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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...

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...

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...

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...