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Art at Montclare

At Montclare we are proud to offer a "balanced" preschool curriculum bringing together scaffolded, teacher-guided learning and more open-ended, center-based learning. One of the best ways to demonstrate what that looks like is through our children's art projects. Artwork created in the individual classroom typically reflects...

Music at Montclare

Welcome to music at Montclare! Why is music so important for preschoolers? Music naturally delights and interests young children (of all ages!) providing a positive outlet for their high spirits and creative energy. Music and movement help develop both sides of the brain and contribute to children's...

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...

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...

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....