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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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Be Bored

I recently spent a glorious, extended holiday weekend in three of my favorite summer locales. I started in the country, lazing in a hammock and wading in the Housatonic in CT. The 4th was spent on a downtown roof deck, grilling hot dogs and watching the fireworks over the Hudson. The following...

Music To My Ears

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....

An Attitude of Gratitude

Article by Patti Sayre, Psychotherapist, L.C.S.W (Patti is a friend of Montclare’s and has joined us to present many parenting workshops over the years. Sign up for her newsletter!) What is Gratitude? Gratitude is more than feeling thankful for something. It is more like a deeper appreciation for someone...

Connection

  Article by Patti Sayre, Psychotherapist, L.C.S.W (Patti is a friend of Montclare's and has joined us to present many parenting workshops over the years. Sign up for her newsletter!) We all know the basics of keeping healthy: get enough rest, exercise, eat your veggies. There is tons of...