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The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

Preschool is an exciting time for many “firsts.” It’s the first time children leave their parents to brave the day with their first community of classmates. The first time children learn to acclimate their minds and bodies to the rhythm of the classroom’s daily schedule....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Music To My Ears

Getting to know Montclare's Music Teacher, Noel Cohen!   Hi, Noel.  I know you live on the UWS. Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and went to public school from 1st grade through 8th grade. I started out at...

12 ways to help a child make the transition to kindergarten

Anne Densmore, Ed.D. wrote this excellent article (click here to view original) and we simply couldn't do better. So we are sharing it with you! During the summer, I take much of my speech-language therapy practice out of the classroom and office and move it to summer...