By the time your child is 2 or 3 years old, they are ready to start exploring different environments. They are curious and each new place, person and object they encounter provides a learning experience and opportunity for them. As a parent in Coral Gables, Miami, and Coconut Grove, you want to find the best preschool program that will entice and nurture your child’s imagination and help them grow as a person. The Margaux School is that program. With a 1 to 6 staff to child ratio for our two-year olds, each student will have personalized attention, be able to engage in conversation and express themselves to the teacher, one on one.

The Preschool Environment

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Preschool is an exciting time for children and their families. So much learning and understanding takes place each day of a child’s life. Being surrounded by an environment geared specifically to support and nurture each child, offers them a safe space to see, hear and touch new objects in the classroom, where everything is sized proportionately for them. Preschool is a place where children begin to build their confidence and the teachers and staff are there to support and encourage this growth through positive interaction, compassion, and a daily nurturing guidance.

Playtime and Learning

Preschool age children learn through play, but it’s not a free-for-all! The Margaux School understands that preschool students from Coconut Grove and Pinecrest, FL need structure, so our developed programs ensure that this play supports social, physical and educational learning. Preschool students have fun creating art, reading, taking part in circle time, and learning about science. Play that happens within this structured class time encourages a love of learning and creates a foundation of self-confidence, which they will carry through life.

For more information on preschool programs offered at the Margaux School please visit, www.margauxschool.org or call (305) 667-9470.

One of the greatest questions a young child can ask is why? It encourages learning, creativity, care and compassion at a young age. Pre-K students in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove are nurtured and surrounded in an enriching environment at Margaux Early Childhood School.

Our educators understand the brain is amazing. Major brain development occurs by the age of 5. That means a child’s brain is almost fully grown, at 90%, after the first 5 years of their lives. The way young students are treated emotionally and socially will help shape their future selves and the right pre-k program will start them on their journey. Learning acceptable behavior and social skills as a pre-k student helps foster good habits and positive social interaction, which will only benefit them when entering school.

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Is the Preschool Environment really Important for a Pre-K Student?

The resounding answer is yes! Studies have shown that learning in a social preschool environment increases language development, teaches young students about routines and fosters social interaction, so children learn to make friends, express their feelings, listen and share. Everyday a pre-k student is learning something new, from taking turns with a classmate to listening to the teacher and communicating with fellow students and teachers. All these new experiences help young learners in Pinecrest and South Miami, FL, to grow as a person.

Pre-K All Week?

Although your child may not yet be 5 years old, they are ready to start exploring the world around them. Socialization is one of the most important skills a pre-k child in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables can learn. The habits they acquire during their pre-k years will stay with them for a lifetime. It’s important to make sure they are enrolled in a reputable pre-k program, like the one offered at Margaux Early Childhood School. Pre-k programs are full day, Monday through Friday (with a partial day VPK option). Attending class each day promotes healthy habits and routines and creates a solid foundation for learning for years to come. For more information about the pre-k program at Margaux Early Childhood School call (305) 667-9470.

Daycare can a big step for families. We know there are different opinions about daycare, but we want you to be assured that many, many families have found The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea to be the choice in daycare for them. Many reasons exist for needing daycare – care for another sibling, work, volunteer activities and more. Whatever your reason we know you are concerned about what is best for your family. At Margaux Early Childhood, we pride ourselves on being a nurturing environment with some of the best daycare and preschool teachers in South Florida.

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When it comes time for you to look for day care for your little one, we want you to feel completely comfortable with Margaux Early Childhood. This means learning as much as you can about us and our preschool. We are always prepared to answer any questions you have. Drop-off and pick-up times, dietary needs, supplies, are some questions parents new to daycare have.  And we have the answers!

Next, come tour the school. You’ll get to see the classrooms, play spaces as well as the playgrounds. We can also tell you about all the different activities and experiences for busy minds and bodies. Your child can explore their different talents and interests while in the daycare environment. And you’ll get to meet our wonderful teachers. Our teachers have long tenures that are almost unheard of in the daycare industry. This is a testament to the love they have for teaching and watching little ones in the Margaux Early Childhood environment. We believe in lots of hugs and attention.

So come ask your questions, tour as many times as you need to, and talk to our teachers. Our goal is to make the process as easy and smooth for you as possible. We know you will be as happy as the many families who have used Margaux Early Childhood for their children. We are confident that we are one of the top daycare choices in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami.

At The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea, we’re pretty strict when it come to hygiene.  We ask every child to wash their hands when they first arrive for the day, after playing or using the bathroom and before eating. We also sanitize all the toys, desks and chairs every night. It may seem like a lot of work but it’s part of our standards. We do our best to keep our preschool clean and healthy for the children of Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, and South Miami. However, preschoolers are still preschoolers. And slow exposure to a few germs and bugs is not a bad thing.

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Research has shown that children develop stronger immune systems after attending preschool. All the little sniffles are a reaction to being exposed early and the body building the immune defense. This same research shows that the bodies of children that are not exposed to immune system-building germs actually end up overacting later.

Also, children attending preschool are less likely to get sick in grade school where they could miss out on important school lessons. Apparently, getting the sniffles in preschool helps build the immune system for later years. And, it’s these later years when missing school can be a bigger deal due the concentrated school work.

We promise to always do our best to keep your child in a safe environment. We insist sick children stay home 24 hours after a fever has gone away and teach children good practices in hygiene. But know that when they do encounter some germs, it actually can be a good thing.

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 FL, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

Your child may be attending child care for a number of reasons. Both parents may have jobs, the parent not working may need to spend time with a sibling or you may just want your child to get a jump on education. We’ve looked at a number of resources that have shown some of the additional advantages of how child care can benefit your child’s development and future education.

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First, it’s important to note that all children develop differently. There are milestones to look for, but some children may reach them at different times. Nothing compares to an interactive, nurturing and positive environment to help guide children to reach those milestones. At The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea, we are happy to provide that environment to our neighbors in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL and South Miami.

  1. Daycare teaches good behavior. This might be a tough one to sell to parents since it’s proven that kids have worse behavior in front of their parents than anywhere else! (Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!). However, what this is referring to is peer-related and student-teacher difficulties. Daycare children have already learned there’s proper behavior expected around other kids, adults and during class time. At Margaux Early Childhood, we guide our daycare children in the proper behavior with laying out expectations, redirection, and repetition.
  2. Daycare children are more efficient communicators. By the time children with daycare experiences enter kindergarten, they’ve been exposed to a number of children and teachers with different communication styles.  Some of their friends may speak other languages. Some may need simple words repeated. And others may have no trouble communicating. Daycare children know that not everyone communicates in the same manner and can easily adjust communications styles to their new teachers and friends.
  3. Daycare children are prepared for school. Children at the Margaux School learn how to listen, follow directions and complete tasks on their own. Margaux teachers slowly introducing these skills to build the foundation for reading, writing, and math in a nurturing and fun environment.  Emergent literacy and fine motor skills by writing letters in sand, adding and subtracting beans in cupcake tins and listening to our teachers read to them are all examples.

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 FL, and our hometown of Coral Gables.

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.

Strong foundation for children with pre school education in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest FL, South Miami

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.

The Miracle Mile in Downton Coral Gables

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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.