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.

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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

Find Your Creativity in Jersey City @ HudsonPLAY

Looking for a unique, safe and sanitary environment for your child to enjoy this weekend? Well then I have the perfect place for you! HudsonPLAY, located in downtown Jersey City at the Brunswick Center, is a new open-play space for our kids.

HudsonPLAY is a unique family space that encourages play time, rather than screen time. The space has activities for the body, as well as the mind, with a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness. HudsonPLAY is designed for fun, with active play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior course, rock climbing walls and a virtual reality roller coaster for everyone else!

When I walked in, I was thoroughly impressed. Upon entry, you’re welcomed by bright colors and stark white walls, accompanied by dynamic blue and yellow equipment. The staff is extremely friendly as well.

Conveniently located within the premises, their very own HealthBAR café allows parents clear visibility to the kids from their tables. You can actually sit back and relax!

Programs currently being offered include:

Ninja training: Babies: (ages 12 months and under), Kids (ages 4-7 years old), and Youth (ages 8-12 years old).

Tumbling: Toddlers (ages 13 months to 3 years old) and Kids (ages 4-12 years old).

Robotics: Kids (ages 8-12 years old)

They also offer mommy and me classes, which include music enrichment and baby tumbling. Please note that ninja training and tumbling classes do not have a start or end date. You can skip a week or 2 and come back for the class.

You do not need to be a member to join classes, but there are great benefits to joining. If you become a member of HudsonPLAY, you are entitled to discounted play pass rates, 10% off the HealthBAR and special events. Members get free and first access to all new features, and you will also have the pleasure of enjoying family movie nights!

Prices are rising due to high demand, but you can take advantage of membership discount if you sign up before Monday, October 10th. Annual memberships start at $15 for individuals and $25 for families.

If you’d like to visit the space before committing to any classes or membership, Jersey City Mom Blog has a SPECIAL OFFER just for you! All of my readers can use the DISCOUNT CODE: 5offJCMB’ to sign up for any daily play passes and/or classes (online and in-person)!

Maybe I’ll see you there!

xoxo

Child of the Day

Walking towards Lola this afternoon at pick-up, I noticed her whispering with her teacher. As a mom, you know that something either really great happened or something not-so-great happened.

Luckily for me, it was a good day – Lola jumped up and down and yelled, “Mom, I was chosen to be the Child of the Day!”

She has patiently been waiting to be chosen as “Child of the Day.” Part of their Name Word Study Unit program, the Child of the Day is selected at random by the teacher. The focus of the program is to teach students how to recognize and spell the names of their classmates.

Students must fill a “Me Bag” with items that are meaningful to them and present them to their teacher and classmates. They even get interviewed. This is such an awesome idea and showcases why I love her school so much!

We rushed home and she quickly began to select which items she wanted to include in her Me Bag.

She choose to fill her bag with her favorite books, toys, souvenirs from our recent trip to Puerto Rico and a picture of her father and me. She is super excited to present her items to her class tomorrow.

xoxo

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Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks at the Jersey City Theater Center

Earlier today, Lola and I, visited the Jersey City Theater Center in downtown. This is our second time attending a puppet show at JCTC.

The puppet show told a version of Alice in Wonderland and it was great! Not only was the show entertaining but very educational.

Before the show starts, the Executive Director and Puppet Master, Mike, explains what puppets are, how they are made, what they are made of and makes the kids laugh all while teaching them. In addition, at the end of the show he brings out the Alice puppet and let’s all the kids touch her and even take pictures with her. You will see a photo below with Lola and Alice and you can see in her face how excited she was about it!

The show runs through December 11th and you can buy tickets online here: http://www.jctcenter.org/events