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Why I’m a Preschool Teacher

by Karen Marcus “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best” – Bob Talbert I love being a preschool teacher. I love seeing little faces light up with a smile when I open the door to the classroom every morning. I love...

Creativity in Motion

Meet Lindsay Andretta our Movement and Library Specialist!   I grew up in a small colorful hippie town in upstate New York called Woodstock. As soon as I could walk, I was hiking and climbing the Catskills! After school, I would practice acting, dancing and took...

Back to School!

Summer is winding down and it's almost time for back-to-school! September is my absolute favorite time of year, which might have a little something to do with why I chose education as my career. Growing up, I loved buying school supplies, back-to-school clothes and getting a new lunchbox. I...

Being Present in Preschool

By Noel Cohen, Montclare Children's School's Music Teacher I am a meditator. I try to meditate every morning for 25 minutes. When my son went off to college, and my marriage fell apart, I was face with a chasm in my life. On the one hand, I had...

Magic

As adults we sometimes long for the "magic" of childhood; the sense of wonder and excitement that seems to ebb with time. A means of better connecting with our children and rediscovering that magic in ourselves may, in fact, be through...

Discipline is Not a Four Letter Word

Children’s music. Is that like children’s food? In most cultures around the world, there is no such thing as food specifically for children....

Choices

Shelly Macdonald shares the following tip based on the skill of alternatives to punishment from How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber & Mazlish: In our quest to find effective strategies other than punishment, I’ve shared how to: 1. Express your feelings strongly without attacking...

12 ways to help a child make the transition to kindergarten

Anne Densmore, Ed.D. wrote this excellent article (click here to view original) and we simply couldn't do better. So we are sharing it with you! During the summer, I take much of my speech-language therapy practice out of the classroom and office and move it to summer...

Montclare Film Festival!

Cannes? Tribeca? Sundance? Yes, we've heard of them. But, this week we're talking Montclare Film Festival!  For the third consecutive year, Writopia Lab and Montclare Children's School come together to present our one-of-a-kind 4s Film Festival! This week, each of our 4s classrooms is presenting 3 original short films...