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7 Nutrition Books for Kids to Teach Healthy Habits

Do you have a picky eater? Does your child prefer junk food over vegetables? Is it a struggle to get your kids to eat healthy foods? You are not alone! Many parents have a hard time getting their kids to enjoy healthy foods. However, we’re here...

15 Critical Social Skills for Kids and How to Develop Them

Child development is fascinating. Human beings start as vulnerable infants who rely on caregivers for their every need, then, over time, turn into independent children and hopefully high-functioning adults. What happens during each of these milestones is essential to the next stage of your child’s...

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...

Never Too Young For Mindfulness

At Montclare, I have loved teaching music to all age groups for well over a decade. However, for the last 5 years I have also had the pleasure of teaching yoga to our 4-year-olds! At the end of each yoga practice, I include a 3-5...

Connecting The Dots

Standing at the door for morning arrival or afternoon dismissal is often a favorite part of my day at work. Montclare administrators all take turns greeting our families and monitoring the many arrivals and dismissals for the very practical purpose of safety (those little ones...

THE SPACE IN-BETWEEN

By Patti Sayre, Psychotherapist, L.C.S.W (Patti has joined us at Montclare to present parenting workshops over the years. Sign up for her newsletter!) Autumn is the perfect season to illustrate the key features of transitions. In a time of transition, we become travelers on uncertain terrain. We...

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...

Music To My Ears

Getting to know Montclare's Music Teacher, Noel Cohen!   Hi, Noel.  I know you live on the UWS. Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and went to public school from 1st grade through 8th grade. I started out at...

Mother of all Days

Blog piece by Shelly Macdonald. This Sunday, May 14th, is Mother’s Day in America and this holiday will be celebrated in over 80 countries worldwide. Here's the unfortunate truth...

Go West!

Born and raised on the Upper East Side (UES), I have had the privilege of living all over this magnificent island of Manhattan. Today, however, the Upper West Side is my home and, even before I had children, it felt like a place to grow...