Watercolor Rainbow Jellyfish Craft

Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamiliesMoms, I’m sharing this watercolor jellyfish craft with you because it’s been a real hit in my art classes this summer! It’s easy to make and display at home. Kids will enjoy making this adorable craft on a lazy summer day 😉
 
Materials you will need:
– watercolor paper
– watercolors
– paintbrushes
– scissors
– hole puncher
– string
– markers
– pencils (for curling)
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 1 Cut a piece of watercolor paper in half lengthwise so that you end up with two long sheets of paper to paint on.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 2 Using a set of watercolor paints, paint stripes of color all the way across the paper like shown. Have the kids try to use as many colors as possible, and keep each painted line about the same size.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3 Allow the painting to dry completely. Then cut out a head and body shape as well as lines starting from the bottom of the jellyfish for the ‘tentacles’.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish
Step 4 Draw a cute face with some markers.
 
Step 5 Curl the tentacles of the jellyfish using a pencil like shown. Watercolor paper is so stiff, you could even use your fingers for this step.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 6 Punch a hole at the top of the jellyfish and feed some string though, so that children can carry it around or hang it in their room this summer!
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her cute characters can be found online in coloring books and party printables via her website and her Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken from 3.5 – 12 years.

The Waldo School, World of ABC in Jersey City

 The Waldo School, World of ABC in Jersey City

school in Jersey CityAn Interview with Founders, Daniela Sarbu & Dorota Mani And Curriculum Director, Courtney Bode

Located in the heart of the Waldo section of the Jersey City Waterfront, World of ABC, The Waldo School sets the standard for leading private education.

What inspired you to open The Waldo School, World of ABC:

Our inspiration were our children. We are two mommies who were looking for schools for both of our children. There were not many then as there are right now. We were looking for something different than what we had in the area. A school that was academically advanced but with a well rounded curriculum, with inspirational facilities that were green, sustainable and eco friendly too. We wanted chess, music, etiquette; multiple things that we could not find in the schools that were currently in the area.

We opened our doors in 2010. We found a space that was completely raw and we helped design it. We were almost at 80% capacity in our first year only. Most families enrolled here are from close neighborhoods in downtown Jersey City.

Private schools in jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:

We use the International Baccalaureate program. It is a primary years program for kids from Pre-K to Highschool. The idea here is to promote inquiry based approach to teaching where kids are encouraged to ask questions and we use these learnings to develop a lot of our lesson plans and activities.

It’s a very student centric approach driven by the children’s’ interest. They are really invested in what they’re learning. Simultaneously we are also a little more academic than other schools. While following their interests we are also making sure we deliver targeted mathematics, language and arts, science instruction so the kids are not only learning what they are expected to know but a little more too. We also have smaller classes with lower ratios so students get the individual instruction that they need.

It’s important to add here that our children are a year ahead with their current programs, but because we make our approach fun, exciting and innovative, they s don’t even know that they are learning so much!

pre-schools in jersey cityWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

In addition to academics we believe that a child needs to be well rounded socially, emotionally and physically and because of that we offer a range of extracurricular activities that are included in our tuition. Music, swimming (with a salt water system), basketball, soccer, Spanish, art, robotics, chess are all programs that are part of our curriculum from 8.30am – 3.30pm. For extra coaching in these areas, we offer private lessons too.

Students enjoy an indoor pool and gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

We are in the process of opening our outdoor space in June with chess tables, hoops, picnic tables etc.

pre-k in Jersey CityWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school:

Our program runs from Infant – 3rd grade and every year we plan to open a new classroom as our kids are growing with us. In general, each classroom has about 12 students. Our ratios are as follows:

1:3 in Infants and Toddlers

1:6 in Pre-K

1:12 in KG & Up


Do you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our school day runs from 7.30am -6.00pm.

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Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We ask parents to send lunch for their kids with instructions as needed. However for parents who would like to order lunch through us, we do work with a chef who delivers meals for kids daily to our facilities. This is not included in the tuition

We do however, offer a snack at 10.00am and 3.30pm for all kids. We take into consideration all dietary restrictions.

private school in Jersey CityDo you offer summer camp programs:

We have two summer camp programs. One program for preschoolers and second one for kindergartners and up.

Our Pre-K program is fun. A great introduction to school for kids who are new. We include academics but with summer there is a lot of outdoor time, sports and different theme based activities that we plan our days around. Interested parents can see detail on our website www.worldofabc.com.

The Elementary summer program is based on STEM so includes robotics, programing, engineering, math and science in addition to sports as well.

We open summer camp to not just the enrolled children but all kids of jersey city and beyond. Summer camp is also a good introduction for new students that are starting in September. They get acquainted with the premises and the teachers which makes for a very smooth transition for them.

elementary school in Jersey CityWhat makes you different from other schools in the area:

This school is being run by two mommies. We are not a business. We are a facility that is a home away from home for our children.They are all happy and excited. Yes, we are challenging them academically in addition to a wide range of extracurriculars but they are also learning self confidence and getting a well rounded experience.

We are also blessed with really good teachers and not to mention exceptional students! It’s important to have all the right degrees but we also choose good teachers based on their interaction with kids in the classroom.

What would you like to say to our families:

Come and see us. Our doors are always open! We make sure all our children are safe and getting the well rounded experience they need. We do everything in our power to nurture successful individuals with a strong foundation.

It is also important to note that we have a very experienced nurse on our staff at all times too.

We conduct tours for all parents on Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. We prefer more intimate tours with fewer families on a given day so that we are able to give them more time to ask questions and listen to their concerns.

Our admissions process is also on a rolling basis. We accept applications all year around and revert to families within 3 business days on availability and next steps. We believe in open communication and transparency!

Related Blogs: Hamilton Park Montessori School, Hudson Montessori School, Apple Montessori School, The OLC School, List of other schools

Father’s Day Chalkboard Art Project

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 18) and this chalkboard art project is the perfect gift to make for dad! Well suited for any age to create – this cute, framed artwork can be displayed at breakfast on Father’s Day, and then kept on dad’s desk year round.
Materials you will need:
 
black paper (scrapbook quality works best)
white or peach colored pencils
chalkboard markers and/or white gel pens
colorful markers (for the frame)
a basic wooden frame
scissors
Step 1  Cut out a piece of black paper that will fit within the frame you are using. An easy way to do this is to trace the around the cardboard frame back, or the frame’s protective glass to achieve the exact size you will need.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 2  Lightly trace a cute design on the paper using white or peach colored pencils. Quotes look especially good done in chalkboard style writing, so you could have your kids write something such as, You’re a COOL dad or You’re a BEARY good dad – something fun and sweet. Pinterest always has some good ideas if you need inspiration!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3  Using white gel pens or chalkboard markers (mine are from OOLY), trace over the pencil designs to create the finished artwork.
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 4  An easy way to decorate the frame is by dotting a confetti pattern using colorful markers. Sharpie paint pens would work perfectly for this, or multi-surface markers such as the ones I’ve used. You could also easily use regular washable markers, but the colors will bleed a little bit on the frame’s wooden surface unless you paint it first.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 5 Add the artwork inside the frame, and have fun displaying your chalkboard masterpiece for dad on Father’s Day!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

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 bit.ly/MUASUMMERCAMP to download the registration today!

 

Contact: Camp Director Nashima or Asst. Camp Director Somia

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 201-223-9920

 

 

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

 

An Interview with Jean-François, Center Director, The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ is located in downtown Jersey City and walking distance from Grove Street Path Station. The French American Academy opened in the former St Mary High School. Their charming 3-story building, offers 30 classrooms with bright light, warm colors and ample space. We were warmly greeted by their faculty and students. A special thank you to their center director, Jean-François, for giving us his time.

When did The French American Academy of Jersey City open it’s doors:

This school is part of a group of schools called the French American Academy founded 10 years ago. The French American Academy first opened three Pre-K classes in September 2007 in Dumont, NJ. The school has grown ever since.

We moved to a bigger campus in New Milford in Bergen County in July 2010 and shortly after  opened a second campus in Morris Plains in Morris County in September 2010. The Jersey City campus opened its doors in 2012.

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What kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:

The French American Academy of Jersey City is a private bilingual school. We offer an early-start, gradual immersion, dual language (French and English) education to students from Pre-K2 through 4th grade. From Sep 2017, we are expanding to 5th grade.

In Sep 2018 we will open the Middle school in Jersey City with 6th, 7th and 8th grades with French, American & Spanish tracks. We will be accepting students from various international backgrounds and communities.


There is more emphasis on the French language in the early years (Pre-K-Kindergarten) to set up the foundations. From 1st grade, instruction in English gradually increases and by 5th grade children are spending about 60% in French and 40% in English.

Bilingualism is at the core of our curriculum and in some classes like in science, students are taught in both languages with both an American and a French teacher present in the classrooms. It’s a demanding bilingual curriculum with an emphasis on projects and investigation. In our community, we welcome children from families whether these families speak French at home, or English or another language.

Our school is accredited by both, Middle School Association on College and Schools, and the National French Ministry of Education, and is a member of New Jersey Association of Independent School.

Pre-school jersey cityWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school: 
5:1 in Pre-K (the legal requirement is 6:1)
8:1 in Pre-K for three year old (the legal requirement is 10:1)
10:1 in Pre-K for four year old (the legal requirement is 12:1)
12:1 in Kindergarten (the legal requirement is 15:1)
16:1 in First Grade (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)
18:1 in Second Grade and up (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)

Pre-school in jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ school day runs from 8.30am -3.15pm. Before-school-care opens at 7:30am.
After-school-care starts at 3.15pm and ends at 6:30pm.
A bus from Bus4us company brings the students from Weehawken / Hoboken to Jersey City in the morning and take them back in the afternoon.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

In Jersey City we partner with Simply Gourmet. You can easily order your child’s lunch online with them or send your child with a lunch box. Their meals are nutritious, delicious, and kid friendly. Our other campuses have their own catering company. We have this planned for Jersey City too in the future.

Elementary School jersey cityWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

Enrichment classes typically run from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Offerings may include:
Art, Sports (Soccer, Tennis and Team Games), Hip-Hop, Music (Guitar and Piano private lessons), Chess, Cooking, Woodworking, Programming
Our Enrichment Program offers every day at least two different classes: one for older children and one for younger children.

Students also enjoy a huge inhouse  gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

The French American Academy, Jersey City’s Summer Camp program runs for 8 weeks (end June – mid August)

We also offer mini camps in February and over Spring break.

What would you like to say to our families:

Everyone is welcomein The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ! We also have Financial Aid budgets for qualifying families.
The French American Academy is a school of excellence and we hope you will give this gift to your child.

Related Blogs: Primary Prep, Scandinavian School, Stevens Cooperative School, The Garden Preschools Cooperative,List of other schools

Mother’s Day Coloring Page

Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
This past weekend I offered summer themed coloring pages to the children at the Jersey City Summer Camp Festival, and realized the moms were just as eager to enjoy some coloring. So moms – this is for you! Simply download this adorable coloring page and relax.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Materials you will need:
– Printer
– Paper
– Colored pencils or thin tipped markers
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 1 Download this Mothers Day Coloring Page from my ‘Tea Time Coloring Book‘. Print it as many times as you wish for personal use.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 2 Use colored pencils or thin tipped markers to color all the details. If you’d like a wide array of colors to choose from, OOLY and Crayola both offer great coloring pencil sets, as well as the generic packs of pencils available at Michael’s craft store.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 3 Think about having a little ‘coloring party’ with your kids this month. Print a few copies of this page and enjoy a cup of tea together. It’s a great way to get children to unwind after a long day at school or on the weekends. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day – you deserve a little treat! 😉
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

All about Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

An Interview with Joanne Johnson, Director of the new and growing Kiddie Academy, Educational Child Care in Hamilton Park, NJ

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When did Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park open its doors:

Our Hamilton Park location opened in July of 2016.  It has been a wonderful experience for us so far! The community has been so warm and welcoming. We love seeing our neighbors, and try to participate in as many community events as possible. It’s great to see our families out at the community events too. The majority of our families live right here in Hamilton Park! In NJ we have 4 sister sites including us; Hoboken, Hamilton Park, Florham Park and Secaucus. All of our centers are committed to providing exceptional experiences for our students and their families. While Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park may be a brand new facility, the company is grounded in roots stemming back 36 years, making us Downtown Jersey City’s newest childcare, with the oldest roots!

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How many classrooms do you have here:

We have 10 classrooms and also have an indoor gymnasium.

What are the age groups of children enrolled:

We have a broad age range. We start with children as young as six weeks of age and go through Kindergarten for full time care. We also accommodate children up to the age of twelve. The older children come for winter breaks, spring breaks, before & after care and summer camp.  To secure a space, families may enroll for any age group as far as two years in advance. We do not require an application. Families can simply call in and learn about availability free of charge. We strive to make our operations as convenient as possible for our families.

Private school jersey cityWhat is your teacher/child ratio in your classrooms:

Our ratios vary based on the specific age group. We follow all NJ state regulations.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We have a commercial kitchen at our facility.  We provide, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & low fat and whole milk (certified organic). Meals are prepared fresh daily using all natural, organic ingredients. For our student’s safety, the school is nut free. In the event of a student allergy and/or preference, our catering company will create meals for the child that meet their dietary restrictions.

Summer camp Jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our operating hours are from 7am through 6.30pm. Families enjoy the benefit of being able to bring their children here anytime during those hours without incurring additional charges. This is a tremendous advantage for working families that can at times have unreliable schedules or face commuting delays. By offering unrestricted schedules throughout our operating hours, we have enabled our families to use our services without fear of unnecessary late fees and avoid commuting stress.

Day cares jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our curriculum called is called Life Essentials and is based on the 4 Pillars of Learning. Those pillars are: Technology, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Character Education and Health & Fitness. The curriculum is written and developed at our corporate headquarters in Maryland and is overseen by our Curriculum Advisory Board. Board members, Dr.Rivkin, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Rogowsky and Dr. Watson-Thompson work collaboratively to evaluate and refresh our curriculum. Refreshed curriculums are piloted for a year at a corporately owned school prior to being rolled out to our centers. This ensures that it is as finely tuned as possible by the time it comes to us.

Each teacher is able to enhance the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of their current students. Having this flexibility enables us to provide an experience that is tailored to our current student body.  Additionally, children from 6 weeks – 2 years of age receive an individualized lesson plan that is unique to them. To ensure that we are continuing to develop plans that meet our students needs and support their learning, our faculty complete developmental checklists and compile student portfolios for each child. We offer live streaming webcams in all classrooms, so parents can log in and watch as their child learns and explores! Also included are electronic daily student reports so parents are always aware of what happened during their child’s day.

What extracurricular activities do you offer:

We incorporate Spanish and American Sign Language into our curriculum. Additionally, we enhance our curriculum with a Music program called Kindermusik. Our older students also enjoy the benefits of having technology in their classrooms. Whether it’s a smart table, computer, or touch screen smart board, we teach our students how to interact with technology in a purposeful way that will support their understanding and engagement with these tools.

Do you offer a Summer Camp program:

Absolutely! All existing students are automatically enrolled in our Summer Camp. Children from the community can also enroll in the camp program. Summer camp is broken down by age group and is geared towards students 2 years through 12 years of age. Campers will experience a summer like no other! Campers enjoy field trips, camp activities and splash days! We are thrilled to launch our brand new Biological Sciences Experience this summer! Campers will have an opportunity to learn about, handle and interact with real specimens brought right to their classroom. Sharks, stingray, turtle, starfish, insects and reptiles are all of the list to be explored this summer at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park! Enrollment is open to the community right now and will end once all spots have been filled. We urge interested families to enroll as soon as possible as space is limited.

What would you like to say to our families:

We are thrilled to be part of the community and invite you in to learn more about the services we offer. At Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, we are a community within a community! Many of our families have developed bonds and friendships through the school which has intern enhanced their experience living in Hamilton Park.  Our multicultural school population offers students a richly diverse learning experience that exposes them to a world beyond downtown. Our State of the Art Facility has been designed to optimally meet the needs of our student body. Our learning environment, makes the school an idyllic place for students to learn and families to come together. Our award winning faculty is at the heart of everything we do! They are among the top talent of early childhood educators in our area. We simply cannot say enough about them!  Additionally, a member of our leadership team is always on site to ensure the appropriate operations of the school and that our families always have a supervisor available to them.

We invite you to come learn more about the services we offer through a personal tour of the facility. For your convenience, tours are offered M-F 7am-6:30pm. We look forward to showing you our difference!

Check out the website: https://kiddieacademy.com

Call to schedule a tour : 201-241-4443

Related Blogs:The French American Academy, Smart Start Academy, Hamilton Park Montessori School, Apple Montessori School, List of other schools

Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft

Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft

Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
The kids had such a great time making this craft at the Jersey City Spring Festival with me last week, I wanted to share this ‘how to’ so you can make these puppets at home with your children in preparation for Easter on April 16. If you do make them at home, this week, tag @jcfamilies on social media so we can take a look at your great creations!
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Materials you will need:
 
– Popsicle sticks
– Card stock paper in light colors (I purchase mine from Michael’s craft stores in the city)
– Scissors
– Markers
– Clear Tape
– Stickers
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 1 Cut out bunny shapes (and eggs if you’d like) out of card stock paper. Older kids will enjoy doing this part themselves. Younger children will need an adult’s help or you can even purchase pre-cut shapes at your local craft store or online.
Step 2 Attach a Popsicle stick to the back of each bunny shape with a piece of clear tape.
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3 Decorate the bunnies using markers. This is the best part for children – as they can really showcase their creativity! Have them add clothing to the bunny, funny facial expressions or even glasses!
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 4 Add some festive stickers as a finishing touch. This part is especially fun for toddlers.
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
As you can see from these examples, children add their own wonderful spin on this craft. Aside from being used for imaginary play, these puppets can be added to plants for decoration, or as a centerpiece for Easter breakfast.
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

4 Easy Easter Decorating Ideas

Hi Moms! I had fun putting together ideas for St. Patrick’s Day and wanted to share some ideas for Easter that I’m using in my home right now. Check them out and please do let me know if you try any of them!

1 Easter Egg Centerpiece

To make this bright and fun centerpiece, I cleaned an old glass fish bowl in the dishwasher and filled it with fun plastic eggs. You can buy a glass bowl such as this from the dollar store for under $2 and plastic eggs for under $3.  A large glass vase works wonderful as well. So, for under $5, you have a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table!

2 Egg Cups

I purchased these adorable egg cups from Smith and Chang General Goods in Jersey City for only $2.50 a piece. They look great all March and can be used Easter morning to present colored eggs. The egg candle here is an antique from my mother’s collection… so cute!

3 Potted Grass

This cute little chick from Buzzy, Inc. comes with grass seeds and soil and is under $2 at Target. It’s a great way to teach kids about planting and responsibility, as they will have to water it all Easter season. Target also has a wide array of affordable and sweet Easter decor.

4 Egg Tree

This tiny egg tree is great decor for Spring. All you need to do is take a delicate but sturdy branch from outside and place it in a vase with pebbles at the bottom. Decorate the tree with miniature ornaments which can be found at a party store or make your own!

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow, ModernMom and her own crafts library Cupcakes + Owls on Blogger. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.

Last Minute Easter Inspiration

Easter is this Sunday, March 31st and I’ve whipped up some easy last minute ideas for your home! I hope you’ve enjoyed my other decorating and craft ideas this month… with the weather still so cold this holiday is a great way to welcome Spring and think about warmer weather!

1 Make an Egg Wreath

One of my favorite projects for every holiday, is using a regular paper plate from the dollar store and cutting out the middle to make a wreath shape. This part is a little tricky, so I always prepare it ahead of time before the kids dig in! To make this adorable decoration, simply cut egg shapes out of any sort of paper you have at home, and let you children decorate them with markers and stickers. Glue eggs onto the wreath and let dry for an hour or so. Hang it up!

2 Bunnies in the Window

I hope my neighbors are enjoying all the cute bunnies hanging out in the corners of my windows this March 😉 One of the easiest projects I’ve done this year; cut about 12 bunnies out of white paper or buy pre-cut rabbit shapes from the dollar store. Have the kids draw different faces on each one and apply to your windows with Plastitac. They will stay on your windows happily for weeks and come off very easily. A much better way to apply to windows than tape!

3 Peel and Stick Easter Stickers

I bought a pack of these stickers at the craft store for literally less than $2 and have been using them non-stop for cards, gift tags, art projects, and I even used some for the Egg Wreath above. They are great for young children and can be added to the outside of plastic eggs during egg hunts as well!

4 Last Minute Easter Basket

This basket is a little treat I have planned for my mother this Easter who is visiting for the holiday. She is an artist like me and always loves receiving new art supplies so I found some awesome new colored pencils from Crayola. Instead of just candy this year, fill your child’s basket with art supplies, books and handmade goodies. Insider Tip: Shop Rite on Marin Blvd. has an awesome selection of almost everything you can imagine from great art supplies to tiny Easter books for the kids 😉

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.

All about The Brunswick School in Jersey City, NJ

All about The Brunswick School in Jersey City, NJ

Quick Points: 

  • The Brunswick School in Jersey City is conveniently located in downtown JC, 2 blocks from Hamilton Park.
  • Huge parking lot for parents.
  • Citibike stand just opposite to the school.

An Interview with Jillian Hernandez; Founder of the new and growing Brunswick School

How did the Brunswick School come about? What inspired you?

We opened a year and a half ago in July of 2015. Obviously I have a passion for children in early education but my background is in Human Resources so I wanted to start a business that could make a difference in the community. I spend most of my time interacting with the teachers and making sure they are happy. If teachers are happy, children are happy and as a result parents are happy. The teachers here have a true passion for what they do…I wish I could spend more time in the classroom…but the highlight of my day is when one of the teachers brings a couple of kids in here and shows me what they’ve done.

I also recognized that there was a huge demand in this area for quality education. There are so many young families here now in Jersey City. At the time when we started building the school there were not many options…now fortunately there are a lot more options for the community which is great, as it will bring more people to Jersey City.

What is the teacher/child ratio in your school:

Under 18 mths: 1:4, 18mths – 2.5: 1:6, 2.5 & older: 1:10

But we always have extra hands and staff too.

The Brunswick School in Jersey City

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How many classrooms do u have in the school:

We have 11 classrooms and in the process of opening up an additional classroom and indoor playroom coming very soon. This used to be a catholic grammar school, so its nice that we can continue to expand into additional spaces that already exist within the building.

Our program starts at 6 months up to Kindergarten. We have two baby rooms, three young toddler rooms, four older toddler rooms, One Pre-K room and One Kindergarten room.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

Yes! Our chef is fantastic. She provides breakfast, lunch and snacks to the children. It’s all organic and super healthy (it’s busy bee organics). It’s included in the tuition.

We also teach the children about what they are eating and why.

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Do you have early drop off and after care options available:

We are open from 7 am – 7pm which is nice and convenient for parents that work and have to commute. Our core day starts at 8.30 am and ends at 4.30pm, but before that and after is before care and after care.

What kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our director Erin and I built the curriculum. We researched various different curriculums that are out there and created our own. We didn’t want to subscribe to one but take the best of all.

A lot of it is based on Arts & Crafts, Music, Movement but heavy on Academics (Math, Reading, Writing, Science, History) through utilizing different creative outlets. That’s our whole premise here..teaching the children to enjoy the process of learning. For the little ones it’s more about the socialization and maintaining a structure, trying to maintain the routine the parents have at home, here in the school.

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What extracurricular activities do you offer:

The kids get Zumba and Yoga and the older kids have Science Enrichment once a week and Spanish a few times a week. We also have Rockasorri coming in once a week for Music. We also have an outdoor play area and we take them out twice a day.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

Yes, we do have a summer program. Most of the spots go to siblings that aren’t in the school. Our summer camp is separate from regular school. We have a separate classroom for summer and it’s more fun based with field trips, visits at Hudson Play etc. And the kids are older. Enrollment for camp is open and we ask for a two week minimum.

How do you foster Diversity?

We celebrate every holiday and ask parents to come in and celebrate with us. Our teachers are from different nationalities and backgrounds and they also help us carry things out like that.

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In your opinion, what sets your school apart from others?

-We have the best teachers, they are just amazing human beings that care with great educational backgrounds and are certified.

-Our Food! These kids eat better than most of Jersey City! Super healthy and organic.The chef makes sure they are getting a balanced diet between what they like, fruits and vegetables. We also take care of dietary restrictions.

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Fun With Fruit & Vegetables : Kids Lunch Ideas

 Kids Lunch Ideas
Fun With Fruit & Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables can sometimes be a tricky topic with children. It’s vital to keep it fun and interesting in order to engage them. Also, repetition is key. If you keep giving them vegetables in their lunch box (eg. instead of chips, pretzels etc), they will eventually nibble and try it. They may not initially accept the flavors, but hang in there, scientifically it takes taste buds at least 10 tries of eating something to ‘acquire’ a taste for it. This is not going to guarantee a raw vegetable LOVER, but I assure you they will learn to tolerate it in small quantities, which is an astounding success when compared to eating chips, pretzels, crackers etc.
Also, presentation and shape make a big difference.
Tiny mason jars mixed with something they like (eg. natural Greek yogurt or hummus) works very well. A large dollop of hummus or yogurt can nicely tuck away vegetables and thus becomes fun & interesting. The smaller the veggie pieces, the more likely they will eat them, not least of which because it gets all mixed up and there is no choice but to spoon it all up in one go, MOM HACK, KID approved!
Lightly steaming green vegetables and drizzling with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper makes a huge difference with taste and texture, as it is sweeter, more familiar and softer.
Have fun, experimenting with cutting vegetables and fruits in different shapes using cookie cutters and use fun cocktail sticks!
Here is a list of some easy, fun go-to fruit and vegetable snack ideas that your kids can make with mild adult supervision. The more that your child in engaged with making healthy foods, the more awareness and interest they will have! Also, children learn best by example, if they see that your plate is always filled with at least 50% vegetables (which a healthy plate should be), they will be more inclined to do the same.
Cucumber sandwiches
Cut 2cm thick slices and shape with fun cookie cutter, fill with cream cheese, sliced cheese, sliced turkey etc
Sliced apple or pear sandwiches
Cut 2cm thick slices and shape with fun cookie cutter, fill with nut butter, raisins, seeds, or with sliced cheese and turkey
Tomato and cheese sticks
Cut tiny wedges of cheese, steam tiny flowerets of broccoli and have a bunch of colorful cherry tomatoes, pierce carefully with toothpick (with adult supervision)
Ants on a log
Celery cut into 3-4 inch pieces, fill with:

 

hummus and pine nuts
hummus and vegetables
cream cheese or natural Greek yogurt and vegetables
nut butter and raisins

 

NB. Variation – add slice of apple into wedge of celery to create a little insect create!
 
Fruit cocktail sticks
Slice fruit into 2cm thick small pieces and pierce carefully with toothpick (with adult supervision)
Vegetable Mason Jars
1/4 cup hummus or natural Greek yogurt and raw or lightly steamed vegetables as described above
Mason Jar Smoothies
Smoothies are an excellent way to transform all sorts of VEGETABLES into a drinkable treat. Have your kid help you place ingredients in a food processor and press the mix button, there is something so satisfying about watching a smoothie in the making. Some of my top pics for smoothie ingredients include: spinach, avocado, banana, berries, hemp seeds (for protein), medjool dates, unsweetened almond milk, coconut water, dash of vanilla powder.
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