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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...

7 Children’s Books About Self Esteem

Is your child shy? Does s/he have low self-esteem? Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best children’s books about self-esteem that teach courage, self-love, and acceptance. Pick out some books to read to your children so they can learn more about cultivating higher self-esteem! Check Out these Children’s Books...

How to Deal With Temper Tantrums at Every Age

Is your child throwing temper tantrums? Most toddlers do! For parents, however, it can be irritating and challenging to deal with. Perhaps you are wondering what the norm is for temper tantrums, how they differ at each age, and how you can manage them as a parent. In...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Yoga at Montclare Children’s School

As winter brings a cold chill and we retreat to warmer thoughts, a new chapter in movement begins: it is the perfect time for imagination yoga mat play. The children begin our class by sitting on their "magic carpet," as we fly on our mats to...

Building an Early Childhood Program

Article by Cathy Makropoulos, Director, Montclare Children’s School for 2019 issue of Parents League Review Constructing a robust early childhood education program requires engineering similar to that needed to build a fine, sound house. In education as in architecture, a clear creative vision is essential if something enduring is to...