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Author: Jenny Bruce

SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE CHORES?

Believe it or not, chores are incredibly beneficial for children. However, there is a lot to consider before assigning chores to your children. For example, you might wonder what kind of chores to give them, how to divide the tasks fairly, and how to motivate your...

Social-Emotional Learning in Preschool 

If we have learned anything in the age of "social distancing" it is how deeply we crave and need the society of others and how that ubiquitous term defines the challenge we have all been facing. Over these past months, Montclare has placed a high...

Montclare During Covid-19

In 2013 as an elementary school Principal, prior to becoming the Director of Montclare Children's School, I was asked to lead the faculty in taking curricular instruction from the traditional classroom model to a blended learning model. In the book, Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning Through the i2Flex Classroom...

How Does it Feel to be Two Today?

Being a two-year-old is not easy! So many feelings and, typically, insufficient vocabulary to match. It can, indeed, be terrible being two. Helping young children identify and name their emotions is something we do beginning in our 2s program. It allows children to become more comfortable...

Around the World – Celebrating Global Cultures!

At Montclare, we have our own mini-UN with a community made up of families and staff from all over the world speaking over 17 languages! While we welcome parents into the classroom for celebrations of culture throughout the year (many classrooms recently celebrated the Lunar...

A Greener Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

At Montclare we are on a mission; to reduce our use of plastic and to be more environmentally aware. After our leadership team studied the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, we honed in on initiative #12 as our focus: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/12.pdf We are looking at every aspect of school...

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

Preschool is an exciting time for many “firsts.” It’s the first time children leave their parents to brave the day with their first community of classmates. The first time children learn to acclimate their minds and bodies to the rhythm of the classroom’s daily schedule....

21st Century Learning at Montclare

December, 2019 will be the third consecutive year that Montlare joins millions of people around the world to participate in The Hour of Code, prompting many discussions about what it means to be a 21st-century student and educator. More specifically, what does a 21st-century early...

People-Made Solutions in Preschool

As a preschool teacher, I often find myself bearing witness to incredible moments of discovery. It's always my goal to help foster these moments by presenting students with meaningful materials and information, encouraging them to ask questions and creating an environment of trust and respect....

Design Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom

At Montclare Children’s School we are always looking for ways to inspire, motivate and, most importantly, prepare our students for future learning. My colleague, Jenny Bruce, and I attended the FETC conference last year in Orlando, FL. Interested in introducing coding and addressing 21st Century...