look at the Importance of Differentiation in the Classroom

Whether you’re a parent of one or a parent of a dozen, it doesn’t…
March 30, 2021/by Jamie Kreps

Social and Emotional Learning: Understanding Different Learning Progressions

When it comes to the education of young children, development…
March 29, 2021/by Jamie Kreps

Mandarin at Tessa

When you step into our Mandarin class, you’ll find our young…
March 12, 2021/by Tessa School

The Benefits of Creative Thinking and How to Encourage it in Children

When it comes to a child’s developmental process, few things…
February 26, 2021/by Jamie Kreps

Navigating School Safety During COVID-19

As we move closer to our 7th month of school during the COVID-19…
February 19, 2021/by Jamie Kreps

The Private School Advantage: Why you should consider an Independent School for your Child

The pandemic has changed education forever, and  more families…
January 4, 2021/by Tessa School

What is an International Education?

November 12, 2020/by Tessa School

5 Tips to Help Kids Stay Safe During Their Return to the Classroom

By now, you’ve likely done your due diligence researching…
August 15, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Preparing for the Return to School in the Wake of COVID-19

While area schools set COVID-19 safety plans into effect for…
August 1, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Preparing for School During the Pandemic: How to Plan Ahead

With so many uncertainties about the upcoming school year, many…
July 25, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Covid-19 Summer Safety: Healthy Family Tips for Warm Weather Activities

As we navigate our way through the warmer months in the midst…
July 13, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Preparing Kids for Summer Camp Safety

With the return of the warmer months, it’s officially that…
June 25, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Post-Pandemic: Tips to Keep Kids Safe as Parks and Public Spaces Open Back Up

With the weather warming up and things beginning to open publicly…
June 11, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Struggling with Your Child’s Educational Content? Tips and Online Resources for Parents

One of the biggest challenges of the pandemic stay at home order…
May 15, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Tips to Keep Your Children Focused During Home Learning Sessions

With homeschooling suddenly becoming the new norm for families…
May 1, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Play-Based Learning Activities to do at Home

At Tessa, we highly encourage learning through play and open-ended…
April 9, 2020/by Team Tessa

Keeping Up with Educational Curriculum at Home During Social Distancing

With educational facilities
across the country shifting to distance…
April 8, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

The Challenges of Distance Teaching Young Learners

Years ago, before I considered entering the field of education…
April 3, 2020/by Dan Buck

How to Help Your Child Cope with Social Distancing

With the global COVID-19
pandemic keeping populations isolated…
April 1, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

5 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus

With social distancing becoming
the new temporary norm for families…
March 27, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Eating Healthy for a Better Immune System

The human body’s immune system is its best defense against…
March 24, 2020/by Team Tessa

Family Home Learning Tips: Online Educational Resources for Early Childhood Learning

While everyone is adapting to
the current social distancing…
March 20, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Do Children Really Need to Attend Preschool?

If your child is nearing the preschool
age, you’ve likely…
March 15, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Coronavirus: Measures taken and Health reminders

At Tessa, The safety of our community is our top priority.…
March 10, 2020/by Team Tessa

Black History Month Celebration at Tessa

At Tessa International School we value people whose achievements…
March 6, 2020/by Team Tessa

The Effects of Early Educational Bilingualism on Cognitive Development

When it comes to the topic of
bilingualism in early childhood…
March 2, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Learning French is fun with TessaPrep!

Tessa International School' offers Tessaprep After School French…
February 28, 2020/by Team Tessa

Does Bilingualism Lead to Language and Speech Delays?

One of the biggest questions parents face when considering a second language for their child early on is – will bilingualism cause speech delays?
February 15, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Woodworking at Tessa

Tessa International School has partnered with Kidbilt to provide…
February 14, 2020/by Team Tessa

A Celebration of Learning

At Tessa International School, for the End of Unit Celebration,…
February 7, 2020/by Team Tessa

The Environmental Advantages of Language Learning in Young Children

Do children really pick up language learning faster than adults or is there a trick to their ability to grasp new concepts and skills at a more effective and efficient rate?
February 1, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Tessa’s Chinese New Year Celebration

On February 1st, 2020 Tessa International School is excited…
January 31, 2020/by Team Tessa

Prime Taekwondo, more than an Afterschool!

Tessa International School has a great relationship with Prime…
January 24, 2020/by Team Tessa

Our Winter Holiday Show

At the end of the 18-19 school year, the Tessa Administration…
January 17, 2020/by Tessa School

How to Continue Your Child’s Bilingual Learning at Home

When it comes to language learning, many parents often wonder…
January 15, 2020/by Jamie Kreps

Celebrating La Galette des Rois

At Tessa we celebrated the Galette des Rois on Tuesday, January…
January 7, 2020/by Team Tessa

Little Gardeners, a creative after school program

Calling all young creatives!



We are excited to offer a new…
December 20, 2019/by Tessa School

Bilingual Learning Experiences for the Holidays

Holidays may bring extended
breaks from school, but that doesn’t…
December 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement with students participating…
December 13, 2019/by Team Tessa

Lights on Our After-School Program

After-School Program at Tessa 



Tessa strongly believes…
December 6, 2019/by Team Tessa

Role-Playing 101: Why Children Learn Faster with Interactive Activities

One of the key staples of
childhood learning and play is acting…
December 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Thanksgiving at Tessa

At Tessa International School, we love celebrating holidays!…
November 22, 2019/by Team Tessa

What does an International Education truly mean?

From November 18th to November 22nd, schools across the United…
November 15, 2019/by Team Tessa

Do Anti-Bullying Programs Really Work?

With a whopping three quarters
of all school-age children reporting…
November 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Learning and Teaching at Tessa is a celebration

Learning and Teaching at Tessa is a celebration.



At Tessa,…
November 7, 2019/by Team Tessa

PSPE at Tessa, a “Whole Child” education

Greetings from the land of PSPE & Yoga. I first want to…
November 1, 2019/by Team Tessa

What to do When Your Child Is Being Bullied

With the majority of schools
today participating in at least…
November 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Tessa Goes Green

Though we all may come from different neighborhoods, cities,…
October 24, 2019/by Team Tessa

United Nations Day at Tessa International School

          The United Nations is an intergovernmental…
October 18, 2019/by Team Tessa

Utilizing Technology in Inquiry-Based Education

Inquiry-based education, or IB
education for short, is the natural…
October 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Exploring the biological, chemical and physical aspects of our world with the Liberty Science Center

Good morning from your Liberty Science Center community partners!…
October 7, 2019/by Team Tessa

What Is Inquiry-Based Education?

As an educator or parent, few
things are questioned more than…
October 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Curriculum Night at Tessa International School

Curriculum Night is an interactive information session hosted…
September 26, 2019/by Team Tessa

At Tessa, It’s Safety First!

As parents, you take all the extra steps necessary to ensure…
September 12, 2019/by Team Tessa

Why Learn a Second (or Third) Language at Tessa?

The first question: Why learn a second (or third language)?



In…
September 7, 2019/by Patricia Presse

Visible Learning – How Can Parents Help at Home?

A core belief at Tessa International School is that all of our teachers should continually improve our teaching practices.
August 28, 2019/by Dan Buck

The Process of Language Learning in Children

Language learning in children is a complicated, yet natural process involving a number of factors and influences.
August 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Language Learning: Why Children Pick Up Linguistics Faster

When it comes to language learning, children are actually built to absorb information with higher efficiency and understanding than adults.
August 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

The Bilingual Student Advantage in STEM Learning

The puzzle-solving, highly focused bilingual minds will pick up STEM subjects on a level high enough to sustain years of continued study and understanding.
July 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Improving Your Child’s Language and Literacy Skills

Being proficient in one or more languages has unparalleled benefits that will be seen across the board in your child’s education.
July 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Why Early Bilingual Education Boosts Brain Function and Development

There has been an immense amount
of discussion and research…
June 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Teach Them Young: International Language in Early Education

When it comes to language learning, most educational professionals…
June 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Focus on International Baccalaureate: The Teaching Differences

IB programs are focused on giving students the ability to expand their knowledge outside the four walls of their homes and classrooms.
May 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

The Benefits of International Baccalaureate Education Programs

By incorporating international studies within the framework of daily curricula, IB schools teach children to consider larger scale imperatives.
May 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Having Fun in Hoboken: Kid-Friendly Activities in Hudson County

The kids are running around the house with the fervor of a squirrel…
April 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Kids-Eye-View: Kid-Centric Hoboken Through the Eyes of Our Children

When it comes to Hoboken, few
things grasp the essence of the…
April 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Language Spotlight Series: French – Boosting Your Child’s Future Opportunities

For the final segment of our Language Spotlight Series, we are…
March 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Language Spotlight Series: Spanish – Giving Your Child a Career Advantage

More and more evidence has come to light in recent years in support…
March 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Language Spotlight Series: How to Choose a Second Language for Your Child

So, you’ve done your research and you’ve seen the benefits…
February 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Language Spotlight Series: The Importance of Bilingualism in Early Childhood Education

Parents often seek advice from pediatricians and early education…
February 1, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Will Technology Ruin Your Child’s Development?

Whether it’s screen time or surfing the web, the majority…
January 15, 2019/by Jamie Kreps

Can Bullying Affect a Child’s Development?

By: Jamie Kreps


It probably comes as no surprise, but bullying…
December 14, 2018/by mtesalona

Tessa International School Celebrates the Hour of Code

On Monday, December 10th, Tessa International School proudly…
December 12, 2018/by Dan Buck

Bilingualism and Speech Delays: What’s the Connection?

The world is becoming more multilingual. Nowadays, it’s…
December 10, 2018/by Tori Galatro

The Best Historical Sites to Show Children in Hoboken

by Tori Galatro

Hoboken has a rich history. It contains stories…
August 5, 2018/by Tori Galatro

The Long-Term Benefits of a Great Preschool

Traditionally, parents and even many educators have often thought…
July 22, 2018/by Tori Galatro

Bilingualism Can Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

If you're a parent who has a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder…
July 10, 2018/by Tori Galatro

Five Fantastic Pet Shops in Hudson County

All caregivers want the best for their loved ones. You want the…
June 25, 2018/by Tori Galatro

How Bilingualism Supports Math Skills in Children

For many students, speaking two languages is a way of life. Navigating…
June 11, 2018/by Tori Galatro

5 Destinations for Vegans In and Around Hudson County

A good vegan place can be hard to find. But if you're committed…
May 28, 2018/by Tori Galatro

Restaurant Patios to Enjoy in Nice Weather in and Around Hoboken, NJ

The spring and summer fly by so quickly in Hoboken. When the…
May 14, 2018/by Tori Galatro

6 Popular After-School Activities for Children In and Around Jersey City

If you're a working parent, you know how important it is for…
April 30, 2018/by ruben

Six Child-Friendly Hair Salons & Barbers in Hudson County, NJ

by Tori Galatro

It's hard enough to get a child to sit still…
April 16, 2018/by Tori Galatro

Bilingual Language Programs Benefit Brain Development!

It's an age old question: does learning a foreign language have…
April 9, 2018/by ruben

Four Gyms with Great Childcare In and Around Hoboken

by Tori Galatro

Working out relieves stress, promotes health,…
April 2, 2018/by Tori Galatro

Is Your Child Ready for Preschool?

by Tori Galatro

The typical age children enter preschool is…
March 26, 2018/by Tori Galatro

3 Hands-On Pre-Reading Activities for Preschoolers

By Tori Galatro

Your child can get a head start on reading…
March 20, 2018/by Tori Galatro

Social Emotional Learning: Implementing Sociograms

Classrooms are fundamentally important for the intellectual and…
March 12, 2018/by ruben

Why Free Play Is Critical for Child Development

Free play refers to activity that is child-centered, child-initiated,…
February 24, 2018/by ruben

5 Great Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Jersey City

If you're thinking about going out to eat in Jersey City, you…
February 24, 2018/by ruben

How Bilingualism Promotes Social Skills in Children

by Tori Galatro

In 2016, two studies were conducted by researchers…
February 24, 2018/by Tori Galatro

The Different Types of Preschool Bilingual Learning

by Tori Galatro

You may already know that bilingualism can…
February 22, 2018/by ruben

Fine and Gross Motor Skills of Preschoolers: What Parents Can Expect as Children Grow

As the parent of a preschooler, you will want to compare your…
January 15, 2018/by ruben

Interesting Facts About Childhood Bilingualism That Might Surprise You

by Tori Galatro

Cognitive development in children is a fascinating…
January 8, 2018/by ruben

How Children Learn Languages Naturally Through Immersion

Immersion language learning may sound like something that can…
January 2, 2018/by ruben

Skills to Teach Preschoolers That Will Help Them Later in Life

Many of the skills children learn at a young age stay with them…
December 26, 2017/by ruben

How Interactive Whiteboards Help Children Learn

When many of us grew up, having a white board with colorful markers…
December 18, 2017/by ruben

Fun-Filled Family Events In Hoboken, NJ for The Holidays

With snow in the air and the smell of fresh baked sweets and…
December 11, 2017/by ruben

3 Games You Can Play at Home to Help Teach Your Child a New Language

Support your child's academic language learning with fun games…
December 4, 2017/by ruben

Spanish Language Learning: Bilingual Programs Build Connections

Dual language programs, starting as early as PreSchool, introduce…
November 28, 2017/by ruben

French Language Learning: 5 Reasons Your Child Should Study French

Why encourage your child to learn French? So they can order pommes…
November 20, 2017/by ruben

Extraordinary Benefits of Mandarin Language Learning for Children

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken native language in…
November 13, 2017/by ruben

Building A Foundation with The International Baccalaureate

As our world continues to globalize, today's students need exposure…
October 30, 2017/by ruben

How the Imagination Helps Children Learn

It's not uncommon to see a young child step into the world of…
October 30, 2017/by ruben

Learning A New Language Through Music: Why Is Music So Powerful?

Whether you are trying to improve your young child's English…
October 23, 2017/by ruben

Why Role Playing is Important for Child Development

It's a known fact, among parents and child care professionals,…
October 16, 2017/by ruben

Yoga in the Classroom: Learning Healthy Habits

Yoga is a traditional Indian practice, introduced to Western…
October 9, 2017/by ruben

10 Great Family Activities in Hoboken

Hoboken, New Jersey, probably isn't the first city that comes…
October 2, 2017/by ruben

How Does Language Learning Affect Brain Development in Children?

Raising a child who is bilingual may seem like a daunting task.…
September 25, 2017/by ruben

10 Awesome Activities in Hoboken to Keep the Kids Busy After-School

by Tori Galatro

Whether your son or daughter has just started…
September 18, 2017/by ruben

5 Compelling Reasons Preschool/Early Education is so Important

Young children have an innate desire to learn and explore. Notice…
September 11, 2017/by ruben

Why Teaching Your Child a New Language Will Not Harm their English Skills

All parents want their children to thrive. Unfortunately, sometimes…
September 4, 2017/by ruben

Whole Brain Teaching Methods for Pre-School Students

"Class?" "Yes?"
This step is intended to capture students' attention…
August 28, 2017/by ruben

Great Summer Activities for Kids in Hoboken

Summer is a lovely time in Hoboken. With temperatures ranging…
August 21, 2017/by ruben

The Career Benefits of Multilingual Education

There is no greater gift you can give to your child's future…
August 15, 2017/by ruben

5 Benefits of Childhood Bilingualism

Benjamin Lee Wharf, a Yale linguist, was the first person to…
August 7, 2017/by ruben

Total Physical Response Learning: 4 of the Best Second Language Activities

In the 1970s, James Asher, a psychology professor at San Jose…
August 1, 2017/by ruben

10 Great Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Hoboken

by Tori Galatro

There is no shortage of great restaurants…
July 14, 2017/by ruben

The Pre School Years and the Importance of Social Emotional Learning

When it comes to learning and culture, your child's brain is…
June 12, 2017/by ruben

The Benefits of Inquiry-Based Education

As your preschooler is exposed to learning, it’s likely that…
June 5, 2017/by ruben

What is immersion education?

Immersion education is a system in which all academic subjects…
November 18, 2016/by ruben

The benefits of an immersion education.

What is immersion education?

Immersion education is a system…
November 14, 2016/by ruben

It’s all in the way we learn…Total Physical Response (TPR)

An American professor by the name of James Asher developed…
November 2, 2016/by ruben

Focusing on individual learning needs improves learning outcomes

What is individual learning?
Individualized learning is closely…
October 12, 2016/by ruben

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social Emotional Learning! What is it?

Social Emotional Learning…
September 28, 2016/by ruben

Summer Travel Plans…?

At Tessa International School, we make it our mission to prepare…
August 8, 2016/by ruben

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