Mommy and me infant and toddler early sensory learning classes in Hoboken, New Jersey and Waldwick, New Jersey. We focus on sensory play, socialization and American Sign Language. Each session is based on a book. Each class is inspired by a page within the book. Each class is a unique experience for the caregiver and child.
I grew up in a very creative household always encouraged to be imaginative. My mom was the true artist of the family, inspiring us to play with paints and make our own costumes, while my dad had the entrepreneurial spirit, always teaching us to try new things and keep our minds open. Together they sparked a love of literature and art in me as well as maintaining my dreamer mentality. This has all come together for me with Hugs & Bugs Club!
My love of literature came from my dad's descriptions of different books and how much he appreciated language and vocabulary. This led me to pursue my BA at Rutgers University and then an MA from The University of Chicago in English Language and Literature. My plan was to become a professor and keep my writing, art and theater passions as hobbies. Eventually those hobbies broke free and they became my sole focus for over 10 years. I whole-heartedly jumped into the acting world and studied with amazing teachers and directors, learning different acting techniques, body movement exercises, mask exploration, voice and diction techniques and anything else I could do to delve deeper into this wonderful acting craft.
I'm a creative spirit and enjoy art, theater and music, and believe children learn in creative play. I witnessed this first hand while tutoring young children as well as my experience being a stepmom to three amazing girls, one of which I taught how to read, and a mom to my sons. I have loved all the moments of decorating our home with handmade creations for special occasions and holidays, getting messy in the kitchen while Jackson looks at me through different colored tupperware tops, and making Halloween costumes.
I hope my kids remember these moments like I remember my mom showing me how beautiful watercolors spread and how one thing can become something completely different with a little bit of imagination, or the sight of a huge bonfire at my dad's college celebrations and the taste of spicy chicken wings, and how Motown, Jazz, Latin and Classical music always filled my home. My senses were constantly intrigued! I wish to share this love of sensory play and welcome children to be inspired and build awesome memories too!
Hey there bugs! I am Jenny and I am so excited for an exciting winter session with you. A little bit of background about me. I am a high-energy mom, who is not afraid of noise, mess, and lots of fun. Before I became a Mommy to my two little boys (Jackson and Wyatt), I studied elementary education at the University of Vermont. I was a kindergarten teacher for seven years and a part-time children/family photographer. After my oldest arrived, I made the decision to focus on my family and my photography career. I have loved being a mom and using my creative teaching techniques at home with my boys to foster learning through fun and play.
I cannot wait to get back into the swing of sharing my love of learning with your little ones. This winter we will tap into the senses to enrich your child's sense of wonder and excitement for new things in a world that is still so fresh for all of them. Using the book, Trucks Go!, by Steve Light, we will move our bodies, experience varied music genres, create unique art, explore new textures and foods, make new friends, and of course have a blast in the process. Each week will have a different theme and you can expect your little bug to try new things while using everyday materials in ways you may not have thought of. Get ready for car washes, track painting, horse round ups, ramp rolling, shape play, whisking colors, sign language, play dough prints, "garbage" collecting, water play with varied temperatures, surprise boxes, bubbles, bug towing, and oh so much more. I cannot wait to meet you all!
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” –William Arthur Ward
Hey Hugs and Bugs Family! I am super excited to be joining you all this winter for a new adventure. My passion for working with children started at a very young age as soon as I was able to work I was constantly babysitting and working at daycares. My passion for children and education has always been my main focus. I studied elementary education at Saint Peter’s University although I decided not to work in a school I have been teaching children tennis for 12 years. I have two little boys 4 and 2 years old who are currently training for their 2030 USOPEN debut!I believe that ages 0 – 5 are very important years for a child. And as parents and teachers we must expose them to as much as possible. This is their “window of opportunity” where experiences forge a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning! Hugs and Bugs Club provides an emotionally healthy environment where children feel comfortable and free to not only learn but to have fun and experience learning through all of their senses! If you just read a book to a child they are likely to forget the lesson it held. But if you read a story and create a fun activity they have been allowed to experience the lesson making it a lot easier and fun for the child to learn! Play is a fundamental part of learning. Play helps all children satisfy their innermost desires and allows them to express themselves! I also love that all of our Little Bugs are able to socialize while they are in our class. When children play in a group it teaches them how to cooperate and work together towards a common goal!