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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...

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...

Never Too Young For Mindfulness

At Montclare, I have loved teaching music to all age groups for well over a decade. However, for the last 5 years I have also had the pleasure of teaching yoga to our 4-year-olds! At the end of each yoga practice, I include a 3-5...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Magic

As adults we sometimes long for the "magic" of childhood; the sense of wonder and excitement that seems to ebb with time. A means of better connecting with our children and rediscovering that magic in ourselves may, in fact, be through...

Montclare Film Festival!

Cannes? Tribeca? Sundance? Yes, we've heard of them. But, this week we're talking Montclare Film Festival!  For the third consecutive year, Writopia Lab and Montclare Children's School come together to present our one-of-a-kind 4s Film Festival! This week, each of our 4s classrooms is presenting 3 original short films...