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!

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: Caked by Candace, Jersey City’s cake jar baker

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Initially a caterer with her late chef-trained husband, focus eventually shifted to Candace Rodriguez’s self-taught baking skills, which were wildly popular. They both decided to shift the businesses on her talents, thus the origins for Caked by Candace.

Known for her famous jarred cakes, we sat down with Candace to chat and nibble on a few of her most popular cake flavors, which were all very delicious! My favorites were the tres leche and red velvet. Her fondant creations are almost too good looking to eat.

In addition to her cake jars, Candace makes customized cakes for any occasion. Her recent masterpieces have included Shopkins, Moana, a dinosaur, Wonder Woman, a unicorn and even a three-tier wedding cake. She also makes cupcakes, cake pops, cheesecakes and whoopie pies. And if you’re looking for something specific, all you have to do is ask. No challenge is too great!

I have paid hundreds of dollars for a specialized cake, which looked pretty but tasted awful. Candace is not only delivering the idea, but the taste as well!

Since then, Caked by Candace has grown mostly by word-of-mouth, lots of self-promotion and referrals from happy customers. Celebrating her fifth year in business, she has decided to focus on the business full-time and left her day job once and for all! Keep an eye out for her at your local farmer’s markets this upcoming spring and summer, where she hopes to introduce a line of adult beverage cake jars.

You can find many examples of her creations on her Instagram page @CakedbyCandace.

xoxo

Mompreneur Spotlight: Taking Control of Your Child’s Future With Jomayra Torres

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Lola is in kindergarten and learning a lot. I’ve been told she will know how to read by the end of the school year, which is just 3 months away now! She is already reading small picture books to me every night and she’s constantly asking us how to spell words as she writes letters to her friends and family. It’s a very exciting time!

I’m fortunate enough to have her enrolled in a school that’s progressive, but not all families have that opportunity. I know some families that are looking to do more at home, families with older kids that have a hard time helping their kids with their homework assignments. For fellow Jersey City mom Jomayra Torres, her mission is to provide tutoring services to children, as well as parents, making the educational process a family affair.

Jomayra, a mom of 2 kids, realized the need for such a service when several parents reached out to her for help for themselves. An educator at the ‘Beloved Community Charter School’, she educates students and parents with an understanding the new mandates being passed within the new common code standards. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an educational proposal in the United States that details what K–12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. She quickly developed a clientele and realized she had a new business to offer Jersey City.

Named Joys In Teaching, parents have the opportunity to choose from a number of tutors who focus on different areas of interest. In addition to connecting with tutors for one-on-one help, the company also offers workshops for children and parents. There is the ‘Young Entrepreneurs’ workshop, which teaches children the basics of taking their passions and developing a business, including branding and marketing. Then there’s the ‘Young Explorers Club’, where students engage in hands on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities and experiments, which help develop their problem solving and inquiry based skills. They also have a ‘Reading Readiness’ workshop, which is perfect for new readers like my Lola. This program focuses on the alphabet, the concept of print, phonological awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, and fluency, with fine motor and writing integration.

Jomayra understands how expensive it can be to find affordable enrichment programs for our children and that is why she has made all her services affordable. You can review all the programs and prices here.

Joymara Torres

Jomayra’s passion and desire to help our youth is necessary, as she stated during our conversation, “We need to invest in our children and give them real meaningful experiences to help them develop as strong willed and successful adults who give back to their community.”

xoxo