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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...

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...

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...

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...

Eternal Students

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin This, my tenth year at Montclare, has proven to be a very eventful year for the school and for me! I became a head teacher with an amazing team and am completing...

We Gather Together

I'm sure many of you remember your school's Assembly. It was a time for a whole school to gather together if only for a short moment. Here at Montclare, the purpose of assembly is to share the gift of song and music. Starting a monthly assembly...

Kind is the New Beautiful: ECIS Conference in Belgium 2017!

I recently had the opportunity to attend the ECIS (Early Childhood International Schools) conference in Belgium with my fellow-teacher, Daphne Hicks. Teachers from all around the globe came together for two full days to attend lectures, network, and discover what early childhood education looks like...

Making Lemonade: A Lesson in Giving Back and Speaking Up

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: A Lesson in Giving Back and Speaking Up! A few years ago I learned about an amazing foundation called Alex’s Lemonade Stand. For those of you who don’t know about this incredible organization, let me take a few moments to explain. At age...