Virtual Classes – May 2020

Hey everyone!

Hope everyone is doing their best during this unusual time. I have been trying my best to keep things light, positive and as productive as I can here at home. Luckily, I am still working and have been occupied with Lola’s virtual learning, which has its ups and downs. She’s doing great, but I began to worry (no surprise there, right mamas?) that she was spending entirely too much time on her iPad. So, with a little research and a touch of desperation, I found alternative ways to keep her busy. I stumbled upon so many virtual options for her therefore I decided to share my list with all of you!

If you’d like to be included on this list, please shoot me an email!

Playday

Offering online creative classes for children 4 years old and older

$10 per class

Contact: info@playdaynyc.com

Sattva Yoga JC

Offering Live stream family yoga classes:

Toddler Yoga – Every Monday at 11:30am

Itsy Bitsy Baby Yoga – Every Friday at 11:30am

$10 per class

$39 2-week Livestream unlimited pass

Contact: info@sattvayogajc.com

Fairytale Fantasy Princess Parties

Offering FREE virtual story times on their Instagram and Facebook pages. There is a new story time/craft every Monday morning.

Facetime play dates:

$50 for 15 min virtual play dates (One on one attention with the character of your choice includes customizable activities such as stories, crafts and songs)

$20 for a pre-recorded message (customized for your child)

Contact: fairytalefantasyprincessparty@gmail.com

Miss Yvonne Swim School

Offering virtual arts & crafts and science experiments Monday through Friday at 11am.

Must pre-register in order to receive the box with the appropriate supplies to your doorstep – FREE SHIPPING.

$18 per class – your choice of any 2 classes per week.

Contact: 201-600-4640

A Sound Start

Offering virtual music classes for children up to 6 years old.

Contact: info@asoundstart.com

Code Wiz Jersey City

Offering daily virtual classes in coding and robotics as well as supervised Minecraft server play.

Contact: jerseycity@thecodewiz.com

The Inner Athlete

Offering their very own YouTube channel series named the Coaches Corner

Contact: info@innerathletenj.com

Jump Ahead Pediatrics

Offering virtual speech and occupational therapy sessions

Contact: admin@jumpaheadpediatrics.com

The Body Lab JC

Offering quarantine martial arts inspired workouts every Thursday at 3pm

Contact: @thebodylab_jc

Singing with Molly

Offering virtual singing lessons

Packages or single lessons available for purchase

Contact: singingwithmolly@gmail.com

TinyTouch

Offering virtual infant touch and massage worshops for babies 3 weeks to 1 year old

$25 per session

Contact: @tinytouchjc

 

Lola taking a virtual art and yoga class!

107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace: Young Masters Children’s Art Class

 

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Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Typically articulated in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, works are often appreciated primarily for their beauty and emotional power.

My daughter Lola is a budding artist. She truly loves to draw and create her own characters, progressing from squiggles in recent years.

A few months ago, I began to search for local art programs and found a few that were overly priced, others that focused on just painting or geared towards older children. Then I stumbled upon an art program right in my neighborhood of the Heights called the Young Masters Children’s Art Class. Lola instantly fell in love with the art gallery where the classes take place and more importantly, the program director, Kristin DeAngelis!

The art program takes place at the 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace, every Friday @ 4:15pm. Ms. Kristin prepares a different theme every week, always based on the type of art her current gallery is displaying. In addition, she also has the children work with different materials from week-to-week. Without realizing it, Lola has learned how to work with clay, papier mache, still work and 3-D designs. At the beginning of each class, they discuss the art work the lesson is designed after, study it, discuss it amongst themselves and then they get to work!

I sat down with Ms. Kristin recently to learn more about her history with art and her love for The Heights.

Are you an artist?

KD: Yes.  Since I was very young.  I went to school for Studio Art and Marketing.  I have dabbled in various mediums, but when I do have free time, I paint.  I was working with oils, but recently jumped back into acrylics.  My new work is a mix of printmaking and painting.

How long have you been a JC resident?

KD: I have lived in the JC since 2011 and the Heights since 2013.  We own are home and the gallery space so we are truly invested in our community.

How long has your gallery been open in JC?

KD: Since a JC Friday in September 2016 – so nearly 16 months!

Do you have other galleries? If so, where?

KD: Prior to opening 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace, I curated at The Distillery Gallery and the Lincoln Inn before they closed down.  I do curate other spaces including Hola Doctor on Central Avenue in the Heights and JacksoNewark Gallery in Hoboken.

What encouraged you to open it here in JC?

KD: My husband and I own a home in in Jersey City Heights.  I had been volunteering in a local gallery and teaching children.  The space became available for purchase.  We decided to invest in the neighborhood even more and to open the gallery for me to run.  I can walk to it from my house.

How has the reaction been from the JC residents to the gallery?

KD: People thank me at least once a week for opening the gallery.  It is quite humbling when we have an opening and there are so many people, that they are waiting outside to take their turn to see the artwork!  I had been teaching free art classes on occasion during the summer at the Riverview’s Farmer’s Market.  I kicked off the Young Masters Children’s Art classes in the Gallery in the Fall of 2017.  I teach children ages 2 – 12 using professional materials.  The classes are broken down by ages and dates/times.  I am doing a residency as an assistant to a Teaching Artist with the Guggenheim’s Learning through Art Program, so I am applying what I learn in the program to my classes.  We focus on learning via inquiry to help the students think more creatively.  Our Young Masters take home their completed art work after class so they can immediately show off their work.  People have been spreading the word about the classes are very happy that they have been able to find something like this for their children.

What events do you have coming up at the gallery?

KD: We switch out the shows every 6 – 8 weeks. Our next show is a series of openings for the high school seniors of the JC Arts program. They will be happening on Wednesdays in May with the first one being May 9th.  The students will run the opening, sit at the gallery and sell their work. All sale proceeds go directly to the students to use towards their studies at college.

We are participating in the upcoming free arts festival JC Fridays event on June 1st from 6-9pm. We are celebrating our Young Masters Children’s Art classes. Children of all ages are encouraged to stop by to create a piece of art!  In addition, artist Mike Dreeland, will be showing works that can be touched by everyone!

 

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Kristin at her booth at one of the Jersey City summer festivals
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107 Bowery Gallery & ArtSpace

Tonal Art Music Center: Jersey City and Hoboken music school

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If you are interested in signing your children up to learn how to play an instrument, I highly recommend the Tonal Art Music Center, located at 47B Harrison Street in Hoboken. Our daughter Lola started taking guitar lessons when she was 6 years old, just 6 months ago and performed in her first recital this past weekend.

The joy we felt watching Lola perform at the recital was unlike anything we have experienced yet as parents. We have been a part of her music journey, as we take her to her lesson every week, we push her to practice every single day, we hear her mistakes and then her triumphs when she finally nails a song! It has been a wonderful, fulfilling experience for the entire family. If you follow me on Instagram you can see a video of Lola performing Ode to Joy.

Her guitar teacher, Mr. Matt, is a lifelong musician and has worked with kids for many years. I sat down with him to learn more about the history of Tonal Art Music Center and its instructors.

How long as TAMC been in existence?

Matt: Tonal Art Music started in 2010, and has been at the current Hoboken location since 2012.

How did it come to be?

Matt: From very early on, teaching in some capacity has always been a part of my professional musical life. While spending a lot of time studying and playing music, I was also teaching at different private music schools throughout New Jersey and New York. Through observation, I learned a lot about what seemed to work well for the students and the teachers, as well as what could be done in a better way. Armed with this knowledge, I decided that I could run my own studio as well or better than any that I had previously been associated with, so Tonal Art Music was born. A music-focused center for learning from professional musicians with tons of educational experience.

How many instructors are there?

Matt: We currently have 5 different instructors each with their own instrument specialties.

What type or lessons are offered?

Matt: We offer private music lessons for guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, flute and clarinet.

What age groups are encouraged to join?

Matt: Students as young as 4.5 can begin piano lessons with us, for guitar it’s better to wait until about six years old. But we get a lot of different ages, elementary, middle school and high school, as well as a growing number of adults who are coming back to music after a long break or even picking up something new for the first time.

Were you always located in Hoboken?

Matt: Originally there were only the two of us (Matt and Hyeseon) and we taught lessons once a week at a community space in Jersey City. As word of mouth spread, we continued to grow, finally moving into our own space in Hoboken in 2012.

What is your back ground in Music? The other instructors also?

Matt: All the teachers at our school hold degrees from some of the best music schools in the world.  I received my Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar performance from Manhattan School of Music. I received my Masters in Music from William Paterson University with a focus on jazz performance. All the teachers at our school are also busy performers and you can always ask them where they will be performing next.

Is there a new student offer?

Matt: We are currently running a new student special, if you sign up for a month of lessons you will receive one free lesson! You can find us at www.tonalartmusic.org

A few shots from the music recital held on Friday, December 15

Mompreneur Spotlight: Dr. Brittany Smith from Jump Ahead Pediatrics

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What is pediatric occupational therapy? According to the All Allied Health Schools website, ‘Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to grow into functional, independent studies. Physical impairment, injuries and a host of other issues can hamper a child’s ability to perform common tasks or progress normally through the stages of social or cognitive development.’

Jersey City’s only pediatric occupational therapy clinic is Jump Ahead Pediatrics, located at 35 Journal Square, Suite 610.

Dr. Brittany Smith opened the clinic earlier this year and reached out to me in hopes I can share her passion with you all!

Dr. Smith, a native Jersey girl, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously in the 5-year direct entry occupational therapy program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2012.

Her major inspiration to study OT was her mom, while in high school she jokes her mom ‘highly suggested’ aka forced her to volunteer at a children’s hospital to boost her resume for college. At the time, her dream was to study physical therapy in college, but while volunteering at the hospital, a nurse suggested studying OT instead and after observing and researching, she was convinced to do so. She now thanks her mom for pulling her away from her friends those high school summers! As we all know, moms know best : )

Smith has always wanted to own a business, and when her business partner and fellow University of Sciences graduate and friend, Janki Patel called her one day with an opportunity to rent space in Jersey City, she jumped (pun intended) at the chance! While in college she lived in city of Philadelphia and always visited NYC a lot when living at home; she loves big cities and finds working in JC enjoyable and exciting!

Now a mom herself to Bryce, her spunky little kiddo, Smith is a little more understanding with the families when she recommends activities to carry over into day to day life. It’s her belief OT can benefit EVERYONE, but most of her cases are with preschool aged children. As of late she expressed seeing such an increase in sensory processing difficulties, “The sensory system is the most developed system at birth; it is also the most delicate. Disruptions from chemicals in utero may be causing difficulties in the sensory system. With an increase in chemicals in foods, products, air, etc, it’s no wonder why we are seeing an increase in these sensory difficulties! Sensory processing can affect many aspects of a child’s daily life (attention, social-emotional, self-care, diet, etc). Occupational therapists help make neurological changes and suggest compensatory strategies to decrease sensory difficulties and improve participation in daily activities!”

If you are interested in learning more please make an appointment with either Dr. Smith or Dr. Patel today!