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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...

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...

People-Made Solutions in Preschool

As a preschool teacher, I often find myself bearing witness to incredible moments of discovery. It's always my goal to help foster these moments by presenting students with meaningful materials and information, encouraging them to ask questions and creating an environment of trust and respect....

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...

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....

Seed To Table

  FOOD AND GARDEN SCIENCE   At Montclare, we are proud to be working with Ingredient Happy to better connect children to the food they eat through hands-on seed-to-table learning and planting in our rooftop garden. Starting with Seeds Our child-centric Food & Garden Science curriculum is designed to help...