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

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

Hi there.

I’m a Jersey City native and have lived in Jersey City my entire life. I now raise my daughter, Lola, here with my husband.

Since becoming a mom, both JC and I have slowly evolved. JC was a great place to grow up, I have many great memories of playing outside with my friends, going to the neighborhood library to do my homework and spending time with my parents and sister.

I don’t remember attending food festivals every other weekend or the farmers market or even visiting different kinds of restaurants. Luckily for Lola she gets to enjoy all these kinds of things and more since JC has so much to offer!

Lola is my only child and we do a lot to keep her busy and exposed to new and exciting experiences. You can usually find us at some kind of sport, art, dance or gymnastic class from season to season. I also take advantage of all the JC kid events I can and this is where I will share those experiences with all of you. Perhaps you can join us!