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The return to school this year looks different than ever before.

Our Home Learning program will make your life easier and will follow strict safety protocols, providing an enriching experience.

Many people are asking themselves, what is my child going to do? Whether your child’s school is opening or remaining closed, we know that it is most important for you to feel that your child and family are safe, and to keep others safe and healthy as well, as everyone continues to navigate the global pandemic.

In these unprecedented times, Jam with Jamie continues to be dedicated to building community and connection and spreading joy through music, with both virtual and in person options.

Now, with an incredible team of artists, many with backgrounds and extensive experience in teaching and preschools, we have developed a play-based, arts integrated curriculum for home learning to begin this September!

Connecting and playing together in a safe environment with a skilled and caring teaching artist is the foundation of our enrichment program. Through play, we explore and learn about ourselves, each other, and the world around us, as well as the infinite possibilities of our imaginations and the open-ended materials we will use each day.

We are here for you and ready to help you in this challenging time. Our processes will be ever evolving, based on the needs of each child in every group we work with. 

What does the Jam with Jamie program look like on a typical day?

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Movement Activity

Stretching, Yoga, Dance, Obstacles, Creative expression
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Letter/Word/Question of the Day

Our jumping off point each day to focus and bring our attention to something new that we will integrate into our story, our songs, and our work time
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Read Aloud

A daily storybook
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Sing-along

It's time for music and rhythm!
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Work Time

Sensory exploration, manipulatives, crafts, projects, strengthening fine and gross motor skills
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Play!

Indoors, outdoors, imaginative and dramatic play

Safety Protocol: all teaching artists will do daily temperature and symptoms checks, wear a face shield during classes, and take periodic Covid tests. 

All activities can be done indoors or outdoors, and the maximum amount of time able to be spent outdoors is encouraged, weather permitting. We will work with each family and group to determine which objects or furniture in the home can also be used to support the learning environment.

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Aliya Ellenby
Aliya holds an MA in performance studies and a BA in theater with a concentration in community-based performance and arts-education, both from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. From 2009 to 2013, Aliya lived and worked in Bolivia as an integral member of a collective of independent artists, organizing and participating in international theater and puppetry festivals, creating, performing, writing, and teaching. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as a public middle school language arts teacher in Miami. In 2016, she moved back to Bolivia and became the coordinator of Kids’ Books Bolivia, a bilingual and trilingual children's book project, that has published more than 40 books. She began working for Jam with Jamie at the beginning of 2020 as the Operations Manager. She continues to advise and consult on multiple arts-integrated curriculum projects in schools and organizations from early childhood through high school and was thrilled to be able to bring all of her experience, creativity and passion to designing the Jam with Jamie Homeschool program. Aliya believes that education is most effective when it "helps a child to open themself to life" (Maria Montessori), and has built the Homeschool program on this belief, creating a structure for a child to thrive, guided by their own spontaneity and creativity. Having watched her own children flourish the most in a safe and loving environment, with infinite possibilities for exploration, imagination, and play, we seek to bring this into your home with our experienced and caring teaching artists, and activities for learning and growth.
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Jamie Kolnick
Jamie Kolnick is originally from Miami, Florida and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Theater and Dance. She moved to New York City In 2008 for the lights on Broadway and while auditioning for everything under the sun she took all of her experience working as a music teacher in preschools and started her children’s entertainment and education company, Jam with Jamie. Over the past twelve years, Jamie has created multiple educational curriculums while managing over 50 teaching artists across the country. It is her passion to create and serve the community and children especially during this critical time. Jamie lives on the Upper West Side of NYC with her husband Shaun and her two rambunctious boys who have been her best teachers to date, Zach, 4 years old and Evan, 2 years old.
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