MUA Summer Community Camp in Union City

JUNE 27 to AUGUST 18

Monday thru Friday

9:00am to 2:00pm

Looking for summer fun and enrichment  for your kids ages 4-11?  Then MUA Summer Community Camp is the place for you. SIGN UP today!!! Registration ends June 2 and space is limited.

Campers will experience:

Weekly Themes, Enrichment: STEM activities, Reading Club, Creative Writing, Field Trips, Outdoor/Indoor Sports and Games, Arts & Crafts, Specialized Week Intensives with Performing Artists, Independent Filmmaker and so much more. Free Breakfast and Lunch provided.

Discover the hidden jewel of Union City Day Camp! OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY for BUILDING A BRIDGE OF LEARNING AND FUN!!!!!


Visit our site to download the registration today!


Contact: Camp Director Nashima or Asst. Camp Director Somia

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 201-223-9920



Rutgers for Kids this Summer

Do you have an extraordinary child living in Hudson County  who would love to be engaged and challenged with summer enrichment? Perhaps your child would be elated to work with a prestigious NJ University that allows them to not only critically think, but explore a whole new world outside of the usual this summer, right in their own backyard.

If this remotely sounds like something your child would love to do, then look no further. RUTGERS University is partnering with MUA (Miftaahul Uloom Academy) in Union City, Hudson County, NJ to bring Summer Enrichment 2017 to all families across NY&NJ.

RUTGERS University and MUA understand the importance of keeping our children engaged throughout the summer using meaningful summer learning activities.

Sample Courses Offered:

Amusement Park STEM: Hear the clanking of the coaster as you chug up the hill, unsure of what will come next. How do engineers create these thrilling experiences in today’s amusement parks? Explore the scientific principles behind the rides and construct working Ferris wheel and roller coaster models.

Fantastic Fibonacci and other Math Mysteries: Did you know that the world of nature is full of numbers? In this course, we will explore the wonders of patterns, shapes, and numbers in nature. From Fibonacci and Escher, to the beehive and the pinecone, we will discover the beauty of math and the way we, as humans, have been inspired by it. Students will be surprised to learn of famous artists who have used these concepts in their masterpieces. We will explore these and create our own designs using mathematical concepts derived from our natural world.

Film Studies: This course would offer a perspective on film as art. Students would learn the basic concepts of cinematography: the purpose of different shots and the symbolism directors use in both the perspective and lighting in their filming. Students will learn the variety of angles in shooting footage on film, i.e. close-up, long shot, birds eye view, as well as cutting techniques. We will also investigate the various genres through the history of movies, silent films, experimental (Salvador Dali), Westerns, Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Documentary and Action. The course will ultimately end with students drawing out a storyboard of shot selections for a film idea of their own with captions for each shot selection. Students will work cooperatively to complete this task, working with a group to choose a genre, a story line, shot selections and developing captions for the their storyboard.

This partnership will be offering 6 weeks of Academic Enrichment and Creative Exploration. If you have any questions you may email the coordinator at [email protected]

Space is Limited. Deadline is February 28, 2017.

Complete Enrichment Application and email to [email protected]

Summer Enrichment Flyer

SEP Course Descriptions

SEP Instructor Biographies

Summer Enrichment Application 2017

Back to School Readiness- 10 Tips to get you Ready for Back to School

Schools in jersey city Back to School

It is August and we are currently in the middle of a heat wave. Hectic shopping for back to school is the last thing you want to think about as a parent or the child. However it’s necessary to start not only shopping but preparing to reset your schedule for the school calendar and the first days of school.

As an educator for over 13 years, I love the “back to school’ feeling of watching students looking nervous about what’s to come and parents eagerly awaiting to meet the teacher of their children. Sometimes though the entire process may be overwhelming for all involved.  So as I research and review my top 10 tips, I came across some back to school tips offered by Kids.Gov that I would love to share.

10 Tips to Get You Ready for Back to School- Kids.Gov

1. Schedule time with teachers. Keep an open dialog with school staff to help your children thrive.

2. Get your shots. Some schools require immunization records for entry. Find out if your child needs any vaccines before school starts.

3. Ease into the school routine. A good night sleep is key to a successful school day. Preschoolers need 11-12 hours of sleep a night, school-age children need at least 10 hours, while teens need 9-10 hours.

4. Pack a healthy and safe lunch. Choose a balanced meal for your children’s lunchbox and make sure you keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Low-income families may qualify for free and reduced price school meals.

5. Shop smart. Some states have sales tax holidays in August. Make a list, know what you need, and shop the sales. Knowing where the bargains are will help you save.

6. Talk to your kids about online safety. Identity theft, bullying or inappropriate behavior can happen online. Teach your children about online safety as use social media to connect with old and new friends at school.

7. Plan and practice how to get to school. If your kids’ school or school system provides bus transportation, find the nearest stop to your home and the pick-up and drop-off times. Teach your kids to be safe whether by car, bus, bicycle or walking.

8. Teach time management. Leisure time, sports, and “screen time” can interfere with homework. Keep your family’s schedule on time with these tips.

9. Make sure kids are insured. Your child could qualify for free or low-cost insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

10. Listen to your kids. Anxiety and nerves can take over, so provide a safe environment at home and in the classroom. Talk to kids about bullying and what to do if they encounter it.


All in all, back to school readiness does not have to be too stressful. If you prepare  yourself appropriately you will have enough time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

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Nashima Harvey, Ed.M

Educational Consultant

Asking the Right Questions to find the Right School/Daycare Fit for your Families Needs

Its spring and school will be over for our current students and vacation time will begin. However the journey to finding and researching schools/daycares that fit your needs are upon  us as parents. This is the perfect time of year to visit local schools and daycares in order to get an idea of what their learning environment is really about. Some schools/daycares may start Open Houses in order to recruit for the upcoming school year. Either way as a parent or guardian, you need to be prepared to ask the right questions is essential for your journey.

As an educator for 13 years in  NJ and as a parent of three children (two boys and a baby girl) I am very particular in my choices of schools.There has always been a set of questions I would look forward  to being asked from parents when I did the Open House at school and questions I would ask teachers whenever my sons were ready to attend a new school. It was always important for me to identify what my and my children’s needs were from a school before I could identify what they could do for me. So in the spirit of new beginnings and figuring out what would work best for you, I have listed my top questions to ask your School/Childcare Provider when choosing a new school for you and your child.

What is the look and feel of the school? For me original artwork and socially aware work along the walls helps me to see what students are learning. When I see more kids work opposed to teacher created items, I can tell that a school is invested in seeing their children succeed. Children take pride in their work and schools do to when I see student work decorating the walls.

Does the school have a particular philosophy or educational approach?  Understanding a schools philosophy will help you identify if their approach to learning is similar to your child’s learning style. As a special educator I am often curious to how a school addresses the needs of special needs and at-risk students. This is key for a parent who has noticed they have a child with significant delays with learning and development. I also look for a school that has mastered the art of differentiated instruction because all children learn at different paces and are individuals. Does the school focus on student learning or teaching toward the standardized tests?

How large are the classes? Class sizes in public schools are mandated by state standards, and they will vary from state to state. What is the average class size? Studies haves shown that younger children learn best in smaller environments, but most public schools have far more students. So if the class is large, what is the teachers class management style? Does each class have an aide?  Do students get individualized assignments and unique attention?

What’s the learning environment like?  What role does reading and math play in the day to day learning? Is the environment conducive to learning with hands-on activities or not? Are small groups utilized throughout the day or do students work individually. How does the teacher reach the students? Does he/she lecture or is he/she working with the students in active ways? Is differentiated instruction utilized? How is my child responding to this environment? What are your schools tests scores in math and literacy? 

What kinds of exchanges do teachers have with students? Are the teachers invested in the community and the people who live in them? What kind of connections are made between teachers, students and the community?How do teachers inspire their students thirst for learning? Does the school celebrate various cultures within the school community? 

What does student work look like? How rigorous are the assignments given by the teachers? How do the assignments correlate to the real-world and curriculum standards? What is stressed, quantity or quality when it comes to student work?

How does the school address social-emotional issues? Does the school have specific guidelines and programs in place for helping children develop communication skills and work through social conflicts? Ask the school to describe their approach. Consider whether this will work for you and your child.

What are the discipline and homework policies? As a parent this is a very important question because you need to be familiar with how your school handles these types of situations. If you agree with a schools policies then you are well on your way to figuring what will be the best fit for you and your family. 

How balanced is the curriculum?  It was important that my sons had physical activity as well as arts in their school while infusing the academics of the core subject areas. This provided for a well balanced child. Academics, Athletics, and the Arts were the triple A that I looked for with my children. It was also key to know how often these classes were offered. Kids are inspired to learn when their school has a balanced lifestyle.

What’s the approach toward grades? What is your grading system? Do you use letter grades, a point system, pass/fail or narrative evaluations? What are you grading? What value do you place on what you grade?

For instance, what are your tests, homework, projects, and quizzes worth in order to achieve the final grade for your report card?

Are the needs of boys and girls addressed? Boys and girls at times may have different needs and understanding this as an educator is key to their success. How is this addressed in your school? Do you provide socially aware books for both genders? Do you have a school counselor to address issues that may arise?

Is the library inviting and well-used? What kinds of books are on the shelves? How often do students visit? What do they learn when they go there? Does your library have computers? Are the libraries up to date with the latest technology? Will the students learn how to increase their technology skills if so in what ways?  

What kinds of extra-curricular classes are offered and who gets to do them? What do they consist of? May everyone participate? Does my child seem like he/she would enjoy these activities? 

How do parents get involved in the school? Is there an active PTA? How often are the meetings? Can parents volunteer in the classroom? If you do volunteer, what kinds of activities can parents help with? And will you get to work with your child?

How is information communicated to parents? Do teachers have a website that parents may view what tasks the children will be learning? How do teachers and the administration keep parents informed? Is there a good newsletter? Is e-mail used to communicate with teachers? How often do parents meet with their child’s teacher and how long are these meetings? Are teachers available for additional meetings if needed?

Is there a student government? What role does the student government play within the community? Do students utilize community service via student government? Does student government help to address student concerns and issues?

Do teachers learn from each other? Dialogue between teachers is key when working with shared students. It helps teachers to address issues they make have with a student and allows for constant growth. Ask about how workshops and professional development practices are utilized. What kind of training is offered to the teachers throughout the school year?“

Lastly always ask for a sample of class schedules, rule books, homework samples, newsletters, and policy statements. This will help you to have a better idea of what each school is doing and how they plan to get it done and the end result should be you finding the right school fit.

I hope you’ve found my questions helpful on your quest to finding the right school fit for you and your child. It is a comprehensive  list but you don’t have to use them all and think about it, isn’t your child worth it?  I think so. 

Good luck on your journey!

Nashima Harvey, Ed.M

CEO of THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE, LLC  Educational Services

The Extraordinary Artwork of Judith Scott

I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit for Judith Scott yesterday. Prior to December 6, I had no idea who she was or what she did. However on my journey to a story time for my children at the Brooklyn Museum I was able to walk through this exquisite exhibit for Ms. Scott. I so enjoyed her work only to go home and do extra research on this artist and then I was even more amazed.

Here is part of a write up by the Brooklyn Museum for Judith Scott,

Judith Scott’s work is celebrated for its astonishing visual complexity. In a career spanning just seventeen years, Scott developed a unique and idiosyncratic method to produce a body of work of remarkable originality. Often working for weeks or months on individual pieces, she used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into fastidiously woven, wrapped, and bundled structures.Born in Columbus, Ohio, with Down syndrome, Scott (1943–2005) was also largely deaf and did not speak. After thirty-five years living within an institutional setting  for people with disabilities, she was introduced in 1987 to Creative Growth Art Center—a visionary studio art program founded more than forty years ago in Oakland, California, to foster and serve a community of artists with developmental and physical disabilities.

As a Special Educator for thirteen years, I have faced many parents and students who felt like they were limited by the “dis” ability the child faced. My belief has always been that there are no “dis” abilities just varying abilities that allow all of us to be unique individuals. The key is unlocking the ability within us all.

Judith Scott is a great representative for all to say that we should not limit ourselves and that we need to remove the ceiling opposed to living with a glass ceiling. I am pleased to have had the experience to view her artwork with my family. If you are interested in viewing Ms. Scotts artwork it will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum up until March 29, 2015.


About last night… My two year old daughter and I had a chance to visit the opening of the “in BLACK and WHITE” Exhibit at the Union City Museum of Art at the William V. Musto Cultural Center.

It was a great opportunity to go out on a rainy Friday night, wearing black and white and receiving some culture while staying close to home. We are all about discovering new things that are going on in our community. Besides, my daughter loves art and painting, so it was a great opportunity to make this her first time at an opening of an exhibit.

As the pianist tickled the ivories playing christmas tunes we were able to walk around viewing exquisite artwork from local Union City residents. I was amazed to see so much talent in one room. Although i was afraid my two year old would be bored or have a meltdown, to my surprise she walked around viewing each painting with me and had some commentaries on one painting in particular by the artist David Aquino, of a man with a mouse on his shoulder. I didn’t even notice the mouse until she pointed it out. Clearly she has a great artistic eye.

One of my favorite pieces were from the artist Juan Ramiro Torres. It had the Picassoesque feeling to me. Overall there were so much great pieces of black and white artwork to view that I feel I may need to visit the museum again just to experience the beauty once more.

My family and I love museums and go at least once a month to the museums in NYC. However I highly recommend that if you are in Union City, and would like an opportunity to view beautiful artwork, come out to the “in BLACK and WHITE” Exhibit which runs from December 5, 2014- February 2, 2015 you will not be disappointed by the artistry showcased.

Nashima Harvey is a Mother and Founder/Educational Consultant at THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE a progressive eco-friendly learning environment in Union City. For more info on THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE visit  or