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21st Century Learning at Montclare

Montclare joined the tens of millions of people around the world participating 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 learner look like in an early childhood classroom?...

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...

How To Improve Air Quality in Your Home!

The Growing Danger of Air Pollution: How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home If I asked you to think of air pollution, you’d probably immediately picture somewhere outside. Maybe smog or haze lingering over a cityscape. But the reality is the air inside our homes...

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...

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...