When parents decide to enroll their children in prek, they are giving them a jump start in life.  Not only do they get a jump start in their education, they get ahead of the game when it comes to socialization.  The Margaux Early Childhood School provides the best prek program around.  We are NAEYC accredited, which is a recognition that less than ten percent of prek and kindergarten schools receive.  We are located in Coral Gables and have children attending our programs from all over the area, including Coconut Grove, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami.

Prek learning activities for children in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami 

Prek in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami

Our prek offers many activities for your child to enjoy while they are at school.  The activities allow the children to interact with each other and the educators while learning.  The prek children have so much fun, they do not realize they are learning.  They learn best when they are around others their age and when they receive encouragement from the educators.  We provide positive reinforcement in a loving environment.

Prek children acquire skills in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami           

The prek at The Margaux Early Childhood School helps children build the skills they will need in their future years in school.  When they get a strong start in prek, they have a better performance in kindergarten and grade school.  In our prek, children acquire skills that help them in class and at home.  They learn how to listen and pay attention to the teacher.  Children learn how to make friends and get along with other students in the class.  As they grow comfortable in class, they learn how to speak up and share opinions and ideas.  Creativity is encouraged through play, art, and music. To learn more about our prek serving Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami, give us a call at 305-667-9470.

If you have a child between the ages of four and five and are searching for a pre school, The Margaux Early Childhood School may be the one for you.  Our pre school is located in Coral Gables, making it convenient for families living in the surrounding area, including Coconut Grove, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami.  Our pre school provides early childhood education in a supportive, loving, Jewish environment.  Each child’s learning progress and development is tracked by the educators.  We share the information with you to see how your child is growing.  

Pre School in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, South Miami

Pre school improves attention spans for children in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, South Miami

Children who attend pre school develop many social and learning behaviors that benefit them in their future journey in education.  Our pre school program at The Margaux Early Childhood School is very interactive.  The children develop relationships with educators as well as with the other students.  We offer fun activities the children enjoy.  During these activities, the children not only have fun, but they are learning at the same time.  We provide activities and programs that interest the pre school children.  Because they are interested, they partake in the activity and become engaged in the program.  When children are engaged, they learn.  They strengthen their communication skills and improve their attention spans.  The pre school children also learn how to interact and work well with others.

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Children with good attention spans tend to perform better in school.  Our pre school program provides an environment where the child has interactions with educators that are positive and encouraging.  The child not only gains academic knowledge but also builds self-confidence.  By socializing with other children, they also strengthen their social skills.  Children in our quality pre school have strong foundations that will benefit them as they move on to kindergarten and grade school.  To learn more about our pre school serving Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami, give us a call at 305-667-9470.

There’s a reason so many toddler daycare schools focus on art including The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea. Besides being fun, art is a great way to experiment, use imagination and learn about colors and textures. So much of what the toddler daycare teachers do at Margaux is learning through play and art plays a big part. 

Believe it or not, art can help with analyzing and problem-solving. While we never know what exactly is going through their little minds, we often see the children in the toddler daycare program with serious looks of concentration. Are they trying to figure out how to draw the sun? What colors to use for a tree? Or maybe they’re just experimenting with coloring back and forth and enjoying seeing the lines and circles they’re making. What a wonderful time to experiment and see instant results!

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Here are some of the ways the teachers at the Margaux School foster exploration, imagination, and creativity when it comes to art.

  1. No rules! Sometimes our teachers will work with guidelines such as “make a picture for your mom” or “color the ocean” but never specifics. Afterwards we can ask “what is this picture of?”, or “what colors did you use?”. You might be surprised at their answers!
  2. It’s going to be messy. There’s no doubt about this one. Teachers love washable crayons and paint for a reason, toddlers manage to get color everywhere! We’re used to it and the results of art are well worth it.
  3. No corrections. Toddlers and preschoolers aren’t self-conscious about what they are creating like adults and older children are. They are proud of what they’ve done and excited about this new fun and colorful activity. Telling them to add something or that they drew something wrong would not add to the experience and might take away from the fun. Right now, the Margaux teachers want to encourage, encourage, encourage in a fun and nurturing environment.
  4. Be proud of their work. Art from toddler day care won’t always make sense but our teachers want their students to be proud of what they’ve done. Often, parents will see different artwork hanging from the walls and their children will proudly show off their masterpieces. These are examples of thinking, problem-solving, creativity and more! 

Teachers at The Margaux School have so much fun with different art activities with their toddler daycare classes. Watching the children have fun and learn can be a rewarding experience. And, the teachers know that all the lines, holding crayons and markers and more are the first steps preparing them for future writing.

We invite you to come visit the Margaux Early Childhood School and learn about the quality toddler daycare we have to offer. Call us at 305-667-9470 to schedule your visit. We are proud to serve families throughout South Miami including Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

Sometimes it seems like the days go by without any quality family time. Mornings are full of getting ready, days with jobs and child care and finally evenings with dinner, homework and bedtime activities.  Where are the smiles, the cuddles, the photo opportunities, new experiences? There are many different options for families in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and South Miami to enjoy some staycation family time right in our hometown of Coral Gables. The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea wants their child care families to know about one great option for quality family time.

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While this may seem like more or an adult activity with all the upscale bars and restaurants, a fun Saturday or Sunday afternoon is perfect for families. Go to https://www.shopcoralgables.com/ to get some ideas of the different shops and restaurants. 

To give some structure to your day, families can work on creating a scavenger hunt. Some ideas of things to do include:

  • Ride on a trolley
  • Get a hamburger
  • Buy a new book
  • Eat Ice cream
  • Find a picture with a star
  • Buy a birthday present for an upcoming birthday

The website https://www.coralgables.com/trolley-services has the full trolley schedule and even a map. The trolley is only available Monday – Friday so make sure take advantage of the trolley service on a holiday.

Afterwards, try out a new park as a reward. Sticking to rules about good behavior in public places, restaurants and more can be overwhelming. Let your little ones know there will be a park trip reward after. They’ll need the opportunity to yell, scream, run around, climb and all the other things kids like to naturally do.

Here are some parks in Coral Gables popular with families and the comments other parents have made:

  • Phillips Park – shaded playground, walking paths
  • Salvadore Park – different play stations for different ages
  • Coral Villas Park – great for toddlers

Whew! That sure was a full day. But it was great family time and you’ll be surprised how much your little ones will remember from this day – they have great memories! Now, time to go home, read your new book and order some takeout. And, probably put the kids to bed early!

We invite you to come visit the Margaux Early Childhood School and learn about the quality childcare we have to offer. Call us at 305-667-9470 to schedule your visit. We are proud to serve families throughout South Miami from Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

Preschool is a fun time for children, parents, and teachers. Children are finally excited to go to “school” like big kids and parents are ready to see their children grow and flourish! The teachers at Margaux Early Childhood School are ready to welcome your children into our preschool program and share the joy of learning. 

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At some point, you’re probably going to have questions about the activities during preschool. So many words can be used to describe them – fun, supportive, nurturing, developmentally appropriate and more! Your child will be having a great time in a loving atmosphere, and they’ll be learning new skills, developing the basic blocks of learning and getting prepared for the educational journey ahead of them. Children have plenty of playtime for different centers and experiences around their preschool room to practice sharing and using their imagination. The activities your preschool teacher leads often incorporate many different skills at once.

Generally, the day starts with morning meeting. During this time the children are learning to

  • follow directions
  • transition from one activity to another
  • describe what they see (such as the weather or colors)
  • learn about number sequence
  • take turns talking and listening
  • discuss past or future events

All of this happens just at the beginning of the day! While it may seem like a lot, different parts are added when age-appropriate and children can go at their own speed. Plus, all of this is done in our calm and nurturing environment. Our teachers at the Margaux School have the experience to know when to add each part in response to the growing competency of the children.

Another small group or individual experience that is a preschool hallmark is art. Through this children will learn to express themselves, use different colors, feel textures and describe what they are making. Our teachers enjoy seeing each child’s interpretation of what they are learning and the growth in development.

So much happens during preschool, it’s hard to put it all in one blog post!

We invite you to come visit the Margaux Early Childhood School and learn about the preschool activities we have to offer our preschool families. Call us at 305-667-9470 to schedule your visit. We are proud to serve families throughout South Miami from Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

PreK is a special time for your family. Your child is on the brink of their educational journey. The practices and skills your little ones learn in PreK will set them up for the classroom education they will be receiving in kindergarten and beyond. However, this is not just a special time for you! Your child’s PreK teachers at Margaux Early Childhood School are anxiously awaiting their new classes and the joy that will be shared throughout the school year. Here are some of the things that PreK teachers say they love about their jobs.

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  1. PreK students think learning is fun! Someday they could turn into cynical teenagers but right now their little minds are open to learning about everything. So many things are new to them that it’s fun to learn about different animals in the ocean, how to write their own name, count to big numbers and more. There are a lot of questions being asked and the joy PreK kids have in learning and showing off their new skills is contagious.
  2. Share in the happy moments. There are so many firsts that happen in PreK – writing their name, reading letters and so much more. These are special milestones in their lives and PreK teachers at the Margaux Early Childhood School enjoy being part of them.  We know these are proud accomplishments for your PreK child and are ensuring they are ready for kindergarten.
  3. The teachers get to have fun! How great is it to dance to fun songs without worrying about your moves? Teachers read fun, uplifting books to their PreK students and share the classics they read when they were kids. Painting, coloring, cutting, and pasting are all parts of the job. And, getting all the hugs and smiles doesn’t hurt either.
  4. Making a difference. Being trained in educational and early childhood development, the Margaux teachers are aware of milestones for speech, writing, and learning. If your PreK child is not meeting these milestones, we can discuss some options. Of course, all students learn at their own pace, so we guide our students on learning paths in the way that ensures their success. We make differences in our students’ lives by teaching them good habits such as manners, hand washing, and cooperation.

All the PreK teachers at The Margaux School love their job. It’s clear to see by their long tenure and the smiles on their faces! Each child and each class is unique. We welcome you to join our PreK community and add to our PreK teacher’s joy.

For more information about the well-structured, nurturing preschool and daycare programs at The Margaux School, give us a call at 305-667-9470. We are proud to serve families throughout South Miami from Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

It’s never too early to start introducing social skills that will help your child for all education environments and for life. Learning to follow direction and transition from one activity to another are important steps for the next years of little ones’ lives. By introducing these skills early, your child will start the building blocks to successful classroom behavior and self-regulation. 

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Residents of Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest and South Miami don’t need to worry about how this social skill learning will happen. Afterall, this is an introduction to classroom and group behavior and time to adjust and grow is required. The teachers of The Margaux Early Childhood School have years of experience which equals to patience and understanding. Also, the formal education of the Margaux teachers means they know the appropriate learning stages of each age of pre school. If a child is not developing as typically defined age appropriate, they will be able to discuss corrective actions with the parents. This rarely happens though as children are guided through their social skills development. 

Here are some of the social skills your child will develop at their early learning years at The Margaux Early Childhood School.

  1. Following directions.  At early ages, children should learn the basic behavior between teacher and student. Examples can include waiting to open doors, cleaning up, etc. Margaux teachers will typically have a silly prompt for the action such as a song describing the fun activity that follows next.
  2. Interacting with other kids. If this is a child’s first time with other children, this step can frequently take longer. Taking turns, sharing with one another, and being kind to others are all part of classroom and group behavior. Don’t expect your child’s behavior to change immediately! Margaux teachers are excellent at redirection or correcting interactions in a developmentally supportive manner. And don’t be surprised when you start to hear your child using polite words unprompted.
  3. Language development. Margaux teachers know the importance of reading, talking and hearing a magnitude of different words to support language development. Reading stories and literary interactions are big parts of pre school development to expand vocabulary and develop skills to express oneself. All pre schoolers learn at their own pace and pass through predictable milestones that Margaux teachers know to look for.
  4. Independence. The first few days of preschool may be hard for children who haven’t been away from their parents or caregivers. Again, this is where experienced pre school teachers shine.  Distractions and redirection to fun activities make preschool a fun experience that your preschooler will look forward to every day.

For more information about the well-structured, nurturing preschool and daycare programs at The Margaux School, give us a call at 305-667-9470. We are proud to serve families throughout South Miami from Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

Finding the proper day care can be a challenge. Various programs, learning spaces and outdoor play areas all go into finding the one that fits your family. Once you have found the right day care, the dreaded first day drop off comes. While this might be an anxious moment for both child and parent, here are some recommendations from child development experts.

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  1. Bring a comfort from home. Toys are discouraged but a familiar blankie or stuffed animal for nap time can be comforting. You may even want to include the stuffed animal as part of starting daycare. You can suggest the stuffed animal is also starting daycare or ask your child to help the stuffed animal adjust to daycare.
  2. Create a goodbye ritual. This works for both parents and children. Parents won’t be tempted to pause at the door and children will know what to expect in saying goodbye. Examples include blowing kisses or giving a high-five.
  3. Expect a few tears. Our teachers are experts at the day care drop off. Years of experience have given a wealth of knowledge, tips and recommendations. We want your day care drop-off to go as well as you do! Don’t hesitate to ask us for suggestions. And, some tears may happen. It can take a day or more to adjust to the new schedule. It’s normal!
  4. Make the morning anxious free. Pack as much as you can and layout clothes the night before.  Adjusting to a new schedule and the morning rush will take some time. Proper preparation can give peace of mind to everyone.
  5. Limit surprises. Create an environment of comfort by letting your child know what is happening.  A tour to The Margaux Early Childhood School can easily calm both your and your child’s fears of day care. Your child’s new teacher will warmly welcome your child and introduce your child to the classroom. You can also watch some age appropriate shows such as Daniel Tiger on PBS that show the first day of pre school as a positive experience.

As stated before, we want your first day to get smoothly and comfortably for both you and your child.  We’ve been through hundreds of successful day care drop-offs with residents of Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest and South Miami. If you have any worries or concerns, please share them so we can help the next step in your child’s education go smoothly.

For more information about the well-structured, nurturing preschool and daycare programs at The Margaux School, give us a call at 305-667-9470. We are proud to serve families throughout South Miami from Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

Parents have a choice when it comes to which child care their little ones attend. Some of the selection criteria parents use include: location, curriculum, cost, teacher retention or open hours. One thing parents may overlook are the different options in enrichment programs a child care center offers.  Enrichment programs can help both parents and children feel comfortable in their child care experience.

The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea, located in Coral Gables and serving the nearby communities of Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami, offers numerous enrichment programs as part of their child care curriculum.

Here are some of the programs offered as part of the child care program serving South Miami and Pinecrest – yoga, nature explorers, Spanish, art, cooking, soccer stars, karate and ballet. A well-rounded program should include different experiences and recreational activities. We know karate is one child’s idea of fun while a future scientist would be preferred nature explorers.  Perhaps you’d like to expose your child to another language or increase their artistic talent. 

Benefits of Child care Enrichment Programs at The Margaux Early Childhood School

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Here are some of the ways that enrichment programs enhance our child care program for families in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.

  1. Convenience. Not only is your time precious but your family’s time together is precious too.  Spend your weekends and evenings together, not running back and forth from one activity to another. Give your child the chance to grow and learn without having to pick enrichment programs around your schedule.
  2. Focused learning. The Margaux Early Childhood School has a very balanced curriculum that includes many activities but some of our little learners have certain activities they would like to do more. Not everyone in our child care classes are interested in ballet or karate. Some children may want to spend more time on art than others. The enrichment programs give them the chance to do more of what they like.
  3. Try new skills. There are so many specialized schools, sports clubs and learning programs available to children these days. Our enrichment programs give the chance for our students to try various activities that might become a focus for them in the future. With early encouragement in a fun atmosphere, they can develop the foundation for a lifetime of loving a sport or activity.
  4. Stimulating and challenging programs. Certain children thrive with a stimulating and challenging environment that keeps them engaged. Concentrated activities can provide the added academic stimulation they may need, especially children who mature earlier than their counterparts or exhibit advanced intellect.

Enriching Early Child Care Experiences in a Warm, Supportive Environment.

Choosing a child care facility can be a tough decision for any family. We strive to give children the opportunity to explore, wonder, and discover their unique gifts in a positive, joyful setting. At The Margaux School, you will find teachers who respect and nurture children through enriching early childhood educational experiences in a warm, supportive child care environment. Contact us to learn more at 305-667-9470 or margauxschool@judeagables.org.

Anyone can study to become a teacher, but not everyone has the heart, patience and understanding to be a preschool teacher!  Parents in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest and South Miami can take heart that the teachers at The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea are truly the best in the area when it comes to the three most important characteristics of amazing preschool teachers.

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When it comes to selecting a daycare, one of the top criteria must be the staff who will be taking care of your little loved one. Safety, love and supportive will be at the top of your list. Are they kind and nurturing? Do they love your child?  Will they take care of your child in a safe and caring environment? Are they educated in early childhood education?  Luckily for parents in South Miami, including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Pinecrest, the teachers at The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea have some of the most impressive backgrounds, education and tenure of any local daycare.

Characteristics of Amazing Daycare Teachers in Coral Gables, Pinecrest and Coconut Creek

  1. Love of Children – This goes without saying but being a preschool and daycare teacher is tough!  Children of any age can have bad days, now imagine a room full of children just learning to control their emotions. It truly takes a special kind of teacher to avoid getting overwhelmed and gently ride the waves of meltdowns, tantrums and more. 
  2. Patience – Children learn at different paces and just a few months difference in ages can make a tremendous difference in developmental skills. Being able to avoid frustration when some children aren’t ready to follow directions or when a child is having an “off day” due to lack of sleep or developing stages can be really trying. Also, any day can present challenges. Only the best daycare teachers can guide children to do what they may not want to do – putting away toys, washing hands, taking turns or pause playing.
  3. Dedication – The teachers at The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea have amazingly long tenures as compared to other daycare preschools. Some daycares have a high turnover of staff due to burnout, low performance or unsatisfying work environment. However, at The Margaux Early Childhood School, many of the daycare teachers have been at the school for years if not decades. This amazing dedication is followed through by the teachers’ love for your children, the desire for them to succeed in early learning and the creation of a warm, nurturing environment.

For more information about the well-structured, nurturing preschool and daycare programs at The Margaux School, give us a call at 305-667-9470. We are proud to serve families throughout South Miami from Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and our hometown of Coral Gables.