Spring Craft Classes ~ March 31st and April 29th

Spring is just around the corner and Coombs’ Barnyard is busy getting ready! They’ve added some exciting new classes to their Spring line up.  Join them to try something new!

Sunflower Wreath Class ~ March 31st from 7-9pmwreath

No doubt you’ve seen these clever mesh wreaths on Pinterest and your neighbors’ front doors.  Now you can make one of your own!  Snacks are included and guests attending this event will get a sneak peek at the new Farm History Museum.

Location:  Coombs’ Farmhouse, 18 Route 77, Elmer NJ  08318 (2nd Floor)

Instructor:  Jennifer Coombs

Cost:  $40 (includes 2 hour class and materials)

RSVP to Amanda@CoombsBarnyard.com or text/call 609-364-2520.

 

frame 2Mosaic Picture Frame ~ April 29th from 6:30-9pm

Mosaic art allows for creativity at many different levels. Anything is possible with some glass, glue and grout!  Choose from an assortment of colors to make your frame unique!

Location:  Coombs’ Farmhouse, 18 Route 77, Elmer NJ  08318 (2nd Floor)

Instructor:  Carrie Seabrook

Cost: $35 (includes 2 1/2 hour class and materials)

RSVP to Amanda@CoombsBarnyard.com or text/call 609-364-2520.

Space for both classes is limited so don’t delay!

 

 

 

 

American Girl Store Bus Trip ~ April 13th

Bring your daughter and her favorite American Girl Doll for a special Bus Trip to the American Girl Place in NYC on Thursday, April 13th.  (Harrison Twp. School District is closed that day for Easter break.)

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It’s the perfect way to spend the day together and a dream come true for little girls, especially if they have never been!  Transportation is covered so you won’t have to worry about driving and parking in the city.

The bus departs from Ella Harris Park at 9:00am and returns at 6:00p.m.  The trip includes lunch at the American Girl Place and you’ll have plenty of time to shop, add activities like the doll salon or do some sightseeing in the city.

The cost of the trip is $140 per couple (parent and child) and $70 for each additional child.

Space is Limited!  Please call the Harrison Township Recreation Department at 856-223-8777 for reservations or additional information.

ISR Infant Swim Lessons begin Jan. 18th

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for infants and young children between the ages of 1-4.

 Infant Swimming ResourceInfant Swimming Resource, founded in 1966, has a team of nearly 450 instructors guided by the mission: “Not One More Child Drowns.”   They believe that although fences, pool alarms and supervision are critical,  the most important part of a drowning prevention strategy is the child.  

ISR goes beyond traditional swimming instruction by teaching children skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.

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Infant Swimming Resource  provides survival swimming lessons for children 6 months to 6 years old and a new session of classes begins January 18th at Future Fitness in Mullica Hill.  The ISR Self-Rescue™ program will give your child the competence, confidence and skills of aquatic safety. Instructor Dawn Tapscott Dawn Tapscott is a certified master instructor with ISR.  Dawn has over 15 years of experience teaching drowning prevention skills and has trained many individuals around the country to become ISR instructors. For more information about the upcoming lessons at Future Fitness in Mullica Hill, contact Dawn at 407-221-6062 or email d.tapscott@infantswim.com.

Harrison Whoville ~ Winter Theatre Camp

Harrison Township Recreation presents their first ever Winter Theatre Camp.  Kids in 2nd grade and up are invited to  get their Grinch on in a the_grinchproduction of Harrison Whoville!

The camp will be held during Winter Break, December 26th through January 2nd from 8am to 4pm daily at 33 South Main St. (in the Okinawa Kempo Karate Academy)

This is a great option for working parents – no need for sitters during Christmas break and extended care options are available.  The cost of the camp is $25o per child.

Theatre instructors Jamie Wagner and Brenna Damminger will lead the kids through fun in Whoville, culminating in a Performance at 6pm on January 3rd in the PVS Cafetorium.

Space is limited and the enrollment deadline is December 12th.  Call the recreation office at 856-223-8777 to register.

Toys for Tots Dropoff at Municipal Building

toys-for-totsHarrison Township has announced that the Municipal Building will be a Toys for Tots drop-off location.  Toys will be collected through November 30th.

Bring any new, unwrapped toy and drop it in the collection bin located in the vestibule at the front of the Municipal Building.

Of particular need are toys for little ones (infant to age 3) and kids over 10.

Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Introducing Jumpstart at Predicate Academy

Have you heard the buzz about Predicate Academy’s coding classes?  Do you have an aspiring young innovator who you think might love writing code but you’re not sure? Are you new to Predicate and interested in enrolling in the winter program?

What you need is a little Jumpstart…jump-start

Predicate’s Jumpstart class is a foundational experience in Computer Science – no experience necessary!  It’s the perfect way to test the waters, spark a conversation, and see if coding is for you.  Jumpstart consists of three hours of instruction, usually split into two days, with 90 minutes in each class. These classes are $89  and are offered throughout the year, outside of the regular seasonal schedule.

Upcoming Jumpstart Classes and Events

November 19th Open House from 3-5pm

November 25th - Black Friday (three hour Jumpstart session for ages 8-10)

November 30th and Dec. 7th (two 90 minute Jumpstart sessions for ages 10 and up)

December 12th and 13th (two 90 minute Jumpstart sessions for ages 10 and up)

 

Jumpstart students will engage in mini projects that spark creative thinking and center on the following concepts:

  • The basics of working with the Raspberry Pi micro-computer
  • Using the Linux operating system (Linux powers most of the internet.  It’s very accessible and widely adopted in the computing field.)
  • Writing code in Python programming language.  (Kids as young as 9 are easily able to grasp this language, as discussed in this recent Wall Street Journal article.)

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  • If your child enjoys Jumpstart and wants to continue with coding, the next step would be to purchase the Predi-Kit Hardware Bundle. The Predi-Kit including a Raspberry Pi 3 – Model B.  The Predi-Kit costs $115 and is used in all Predicate classes.
  • Once your child completes Jumpstart, they are welcome to enroll in any of Predicate’s seasonal classes.  Winter program registration opens October 24th.

To learn more about Predicate Academy, visit their website, blog or Facebook page!

Predicate Academypredicate
230 Village Center Drive,  Logan NJ
484-483-5820
info@predicate.us

IEP,504 Plan & IFSP Parent Empowerment Workshop ~ Sept. 20th

TAOH Inspired Education will hold its next Parent Empowerment Workshop on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 141 N. Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill.   The workshop will focus on helping parents and educators to learn more about IEP’s, 504 plans and IFSP’S.

 

Paretn Empowerment Workshop

Educational Empowerment Consultant, Taralee O’Malley-Hurff and Speech Language Pathologist, Kristin Piperno will lead the workshop which will focus on plans for children with a functional age of infancy to 7 years old.  It is an adult-only workshop but all parents and educators are welcome.  Admission is $25 per person, $45 per couple.

Topics covered will include:

  • The process and the differences between IEP’s, 504 Plans and IFSP’S
  • Helping parents and educators feel confident about what to include and what not to include
  • Helping parents/caregivers understand their rights and the rights of their children.
  • Make & Take Activity is includedTAOH Inspired Education

Please Register @ www.taohinspirededucation.com

For more information on Taoh Inspired Education’s other services and resources, email Taralee at taohinspirededucation@gmail.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @TAOHInspired Education.

 

   

September Children’s Programs at the MH Library

The Mullica Hill branch of the Gloucester County Library has great programs for kids of all ages.  Here is a look at what’s going on at the library this September.

Story Time

Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts for each age group

  • Wiggles and Giggles: ages 0-2 ~Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 a.m.story time
  • Toddler Storytime: ages 2-3 ~ Mondays and Fridays 10:30-11:00a.m.
  • Preschool Storytime:  ages 4-5 ~ Thursdays 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Kids Yoga

Kids Yoga with Instructor Tara Kron. Please come with your own mat

  •  Saturdays Sept. 10th and 24th 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. for ages 6-12

Crazy Cool Creations Calming Crafts

Take a break from homework for a relaxing afternoon in the MakerStudio Jr. making stress balls and decorating notebooks. Notebooks not required, but you may bring your own

  • Thursday, Sept. 22nd 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. for ages 6-12

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  •  Tuesday, Sept. 14th 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. for ages 9-12

For the full calendar of September events at the library click here.  Some programs require advance registration. To register for programs click here.

 

 

Predicate Academy Fall Session~ Behind the Scenes with Technology

Predicate Academy is gearing up for their fall session and enrollment is well underway.

Predicate Academy is an independent company in Logan Twp. that creates their own technology courses for kids with the goal of providing a glimpse into the computing field.  They not only teach coding, but also demonstrate “real world” applications of technology in a fun learning environment.  All classes are taught by practitioners with a passion for enriching the lives of children.

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Although it’s nice to have a break from the school year during the summer, many family vacations can incorporate great learning opportunities to engage kids, stretch their creativity and open their minds.  Behind the scenes tours are a great way to understand the inside story of our favorite foods, entertainment, and products.  They help kids gain an appreciation for what it takes to go from concept to raw materials to finished product.

In a similar way, the aspiring young innovators at Predicate experience the hidden educational value of going behind the scenes with technology.  Here’s what some of these young innovators have to say about Predicate:

“The coding and wiring we get to do” is Tyson’s favorite part.  “I am looking forward to building a robot!”

“Once we made a game where we told the code bug in the program to make a number between 1 and 10,” explains Eddie, age 7.  “Then we downloaded it and got play our own game!”

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Join Predicate Academy for their upcoming Open Houses:

  • Saturday, August 6th from 11:00a.m.- 1:30p.m.  Event Details on Facebook.
  • Saturday, August 27th from 11:00a.m. – 2:00pm

You’ll have a chance to test drive their new Equation Computer Kit and other cool techie projects.  If you already take classes at Predicate, bring a friend!  They have a GREAT referral program!

Fall Session

Predicate Academy runs four “seasonal” sessions a year with classes that meet weekly for 10 weeks.

The Fall 2016 Season will start during the week of September 18th and run through the week of December 5th. The academy will not hold classes on October 31 (Halloween), November 7-12 (Jersey Week), November 23-26 (Thanksgiving).

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For more information and to register for the Fall Session visit http://predicate.us/,  email info@predicate.us or call 484-483-5820

The Predicate Academy Studio is located at  230 Village Center Drive, Logan, NJ.  They’re in the Acme Shopping Center, on the second floor above Papa Luigi Pizza and across the hall from Burgundy and Brushes.

 

 

Free Creative Movement Class for Two Year Olds

Swedesboro Performing Arts Academy invites your little one to experience something new this summer that’s designed just for them!

Their Creative Movement class is designed especially for two year olds and uses games, imaginative props and expressive movement to introduce their youngest students to styles of movement.  The class focuses on building confidence, listening and friendship skills, rhythm and the beginning techniques of dance movement.

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Stacey and Mike of SPAA know that the Creative Movement class is many children’s first experience in a class setting, independent from their parents.  With that in mind, they provide a safe, family atmospherewhere the children can feel at home and comfortable with their parents nearby, yet participate in a class in a structured group environment.  Parents can take a few minutes to relax and observe via closed circuit tv while their child plays, grows and learns.

Parents can be confident that their little ones are in loving, skilled, nurturing hands.  All of the SPAA instructors are degree certified and are top industry professionals, trained in early childhood development. 

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Here’s what some local parents are saying about this great class:

My daughter just lights up when it’s “dance day”! We both just love it here. Such a warm family environment, Ms. Stacey and Mr. Mike make everyone feel right at home! The little kids are allowed to be kids here….being energetic and creative is encouraged! It’s just perfect for our sweet, but spunky, little girl!”  – Valerie
 
I love the way my children always feel at home here. Ms Stacey and her husband Michael know everyone by name and love the children for who they are.”   – Kristin
 

Mullica Hill Mom DealJoin the Creative Movement program now, and pay no tuition for the entire Summer Session, through August 19th when you mention Mullica Hill Mom.  (This is a $90 value!) If your child’s under three, sign up now and get the summer for free!

For more information and to register your child for this great program, call the studio at (856) 832-4774 or email them at contact@spaa.us

Swedesboro Performing Arts Academy is located at 1510 Kings Highway in Swedesboro, NJ.  Visit them online at www.swedesboroperformingartsacademy.us or on Facebook.